Look Up for the New Heavens & Earth
Dr. Jeffrey Clark
The Big Idea: Revelation concludes with a reversal of Genesis origins.
A New Garden of Eden, v. 1-5.
Promise: Jesus is Coming Soon, v. 7, 12, 20.
Warning: Do not add or take away from this book, v. 18-9.
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: How do the best stories (and movies) end? What makes these endings satisfying?
1) At the end of the Revelation, the conflict present in the beginning of Genesis is now resolved. What are some of the conflicts noted in the beginning of Genesis? How are they resolved in Revelation 22?
2) Jesus makes a repeated statement that He is coming soon (22:7, 12, 20). How do you bring this statement together with 2,000 years of church history? In what way can you be watchful and ready for the “any moment” return of Jesus Christ?
3) Do not seal the words of the prophecy of this book (22:10). Instead, believers should make this widely known and available. How can you be a part of making Revelation widely known and available to your friends, family and this generation?
4) There is a warning against adding to, or taking away from, this book. This reminds us of Deuteronomy 4:2. However, the context in Revelation is the eternal state and this warning is found at the end of the Christian canon. Books (and words) should not be added to or taken away from the Bible. Discuss Jude 1:3 to this end.
Taking it Home: Memorize Revelation 1:3 and share it with a friend. Pray about who you can invite to the upcoming “Shoulder to Shoulder” series for Palm Sunday and Easter.
We would love to meet you at our Welcome Center in the lobby and share a gift and available opportunities. Our Pastoral team would also love to meet you and will linger in the front after the services to this end. You may let us know you were here by using a Communication Card found in our worship folder. We receive these in containers placed on tables in the Celebration Center.
This weekend is an opportunity to contribute to the Benevolent Fund, used for our church family/community members in times of need. If you wish to contribute, please give on the way out of the service today.
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL (VBS)
Sign-up for volunteers for VBS begins this weekend! Come join us as we teach children about Jesus, June 13-17, 9:00 AM – noon. Participation is reliant on adult to child ratio, so this is an incredible opportunity to serve! Volunteer training will be held after service on Sunday, June 5 with a free lunch provided. Please sign up in the lobby and contact Debbie with any questions.
SHOULDER TO SHOULDER
This Palm Sunday and Easter, Aspen Ridge Church will re-tell the encounter on the Road to Emmaus in a series entitled “Should to Shoulder.” On Palm Sunday weekend we will feature a special children’s presentation and review the travelers’ journey. On Easter weekend we will celebrate baptisms and describe how the travelers’ eyes were opened to see the risen Jesus. Our services include Saturday Night at 5:00 PM and Sunday at 9:00 and 10:30 AM. Bring a friend!
RELATIONSHIPS UNDER CONSTRUCTION
After Easter, Aspen Ridge Church will present a series entitled “Relationships Under Construction.” We will give special attention to building constructive relationships between/among the sexes. It will be a comprehensive look at different types of relationships: husbands/wives, friendships among singles, spiritually diverse marriages and people who aspire to marriage. Wise counsel will be found in 1 Corinthians 7.
Please join us here at Aspen Ridge Church on April 22 at 7:30 PM for the Evergreen Chorale in concert with the premier Irish Michael Collins Pipes and Drums band in an evening of exciting music from the British Isles! For tickets and more information, please visit us at https://ovationwest.org/events-tickets/a-celtic-celebration.
MOPS HOP 2022
Aspen Ridge MOPS is proud to host our “returned-to-full-participation” annual MOPS Hop on Saturday, April 16! This family-friendly event will feature an Easter egg hunt, brunch with the bunny and fun activities for all. The fun begins at 10:00 AM – we hope you can join us and invite your neighbors. If you or your small group are looking for a great service project to participate in, we could use your help! This event is a joint outreach with MOPS and Aspen Ridge Church to our families in the community. Please contact Kyndall Nixon (303-717-9098) by 4/6.
UPCOMING WEEKEND FELLOWSHIP
Please plan to join us on Saturday, April 9 for Soup’er Saturday immediately following the evening service and Sunday, April 10 in-between our morning worship services for our Food Truck Fellowship. We look forward to great food and fellowship!
ELDER BOARD SERVICE PROJECT
Our elder team would like to announce a relief effort/service project toward our sister churches and their neighbors in Ukraine. Visit this Converge link; https://www.converge.org/missions/world-relief for more information. Our Missions team is ready to receive gifts that would be forwarded to this purpose, please mark those gifts accordingly.
ADJUSTED OFFICE HOURS
Please note that our main office hours will be adjusted beginning Tuesday, March 29 through and including Tuesday, April 5. Tuesday through Thursday we will be open from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM and Friday from 9:00 AM – Noon. We will return to normal office hours on 4/6.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT DINNER
Please join us on Wednesday, April 6 for baked lasagna, green beans, salad rolls and dessert. The cost is $3/person or $10/family. We would love to meet you there!
GIVING SUMMARY AS OF MARCH 20, 2022
GENERAL FUND LAST WEEK THIS MONTH FISCAL YTD
Actual $ 19,395 $ 50,279 $ 502,341
Budget $ 17,000 $ 51,000 $ 486,500
Difference $ 2,395 $ (721) $ 15,841