The Marks of a True Church
Dr. Jeffrey Clark
Question: What are the marks of a true church?
A true church is built upon the apostles’ teaching, v. 4,5,11.
A true church is comprised of genuine believers, v. 2,8,10.
A true church receives Christ’s ordinances and correction, v. 8,1 Corinthians.
A true church affirms salvation as a gift, 1 Corinthians 4:7.
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: There are many perceptions about what identifies a local church today. What are some especially common misconceptions?
1) Paul again reasons from Scripture, but he is also “occupied” (v. 3) with God’s Word, and he “teaches” this Word (v. 11). One mark of a true church is that it is built upon the apostles’ teaching. How can you elevate, promote and advance the apostles’ teaching?
2) Review the faith of Aquila and Priscilla (v. 2), Titius Justus (v. 7) and Crispus (v. 8). Another mark of a true church is that it is made up of believing people. How does one discern or confirm genuine faith? How may local church membership serve this end?
3) Notice how many Corinthians hearing Paul believed and were baptized. Another mark of a true church includes obedience of Christ’s ordinances. What are Christ’s ordinances?
4) Which foundational teaching would provide the needed help for church health and unity in this diverse place? How does this foundational teaching provide both the humility and hope needed for a church to flourish?
Taking It Home: Have you identified with Christ in the waters of baptism? Do you prioritize attendance on the first weekend of the month to participate in the Lord’s Table? Is it time to inquire about local church membership?
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 three more baptism orientation Sunday, March 31 at 3:00 PM, Saturday, April 6 at 4:00 PM or Sunday, April 7 at 6:00 PM.
NEWCOMERS “EAT & GREET”
If you have recently begun attending Aspen Ridge Church, you are invited to join us for our next “Eat & Greet” on 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. Contact the church office to indicate your interest in attending.
CALLING ALL MEN
On Saturday, April 13, men will gather in the Celebration Center for Men’s Breakfast. This month, Bob Wilking will give information about his new “fun group,” focused on frisbee golf. There will also be a general overview on Aspen Ridge life. Men of all ages are welcome.
MOPS HOP 2019
Aspen Ridge MOPS is proud to host their annual MOPS Hop on Saturday, April 20. 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 – invite your neighbors.
LOST AND FOUND
Our lost and found closet (located on the lower level, next to the outgoing doors) will be cleaned out the week of April 8. Please stop in before that date to check for any missing items. Items that remain will be donated to EChO.
Children’s Ministry is searching for special needs volunteers. This involves one-on-one care, to watch and to play with some of our great kids. This is an opportunity to serve once or twice a month. Please contact Debbie Stewart or Meredith Zouski with your interest.
SUMMER FUN SMALL GROUPS
Spring is here, and summer is right around the corner. Do you love getting out in God’s creation during the warmer months? Have you felt a nudge to lead a fun small group? Frisbee golf, fishing, hiking and Jeeping groups are gearing up. Talk to Eric about your idea in person, or he can be reached at the email listed in the staff section below.
A SERVICE OPPORTUNITY
Are you looking for a place to serve that always makes people smile? Please consider helping out on the coffee ministry team. Your commitment can be as little as one time per month. Contact Jean at [email protected] or give her a call at 303.506.4827.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT DINNER
Stop in this week for a hot meal – dinner is served at 5:30 PM on Wednesday nights. This week, we will be serving sloppy joes, chips, salad and dessert for $2.50/person or $10/family. All are welcome.
The Condras (Papua New Guinea/Texas)
Please be in prayer for Ed and Debi Condra; they have recently moved back to Texas, as Debi has Alzheimer’s. There is much to balance for her care and the continued work of translating the Bible into the various dialects in Papua New Guinea. This transition has been a challenging one and will take some time for the Condras to adjust.