Opposition on Many Levels
Dr. Jeffrey Clark
The Big Idea: Paul and Silas face opposition on many levels.
They face the opposition of an evil spirit.
They face the opposition of the world system.
They face the opposition of government.
They face the opposition of the crowd.
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: Effective leaders identify expectations for team members. If you are a follower of Jesus Christ, what do you expect as you follow Him? When have you had to adjust expectations?
1) Paul became greatly annoyed by a slave girl with an evil spirit who pronounced his identity and message accurately. Why do you suppose he was annoyed? What did he do about it? What may be learned from his command to the evil spirit?
2) The slave girl had owners who profited by her fortune-telling. After Paul commanded the evil spirit to depart, the owners’ income stream was gone. How does the Christian message of freedom from evil powers upset those who profit from such evil?
3) Government leaders field accusations from slave owners. They order Paul and Silas beaten, throwing them in prison. Just what had Paul and Silas done that would result in such state opposition? How should Christians re-adjust their expectations for state support?
4) Paul and Silas are dragged into the marketplace, eventually with a crowd attacking them. Agree or Disagree: Christianity has NEVER been treated favorably by a majority in the public square. Do we expect widespread acceptance and political prominence for Jesus Christ?
Taking It Home: An expectation of opposition allows you to prepare. When doing spiritual battle say, “I command you in the name of Jesus.” Instead of using God’s money for exploitation, use it for God’s mission. Pray for God’s approval, and resist seeking the approval of the crowds.
We would also like 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.
Do you have a heart for prayer? We are assembling teams to pray at the end of each of our weekend services, and we’d love to connect with you. Contact the church office or indicate your interest on a Communication Card to get involved.
CONVERGE ROCKY MOUNTAIN (CRM)
CRM’s annual conference, Together to Transform, will be held March 15-16 at Mission Hills Church in Littleton. This year’s theme is “Embracing and Unleashing the Power of God’s Love.” Visit togethertotransform.org for more information and to register for this important event. If you are interested in being a delegate to the CRM Annual meeting, please contact the church office.
NEWCOMERS “EAT & GREET”
If you have recently begun attending Aspen Ridge Church, you are invited to join us for our next “Eat & Greet” this Sunday, February 17 beginning at 3:00 PM at Pastor Jeff and Mary’s home, 7183 Pinewood Drive, in Evergreen. This is a great time to get to know the staff at the church, as well as others who are new to our church family.
DEATH AND LIFE
Jesus rose again from the dead in order to bring us to God, the source of eternal life. During the Easter holidays, we will be discussing “A Matter of Death & Life,” using 1 Peter 3:18. Aspen Ridge will celebrate baptisms during our Easter weekend services, as well, a reminder of our union with Christ’s victory over death and resurrection to new life. If you would like to participate in these baptisms, you are asked to attend an orientation meeting. We will have baptism orientation meetings on Saturday, March 30 at 4:00 PM, Sunday, March 31 at 3:00 PM, then also Saturday, April 6 at 4:00 PM, and Sunday, April 7 at 6:00 PM.
A WELL-EARNED THANK YOU
We were thankful for the opportunity to host a women’s ministry event last weekend for the Evergreen community, IF:Gathering 2019. We had about 85 women from all around our community in attendance. We would also like to thank Sandy Cyphers for her leadership in forming a great team of ladies (and some husbands) to make this event a success.
Did you know, we have student classes during both of our Sunday services for middle and high school aged students. If you are interested, please join us in the Student Center at the beginning of each of these services.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT DINNER
Stop in this week for a hot meal, cooked and cleaned for you. Dinner is served at 5:30 PM on Wednesday nights. This week, our menu includes spaghetti, gluten-free pizza, salad and dessert for $2.50/person or $10/family. All are welcome.
FINANCIAL PEACE UNIVERSITY
Aspen Ridge is proud to host Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University. This is a 9-week course offered at 7:00 PM on Monday evenings, starting on February 18. It is a great opportunity to learn principles to help manage your financial house, applying to singles and couples of all ages. For more information, please call Michael Fletcher at 303.945.1029. Register online at https://fpu.com/1085189.