Dr. Jeffrey Clark
Question: What kind of attitude did Christ Jesus have?
As God He _______________ Himself, v. 5-7.
As a human being He _______________ Himself, v. 8-11.
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: This passage is about attitude… how is your attitude this Christmas season?
1) The second person of the Trinity did not consider equality with God as something to be “grasped.” How is this in contrast with Adam’s attempt to become like God? Why did Christ not “grasp” equality with God? What did He do instead?
2) Christ “emptied” Himself, with various English translations: NIV “made Himself nothing”; KJV “made Himself of no reputation”; JBP “stripped Himself of all privilege”; LIVING “laid aside His mighty power and glory.” Of what did Christ empty Himself?
3) What does God ultimately do with Christ as a result (v. 9-11)? At Christ’s Second Coming, all creation in heaven and on earth will confess Jesus Christ as Lord. Some will do this willingly and with affection, others will do it unwillingly and begrudgingly. Discuss.
4) Why should each of us “work out our salvation with fear and trembling?” (v. 12). Further, “do all things without grumbling or questioning.” Ask a small group participant to hold you to this.
Taking it Home: Think about the month of December as an extended opportunity to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. What gift can you receive from, or give to, Jesus? Who can you tell about your relationship with Jesus? What invitation can you make to upcoming Christmas Eve services?
We would like to extend a special welcome to visitors and guests, and we invite you to an informal reception following our worship service. Please visit the welcome center in the lobby to get church information and receive a special gift when you turn in a communication card.
CHRISTMAS EVE CANDLELIGHT SERVICES
Our Christmas Eve Candlelight services will be offered at 2:30 PM, 3:45 PM and 5:00 PM, with childcare available in the temporary nursery located downstairs at the bottom of the ramp, for ages 0-2. All other children, please attend service with your parents. There will be an opportunity to join Miss Debbie at the front for a children’s sermon. We would love to celebrate this special time with old and new friends. This is a great opportunity to invite neighbors to find a home in Christ together.
You will notice Aspen Ridge Church has resumed construction on our entryway and bathroom remodel. Our project has been delayed due to additional attention needed for structural engineering. Thank you for your patience with us as we proceed toward completion, making room for guests in our entryway and providing an important bathroom upgrade.
We will celebrate baptisms on January 11/12. If you are interested, please indicate that on a communication card or by contacting the front office to sign up for an orientation meeting with pastoral staff on December 21 at 4:00 PM or January 4/5 at 4:00 PM.
ASPEN RIDGE FAMILY
As 2019 comes to a close, we celebrate our Savior’s birth and praise our Father for every good and perfect gift. We reflect on the great things God is doing at Aspen Ridge Church and need to remember those who unselfishly serve us week in and week out. To demonstrate our appreciation, there will be a love offering during the remaining weeks of December and then we will present a gift to each staff member at the end of the year. Please note “staff gift” on your check and or electronic gift. The elders thank you for your support.
ASPEN RIDGE SMALL GROUPS
Aspen Ridge Church has a growing network of small groups. These include sermon-based, topical and fun groups. As we come to the close of the calendar year, won’t you consider prioritizing a small group experience in 2020? The coming weeks will include opportunities to sign up for a small group, and you may indicate interest today through our communication card.
Our Aspen Ridge Missions Team has presented a “Passport” to members and regular attenders. This passport includes our Aspen Ridge missionaries and is meant to be a help and encouragement to pray. The passports are available in our media stands.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT DINNER
Dinner is served at 5:30 PM on Wednesday nights. Stop in this week for our menu of sloppy joes, chips, salad and dessert for only $2.50/person or $10/family. We would love to meet you there!
We are looking for volunteers to help set up and dismantle IF:Evergreen 2020 on the afternoon of Friday. February 7 and after the evening church service on Saturday, February 8. Tasks range from strenuous to non-strenuous; tables, chairs, décor and food. We would love to have ladies to train on the church AV system. Please call Sandra at 303.674.0290 to be a part of this great community outreach.
Please check our website at AspenRidgeChurch.org for Pastor Jeff’s latest blog entitled “Personal, Family and Pastoral Enrichment to Finish Well”. Our website is a great way to keep current with all things Aspen Ridge.