MESSAGE NOTES

Look Up to the Throne in Heaven
Revelation 5:1-14
Dr. Jeffrey Clark

The Problem: Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?

Those not worthy, v. 2-4.
The One who is worthy, v. 5-7.
Response to worthiness, v. 8-14.

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: Was there ever a time in your life when you wept bitterly because you could not know or understand God’s plan for justice and redemption in His creation?

 Digging Deeper:

1) The passage begins with those who are not worthy to open the scroll. These include a mighty angel, those in heaven and on earth and under the earth and John the Revelator himself. What does this suggest about those who predict the future?

2) There is a sharp contrast between what John hears (v. 5) and what he sees (v. 6). Describe this contrast and consider how these images come together in Jesus Christ?

3) Last week we saw significant activity around the throne of God, including speech, gifts, falling down, casting crowns, all giving much honor (4:8-11). The passage about the slain Lamb introduces prayer and singing (5:8,9). Discuss.

4) There appear to be five songs listed in Revelation 5. These include Chapter 4, v. 8 and v. 11; Chapter 5, v. 9-10, 12, 13. How do you bring music and singing into your worship habit?

Taking it Home: Fall down, pray, sing, gather… all of these are responses to Jesus Christ’s “worthiness.” What do these responses look like in your life this week?

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.

WEEKEND FELLOWSHIP

Please join us on Saturday, February 12 for Soup’er Saturday immediately following the evening service and Sunday, February 13      in-between our morning worship services for our Food Truck Fellowship. This is the perfect season for hot soup and warm fellowship at our Soup’er Saturday event and at our Food Truck Fellowship – we will be introducing Omelet Brats as a breakfast option!

SANCTITY OF LIFE / SHINE ON! COMMUNITY TALK

“Either life is always, and in all circumstance, sacred, or intrinsically of no account; it is inconceivable that it should be in some cases the one, and in some [cases] the other.”– Ronald Reagan quoting Malcolm Muggeridge in a letter to Human Life Review. One of the ways we seek to advance the value of the sanctity of life here at Aspen Ridge Church is by hosting Life’s Options Pregnancy Center for our next Shine On! Community Talk in Fellowship Hall, Saturday, February 26, from 11:00 AM-1:00 PM with free lunch for all attendees.

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, February 27 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 and desires. If you can attend, please contact our church office at 303.674.4312.

BAPTISM

After celebrating baptisms a few weeks ago, we have received interest in providing an additional baptism service. We will do so in the Spring on Easter weekend, April 16/17. We will provide three baptism orientation meetings, with the expectation that someone getting baptized will attend at least one. These meetings will be March 16 at 6:30 PM; March 24 at 5:00 PM and April 2 at 1:00 PM. If you are interested in baptism, please indicate on our communication card or call the church office and we will provide the needed support and orientation.

BIBLE STUDY FOR ALL

Bible Study for All will be starting a 12-week session study of Daniel on February 2. We have groups for men, women and children of all ages. We meet on Wednesdays from 12:30-2:30 PM. We would love to have you join us.

PARENT DEDICATION

Aspen Ridge Church will provide a “Parent Dedication” weekend on March 12/13. A “Parent Dedication” is a time and occasion for parents to make a public and church-wide commitment to raise their children in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. If you are interested in making this kind of public commitment, please contact the pastoral staff.

TOGETHER TO TRANSFORM 2022

Converge Rocky Mountain’s annual conference is being held on March 11-12 at the Orchard Church in Henderson, CO. This year’s conference is entitled “Welcome Home – Your New Home” and is a new missiology for a post-COVID world. Along with breakouts on community outreach, online ministry and effective assimilation systems. There are brochures available in the Media Stands and online registration is now open at https://togethertotransform.org and includes a schedule/detail. 

WEDNESDAY NIGHT DINNER

Join us on Wednesday from 5:30-6:30 PM for a delicious meal of sloppy joes, chips and dessert served in our Celebration Center. The cost is $3.00/person or $10/family, and we would love to meet you there.

MOBILE FOOD SHARE

Aspen Ridge Church will make our parking lot available for a Mobile Food Share program on Tuesdays from 3:30-4:00 PM. Mobile Food Share is a place where people can come and help reduce food waste by taking rescued food from our local grocery stores. It is a place where people can support their local farmers/ ranchers by participating. And the best part? It’s all FREE! Mountain Resource Center will bring a refrigerated van and distribute free food from our location. When neighbors “donate instead of dump,” and “buy local” our environment is protected, and families are fed instead of landfills. Everyone is eligible, no special requirements or documentation are needed.

GIVING SUMMARY AS OF FEBRUARY 6, 2022

GENERAL FUND          LAST WEEK          THIS MONTH          FISCAL YTD
Actual                             $     15,321             $    15,321              $  412,511
Budget                            $     16,000             $    16,000              $  387,500
Difference                       $         (679)            $       (679)              $    25,011

 

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