MESSAGE NOTES

Look up to the Revelation
Revelation 1:1-3
Dr. Jeffrey Clark

Question: What questions do you bring to the book of Revelation?

Why does one need a series on the book of Revelation?
What kind of book is this?
What does one do with the symbolic language?
What is the best interpretive approach to this book?
How does one begin to apply this book?

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: Common reactions to the Book of Revelation include positive, negative, puzzled and troubled. Which of these reactions best describe you? Why?

Digging Deeper:

1) The Book of Revelation is an apocalyptic prophecy in letter form.  Review who writes the letter (1:4a) and to whom it is sent (1:4b). Just what else is said in the opening greeting (1:4b-8)?

2) On the matter of symbolic language, identify ways you use symbolism in conversation. John uses the symbol of “Lamb” in Revelation 5:6 to symbolize Jesus Christ. Further, he uses the symbol of locusts in Revelation 9:7 to symbolize demonic beings. Discuss.

3) A number of different approaches are taken to interpret this book.  What are these and why is the futuristic approach preferred by our speaker? Of what value is knowing the future in this way?

Taking it Home: Review the promise in Revelation 1:3. How can you read aloud this book, hear and keep the words written in this prophecy? Why is this important?

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.

WINTER SMALL GROUP SEASON

It is starting to look and feel like winter, isn’t it? We begin our small group winter season in January 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 in January to learn more about opportunities for small group life.

SOUP’ER SATURDAY

Please join us for Soup’er Saturday this weekend (1/8) immediately following our Saturday evening service. This is a time of great food and fellowship, and all are welcome.

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 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.

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.

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 next class is January 15, 2022, Saturday at 11:00 AM-1:00 PM. Contact Andy Smith with questions at [email protected]il.com or 303.912.8179.

PRECEPTS SMALL GROUP

Precepts will start a new six-week study on fasting beginning 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.

“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

Please join us on Wednesday from 5:30-6:30 PM for a delicious meal of chicken pot pie, 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 DECEMBER 31, 2021

GENERAL FUND          LAST WEEK          THIS MONTH          FISCAL YTD
Actual                             $     34,379             $  132,764               $  312,276
Budget                            $     25,000             $  100,000               $  301,500
Difference                       $       9,379             $    32,764               $    10,776

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