Look Up to Final Judgment
Dr. Jeffrey Clark
The Big Idea: After the King’s thousand-year reign, he will
execute a final judgment.
A Final Judgment on Satan, 20:7-10.
A Final Judgment for the dead, 20:11-14.
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: Have you appeared before a judge in a court of law? What was it like and how did you feel?
1) After the millennium, Satan is released to deceive the nations. This confirms that Satan cannot and will not be reformed; his doom is just. Review Genesis 18:25 and Romans 9:14 on the justice of God. How can you thank and celebrate God for His justice?
2) A description of the battle of Gog and Magog may be found in Ezekiel 38-9, which appears to cohere with Revelation 20:7-10. In sum, an international coalition attacks a restored and prominent Israel. This happens despite a visible rule and reign of Christ for a thousand years. How does this confirm the “fallenness” of human beings?
3) The dead (great and small) are raised to face final judgment at the Great White Throne. God in Christ will render judgment based on what He finds in the books. These include a record of what people have done. What is the outcome of this judgment? Where and when do you see people attempting to earn and deserve a place with God by their works?
4) There is also a book of life, which includes the names of those who have trusted Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord. If someone’s name was not found in the book of life, he or she was given over to the lake of fire. Despite wishes or claims to the contrary, hell is real. Discuss.
Taking it Home: In the coming weeks, Aspen Ridge Church will celebrate Palm Sunday and Easter with a series entitled “Shoulder to Shoulder” (travelers on the Road to Emmaus). Begin to pray about who you can invite to this series and make the invitation.
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.
SHOULDER TO SHOULDER – AN EASTER SERIES
This Palm Sunday and Easter, Aspen Ridge Church will re-tell the encounter on the Road to Emmaus in a series entitled “Should to Shoulder.” On Palm Sunday weekend we will feature a special children’s presentation and review the travelers’ journey. On Easter weekend we will celebrate baptisms and describe how the travelers’ eyes were opened to see the risen Jesus. Our services will include Saturday Night at 5:00 PM and Sunday at 9:00 and 10:30 AM. Bring a friend!
After celebrating baptisms a few weeks ago, we have received interest in providing an additional baptism service. We will do so on Easter weekend, April 16/17. We will provide baptism orientation meetings, with the expectation that someone getting baptized will attend at least one. These meetings will be March 24 at 5:00 PM and April 2 at 1:00 PM. If you are interested in baptism, please indicate on our communication card or call the church office and we will provide the needed support and orientation.
RELATIONSHIPS UNDER CONSTRUCTION SERMON SERIES
In the weeks following Easter, Aspen Ridge Church will present a series entitled “Relationships Under Construction.” This series will give special attention to building constructive relationships between and among the sexes. It will be a comprehensive look at different types of relationships: husbands and wives, friendships among singles, people in spiritually diverse marriages and people who aspire to marriage (or are engaged). Wise counsel will be found in 1 Corinthians 7.
Please join us here at Aspen Ridge Church on April 22 at 7:30 PM for the Evergreen Chorale in concert with the premier Irish Michael Collins Pipes and Drums band in an evening of exciting music from the British Isles! For tickets and more information, please visit us at https://ovationwest.org/events-tickets/a-celtic-celebration. We look forward to seeing you here for a wonderful musical experience!
ELDER BOARD SERVICE PROJECT
Our elder team would like to announce a relief effort and service project toward our sister churches and their neighbors in Ukraine. Please visit this Converge link; https://www.converge.org/missions/world-relief for more information. In the meantime, our Missions team is ready to receive gifts that would be forwarded to this purpose, please mark those gifts accordingly.
THE SANCTITY OF LIFE
Our elder team encourages our church family to be educated on developments in the Colorado legislature that are not favorable to the sanctity of human life. As you are led, we invite you to exert influence on such developments in our state government. If you would like further information, you may contact Aspen Ridge Church elder Greg Kopp at [email protected]
ADJUSTED OFFICE HOURS
Please note that our main office hours will be adjusted beginning Tuesday, March 29 through and including Tuesday, April 5. Tuesday through Thursday we will be open from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM and Friday from 9:00 AM – Noon. We will return to normal office hours on Wednesday, April 6.
MOPS HOP 2022
Aspen Ridge MOPS is proud to host our “returned-to-full-participation” annual MOPS Hop on Saturday, April 16! This family-friendly event will feature an Easter egg hunt (divided by age groups), “brunch with the bunny” and fun activities for all. The fun begins at 10:00 AM – we hope you can join us and invite your neighbors.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT DINNER
Our dinner and weekly DV8 student activities are cancelled this week for Spring Break. Please join us on Wednesday, March 30 for baked chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans, rolls and dessert. The cost is $3/person or $10/family.
SAVE THE DATE FOR VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL (VBS)!
VBS will be held June 13-17! Keep an eye out for volunteer sign-up opportunities in April. Registration for kids will open in May.
GIVING SUMMARY AS OF MARCH 13, 2022
GENERAL FUND LAST WEEK THIS MONTH FISCAL YTD
Actual $ 15,366 $ 30,884 $ 482,946
Budget $ 17,000 $ 34,000 $ 469,500
Difference $ (1,634) $ (3,116) $ 13,446