Douglas County Church Gathering Guidelines
We are grateful for the variance that was granted to the churches of Douglas County which will allow us to meet with more flexibility than our sister churches across the state of Colorado. There are a few things to consider for this weekend:
- If you are sick, have been sick recently, or have been in close contact with someone who is sick then we are asking you to stay home.
- There will not be childcare or children’s ministry on Sunday mornings. We will all be together.
- When you arrive at RCC please proceed into the Worship Center and find your seat.
- We will not be providing coffee or doughnuts (but you are free to bring your own.)
- Masks are encouraged, but they may be removed during the service.
- Please do not gather in the hallways before or after service (this puts our staff and volunteers in a difficult position)
- Please enter through the office doors when you arrive.
- We are continuing to clean the building thoroughly and are taking extra precautions to insure your safety
Douglas County Variance click HERE. Go to Appendix F.
Church Community Builder
You can access our new data base system by clicking HERE.
Food Bank - Help and Hope Center
Below is a note from Dan Marlow, the Executive Director of the Help and Hope Center for Douglas and Elbert County.
We have created a sign up genius to fill our food bank volunteer slots for the next couple weeks. If you would publicize the link to your folks that would be great. Questions can be directed to Marion Dahlem, our Volunteer Coordinator.
Please sign up using Sign Up Genius.
If you have been affected by the shutdown of businesses or have had difficulty finding needed items due to the current reality we are dealing with, please reach out to Pastor Matt, Pastor Brian, or our Lead Elder, Phil Garcia. As a church we are committed to doing all we can to meet the needs of our community.
If you find yourself with an abundance of items that are scarce right now (diapers, wipes, TP, etc.) and would like to share with someone in the church family, please simply post that on the Ridgeline Facebook Page.
Gospel in Action Fund
We are opening a special GOSPEL IN ACTION FUND through the faithful and generous giving of Ridgeline. This fund will specifically be used to support individuals and organizations who have deeply impacted by the Covid 19 crisis. If you would like to give towards that end, you can do so by designating towards the Gospel in Action Fund on our Give page.
J137 Discipleship Vlog
Check out Greg Heredia’s discipleship vlog going through the Bible in a year. Be sure to subscribe to the channel to see new videos uploaded everyday!
Homeschool Family Resource Blog - School of Crowe
Hi! My name is Kristen. I am a Georgia peach transplanted to Colorado. I have been homeschooling since 2013. We have 4 kids from toddler to 5th grade. My favorite, Matt, and I have been in full time vocational ministry since 2005.
There’s a phrase that we have found popping up in our home frequently over the last couple of years – “all the things” We want to do “all the things.” We want to disciple “all the things.” We want to adventure “all the things.” We find ourselves parenting multi stages, and schooling a wide range of ages. In all of that I find myself saying I am doing “all the things.”
Our family loves adventure and we love incorporating that into our learning style. I have a passion for kinesthetic learning and learning “outside the box”. More than anything, I am passionate about discipling these precious hearts the Lord has entrusted me with.
We want this blog to be an encouragement to you “in all the things”. Click HERE.
Right Now Media
For hundreds of bible stories, kid’s programs, complete conferences and much more that we can use for free, go to RightNow Media. We can’t think of a better time to jump into some video watching with eternal significance.
If you have an account, already, with RightNow Media, click HERE. You will find resources that further dive into the book of Genesis. You can also search for Noah or Genesis in the kids’ programming at RightNow Media.
EQUIP MOMENT NUMBER 3: STORIES WITH JESUS . . . THE GOOD SAMARITAN (LUKE 10:25-37)
EQUIP MOMENT NUMBER 3: STORIES WITH JESUS . . . THE GOOD SAMARITAN (LUKE 10:25-37)
HOOK. BOOK. LOOK. TOOK.
Last week we “hooked, booked, looked, and took” the lesson of Jesus and the Ten Lepers. Today I’d (Brian) like to walk through that same method as we look at Jesus and His parable of the Good Samaritan.
The first step to teaching a passage begins with understanding what God wanted every reader to know, feel, and apply. In order to do this we must R.E.A.P. every passage we try to teach anyone before we teach it – Read.Examine.Apply.Pray.
Read – As you read Luke 10:25-37, go slowly, read in three or four different translations to understand different nuances of words used. Attempt to “listen” to the story the way Jesus’ original listeners and Luke’s original readers would have listened. You can find multiple translations at Biblegateway.com.
Examine – To examine the passage ask and answer these investigative questions of your text:
Who? What? Where? When? Why? How? So what?
Once you have answered these questions, I suggest writing a one sentence statement that summarizes Jesus’ main point in telling the parable of the Good Samaritan. I call this the MESSAGE of the passage:
MESSAGE of Luke 10:25-37 – We must see every person we can touch or influence as our neighbor whom we should love because God first loved us.
- Jesus and the lawyer agreed that God desires our love for Him and for our neighbors above all (Luke 10:25-28).
- Jesus told the parable of the Good Samaritan to reorder the lawyer’s perspective on who he must love as his neighbor (Luke 10:29-35).
III. Jesus made it obvious that every person we choose to love as God loves is our neighbor (Luke 10:36-37).
Apply – I encourage you to determine and live out the application of your lesson before you ever teach it to others.
My application to this passage – I must seek out those who need God’s love regardless of how much I like them because Jesus says they are my neighbors.
Pray – Pray through everything you examined, learned and applied from the passage. Pray for the Holy Spirit’s enablement to live out the truth of this passage and to teach the life-changing message of Jesus’ parable of the Good Samaritan. . . Now onto the lesson:
HOOK – This would be a way to “hook” your family into wanting to learn about the lesson. It could be a game, an activity, a craft, an object lesson, or a question.
Two ways to HOOK our kids / students into this lesson:
- Go to https://vimeo.com/ridgelinecc/download/419146478/bd494fa300 to watch or download our FLT leading in kids’ and students’ worship.
- Go to the links below to find crafts that apply to our Jesus Story of the Good Samaritan:
Make your own Good Samaritan Board Game
This one has several different ideas that you could use to start discussion on being a good neighbor and other activities.
Transition from HOOK to BOOK
Our music time was all about loving God because of who He is and what He has done for us. We, also, had fun with our craft(s) as we remember that loving our neighbors flows out of our love for God. We love those around us because God first loved us. Let’s see how Jesus made this clear in the story of the Good Samaritan:
BOOK – This is the simple step of reading the passage out loud with your family. Even if you have young kids who cannot read yet, I encourage you to open up a Bible for each family member as you read. If you have readers in your family ask them to read out loud, too.
Let’s turn to Luke 10:25-37 and read it out loud as a family.
LOOK – Here is where we use questions to draw out the meaning and significance of our passage.
- Who came to Jesus with a question? What was unusual about his question?
- Before we begin with this story, can you EARN eternal life? Why did Jesus answer the way did when he knew he was headed to the cross to offer eternal life to everyone who believes in him (See Luke 19:10)?
- What was the Lawyer’s answer in verses 27-28? How did the lawyer attempt to limit his love in verse 29?
- Who did not help the fallen man? Who helped the fallen man? What did he do?
- How did Jesus change the lawyer’s view on who his neighbors are?
TOOK – This is about what we take away from our lesson. What will we apply based on the truths of this narrative?
- Who are our neighbors?
- How can we love our neighbors this week?
PRAY – Close your time in prayer as a family. Close this time by praying this prayer of blessing over your family:
The Lord bless you
and keep you;
the Lord make his face shine on you
and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn his face toward you
and give you peace.