MESSAGE NOTES


…to the Ends of the Earth – The Birth of a Healthy Church

Acts 11:19-30
Pastor Kreg Kastelz

The Big Idea: God’s grace gives birth to a healthy church. Healthy Churches:

Healthy Churches:

Healthy Churches:

Healthy Churches:

Healthy Churches:

Healthy Churches:

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS


Quick Review
: Looking back at your notes from this week’s teaching, was there anything that particularly caught your attention, challenged or confused you?

My Story: Each of these attributes should be present in a healthy church, but also in a healthy Christian. Do any of these five things stand out as something you are good at? Of the five, is there one that maybe you could improve in your own life?

Discussion Questions:

  1. Of these five attributes of the church in Antioch, which do you think the church in America has the hardest time doing? Why do you think that is?

  2. God has been working in the early church to change their view on salvation and Jesus being for both Jew and Gentile. Can we ever be guilty of thinking “surely that person wouldn’t want to hear about Jesus” when we meet different people?

  3. Barnabas exhorts the new church in Antioch to “remain faithful to the Lord with steadfast purpose.” In our own Christian walk, what does this look like? What does your small group think the “steadfast purpose” of being a Christian is?

  4. The followers of Christ were first called Christians in Antioch because of the way they lived their lives like Christ. Have you ever encountered mockery for living like Christ?

Taking it Home: Building the foundation of our lives on the reality of the Gospel is just as important as the church doing the same. But we get distracted and preoccupied and don’t think about the Gospel and its impact in our lives. Over the next week, try reminding yourself of the blessing of the gospel in your life. How might this change your interactions with people? How might this change your perspective on life circumstances? How might this effect your priorities?


NEWCOMERS RECEPTION

We welcome our Pastor of Student Ministries, Kreg Kastelz to speak this weekend. We want to extend a special welcome to visitors and guests, and we invite you to an informal reception immediately following our worship service. Pastor Kreg will meet you at the Welcome Center, where you can receive a special gift when you turn in a Communication Card.

BUDGET NEWS

The elders are proposing the new budget for the coming 2018/19 ministry year. Copies of this budget are available in the church office so that members may be prepared to vote on September 30. If you have any questions, please contact an elder.

FINANCIAL PEACE UNIVERSITY

Aspen Ridge Church is proud to host Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University. This is a 9-week course offered at 7:00 PM on Sunday evenings starting on September 23. This is a great opportunity to learn principles to help manage your financial house. These principles apply for singles and couples of all ages. For more information, please call Craig Voight at 720.767.4261 or Ron Kilgore at 303.881.4348.


VIEW FROM THE RIDGE: ANNUAL MEMBERS’ MEETING

Our meeting this year will be held on Sunday, September 30, immediately following our 10:30 AM service. The meeting will follow a potluck lunch. We are asking each family to bring a main dish and a side or dessert to share. Please join us as we look forward to our new ministry year.


CANDIDATE WEEKEND

The search team for “Pastor of Worship Arts” is pleased to announce a candidate for this important ministry role. Pastor Lawrence Pridmore will be presented to Aspen Ridge Church during the weekend of October 6/7. Pastor Lawrence and his wife Tiffany have been blessed with three children. His current role is as Associate Pastor at Maranatha Worship Center in Wichita, Kansas. The details for the candidate weekend are still being developed. Please pray for the Pridmore family, and for Aspen Ridge Church, as we move toward this upcoming candidate weekend.

FALL BAPTISM

We are scheduling fall baptism for the weekend of October 27/28. Orientation meetings would include Saturday at 4:00 PM on October 6 and 13, and Sunday at 8:00 AM on October 7 and 14. Attendance at only one orientation meeting is needed. Please contact the church office to reserve a spot for the orientation meeting and to be a part of this important weekend.

FALL FELLOWSHIP

If you are new to Aspen Ridge Church, please join Pastor Jeff and Mary at their home, 7183 Pinewood Drive in Evergreen, for caramel apples and great fellowship. We will gather on Sunday, September 23 at 3:00 PM and would love to meet you there.

RIDGEFEST

On Saturday, September 29, we will fill the back-parking lot with local vendors, games, food and fun for our sixth annual fall family celebration, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM. Activities include hay rides, apple cider, arts/craft sales, live entertainment, face painting, carnival games and a bounce house. This year, we are partnering with Id Ra Ha Je as our spotlight ministry. There is no cost to attend, however, there will be vendors with items to purchase. This is a perfect time to invite a neighbor!

DV8 STUDENTS: DARE 2 SHARE CONFERENCE

On October 13/14, DV8 student ministries (middle and high school) will be going to a nationwide evangelism and outreach event. Students will learn the basics of sharing faith and put it to use in outreach. This event is $80 per student, contact Pastor Kreg for registration or details.


WEDNESDAY NIGHT DINNER

Dinner is served at 5:30 PM on Wednesday nights. This week, our menu includes baked chicken with mashed potatoes/gravy, green beans, bread, salad and dessert for $2.50/person or $10/family. All are welcome.

MISSIONS MOMENT

We support several overseas missionary families they often are immersed in many new aspects of life that can be challenging (language, social behaviors, everyday shopping, taxes, political issues, safety). We often forget that their children are also experiencing many new aspects as well. This week, please be praying for children as they start in new schools which are often in different languages. Let them be a light to the lost in their aspects of overseas living, as much as their parents.

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