…to the Ends of the Earth – Equal Opportunity NOT Equal Outcomes
Acts 12:1-5
Dr. Jeffrey Clark

The Big Idea: Different outcomes provide opportunity for God to display His attributes.

  • Antioch Believers

  • Agabus & Judea

  • James, Brother of John

  • Peter


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: In what way do you see equal opportunity, but not equal outcomes, among your brothers and sisters, or as you observe life in general?

Digging Deeper:

  1. Human beings are made in the image of God (Genesis 1:26) and with equal accountability before God’s eventual and ultimate judgment (2 Corinthians 5:10). God is just (Genesis 18:25), and human responsibility is an important reality in the scriptures. Discuss.

  2. God is never guilty of injustice; however, He may choose to bestow unmerited favor on some (perhaps best described by the term nonjustice). Among those described in this passage, upon whom does God bestow grace? What means does He use to do this?

  3. Review the different outcomes for the Antioch Church (Acts 11:21-4), people in Judea (Acts 11:27-29), James (Acts 12:2), Peter (Acts 12:3-17) and Herod (Acts 12:20-23). How do these outcomes become an opportunity for God to display different qualities?

Taking It Home: With which of these individuals do you most identify? What opportunity do you have to turn to Christ in your present circumstances? How may your circumstances be an opportunity to serve your neighbors?


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 Jeff will meet you at the Welcome Center, where you can receive a special gift when you turn in a Communication Card.


Aspen Ridge Church leadership has generated an annual report. This report is an important summary of how God has been leading and working in the life of Aspen Ridge in the past year. It will be available at our annual View from the Ridge; further, it will be available in the weeks following in our media stands.


Our meeting this year will be held this weekend 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.


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. In his current role, his is the Associate Pastor at Maranatha Worship Center in Wichita, Kansas. Please pray for the Pridmore family, and for Aspen Ridge Church, as we move toward this upcoming candidate weekend.


Please join us for the October Men’s Breakfast on Saturday, October 13 at 8:00 AM. We are featuring a presentation from Troy Steinbach of the Blacksmith Men’s Group, along with breakfast. The Blacksmiths are a group of men that strive to serve in our local community.


We are scheduling fall baptisms for the weekend of October 27/28. Orientation meetings would include October 6 and 13 (Saturdays) at 4:00 PM or October 7 and 14 (Sundays) at 8:00 AM. Attendance at only one meeting is needed. Please contact the church office to reserve a spot and to be a part of this important weekend.


Many thanks to Debbie Stewart, who coordinated our “RidgeFest” event this weekend. We had over 40 local and community vendors signed up to share their goods and services. We also had fun activities for children and families, including hay rides. Our spotlight ministry this year was IdRaHaJe. Thanks to all who served, attended and made such a community outreach a reality.


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 will put it to use. This event is $80 per student; contact Pastor Kreg for registration or details.


Coffee Ministry Team is looking for additional members. This is a low commitment role with HUGE returns…happy, smiling faces on Saturday nights or Sunday mornings. Please contact Jean Kelly for more information at 303.506.4827 or [email protected]


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


Mark your calendars for an Aspen Ridge outreach on the night of October 31. We will transform our regular Wednesday night gathering into an outdoors event meant to serve our neighbors in the form of decorated vehicles and candy. Opportunities to sign up will be available in the coming weeks. Candy donations will also be accepted in the lobby.


George and Kathy Schultz: Missionaries with Center for Intercultural Training (CIT) – Pray for wisdom in preparation for an upcoming board presentation on October 6, concerning future expansion. Also, for the Lord to reveal the persons He would have to take over three leadership positions at CIT. Lastly, for positive solutions to some challenges facing our staff.



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