Christ Followers & Colorado
Dr. Jeffrey Clark
Question: How do Christ-followers relate to the State of Colorado?
Remember the state exists to promote good.
Appeal to the state for legal protection.
Understand the state can correct from within.
Make sure if you suffer it is as an innocent.
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: How friendly is our state to Christian values and beliefs?
1)Romans 13:1-3 provides a summary review of how any state derives its authority. What responsibility does God give to state leaders? As a constitutional republic, what is our responsibility toward the state?
2) This passage shows Paul and Silas making an appeal to the state based on legal rights. Why do you think the Apostle Paul does this (now)? When and how should Christians appeal to the state?
3) This passage describes the state correcting its mistakes. On what occasions has the state corrected itself? In your opinion, where does the state need to correct itself today? How can you influence such correction?
4) Paul and Silas suffer as innocent victims, in the way of Jesus Christ. If you suffer hardship from the state of Colorado, how does it compare to the suffering of Paul and Silas? In what way do you suffer as an innocent victim? Discuss.
Taking It Home: In the way of giving priority to Christian community, connect with a small group this week. Spend time in your small group praying for the branches of government in the state of Colorado.
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.
Please join us following the Saturday evening service for soup and fellowship. If you are interested in joining this soup’er fun ministry, reach out to Jodie Cates at [email protected] to be added to the list.
This weekend is an opportunity to contribute to the benevolent fund, which is used for our church family and community members in times of need. You may give your gift on the way out of the service today.
UPCOMING BAPTISM WEEKEND
During the Easter holidays, we will be discussing “Death & Life.” 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.
NEWKIRK CELEBRATION OF LIFE
John “Jack” B. Newkirk passed away on February 9, just a few weeks short of his 99th birthday. A 12:00 PM luncheon at The Barn at Evergreen Memorial Park, next door, will precede the Celebration of Life at 2:00 PM on Sunday, March 10 at Aspen Ridge Church. Please RSVP to Melissa at 303.726.7094 by Monday to attend the luncheon. All who knew, loved and respected Jack are welcome. Please visit EvergreenMemorialPark.com for more information or to write a condolence to the family.
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. Contact Carol Reinoehl at [email protected] if you would like to assist with the potluck. Please visit EvergreenMemorialPark.com for more information or to write a condolence to the 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. Please feel free to contact Pastor Kreg if you have questions or want more information.
In an effort to better serve our community and families, you will notice some changes taking place within our walls. The two restrooms by the nursery have been converted into family restrooms, which will allow privacy for young families. Further, new locks have been placed on these doors. There are also changing tables on order that will be placed in all of the restroom facilities. Please contact our elders with any further questions.
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 baked chicken, mashed potatoes/gravy, green beans, bread, salad and dessert for $2.50/person or $10/family. All are welcome.
CONVERGE ROCKY MOUNTAIN (CRM)
CRM’s annual conference, Together to Transform, will be held March 15-16 at Mission Hills Church in Littleton. This year’s theme is “Embracing and Unleashing the Power of God’s Love.” Visit togethertotransform.org for more information and to register for this event. If you are interested in being a delegate to the CRM annual meeting, please contact the church office.
IdRaHaJe presents Worship on the Mountain on March 9 at 7:00 PM. This will be an evening of celebration, worship and praise. Seating is limited and you will need a no-cost ticket to attend. You can reserve your ticket now at idrahaje.org/cms/worship or call 303.838.5668. There are flyers in our media stands with more information.