MESSAGE NOTES

Political Expectations
Psalm 110
Dr. Jeffrey Clark

Question: What political expectations does God have for His kingdom?

The expectation of a certain type of ruler, v. 1, 2.
The expectation of a certain type of rulership, v. 3,4.
The expectation of a certain type of realm, v. 5-7.

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

My Story:  What political expectations do you see in the culture? How are these similar (or different) from what you see in the church? 

Digging Deeper:

1) Psalm 110 was written by David, an Israelite King. In the Spirit, he hears a conversation between two parties, the LORD and “my Lord.”  Who are these?

2) David looked to a future king who would be able to save and rule in a way he never could. In the same way, we should not expect salvation or deliverance from (merely) human rulers. We should worship and serve God in Christ alone. Discuss.

3) David looks forward to the day of his Lord’s “power” (v. 3). It looks forward to the time when Christ will appear as the Deliverer from Zion (Romans 11:25-7) at His Second Coming. What other events will mark this Second Coming?

4) David’s “Lord” will be a king-priest forever. What do you know about Melchizedek and in what way does he point to a priestly ministry of Jesus? What difference does this priestly ministry make in your life?

5) Alongside the Second Coming will be the wrath of judgment. Read Revelation 19, a chapter which describes the visible return of Jesus Christ. Do not expect peace on earth before such a visible return.  Instead, there will be a ripening of evil on the earth.

Taking it Home: Select from among these statements: our political expectations should align with Scripture; God in Jesus Christ alone should be worshiped (not political leaders); Jesus Christ will reign on earth at the Second Coming over His enemies; the priestly rule of Jesus Christ for eternity invites us to call on Him; since the establishment of the kingdom is future, resist expecting such power now; God’s way to the throne is by the humiliation of the cross so expect suffering. Talk with your family or friends about which you need to hear and what next step to take.

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 on tables in the Celebration Center.

PSALM 110

The message for this weekend entitled “Political Expectations” is inspired by Psalm 110. In a few moments before, during, or after the service, why don’t you peruse this important Psalm? Ask God to illuminate your heart to receive and apply this Psalm.

BABY BOTTLES IN THE LOBBY

Yearly, during the weeks that separate Mother’s Day from Father’s Day, (May 14 – June 18) Life’s Options, one of our ministry partners, makes baby bottles available for your donations. Just fill the bottles with the pocket change each day and return the filled bottles to church by Father’s Day, June 18. Your small change makes a big difference!

SUMMER SCHEDULE CHANGES HAVE BEGUN!

This 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.

FAMILY SERVICE WEEKEND FOR JUNE 10/11

The weekend of June 10/11, Aspen Ridge Church will host “family services,” meaning children are intentionally included in the adult gatherings in the Celebration Center. Nursery care for ages two and under will remain available. There will be activity booklets and crayons available for children as you enter the Celebration Center.

UPCOMING BAPTISM

Are you new to a faith commitment in Jesus Christ? Are you ready to take a public step to identify with Jesus Christ? Aspen Ridge Church plans on celebrating baptisms this summer during the weekend of July 29/30. If you are interested, attendance at a baptism orientation meeting will be a necessary step. Pastor Jeff Clark will host an orientation meeting on June 17 at 4:00 PM. Pastor Kreg Kastelz will host an orientation meeting June 21 at 5:00 PM. Pastor Lawrence Pridmore will host an orientation meeting on June 28 at 4:00 PM.

SONGS FROM THE WEEKEND

Hallelujah Anyway – Rend Collective
10,000 Reasons – Chris Tomlin
Springtime – Chris Renzema
Seek Ye First – Hymn/Classic/Traditional
Prince of Peace – Hillsong United

WORLD VISION

Aspen Ridge Church leaders have heard a podcast(s) recently which has helped stretch and cultivate a vision for the gospel throughout the world. The podcasts are entitled “The Coworkers Podcast” and available on Apple podcasts. 

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL

Aspen Ridge Church invites children to this year’s VBS as we teach about Jesus in our Food Truck Party, On A Roll With God VBS, June 12-16, 9:00 AM–noon. Online registration is open on our website or use AspenRidgeChurch.org/vbs-2023 for a direct link. Be a part of the summer’s biggest party in our mountain community! Volunteer training is Sunday, June 4 after the morning service.

LOOKING AHEAD

As the school year comes to a close, Aspen Ridge Church leaders are prayerfully considering how to increase the effectiveness of our ministry for the next year. If you have ideas on how to improve things, could you please write down such ideas on a communication card? We seek to gather all these ideas by mid-June. Thanks for your input.

LIFE OPTIONS

Aspen Ridge Church will hear an update from Kelli Dixon, Executive Director of Life Options, on the weekend of June 10 & 11. Life Options Pregnancy Center is a local ministry partner promoting the sanctity of human life. If you would like to know more about Life Options, you may connect with them at lifesoptionspc.org.

ROYAL FAMILY KIDS

Aspen Ridge Church is partnering with Royal Family Kids (RFK) to bring 40 foster kids to camp from July 30-August 4, 2023. Please contact Bethany Van Mill at bvanmill@sbcglobal.net to learn more about being a counselor for the week of camp and the many other ways to help.

DID YOU KNOW?

All people are on a spiritual quest even if they might not expressly affirm such. An intellectual believer is someone who believes in God but who is not committed to God. Someone indifferent has ceased caring about the issue of God. Someone contented has it all and doesn’t think he or she needs God. Do you know people in these kinds of places? How can you love and serve these?

GIVING SUMMARY AS OF MAY 21, 2023

GENERAL FUND           LAST WEEK         THIS MONTH        FISCAL YTD
Actual                             $       24,948           $     47,761            $  631,832
Budget                            $       16,634           $     49,901            $  628,607
Difference                       $         8,314           $      (2,140)           $      3,225

 

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