Reason from the Scriptures
Acts 17:1-9
Dr. Jeffrey Clark

The Big Idea: Paul’s reasoning from the Scriptures appeals to human will.

Paul reasoned from the Scriptures
Paul’s reasoning appeals to human will


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: Many Christian people are influenced by sensational and spectacular speakers and churches. Where and how do you see this today?  

Digging Deeper:

1) Paul “reasons from the Scriptures” (Acts 17:2). What kind of attitude do you have toward the Scriptures? How much authority do you give the Scriptures? How teachable are you from the Scriptures?  

2) Very likely, Paul’s reasoning started from a major premise (Israelite’s Messiah would suffer, die and rise again). He then moved to a minor premise (Jesus of Nazareth suffered, died and rose again). Finally, he proved a conclusion: Jesus of Nazareth is Israelite’s Messiah.

3) Secular scholars seek to separate the Jesus of history from the Christ of faith. They will grant the existence of a historical person named Jesus; however, they do not believe He was the unique Son of God or that He rose from the dead. How can you prepare for these arguments?

4) The wicked ones of the marketplace formed a mob. In what way may people who are less educated on Christianity be vulnerable to exploitation? How may these become unwitting tools of evil?  

Taking It Home: Those who responded favorably joined Paul and Silas. What steps of commitment are ahead for those who respond favorably to this message? How may faith commitments, baptism, church membership and small group life be appropriate steps of application from this passage? 


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.


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.


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 service at 2:00 PM on Sunday, March 10 at Aspen Ridge Church. Shuttle buses will be available for transport to and from The Barn for the luncheon. All who knew, loved and respected Jack are welcome. Please visit for more information or to write a condolence to the family.


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 303.674.5229 or email at [email protected] if you would like to assist with the potluck. Visit for more information or to write a condolence to the family.


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 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.


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.


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 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.

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