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Opening Song : Overcome
Welcome: Worship Leader
Worship Songs : Love Came Down // Build My Life // Reckless Love
Announcements // Offering
Baptism: Collier Reese Edwards
Message : "Fill Up" - The Rev. Jimmy McIlrath
(Current Series: Holy Spirit)
Prayer and Dismissal

Want To Be Fruitful?
Learn To Wait On God

One of my fondest memories of growing up is my father’s garden. It seemed my dad grew everything in his garden. In fact, he always grew enough to feed the entire neighborhood. Whenever people would stop by our home for a visit, they’d usually leave with a sack full of fresh vegetables and fruit.

The kind of fruit my father grew is just one kind of fruit—natural fruit. There is also biological fruit, the offspring of animals and the children of people. Then there is spiritual fruit, and that’s what God is talking about in Galatians 5:22-23: “ But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control” (NIV).

These nine qualities describe the character of a fruitful, productive Christian—the kind of Christian all of us in ministry want to become and help others become in the process.

The question is: How do we get these character qualities? Obviously, God doesn’t just zap me one day and all of a sudden these qualities materialize in my life. He uses a process.

Here are two important facts you need to know about developing spiritual fruit:

It’s a partnership

The apostle Paul describes the two-part process God uses in Philippians 2:12-13, where he first says, “ Work out your salvation,” and then turns around and says, “ It is God who works in you” (NIV). It sounds like a contradiction, doesn’t it? But it isn’t.

It’s a paradox. G.K. Chesterton describes a paradox as “truth standing on its head to get attention.” Paul loves to teach with paradoxes.

The key to understanding this paradox is the little word “out” in verse 12. Notice that Paul doesn’t say, “Work for your salvation.” That’s a big difference. To work for something means to earn it, to deserve it, to merit it. The Bible clearly teaches that salvation is not something we have to work for. It is a free gift of God’s grace. Paul says, “Work out your salvation.” Paul is talking about a “spiritual workout.”

What do you do in a physical workout? You develop or tone muscles that God has given you. To work out means to cultivate, to make the most of what you have been given. That’s what Paul says here. Cultivate your spiritual life!

God has a part in our spiritual growth, and we also have a part. He provides the power, but we must flip the switch. Work out your salvation for it is God who works in you.

It takes time

It takes time for fruit to ripen. There is no such thing as instant maturity—even for people active in ministry. And there is no such thing as instant spiritual growth. It takes time.

When you try to rush fruit, it doesn’t taste as good. Have you ever eaten gassed tomatoes? You have if you’ve purchased them at the grocery store. If farmers picked ripe tomatoes and shipped them, they would get smashed on the way to market, so farmers pick them green (maybe I’m revealing a trade secret here) and spray CO2 gas on them right before they go to market. That gas ripens the green tomato into a red tomato very quickly. Now, there is nothing wrong with those tomatoes. But if you’ve ever eaten a vine-ripened tomato, there is no comparison.

It takes time for fruit to ripen. And God is going to need time to ripen the fruit in your life.

You can begin by telling God right now that you want to be a productive, fruitful Christian leader, that you want to cooperate with his plan.

Commit yourself to reading, studying, memorizing, and meditating on the Bible.

Ask God to use His Word to change the way you think.

Invite the Holy Spirit to have free reign in your life.

Don’t hold anything back.

Pray and talk with Him about everything.

Accept your circumstances as a part of God’s plan to change your life.

Ask God to help you respond to difficult people and unpleasant situations as Jesus would.

God wants to produce the fruit of the Spirit in your life. Will you cooperate with Him in this life-changing process?

- Rick Warren
Current Series:

The tomb is empty, and Jesus is alive. But it's common for many to forget the Holy Spirit is Jesus in us and with us.

Who is the Holy Spirit? What does He do? What are His gifts, and how do we experience Him? In this series, we remove the mystery that surrounds the third person of the Trinity. We are meant to know God the Holy Spirit as fully as we do God the Father and God the Son.
Road Work
Please use the east entrance to Brookstone (main parking lot)

*From the Ledger-Enquirer:
The section of Bradley Park Drive between State Route 219/River Road and Brookstone Boulevard will be closed starting May 28. The section will be closed so city-hired contractors can complete work as part of the River Road Roundabout project.

The road is expected to be closed for about 12 weeks.

A signed, detour route will be posted along Bradley Park Drive, SR 219/River Road and U.S. 80/J.R. Allen Parkway.
RidgeRunners
Theme - Beach Bash

Hi, Parents!
Get ready, 'cause we're bringing the beach to The Ridge. We'll be learning to live like Jesus, and we'll discover that no matter where we go, God is always with us!

Car Talk :
*Is there anything you are worried about or afraid of?
*What could you do to remember that God is always with you?
*Name all the things you know are true about Jesus. (Make it a game!)
*Jesus has done so much to help us! What is one thing we could do to help others?

Memory Verse - Learn it TOGETHER :)
"...for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you." Deuteronomy 31:6
Summer Camp Parent Meetings

Water, sun, fun… It’s on! Who’s excited for summer?!

RidgeRunners: Kids Camp parent meeting - This Sunday , June 9th (immediately following the 10:30am service).
Student Ministry - Important Dates

Souled Out Beach Camp: June 3rd-7th

Pool Party at the Gasser home: July 7th

Movie Night: July 21st
RidgeRunners Pool Party

We're having an end-of-school pool party for parents and RidgeRunners on Sunday, June 9th at Coca Lake subdivision from 2-4 p.m. Put on your swimmies (maybe a little sunscreen) and plan to have a great time swimming with your friends!
Women's Ministry - Yogurt and Yoga

Ridge Ladies! 

We would love for you to join us for our next women's event, Yoga and Yogurt. We will have a short devotion, eat some yummy yogurt, and relax with a yoga class.

And don't worry:
*We welcome all fitness levels
*You don't have to participate in the yoga if you don't feel like it :)

Details: Tuesday, June 18th, 6:30 p.m. // St. Paul UMC // 2101 Wildwood Ave. // Childcare will be provided

Registration link: click here
New Comfort Color T-shirts and Hats

These items can be purchased for $12 each at the Info table on Sunday mornings.
Father's Day - June 16th
Don't forget to bring Dad to church!

Dads are often our biggest champions, loving and guiding us through life as we grow up. Join us as we celebrate Dad!
Upcoming Summer Message Series
06.23 - 07.07

Can we really find faith in film? Join us for our new series to find out!
Sunday - June 30th
More info to come
How Are You Gifted To Serve?

Have you ever wondered how you can "do more" at The Ridge? Or make use of all of your talents? Let us help you help others!! We are compiling a list of all our Ridge members and their gifts/talents/resources! No matter what you can do or what you have, there is a place for you to pitch in!

Join our "Ridge To The Rescue" list: click here.
Series: Afterlife

Mother's Day: Click Here

Series: Holy Spirit
Week #3: The Perfect Gift
Rose Hill Ministry

The Ridge is in charge of feeding the homeless every second Tuesday of the month. All meals are served at Rose Hill Church on Hamilton Road.

Our next service date is June 11th at 5pm.

Please email us if you would like more information: info@theridgecolumbus.com .
Volunteer Registration

 Did you know that God has gifted you to serve Him? Did you know that the church can't possibly live into its potential without your help?

Scripture says that just as each part of our body plays a specific role, the members of a church are vitally important. (1 Corinthians 12)

Are you willing to do "Whatever It Takes" to reach people for Jesus? If so, join one of our volunteer teams and help us reach more!

Registration link: Click here
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