MESSAGE NOTES

FACING THE HARDSHIPS OF LIFE
James 1:1-12
Dr. Chris Van Inwagen

The Big Idea: Difficult times offer us the opportunity to sharpen our spiritual maturity.    

Lesson One – Be happy when difficult times come your way. Why? Because the immediate goal of the trial is the _________of your faith,
which produces ___________.

Lesson Two – Hardships can be viewed as a form of ____________ or ____________.

Lesson Three – Perseverance in the midst of a trial will result in _________.

Lesson Four – Can’t make sense of why you are going through a rough period? Ask God for _________ or understanding and He will answer. 

Lesson Five – Those who persevere will receive the ____________________, or real living, depth of character.

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?

Discussion Questions: 

1)  Please read James 1:1-12. How did you feel about this week’s passage?
2)  What did you learn about this passage from the message?
3)  What is God stirring up in you to apply to your daily living from this message?

NEWCOMERS RECEPTION

We would like to welcome Chris Van Inwagen as our speaker this weekend. Chris serves as an Elder at Aspen Ridge Church and is a member of our preaching team. 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.

UPDATE FOR PASTOR JEFF CLARK

As of Thursday morning, Pastor Jeff tested positive for COVID 19. Following state protocols, he will not be on campus this weekend. Please pray for a speedy recovery and protection for family members.

BENEVOLENT OFFERING

This weekend is an opportunity to contribute to the benevolent fund, which is used for our church family and community members in times of need. If you wish to contribute, you may give your gift on the way out of the service today.

FOOD TRUCK FELLOWSHIP

Our Food Truck Fellowship normally operating in-between our Sunday morning services on the second Sunday of each month has been a big hit! Due to a scheduling conflicting, we will be taking a break in the month of January. This event will be held as scheduled on the second Sunday of February (2/13).

BAPTISM WEEKEND

Aspen Ridge Church is hosting baptism services during the weekend of January 29/30. If you are interested in being baptized, please plan on attending an orientation meeting for baptism. We will offer such meetings on Wednesday, January 5 at 6:30 PM, Saturday, January 8 at 4:00 PM or Saturday, January 15 at 4:00 PM. These meetings will be held in Pastor Jeff’s office, Room #204. Please call the church office with your selection of a meeting time and bring your Bible!

THE BRIDGE

On Sunday, January 30 from 4:00-6:30 PM we will host a session of “The Bridge.” This is a meeting for people wanting to know all about Aspen Ridge, its ministries, small groups and more. If you are interested in attending, please call the church office to RSVP or note your interest on the communication card! Childcare/dinner are provided.

SOUP’ER SATURDAY

Please join us for Soup’er Saturday on January 8 immediately following our Saturday evening service. This is a time of great food and fellowship, and all are welcome. 

POSITION AVAILABLE

We are looking for a dependable person wanting to make $25 per hour shoveling the snow off the sidewalks at the church. This will require you to have the walks cleared by 7:30 AM each time we receive snow. Please contact Jack Wealing at [email protected] or 219.863.2760. 

“LOOK UP” SERIES BEGINNING JANUARY 8/9

Aspen Ridge Church will begin a new series on the book of Revelation entitled “Look Up.” It is widely agreed that we live in difficult times marked by uncertainty. In addition, we need perspective on our place in history. This series will describe the kingdom we are moving toward and will one day inherit and will explain just what the future will hold. We want to personally invite you and a friend to this new series. 

WEDNESDAY NIGHT DINNER / AWANA / DV8

We will resume our weekly activities on Wednesday/Thursday, January 5/6. Please join us on Wednesday from 5:30-6:30 PM for a delicious meal of baked lasagna, green beans, salad, rolls and dessert served in our Celebration Center. The cost is $3/person or $10/family. AWANA and DV8 Middle School from 6:30-8:00 PM, and Thursday, DV8 High School from 6:30-8:00 PM.

BIBLE STUDY FOR ALL

Our community bible study: Bible Study for All will resume on Wednesday, January 12 from 12:30-2:30 PM.

GIVING SUMMARY AS OF DECEMBER 24, 2021

GENERAL FUND          LAST WEEK          THIS MONTH          FISCAL YTD
Actual                             $     13,634              $   98,385               $  277,896
Budget                            $     25,000             $  100,000               $  301,500
Difference                       $    (11,367)            $     (1,615)              $   (23,604)

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