MESSAGE NOTES

The Dishonest, Shrewd Manager
Luke 16:1-12
Dr. Jeffrey Clark 

Were legitimate charges made against the manager?
Did the rich man rush to judgment about his manager?
What about the asset manager’s decision?
Why does the rich man praise the manager when he was dishonest?
In what way are the sons of this age more shrewd than the sons of light?

The Big Idea: Use your possessions to make eternal friends for the gospel.

Use your money to confirm you are a citizen of heaven, v. 9.
Faithfulness in little things leads to greater responsibilities and true wealth, v. 10–11.
As an asset manager for God, ask Him how to use money, v. 12.
Decide you will serve God, not money, v. 13.

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: Which of the hard sayings of Jesus in this series have been most challenging for you? Why?

Digging Deeper:

1) Were legitimate charges made against the manager? If so, how do you know?
2) Did the owner “rush to judgment” against the manager?
3) On the oil and wheat, it is possible that certain amounts were “owed” the owner, and the obligation came in the form of these commodities rather than money? Further, it is also possible that the manager changed or eliminated the interest rates? Discuss.
4) In verse 8, what does the owner praise about the “outgoing” manager? How does Jesus use this person as a model for His disciples?
5) In what way may the sons of this age be wiser than the sons of light?

Taking it Home: Ron Blue suggests there are five ways money can be used: lifestyle, debt, taxes, giving and investing. How can you reduce your lifestyle, debt or tax obligation in order to send more toward giving and/or investment for God’s kingdom?

NEWCOMERS RECEPTION

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.

BAPTISM WEEKEND

Aspen Ridge Church is hosting baptism services this weekend. Please join us as we praise God and celebrate the baptisms of Eli Eastment, Hailey and Caleb Kallander and Chad and Ainsley Tebeest with cake in the lobby after each service.

COOK TEAMS OPPORTUNITY

Looking for volunteers that would love to join our cook teams and be in the hustle and bustle of our kitchen to help serve the Lord on Wednesdays throughout the school year. Please contact Ryan at [email protected] or 713.204.8111 for more details.

PROPERTIES TEAM POSITION AVAILABLE

The church is in need of a snow blower operator and a snowplow driver for the winter. This is a paid position. If interested, please contact Jack Wealing at [email protected] or leave a message with the church office.

VIEW FROM THE RIDGE

Aspen Ridge Church will host our annual business meeting on Sunday, September 18 at 11:15 AM. We will describe opportunities for growth in the coming year, present elders for congregational ratification and present a new budget. A potluck will be coordinated by our Service Ministry, who is providing the main dish, drinks and paper goods. We ask that attendees please bring a side dish, salad or dessert to share.

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 on Sunday, September 11 at 2:00 PM. The address is 7183 Pinewood Drive in Evergreen. We would love to connect with you and hear more about your interests/desires. Please contact the church office to RSVP.

AWANA REGISTRATION 2022/23 NOW OPEN!

Go online to register your child for AWANA at AspenRidgeChurch.org and then scroll down the home page to the AWANA banner, click read more and you will find the place to access the registration page. There are volunteer opportunities available. Volunteer training is Wednesday, September 7 at 6:30 PM and our first official meeting night is the following Wednesday, September 14 from 6:30-8:00 PM.

DV8 STUDENTS

We are taking a three week break from our mid-week student meetings to gear up for fall. We will kick off our school year student groups on Wednesday September 14 for middle school
(6:30-8:00 PM) and Thursday September 15 for high school (6:30-8:00 PM).

ARE YOU A MOM WITH KIDS AGED 0-5?

Join the Aspen Ridge Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) group on September 13 for friendship, brunch and childcare. We meet every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month from 9:15-11:15 AM. Email Whitney Wright at [email protected] to register or for more information.  

BIBLE STUDY FOR ALL (BSA)

Bible Study for All begins on Wednesday, September 14, from 12:30-2:30 PM each Wednesday at Aspen Ridge Church. If that time doesn’t work for you, ask about having an offsite
group or a book to follow along by video. This year we’re studying Psalms, Job and 1 Peter & 2 Peter. We have groups for men, women and children of all ages. Please go to https://www.aspenridgechurch.org/bible-study-for-all/ or email [email protected] to register or for more information.

RE-DISCOVER CHURCH!

Aspen Ridge Church leaders believe God is stirring us toward a church-wide emphasis this fall called “Rediscover Church.” Since the COVID 19 pandemic, it appears God is awakening an increasing number of people to re-consider the value of church for themselves and their families. God has used the turmoil and division of the past few years to interest a new generation in the need for, and the value of, the local Christian Church. We believe this becomes an occasion to listen to God’s Word and apply His directives for connecting with His people. Look for more in the coming weeks about this initiative.

GIVING SUMMARY AS OF AUGUST 14, 2022

GENERAL FUND           LAST WEEK         THIS MONTH        FISCAL YTD
Actual                             $      16,532           $    35,530             $  812,828
Budget                            $      13,500           $    27,000             $  759,500
Difference                       $        3,032           $      8,530             $    53,328

 

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