The Greatest Commandment
Pastor Kreg Kastelz
The Big Idea: God Himself was asked, what is the most important commandment, how are we doing at following in His instruction?
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: God, Himself, was asked what the most important thing we could do was, and He responded with His statement in Matthew 22. Read Matthew 22:40. This is Jesus speaking of these two commandments. What are some examples of other things we are called to do that would fit into these two commandments?
1) Love God, love others and love ourselves – which of these 3 aspects of Jesus’ statement are easiest for you to pursue? Hardest? Why do you think that is?
2) What are some tangible ways you can work on loving God better? Others? Yourself/your life?
3) Search YouTube online for “How valuable am I?” A video should be near the top of the results from Dare 2 Share ministries that is 1:14 long. Watch that video and discuss: Is this an easy message to swallow? Why can this be hard? Do you know anyone who would benefit from hearing this message?
Taking it Home: A great challenge for all of us in 2019 is to make the greatest commandment the way we live life. To help in this endeavor, write the following message down and put it somewhere where you will see it often to be a tangible reminder of Matthew 22:37-39.
Love God. Love Others. Love Life.
We welcome Pastor Kreg Kastelz as our speaker this weekend. Kreg is our associate Pastor of Student Ministries and a member of our preaching team. We want to extend a special welcome to visitors and guests, and we invite you to an informal reception immediately following our worship service. Please visit the Welcome Center to get church information and receive a special gift when you turn in a Communication Card.
PRAYING FOR TRAVEL MERCIES
Pastor Jeff and Mary are away this week celebrating the holidays with extended family. Pastor Jeff will return to his responsibilities here on January 2. If you have any pastoral needs, please contact Pastor Keg or Pastor Lawrence during this time.
A GIFT FOR YOU
We’d like to share the gift of small groups with you this season. We have sermon-based small groups, topical and fun groups, such as ice skating. Please see Eric’s latest blog on our website and stop by the table in the lobby to ask him which small group gift has your name written all over it!
ASPEN RIDGE FAMILY
As 2018 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.
As you think about your year-end giving, would you consider a special gift to Aspen Ridge Church for ongoing operational costs? Visit our website to give online. Please make note that all financial contributions must be postmarked no later than Monday, December 31, 2018, or received in the church office by that same date in order to be credited in 2018 for income tax purposes.
SECURITY TEAM NEWS
We would like to thank Chris Van Inwagen for spending this last year establishing our security team. There have been many upgrades and improvements accomplished! Beginning on January 1, Chris is passing the leadership of this team to Dave Retterer and we look forward to the year ahead.
DV8 NEW YEAR’S EVE HIGH SCHOOL PARTY
High School students are welcome to join us New Year’s Eve for a party from 7:00 PM to 12:30 AM. We’ll have food, fun and games all night. Please contact Pastor Kreg for details.
IF: EVERGREEN 2019
We are excited to invite you to a gathering of women Aspen Ridge Church for two days of worship and fellowship together. We are hosting IF: Gathering 2019 for Evergreen, beginning on Friday, February 8 from 5:30 – 9:00 PM, and Saturday, February 9 from 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM, via live stream. Together, along with thousands of women around the world, we will learn what it means to rely on the wisdom of God and not rely on our own understanding. The cost is $30 and includes meals. Please register online at aspenridgechurch.iflocal.com. Contact Sandy Cyphers at 303.674.0290 for more information.
Our next baptism weekend is scheduled for January 19/20. If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact the church office to discuss scheduling your pre-baptism interview. Interviews are scheduled for 4:00 PM on Saturday, January 5 and 12 and 3:00 PM on Sunday, January 6 and 13. You are only asked to attend one of these sessions.
If you are interested in finding out more about life at Aspen Ridge Church and how you can get involved, you are invited to the next session of The Bridge, January 13 from 4:00-7:30 PM. We will meet in the Fellowship Hall downstairs and would love to have you join us!
WINTER FUN GROUPS
Are you into winter sports? Do you pray for snow? Have you felt a nudge from God to lead a fun small group this winter? Skiing, ice-skating and snowshoeing are a few ideas. Please talk to Eric Krajewski, our Director of Small Groups, about your idea!
Please remember to pray for all of our missionary families this holiday season. Many of them are very far from family and friends and we ask the Lord to keep them safe and give them a blessed holiday.