MESSAGE NOTES

Best Practices in Reaching our Neighbors for Christ
Acts 16:25-34
Pastor Kreg Kastelz

The Big Idea: What can we learn from Paul and Silas about reaching our neighbors?

Reflecting God in our life:
Being present in hard times:
Being ready to share the Gospel:
Living in community:

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

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: Paul and Silas give us some best practices for reaching our neighbors with Christ. Which are you doing? Which could you be doing?

Digging Deeper:

1) Paul and Silas dwelt on the joy of their identity and mission in Christ in prison. How can we live our lives in that reality daily? How might this change your outlook on events happening in your life?

2) Have you ever had God “open a door” in life that felt like it was for you, but might have been for someone else’s benefit? Think back over some of the open doors you’ve seen.

3) While it is always good to live life with Christ on our sleeve, have you ever known anyone that could care less, until something happens in their life to draw them to a place of need for God?

4) Living in community with the jailer came after his conversion but in a lot of ways, this might begin happening for our neighbors and us beforehand. What are some easy ways to begin community with our neighbors OR begin bringing them into the Aspen Ridge community?

Taking It Home: There are many other ways and approaches to reach our neighbors but reflecting on today’s passage, how would you rate yourself from 1-10 (10 being the best) in each of these 4 areas: reflecting God in life, being present in hard times, being ready to share the Gospel and living in community. How can you improve in just one of these areas?

NEWCOMERS RECEPTION

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 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.

PRAYER SUPPORT

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.

BUILDING CHANGES

In an effort to better serve our community and families, you will notice some changes taking place within our walls. The two restrooms by the nursery have been converted into family restrooms, which will allow privacy for young families. Further, new locks have been placed on these doors. There are also changing tables on order that will be placed in all of the restroom facilities. Please contact our elders with any further questions.

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.

NEWKIRK CELEBRATION OF LIFE

John “Jack” B. Newkirk passed away on February 9, just a few weeks short of his 99th birthday. A 12:00 PM luncheon at The Barn at Evergreen Memorial Park, 27054 N. Turkey Creek Rd, will precede the Celebration of Life at 2:00 PM on Sunday, March 10 at Aspen Ridge Church. All who knew, loved and respected Jack are welcome. Please visit EvergreenMemorialPark.com for more information or to write a condolence to the family.

MISSIONS TRIP INFORMATION MEETING

DV8 Student Ministries is planning to serve in Cabo San Lucas on June 21-28. This Sunday, after service, there will be an information/interest meeting. While this trip was originally organized as a student ministries trip, we want to make it available to any families or adults that might be interested. Please join us in the Student Center, Sunday February 24 from 11:45 AM – 12:45 PM. Please feel free to contact Pastor Kreg if you have questions or want more information and are not able to stay for the meeting.

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.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT DINNER

Stop in this week for a hot meal! Dinner is served at 5:30 PM on Wednesday nights. This week, our menu includes sloppy joes, chips, salad and dessert for $2.50/person or $10/family. All are welcome.

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 event. If you are interested in being a delegate to the CRM annual meeting, please contact the church office.

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