MESSAGE NOTES

Matthew 5:48 – You Must Be Perfect

How Must You Be Perfect?
Matthew 5:43-48
Dr. Jeffrey Clark

The Big Idea: You are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

The problems – Jane Austen.
Possibility #1 – Humans are to be mature and complete in fulfilling their God-given design.
Possibility #2 – Humans are to be absolutely perfect in the presence of God.

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: “Pictures of perfection… make me sick and wicked.”  React to this quote from Jane Austen.

Digging Deeper:

1) Some of us struggle with tendencies toward perfectionism. What is perfectionism and in what way(s) may people struggle with this?

2) One possibility includes the idea that people are to be complete and mature. Review James 1:4 and discuss how trials develop a resiliency that James describes as “perfect and complete.”

3) In Philippians 3:15, maturity has to do with ways of thinking. Ask God to reveal patterns of thought that lead to maturity and patterns of thought that do not lead to maturity. What do you discern?

4) The context for the Sermon on the Mount leads one to believe that sinless perfection is not possible in these mortal bodies. How do you understand “hungering and thirsting for righteousness” and “forgive us our debts”?

5) If a person is positionally “in Christ,” the benefits of Christ’s righteous life and substitutionary death apply by faith. How does a person come to be “in Christ”?

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.

THANK YOU

Aspen Ridge Church and the Kanagy family would like to thank those who came alongside the family for a Celebration of Life service and reception on Thursday for Emily Kanagy. Thank you for providing nursery care, coordination, refreshments, along with prayers and unbelievable support and encouragement.

NEWCOMER’S EAT & GREET

Are you interested in getting to know more about Aspen Ridge Church? Pastor Jeff and Mary will host this informal gathering at their home on Sunday, July 10 at 2:00 PM. The address is 7183 Pinewood Drive in Evergreen. We would love to connect with you and hear more about your interests/desires. Please contact the church office to RSVP.

ELDER NOMINATIONS – DUE BY JULY 15

The elders are asking members of Aspen Ridge Church to prayerfully consider nominating qualified men as elder candidates. Nomination forms are available in the church office and need to be returned by Friday, July 15.

JULY 16/17

Next weekend we are excited to welcome Kyle & Melody, our North African Partners, to our services. They will be at a table in the Lobby after each service for an informal, one-on-one Q&A. Come join us for a snack and with a question!

OUR NEXT BAPTISM WEEKEND

Our next baptism weekend is on August 20/21. We will provide three baptism orientation meetings, with the expectation that someone getting baptized will attend at least one. These meetings will be held on July 27 at 5:00 PM, July 31at 9:00 AM and August 3 at 4:00 PM. If you are interested, please indicate on our communication card or call the church office and we will provide the needed support and orientation.

ADDITIONAL INVESTMENT

We have heard many positive comments about tables provided in the downstairs patio area, so we decided to add more! Thank you to our Service Ministries Team and our Properties Ministry Team in purchasing and assembling such tables and umbrellas.

DV8 GUYS CAMPING TRIP ITEMS NEEDED

We have a High School Guys camping trip July 11-13 and are asking to borrow some items for it from anyone who is willing to share. We are looking for: a 10 x10 canopy tent, a “camp chef” cooker, a propane fire pit and a few stand-up paddle boards. Please email Kreg if you have one of these!

SUMMER FUN GROUP MEETING

Fly Fishing-101 class offered at Aspen Ridge for anyone who would like to learn the art of fly fishing, or information about it. This will be on July 16 in the Fellowship Hall from 9:00-11:00 AM, bring your fly rod and reel if you have one. Please contact Bob Browers at 720-660-8020 for details.

FAITH DAY AT THE ROCKIES

Faith Day at the Rockies is Sunday, August 14 at 1:10 PM. Tickets are available for the game against the Oakland A’s as well as a concert with We The Kingdom following the game. The tickets are $22.50 each, we have great seats in the lower level, section 117. The deadline to purchase tickets is Sunday, July 31. Please contact Marilyn Betsch at 303.489.6711 (call/text) or email [email protected] directly to purchase your tickets for this fun fellowship event.

LIFESTYLE INFORMATION

Evergreen has an especially high percentage of people who are “Booming with Confidence.” These include people who are well-educated, affluent, living in upscale housing, investors, tech apprentices and environmental philanthropists. Which neighbors do you know who may be described this way?

COMING MESSAGES

July 16/17, Luke 9:60, presented by Kyle, North African Partner
July 23/24, Mark 8:34, presented by Lawrence Pridmore
July 30/31, Mark 9:40, presented by Jeff Clark

GIVING SUMMARY AS OF JULY 3, 2022

GENERAL FUND          LAST WEEK          THIS MONTH          FISCAL YTD
Actual                             $      11,422            $    11,422             $  722,525
Budget                            $      11,200            $    11,200             $  687,700
Difference                       $           222            $         222             $    34,825

 

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