MESSAGE NOTES

…to the Ends of the Earth
Religious Pluralism

Acts 14:8-23
Dr. Jeffrey Clark

Question: How do we live out our faith in a pluralistic society, one where seemingly “anything goes?”

  • God’s power displayed, v. 8-10.
  • God’s power misinterpreted, v. 11-13.
  • God’s power proclaimed, v. 14-18.

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: What is religious pluralism and how do you see this in your world?

Digging Deeper:

  1. Paul displays God’s power in the healing of a lame man (Acts 14:8-10). On the one hand, Luke does not describe signs and wonders as essential to the gospel’s progress. On the other hand, he nowhere appears to limit these to the apostolic age. How should we think about a miracle like this?
  2. The miracle is misunderstood by those in Lystra in what way (Acts 14:11-13)? How may God’s miracles be misunderstood by those in our harvest fields today? What practical steps can be taken to resist the worship of created things or creatures rather than God?
  3. Instead of beginning with news about Jesus’ cross work and resurrection, the Apostle Paul begins with the doctrines of creation, fall and providence. What does Paul say about these important doctrines? How do they establish truths foundational to the gospel?

Taking It Home: Around Thanksgiving our culture widely recognizes a Creator God who provides many good and favorable gifts. How can you build on the Thanksgiving holiday to give a Christian witness? Invite a friend or neighbor to our Bird is the Word: Community Thanksgiving Dinner on November 18 at 6:00 PM.

NEWCOMERS RECEPTION

We want to extend a special welcome to visitors and guests, and we invite you to an informal reception immediately following our worship service. Pastor Jeff will meet you at the Welcome Center, where you can receive a special gift when you turn in a Communication Card.

THANK YOU, NATE!

We would like to expressly thank Nate Rees for his role as Interim Director of Worship Arts over the past five months. Nate has been a steady servant who has led us into corporate worship with a heartfelt devotion. Next weekend, we will begin a transition to our new Pastor of Worship Arts, Lawrence Pridmore. Please take a moment this weekend or next to express your gratitude to Nate, in person.

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD – COLLECTION WEEKEND!

We have filled boxes with supplies, toys and the good news of Jesus to send to a child who may never have received a gift. Boxes are due this weekend and must be returned no later than Sunday, November 11.

NEWCOMERS “EAT & GREET”

If you have recently begun attending Aspen Ridge Church, you are invited to join us for our Eat & Greet event on this Sunday, November 11 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.

HAPPY VETERANS DAY

There will be a dinner for veterans and their family members on Sunday, November 11 from 3:00 – 5:00 PM in the Celebration Center. Please RSVP to Lloyd See at 303.881.6043, if you’d like more information. We love our veterans and want to honor them!

WEBSITE NEWS

We are in the process of upgrading our website in an effort to serve our community better. The password for our church family to access the online directory has changed. If you would like the new password, please indicate such on a Communication Card or call the church office.

BIRD IS THE WORD: COMMUNITY THANKSGIVING DINNER

Mark your calendars for Sunday, November 18 at 6:00 PM for our community Thanksgiving dinner – Bird is the Word. Please see Michele Force in the lobby this weekend to volunteer. Small groups are encouraged to pick an area to help. Invite your neighbors and friends as we celebrate our blessings!

A MESSAGE FROM OUR DEACONS

The Saturday before Thanksgiving, we will be receiving several frozen turkeys and would like to get them to families in our community. Please call the church office to reserve a turkey for a family in need. The turkeys would be available for your pickup and delivery to the family you know on Saturday, November 17. Please contact one of our deacons, Ed Marcy, Carol Battersby, Daniel Sheffer, Carol Reinoehl, Eric Krajewski or Mike Kelly for more information. This is a great opportunity to show God’s love this season!

BAPTISM WEEKEND

Our next baptism weekend is scheduled for January 19/20. If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact the church office to discuss scheduling your pre-baptism interview.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT DINNER

Dinner is served at 5:30 PM on Wednesday nights. This week, our menu includes chicken pot pie, salad and dessert for $2.50/person or $10/family. All are welcome.

MISSIONS MOMENT

Please pray for John and Elaine in Japan, as they have busy traveling schedules, meetings and events. Pray that the Lord would give them health and wisdom for each day. John had bronchitis in September, and they do not want a relapse. Pray for their connections with the Japanese people, that they would be genuine and impactful for the Lord’s work in each of their lives.

 

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