MESSAGE NOTES

The Hard Sayings of Jesus
Matthew 18:35
Dr. Jeffrey Clark

“So also, my heavenly Father will do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother from your heart.”  Question: What does Jesus mean by this hard saying?

Review the Parable
Confirm the Principle
Boundaries and Distinctions
From the Heart

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 what degree do you believe that forgiveness (or a lack thereof) is a problem in our culture today? What evidence do you have in support of your view?

Digging Deeper:
1) If it is not possible for a genuine believer to lose his or her salvation, what consequence may a believer experience if he or she chooses not to forgive?

2) Compare the contrast between the forgiveness the servant received with the forgiveness he failed to give. In what way is failing to extend forgiveness inconsistent with what has been received?

3) Interact with the following definition for forgiveness: take someone off your “hook” and you place them on God’s “hook.” Forgiveness means agreeing to live with the consequences of another person’s wrongdoing. Discuss.

4) What is forgiveness NOT? In what way(s) is forgiveness commonly misunderstood?

Taking it Home: Make sure you received God’s forgiveness through faith in Christ. In a quiet place, ask God to reveal to your mind any people you need to forgive. With a journal in hand, go to God and choose to be honest with Him by saying “Lord, I choose to forgive [the person] for [say what they did or failed to do] because it made me feel [then tell God every hurt and pain].” Stay with this process until every hurt has been put on the table. Let God lead you to the emotional core where the healing will take place.

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.

FAMILY SERVICE WEEKEND

This weekend Aspen Ridge Church will host a “family service,” meaning children are intentionally included in the adult gatherings in the Celebration Center. Nursery care will remain available for infants and toddlers in our KidZone, Room #109. Next week we rotate back to our regular classes for children. Also, parents with babies, please take advantage of our “Comfort Room” located in our main lobby across from the Student Center.

BABY BOTTLES DUE BACK BY JUNE 19

Yearly, during the weeks that separate Mother’s Day from Father’s Day, (May 8 – June 19) Life’s Options, one of our ministry partners, makes baby bottles available for your donations. Just fill the bottles with the pocket change from wherever you drop your coins each day and return the filled bottles to church by Father’s Day, June19. Your small change makes a big difference!

SUMMER SCHEDULE CHANGES

We have adjusted our service times, with Saturday services remaining the same and Sunday services combining into one 10:00 AM service. We will resume our regular schedule in the fall.

NEW SUMMER SMALL GROUP

What happens when we worship? Join a new, summer small group, on Wednesdays beginning June 15, from 6:00-7:30 PM at the church that will explore this question with the help of What Happens When We Worship by Jonathan Landry Cruse. We will examine the significance of corporate worship and recognize how God is doing something to us, for us and through us in each element of the service. You are welcome! 

OFFICE SCHEDULE

Please note that the church office will be closed on Thursday, June 23 for training purposes.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL (VBS)

Please pray for us at VBS as we “Armor Up in the Quest for the King’s Armor” and teach children about Jesus, June 13-17, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM. We are excited to have the children sing for us in services next weekend (6/18 & 19). You are invited to join us after each service with a food truck as we will celebrate our wonderful VBS families and volunteers and a great week together! 

GOD SIGHTINGS

Aspen Ridge Church is always interesting in hearing about… and celebrating… God-sightings. Have you experienced God in a particular way? Have you had a meaningful spiritual conversation with a friend? Have you had a rewarding opportunity to serve in your neighborhood? Let us know on the church communication card so we can praise God with you.

UPCOMING WEEKENDS

Aspen Ridge Church is pleased to welcome a few of our missionaries in the coming weeks. The weekend of June 18/19 we will introduce Marcus & Kayla Mackey, church planters with Converge Rocky Mountain. The weekend of June 25/26 we will introduce Eric & Cara Coe serving Russia with Cru.

NEW SERMON SERIES BEGINNING JUNE 4/5

Do you ever wonder what to do with the “hard sayings” of Jesus? These include the different cultural background in Jesus’ day, the finitude of our human minds and even the resistance of human hearts. Once we understand what He meant, we can receive His truth, turn from our self-centered ways and be transformed in a relationship with Him. We invite you and a friend to connect on a weekend (or online) with Aspen Ridge Church this summer for “The Hard Sayings of Jesus.”

DV8 STUDENT SUMMER SCHEDULE

Beginning in June and running through August we will have summertime student ministries, middle school Wednesdays and high school Thursdays both from 6:30-8:30 PM here at Aspen Ridge. Bring a friend and come join us! Sign-up for the parent newsletter is on the student’s page on the Aspen Ridge website for more details.

COMING MESSAGES

June 18/19, Mark 2:17, presented by Jeff Clark
June 25/26, John 10:1-5, presented by Eric Coe
July 2/3, Matthew 5:44, presented by Jeff Clark

GIVING SUMMARY AS OF JUNE 5, 2022

GENERAL FUND          LAST WEEK          THIS MONTH          FISCAL YTD
Actual                             $     11,948            $    11,948              $  667,031
Budget                            $     13,000            $    13,000             $  637,500
Difference                       $      (1,052)           $     (1,052)            $    29.531

 

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