Is Church Discipline Really Loving?
Dr. Jeffrey Clark
The Big Idea: Discipline displays God’s holiness and love in the church.
Misguided ideas about love
God’s Holy love
Teaching & Correcting
A practical example
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: Think of a time when someone (a teacher, coach, or employer) corrected you. How was that experience uncomfortable? How was it helpful?
1) Love and holiness sometimes seem incompatible. However, Hebrews 12:5-11 bring these together, affirming that holy discipline is a manifestation of love. How does this challenge sentimental ideas about love that exist in our culture today?
2) Read Matthew 18:15-17. What is the problem that begins the process (v. 15)? What kinds of things are NOT grounds for discipline? What kinds of things are? List the steps of the process Jesus describes. What causes the process to move from one step to the next? How should we relate to a person who persists in wrongdoing after being disciplined?
3) Read 1 Corinthians 5:1-5. What problem required the Corinthian church to practice discipline (v. 2)? What did Paul instruct the Corinthians to do (v. 4-5)? What are the goals of church discipline (v. 5,7)? You may know someone who thinks church discipline seems arrogant. However, Paul describes the failure to eradicate grievous sin as boasting (1 Cor. 5:6). Discuss.
4) Do you think of church discipline as negative or positive? Do you think of it as a process or a single action? Why is it important that discipline happens in the context of ongoing relationships? What is process for discipline in your church?
Taking it Home: Worship God for his holy love. Take the step of attending a new small group, as an experiment. Receive admonition with meekness and humility.
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.
INDIAN HILLS CHURCH PLANT MEETING
Could God use YOU to help bring the gospel to Indian Hills and the surrounding area? Yes! Join Pastor Marcus and Kayla Mackey in the Fellowship Hall on this Sunday, October 23 right after second service to hear the vision and learn more about how you can be a part of the prayer team, launch team or support team for Grace Hills Community Church. Together, we can love God, love people and make disciples.
Our next baptism is on November 12/13. We will provide baptism orientation meetings, with the expectation that someone getting baptized will attend at least one. These meetings will be held on October 22 at 4:00 PM, October 26 at 7:00 PM or October 27 at 5:00 PM. If you are interested, please fill out a communication card or call the church office.
On Sunday, November 13 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.
Aspen Ridge Church loves to regularly pray for needs and opportunities in our midst and throughout our community and world. If you have a prayer request, please write it down on a communication card and return to a bucket (or notify us online). If you would like to receive email prayer notifications as a “prayer warrior,” please let our office administrator Paula Yerks know at [email protected] We will include you in our weekly communique.
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD
Get ready to make an impact in a child’s life! We will be filling boxes with school supplies/toys to send to a child who may never have received a gift. The shoebox will also send the good news of Jesus. Boxes are available in the lobby and final drop-off date is November 13.
COSTUMES WEEKEND IN THE KIDZONE!
Join us the weekend of October 29/30 where the children are welcome to wear their costumes to class. Grown-ups, make sure to say hello to our little princesses, dragons, ninjas, etc. We hope children can join in the fun!
ASPEN HOLLOW TRUNK OR TREAT
Mark your calendars for an Aspen Ridge outreach on Sunday, October 30 from 2:00-4:00 PM. We will transform our parking lot into an outdoor event with decorated vehicles, candy and entertainment, featuring the Salida Circus performing aerial acrobatics in the center. Sign up in the lobby or contact Debbie Stewart/Church office to host a trunk and hand out treats! Candy donations will also be accepted in the lobby and are greatly needed and appreciated. We ask that trunk volunteers plan prepackaged candy/trinkets for 400-500 participants.
REDISCOVER CHURCH CAR HANGERS
Our Rediscover Church team has provided Aspen Ridge Church car hangers as a reminder to pray. Please pick-up one or more and pray for the objectives of this initiative. These include prayerful support of a new church plant in Indian Hills and elimination of our church mortgage. They are available near the nametags and at the Welcome Center.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT DINNER
Join us on Wednesday, from 5:30-6:30 PM for a delicious meal of spaghetti with zoodle option, salad and garlic bread served in our Celebration Center. The cost is $4/person or $12/family. If you are interested in serving on a cook team, please contact Ryan Kluge at [email protected] / 713.204.8111.
ROYAL FAMILY KIDS CAMP
Every foster child, ages 6-12, can experience a life-changing week at camp. We are partnering with RFKC Littleton from July 30-August 4, 2023. If you are interested in learning more about being a camp counselor or how you can help, please email Bethany Van Mill at [email protected] or contact Debbie Stewart.
GIVING SUMMARY AS OF OCTOBER 16, 2022
GENERAL FUND LAST WEEK THIS MONTH FISCAL YTD
Actual $ 20,495 $ 47,484 $ 97,144
Budget $ 10,425 $ 31,275 $ 84,152
Difference $ 10,070 $ 16,209 $ 12,991