MESSAGE NOTES

Rediscover Church – Who Can Belong?
John 3:1-8
Dr. Jeffrey Clark

Crashing the Holidays

Question: Who can belong to a local church as a member of Christ’s family?

Big Idea: Family members who are born again and identify as such through public baptism.

You Must Be Born Again, John 3:1-8.

The Baptism Ordinance, Matthew 28:19-20. 

Adopted Family Members, Galatians 4:4,5.

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: In a few sentences, tell your story of coming to faith in Christ.

Digging Deeper:

1) In Ephesians 2:1-7, a believer’s life is divided into two parts. First, we are dead in sin, then we are alive in Christ. Which words describe people before conversion? Which words describe believers after conversion? Who is the agent of change (v. 4)?

2) You didn’t choose your parents or siblings, and you don’t choose to be part of God’s family either. How does this truth humble you? What can you do to build relationships with your siblings in the faith?

3) What do adopted children receive from their adoptive parents? In what ways is conversion similar to adoption? How have you publicly identified with siblings?

4) Think of stories for a few Old and New Testament believers. Did any of them live the life of faith in solitude? How could you use these examples to encourage someone who is reluctant to join a church?

Taking it Home: What is necessary in order to really belong the church? What things do people sometimes think are necessary but aren’t? What is the process for joining your local church?

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.

FALL WEEKEND WORSHIP SCHEDULE

Beginning this weekend, Aspen Ridge Church will provide two Sunday morning worship services, one at 9:00 AM and another at 10:30 AM. All our services this weekend are family services with children and students joining their families in service. Childcare available for 0-2 years old in our KidZone.

CHURCH PICNIC / PRAYER AT INDIAN HILLS

Aspen Ridge will be hosting a picnic in Arrowhead Community Park adjacent to the Grace Hills Church plant location at 23338 Isoleta Road on Sunday, September 25 following morning services. Come and go open house style to enjoy a meal and see the new church. Kentucky Fried chicken and drinks will be provided. Please bring a side/dessert to share.

BAPTISM WEEKEND

Our next baptism weekend 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 Saturday, October 22 at 4:00 PM, Wednesday, October 26 at 7:00 PM or Thursday, October 27 at 5:00 PM. If you are interested, please indicate on our communication card or call the church office and we will provide the needed support and orientation.

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.

RIDGEFEST

Many thanks to Debbie Stewart, who coordinated our “RidgeFest” event this weekend. We had over 30 local and community vendors attend to share their goods and services. We also had fun activities for children and families, including hayrides – thanks to Ron and Gene! Our spotlight ministry this year was IdRaHaJe. Thanks to all who served, attended and made this such a fantastic community outreach! 

ARE YOU A MOM WITH KIDS AGED 0-5?

Join the Aspen Ridge Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) group on September 13 for friendship, brunch and childcare. We meet every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month from 9:15-11:15 AM. Please email Whitney Wright at [email protected] to register/for details.  

AWANA

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 28 from 5:30-6:30 PM for a delicious meal of spaghetti with a 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.

SOUP’ER SATURDAYS

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] or 303.250.3852.

COMING MESSAGES

October 1/2, Hebrews 10:24-25, presented by Jeff Clark
October 8/9, 2 Timothy 4:1-5, presented by Jeff Clark
October 15/16, Selected Passages, presented by Norm Lewis

GIVING SUMMARY AS OF SEPTEMBER 18, 2022

GENERAL FUND           LAST WEEK         THIS MONTH        FISCAL YTD
Actual                             $      11,431           $    39,027              $    39,027
Budget                            $      13,219           $    39,658             $    39,658
Difference                       $        (1,788)         $       (631)             $       (631)

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