I am the Good Shepherd
Dr. Jeffrey Clark
Question: What does the Good Shepherd do for the sheep?
He lays down His life for the sheep, v. 11, 15, 17, 18
He knows His own sheep, v. 14, 15
He brings other sheep, v. 16
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: Some think about shepherds as sentimental, meek and with arms full of cuddly lambs. How does this passage challenge those ideas?
1) “The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep” (v. 11, 15). Consider this alongside other passages, including John 15:13; Acts 20:28; Ephesians 5:25. How do you understand what Jesus means by “give His life as a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45)?
2) Particular redemption means that Christ died to pay the penalty for all the sins of His people only. Christ’s death was an actual payment for sin, not a potential or conditional payment. If you belong to Him, He had you in mind when He went to the cross. Discuss.
3) The Good Shepherd knows His sheep. “He calls His own sheep by name and leads them out” (10:3). This is the knowledge of personal relationship. What difference should this knowledge make in the life of a Christ-follower (Galatians 4:9)?
4) Jesus declares He has “other sheep that are not of this fold” (John 10:16). Who are these other sheep? What will Jesus do for them and how will they respond? What does this say about how Christ intends reach others?
Taking it Home: Jesus died for the church, so receive your forgiveness. Jesus knows it all, so tell Him everything. Jesus has other sheep, so tell them about Him. Extend invitations to Christmas Eve at Aspen Ridge Church this year!
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. Also, please join us for Soup’er Saturday immediately following our Saturday evening service or Sunday Food Truck Fellowship between our Sunday morning services.
SATURDAY NIGHT NURSERY
We are relocating our nursery during Saturday evening services to the KidZone. All infants and children are welcome so please join us downstairs in room 110.
ASPEN RIDGE FAMILY
God has been served faithfully by the staff at Aspen Ridge. At the end of the year, we receive funds as gift-offerings for our staff. If you wish to contribute to the staff-gift, place it in the normal offering of any service up until Christmas Eve. Please note “Staff Appreciation” in the memo line of the check or on the outside of an envelope. If you give online, please note the designation as “Staff Gifts” in the drop-down menu.
CHRISTMAS WORSHIP SCHEDULE
Aspen Ridge Church will hold Christmas Eve candlelight services on December 24 for the whole family at 3:00 and 4:30 PM. These will focus on Jesus who says, “I am the Light of the World.” We will then have no service on Christmas Day, December 25. However, on Sunday, December 26 we will have one combined family service at 10:00 AM.
Aspen Ridge Church is hosting baptism services the weekend of January 29/30. If you are interested, please plan on attending an orientation meeting for baptism. We will offer such meetings on Wednesday, January 5 at 6:30 PM, Saturday, January 8 at 4:00 PM or Saturday, January 15 at 4:00 PM. These meetings will be in Pastor Jeff’s office, Room #204. Please call the church office with your selection of a meeting time and bring your Bible!
We are looking for a dependable person wanting to make $25/hour shoveling the snow off the sidewalks at the church. This will require having the walks cleared by 7:30 AM each time we receive snow. Please contact Jack Wealing at [email protected] or 219.863.2760.
GUARDIAN ANGELS SMALL GROUP
Guardian Angels is a community service small group that will cover topics such as Trauma Care, First Aid, CPR, AED, Situational Awareness, Response to Active Shooter Threat and more. Please join us in the Student Center on Saturday, December 18 from 11:00 AM-1:00 PM. Each subsequent small group will be on the second Saturday of the month at 11:00 AM. For more information please contact: Andy Smith, [email protected], 303-912-8179.
A CHRISTMAS SERIES
Our Christmas teaching series called “I am Christmas” has begun and will run through Sunday, December 26. It will include teaching on each of the “I am” names Jesus Christ gives Himself. These will be excellent opportunities to bring a family member or a friend to understand the meaning and significance of Christmas, applied to daily life.
LOST AND FOUND
We are clearing out the Lost and Found closet, located on the lower level, after December 20. Please check for items that belong to you.
“LOOK UP” SERIES BEGINNING JANUARY 8/9
Aspen Ridge Church will begin a new series on the book of Revelation entitled “Look Up.” It is widely agreed that we live in difficult times marked by uncertainty. In addition, we need perspective on our place in history. This series will describe the kingdom we are moving toward and will one day inherit and will explain just what the future will hold. We want to personally invite you and a friend to this new series.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT DINNER
Please join us on Wednesday from 5:30-6:30 PM for a delicious meal of baked chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans, rolls and dessert served in our Celebration Center. The cost is $3/person or $10/family.
On Sunday, January 30 from 4:00-6:30 PM we will host a session of “The Bridge.” This is a meeting for people wanting to know all about Aspen Ridge, its ministries, small groups and more. If you are interested in attending, please call the church office to RSVP or note your interest on the communication card! Childcare and dinner are provided.
GIVING SUMMARY AS OF DECEMBER 5, 2021
GENERAL FUND LAST WEEK THIS MONTH FISCAL YTD
Actual $ 18,837 $ 18,837 $ 198,349
Budget $ 25,000 $ 25,000 $ 226,500
Difference $ (6,163) $ (6,163) $ (28,151)