MESSAGE NOTES

The Value of a Letter
Revelation 2
Dr. Earl Waggoner

I. Introduction to Letter
A. Address: angel
B. Character of Christ

II. Body of Letter
A. Strengths
B. Weaknesses
C. Solution

III. Conclusion of Letter
A. Call
B. Challenge

Ephesus:
Smyrna:
Pergamum:
Thyatira:

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: To these four, ancient churches Jesus, through John, provides personalized information. If He was to provide this type of information to you, personally, which elements of your life and faith would He address? Answer the question aloud only if it’s appropriate.

Digging Deeper: 

1) Inspired by Jesus’ words to the church in Ephesus, how would you assess our church’s level of good works and defense against heresy? What is your evaluation of “the love Aspen Ridge had at first (2:4)?” Are we faithful in emphasizing/maintaining that love, or are there actions of repentance we need to undertake in returning to that love?

2) Regarding Jesus’s words to the Christians in Smyrna, what is your honest evaluation of the level of persecution we Aspen Ridge Christians are experiencing? Are there other folks or churches – nationally or even globally – experiencing persecution whom we could do a better job supporting?

3) The church at Pergamum was affirmed for remaining spiritually strong. However, Jesus seemed to think they could do better. Are there some areas of subtle, unnecessary spiritual compromise with which we as a church, a small group, or as individuals need to deal? If so, what might repentance look like?

4) Christians in Thyatira were affirmed for their love, good works, faith and endurance. Would Jesus say the same about Aspen Ridge’s faith and endurance (love and works are dealt with above)? Also, as with the church in Thyatira, are there areas of unnecessary cultural compromise with which we need to deal?

NEWCOMERS RECEPTION

We welcome Dr. Earl Waggoner as our speaker this weekend. Earl is a valued 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.

WINTER SMALL GROUP SEASON

It is starting to look and feel like winter, isn’t it? We have begun our small group winter season and it’s a great time to come inside and warm up with Godly fellowship offered by our small groups. Please join us at the lobby small group table to learn about opportunities for small group life.

BAPTISM WEEKEND

Aspen Ridge Church is hosting baptism services during the weekend of January 29/30. Please join us as we praise God and celebrate.

YEAR-END GIVING STATEMENTS

Aspen Ridge Church would like to thank many of you for your investment in our ministries including generous “end of the year” gifts. These include cash/non-cash gifts (such as certificates of stock or other non-liquid assets). Calendar-year giving statements were emailed this week. If you made a financial investment in this ministry in 2021 and did not receive an “end of the year” giving statement by email, contact the church office.

THE BRIDGE

On Sunday, January 30 from 4:00-6:30 PM we will host The Bridge. This is a meeting for people wanting to know 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.

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, 2022, from 11:00 AM-1:00 PM with free lunch for all attendees.

POSITION AVAILABLE

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.

GUARDIAN ANGELS SMALL GROUP

Guardian Angels is a community service class that will serve to prepare members with the knowledge necessary to perform some basic and advance skills in response to emergencies that arise. Class covers an array of skills to learn and apply – First Aid, CPR, AED as well trauma and other scenarios. Please come and join us. Our classes are on Saturdays from 11:00 AM-1:00 PM. Contact Andy Smith with questions and for future class dates at [email protected] or 303.912.8179.

PRECEPTS SMALL GROUP

Precepts has started a new six-week study on fasting which began on Saturday, January 8 from 9:00-10:00AM at Aspen Ridge Church. If you are interested in attending or would like more information, please call Dotti Manchette at 303.697.9141.

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.  Online registration is now open at https://togethertotransform.org and includes a complete schedule and more details. 

WEDNESDAY NIGHT DINNER

Please join us on Wednesday from 5:30-6:30 PM for a delicious meal of spaghetti, zoodles, salad, rolls and dessert served in our Celebration Center. The cost is $3.00/person or $10/family, and we would love to meet you there!

GIVING SUMMARY AS OF JANUARY 16, 2022

GENERAL FUND          LAST WEEK          THIS MONTH          FISCAL YTD
Actual                             $     11,991             $    37,272               $  375,351
Budget                            $     14,000             $   42,000                $  343,500
Difference                       $      (2,009)            $    (4,728)               $    31,851

 

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