MESSAGE NOTES

Live as You Are Called
1 Corinthians 7:17-24
Dr. Jeffrey Clark

The Big Idea: God’s call extends to the circumstances of your life.

Whether you are single or married, v. 6-16.
Whether you are an Israelite or a non-Israelite, v. 18-19.
Whether you are a slave or free, v. 21-23.

Applications:

  • Acknowledge and accept your circumstances as allowed (and given) by God.
  • Resist thinking new circumstances will change your relationship with God.
  • Improve yourself but don’t let such improvements define you.
  • Affirm your identity as a child of God (if and as this is the case).
  • Find your place as a welcome member of the local church.

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

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: Describe the life context for your family, work, ethnicity and nationality.

Digging Deeper:

1) The “big idea” in the text relates to living your life in the circumstances given by God. This message is repeated in v. 17, 20, and 24. To what degree do you accept your context and circumstances? Describe your “contentment” quotient.

2) In verse 18-19, Paul asserts that ethnic differences do not matter and should not define or divide followers of Christ. What does matter is to keep the commandments of God, which may refer to commandments given through Noah to the entire earth (before the existence of Israel). Review Genesis 9:1-7 and identify these commandments.

3) Learning to accept our context and circumstances should not result in a passive approach to life that neglects opportunities to improve ourselves (see v. 21b). What opportunities exist in your life for self-improvement? Where may God be inviting you to receive some education or make progress in your vocation?

4) The person who is a “slave” is a freedman in the Lord; further, the person who is free is in reality a slave of Christ. These statements serve to elevate the less important and to lower those who think too highly of themselves.

Taking it Home: Accept your gender, ethnicity, marital status or singleness in the plan of God. Acknowledge your circumstances as given by God. Resist a change in circumstances simply for the sake of change alone. Improve your standing at home or in the workforce but don’t let such define you. Affirm your identity as a child of God.

NEWCOMERS RECEPTION

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.

WEEKEND FELLOWSHIP

Please join us this weekend after each worship service for our Food Truck Fellowship. Meals are available for $3/person. We look forward to great food, fun and fellowship in our new and improved patio area!

BABY BOTTLES IN THE LOBBY

Yearly, during the weeks that separate Mother’s Day from Father’s Day, (May 8 – June 19) Life’s Options, one of our ministry partners, makes baby bottles available for your donations. Just fill the bottles with the pocket change from wherever you drop your coins each day and return the filled bottles to church by Father’s Day, June19. Your small change makes a big difference!

THE BRIDGE

On Sunday, May 22 from 4:00-6:30 PM we will host a session of “The Bridge.” This is a meeting for people wanting to know all about Aspen Ridge, its ministries, small groups and more. If you are interested in attending, please call the church office to RSVP or note your interest on the communication card! Childcare/dinner are provided.

OUR NEXT BAPTISM WEEKEND

Our next baptism weekend is on Memorial Day weekend, May 28/29. We will provide baptism orientation meetings, with the expectation that someone getting baptized will attend at least one. The last of these meetings will be May 15 at 11:30 AM. If you are interested, please let our pastoral know.

SUMMER SCHEDULE CHANGES

Memorial Day weekend begins our summer schedule. We will adjust our service times, with Saturday services remaining the same and Sunday services combining into one 10:00 AM service. We will resume our regular schedule in the fall.

LOST AND FOUND

We are clearing out the Lost and Found closet, located on the lower level, after May 22. Please check for items that belong to you.

KIDZONE CHANGES COMING SOON!

We are excited to announce that we will rearrange our classroom structure to better fit the needs of our children beginning Sunday, May 29. (Saturday services will remain the same with all children meeting in Room 110.) Ages will now be grouped as follows:
Infants and Toddlers; ages 0, 1 and 2 in Room 109 (Downstairs)
Preschool; ages 3, 4 and 5 in Room 110
Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd Grades in Room 112/113
3rd, 4th and 5th Grades in Room 114
Our beautiful Nursery will now be a “Comfort Room” for parents with young babies. 

AWANA WRAP-UP

Our AWANA year was an amazing success. Kids, you worked so hard and memorized God’s Word. Volunteers, you were incredible. Thank you for your hard work and dedication. See you in the fall! 

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL (VBS)

Come join us at VBS as we “Armor Up in the Quest for the King’s Armor” and teach children about Jesus, June 13-17, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Contact Debbie with any questions. Online registration will open Tuesday. May 17 on the church website. Remember to register early, as we are expecting a full house!

UKRAINE RELIEF

You may know that Aspen Ridge Church has been communicating a service project toward our sister churches and their neighbors in Ukraine. The following link: https://converge.org/missions/world-relief provides more information. We are pleased to announce that our church has given some $6,000 toward this project! If you would like to give, you may do so with a gift to Aspen Ridge Church and an indication that this gift is for “Ukraine Relief.”

GIVING SUMMARY AS OF MAY 8, 2022

GENERAL FUND          LAST WEEK          THIS MONTH          FISCAL YTD
Actual                             $     15,250            $    34,064              $  620,482
Budget                            $     13,000            $    26,000              $  585,500
Difference                       $       2,250            $      8,064              $    34,982

 

 

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