Each His or Her Own
1 Corinthians 7:1-5
Dr. Jeffrey Clark
The Big Idea: Marriage is a gift from God to be nourished and protected.
Resist the idea that intimacy in marriage is bad.
Acknowledge a temptation to sexual immorality.
Marital rights are mutual and interdependent.
Do not deprive one another.
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: Identify some people who have a healthy marriage. What makes it attractive?
1) If Hebrews tended to over-emphasize marriage, Greeks tended to idealize abstinence or asceticism (believing the celibate life was the highest ideal). How does this relate to 1 Timothy 4:3?
2) In the balance of the passage (1 Corinthians 7:1-5), Paul presents a mediating position between indulging in and refraining from sex in marriage. Sex is a gift, beautiful in its proper context. Spouses, how are we talking with each other (and our children) about such?
3) Paul has been criticized in verse 2 for simply describing marriage as a way out of temptation. Marriage is about more than this; however, it is not less. Review the previous context of 1 Corinthians 6:12-20. In what way is intimacy in marriage a way out of temptation?
4) Marriage rights are sometimes called conjugal rights (v. 3). Paul describes these rights as reciprocal and mutual. While elsewhere in the Bible gender roles may be noted, this passage describes the inter-dependence and equality of husband and wife. When it comes to finances, in-laws or intimacy, how do you apply this principle in making decisions?
5) There is one reason (or occasion) Paul allows couples to be apart; however, he cautions couples to come together again so that Satan may not tempt you. What does this passage say about safeguards spouses can put in place when away from each other?
Taking it Home: If you are married, thank God for your spouse. Check in with them on how he or she thinks things are going. Build a day off and a date night into your schedule this week. One Christian counselor said marriages heal when couples learn to talk to each other nicely.
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.
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL (VBS)
This is the last weekend to sign up to volunteer for VBS! We are so grateful for the 65 volunteers we have, but there is still a need for more. Come join us on June 13-17, 9:00 AM – noon. This is an incredible opportunity to serve! Volunteer training will be held after service on Sunday, June 5 with a free lunch provided. Please stop by our table in the lobby and see Debbie with any questions.
RELATIONSHIPS UNDER CONSTRUCTION
Aspen Ridge Church is beginning a new series entitled “Relationships Under Construction.” We will give special attention to building constructive relationships of all different types between/among the sexes. Wise counsel will be found in 1 Corinthians 7.
NEWCOMER’S EAT & GREET
Are you interested in getting to know more about Aspen Ridge Church? Pastor Jeff and Mary will host this informal gathering at their home this weekend on Sunday, April 24 at 2:00 PM and you are invited. The address is 7183 Pinewood Drive in Evergreen. We would love to connect with you and hear more about your interests/desires.
OUR NEXT BAPTISM WEEKEND
We have received interest in providing another baptism service, praise God! We will do so on Memorial Day weekend, May 28/29. We will provide three baptism orientation meetings, with the expectation that someone getting baptized will attend at least one. These meetings will be May 12 at 5:00 PM; May 14 at 4:00 PM and May 15 at 11:30 AM. If you are interested, please indicate on our communication card or call the church office and we will provide the needed support and orientation.
SHINE ON! COMMUNITY TALK
Join us on Saturday, May 14 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM in our Fellowship Hall as we have an open conversation about what foster care looks like in our community. We will be joined by Collaborative Foster Care, Royal Family Kids Camp – Littleton and Colorado Kids’ Belong to see what the church is doing and can do to help kids who have experienced trauma in their young lives. Free lunch for attendees!
MOPS HOP OUTREACH & SUPPORT
Aspen Ridge Church would like to thank those who helped make our “Aspen Ridge Church MOPS Hop” a success this year with 500 people attending! This includes Becky Kastelz, Kyndall Nixon and the many team members of our MOPS ministry. Further, at least three Aspen Ridge small groups provided practical support to this outreach. Thank you to all who served this community event.
A GOD OF CREATIVITY
We are creative people because we are made in God’s creative image. Do you believe that about yourself? What would change about how you approach God and others if you knew this to be true? I mean really knew. How would your worship look different if approached from the standpoint of an artist? Check out Eric’s new blog on our website or social media for his take on divine creativity!
UPCOMING WEEKEND FELLOWSHIP
Please plan to join us on May 14/15 after our worship services for our Food Truck Fellowship. Our Soup’er Saturday has wrapped up for this season and we want to thank Jodie Cates and her team for a great year! We are continuing to fellowship with our Food Truck on both Saturday and Sunday through the summer and are thankful to Hunter Slife for this opportunity. We look forward to great food and fun!
You may know that Aspen Ridge Church has been communicating a service project toward our sister churches and their neighbors in Ukraine. The following link: https://converge.org/missions/world-relief provides more information. We are pleased to announce that our church has given some $6,000 toward this project! If you would like to give, you may do so with a gift to Aspen Ridge Church and an indication that this gift is for “Ukraine Relief.”
WEDNESDAY NIGHT DINNER
Please join us on Wednesday, April 27 for spaghetti, zoodles, salad rolls and dessert. The cost is $3/person or $10/family. We would love to meet you there!
GIVING SUMMARY AS OF APRIL17, 2022
GENERAL FUND LAST WEEK THIS MONTH FISCAL YTD
Actual $ 11,361 $ 40,735 $ 569,565
Budget $ 14,000 $ 42,000 $ 545,500
Difference $ (2,639) $ (1,265) $ 24,065