Proclaiming Christ, the Hope for the Nations
Missionary, Dan Nelson
The Gospel is for the nations.
The Gospel brings hope.
The Gospel inspires worship.
John Piper in his book Let the Nations be Glad says it this way.
“Missions is not the ultimate goal of the Church. Worship is. Missions exists because worship doesn’t. Worship is ultimate, not missions, because God is ultimate, not man. When this age is over, and the countless millions of the redeemed fall on their faces before the throne of God, missions will be no more. It is a temporary necessity. But worship abides forever.
Paul’s charge: Proclaim this message of hope.
The gospel is a message of hope which is to be proclaimed to the nations so that they too might worship God.
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: How have you experienced hope as you’ve responded to God’s message? How have you experienced being able to share this message to others either locally or in other parts of the world?
1) How would you describe hope? What is it in the gospel that inspires hope.
2) Read John Piper’s quote from Let the Nations be Glad.
“Missions is not the ultimate goal of the Church. Worship is. Missions exists because worship doesn’t. Worship is ultimate, not missions, because God is ultimate, not man. When this age is over, and the countless millions of the redeemed fall on their faces before the throne of God, missions will be no more. It is a temporary necessity. But worship abides forever.”
How does this change the way you look at the mission’s task of the church?
3) If someone asked you “what do you mean by “the gospel”, how would you answer them? What verses do you know that would help you explain the message of the gospel.
4) Paul mentions in Romans 15:19 that he had fulfilled the gospel of Christ. What do you think he meant by that? If we were to fulfill the gospel of Christ, what should we be doing that we are not doing now.
5) Who do you know that struggles with a sense of hopelessness? What do you think you could do to help them
Taking it Home: Aspen Ridge Church has a booklet which describes the missionaries with which it partners. Get a copy and pick a missionary family and commit to praying for them weekly.
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.
PROPOSED BUDGET AVAILABLE
The Aspen Ridge Church elder team has proposed a budget for the 2022/23 ministry year. It will be voted on during our September 25 View from the Ridge meeting. If you are interested in a copy of this proposal, they are available in the church office.
VIEW FROM THE RIDGE
Aspen Ridge Church will host our annual business meeting this Sunday, September 18 at 11:15 AM. We will describe opportunities for growth in the coming year, present elders for congregational ratification and present a new budget. A potluck will be coordinated by our Service Ministry, who is providing the main dish, drinks and paper goods.
FALL SMALL GROUP SEASON
We are beginning our small group fall season and it’s a great time to experience fellowship offered by our small groups. Please join us at the lobby small group table to learn about opportunities in small group life.
CHURCH PICNIC / PRAYER AT INDIAN HILLS
Save the Date: Aspen Ridge will be hosting a picnic in the park adjacent to the Indian Hills church plant location on Sunday, September 25 following morning services. Come and go open house style to enjoy a meal and see the new church. Main dish and drinks will be provided. Please bring a side or dessert to share.
NEW STAFF MEMBERS AT ASPEN RIDGE
We would like to welcome Clare Retterer as an assistant for Debbie Stewart in Children’s Ministries and Kreg Kastelz in Student Ministries. We also welcome Marcus Mackey as our Church Planter in Residence.
PROPERTIES TEAM POSITION AVAILABLE
The church is in need of a snowblower operator and a snowplow driver for the winter. This is a paid position. If interested, please contact Jack Wealing at [email protected] or through the church office.
Our 9th annual fall festival, RidgeFest is on Saturday, September 24 from 11:00 AM-3:00 PM. Activities include hayrides, apple cider, arts/craft sales, live entertainment, face painting, carnival games and a bounce house. This year, we are partnering with Id-Ra-Ha-Je as our spotlight ministry. There is no cost to attend, but there will be vendors with items to purchase and Slife’s Food Truck to buy lunch. This is a perfect time to invite a neighbor! If you have a business/organization to promote to our community as a vendor, we would love to have you join us and participation is free. Register online at our website.
FALL WEEKEND WORSHIP SCHEDULE
Beginning the weekend of September 24/25, Aspen Ridge Church will provide two Sunday morning worship services, one at 9:00 AM and the other at 10:30 AM. Children’s and Student Ministry will be provided opposite each of these services.
You can still register your child for AWANA at AspenRidgeChurch.org under the heading of Groups, select Children and scroll down to AWANA. Our meetings are Wednesdays from 6:30-8:00 PM. We have classes beginning with preschool through 5th grade.
BIBLE STUDY FOR ALL (BSA)
Bible Study for All has begun on Wednesdays from 12:30-2:30 PM at Aspen Ridge Church. This year we’re studying Psalms, Job and 1 Peter & 2 Peter. We have groups for men, women and children of all ages. Email [email protected] for registration/information.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT DINNER
Join us on Wednesday, September 21 from 5:30-6:30 PM for a delicious meal of hotdogs, chips and dessert 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.
Soup’er Saturday will return on the second Saturday of each month in October! If you are interested in serving on this team to prepare food or help with setup/cleanup, please contact Jodie Cates at [email protected] / 303.250.3852.
September 24/25, John 3:1-8, presented by Jeff Clark
October 1/2, Hebrews 10:24-25, presented by Jeff Clark
October 8/9, 2 Timothy 4:1-5, presented by Jeff Clark
GIVING SUMMARY AS OF SEPTEMBER 11, 2022
GENERAL FUND LAST WEEK THIS MONTH FISCAL YTD
Actual $ 14,292 $ 27,596 $ 27,596
Budget $ 13,219 $ 26,439 $ 26,439
Difference $ 1,073 $ 1,158 $ 1,158