The Big Idea: A noble heart receives truth eagerly!
The Big Question: What made the Berean’s hearts noble?
The way they received the message.
The way they responded to the message.
The fruit they produced because of the message.
Bringing it Home: Was there anything that specifically impacted you from this passage?
Your story: Has there ever been a time in your life that you heard or learned something that turned your world upside down? How did you respond? How did you decide if it was true or not?
- How do you determine what truth is? (John 7:17, 1 John 4:1)
- Much of the opposition to Paul’s message was from the Jews and religious leaders, because the Jesus Paul was proclaiming to them didn’t fit their expectation of who he would be and what he would do. It turned their world upside down. Are there limitations that you place on God based upon your preconceived notions of Him?
- We live in an age of scandal (from pastors to politicians), wondering not if, but when, the next big scandal will break. Skepticism has become a virtue. Many times, we presume corruption or, at the very least, that anything too good to be true probably is. How has this affected your heart? How could it affect your heart’s soil “eagerness” to receive a life-changing treasure of truth as the Bereans did?
- Why did the Bereans receive the message with eagerness? Why did the Thessalonians respond with jealousy? (Acts 17:7-8)
Taking it Home: Spend some time evaluating your heart “soil”. Be honest with yourself; how willing are you to allow God to disrupt you (your agenda, plans, beliefs, personal convictions, etc)?
Ask God how He wants to apply these things in your life. Ask Him to show you anything in your life that is preventing you from receiving the treasure as a child. Ask Him to show you what you don’t see, if there’s anything in your life (resignation, lost hope, cynicism, critical spirit) that has diminished the treasure of the Good News in your life.
We would like to welcome Todd Ickes as our speaker this weekend. Todd is a member of Aspen Ridge and our preaching team. We would like to extend a special welcome to visitors and guests, and we invite you to an informal reception immediately following our worship service. Please visit the Welcome Center to get church information and receive a special gift when you turn in a Communication Card.
UPCOMING BAPTISM WEEKEND
Aspen Ridge will celebrate baptisms during our Easter weekend services, a reminder of our union with Christ’s victory over death and resurrection to new life. If you’d like to participate in these baptisms, you are asked to attend an orientation meeting. We will have baptism orientation meetings on Saturday, March 30 at 4:00 PM, Sunday, March 31 at 3:00 PM, then also Saturday, April 6 at 4:00 PM, and Sunday, April 7 at 6:00 PM.
CYPHERS CELEBRATION OF LIFE
Jonathan A. Cyphers, 34, passed away Sunday, February 24. A lifelong member and constant fixture at Aspen Ridge Church, Jon lived a courageous life, with a soft heart. He was a model of courage and strength and a joy-giver to everyone he passed by. His celebration of life will be held 2:00 PM Sunday, March 17 at Aspen Ridge, followed by a reception in the Fellowship Hall. Visit EvergreenMemorialPark.com for more information or to write a condolence to the family.
ASPEN RIDGE WEBSITE
Did you know Aspen Ridge Church has a new website? Effective December of 2018, our website was revised and rebuilt; it may be located at AspenRidgeChurch.org. Since our new website has been launched, connection to the site has increased by almost 30%. Previously 1200 were connecting with our site and the number has now increased to 1600. About half of those connecting are using desktop computers and 44% are using mobile devices (6% using tablets). We trust our new website may be a practical help to all in “inviting neighbors to find a home in Christ together.”
We want to thank God and His people for the generous sacrificial giving this year. Giving this year is out-pacing previous years’ giving by 5%. Further, we are our 7.3% above budget projections.
We have been experiencing significant growth in our children’s ministries. Attendance has hit 120 children in a single weekend recently. Thank you to the leadership of our children’s ministry (Debbie Stewart and Meredith Zouski) and our faithful and reliable teachers and volunteers. Further, thank you to the many workers who provide support to our mid-week children’s outreach. Our AWANA and DV8 Middle School Student Ministry reach close to 200 children and students on Wednesday nights. May God continue to favor our intention to invest in families so the generation to come may know the treasures of the gospel.
NEWCOMERS “EAT & GREET”
If you have recently begun attending Aspen Ridge Church, you are invited to join us for our next “Eat & Greet” Sunday, April 7 at 3:00 PM at Pastor Jeff and Mary’s home, 7183 Pinewood Drive, in Evergreen. This is a great time to get to know the staff at the church, as well as others who are new to our church family.
DV8 MISSIONS TRIP
DV8 Student Ministries is planning to serve in Cabo San Lucas on June 21-28. While this trip was originally organized as a student ministries trip, we want to make it available to any families or adults that might be interested. Contact Pastor Kreg if you have questions or want more information.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT DINNER
Stop in this week for a hot meal – dinner is served at 5:30 PM on Wednesday nights. This week, our menu includes lasagna, garlic bread, green beans, salad and dessert for $2.50/person or $10/family. All are welcome.