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Sunday Order Of Worship

Opening Songs: You'll Come // Holy Water
Welcome // Communion
Worship Songs:
Way Maker // What A Beautiful Name
Series: The Art Of Being Unordinary
Message: Blessed Are The Meek

Friends, Not Fans

Jesus sent him away at once with a strong warning: “See that you don’t tell this to anyone. But go, show yourself to the priest and offer the sacrifices that Moses commanded for your cleansing, as a testimony to them.” Instead he went out and began to talk freely, spreading the news. As a result, Jesus could no longer enter a town openly but stayed outside in lonely places. Yet the people still came to him from everywhere. - Mark 1:43-45, NIV

What is in the mind of Jesus that would cause him to strongly warn the cleansed and healed leper with these words? 

“See that you don’t tell this to anyone.”

It seems like word of this spreading would help Jesus in his mission. That is how my mind thinks. Fame works. Do something great or wowing or somehow significant and you become famous and your fame can be used as a platform for just about anything you want.

It’s why people want to be famous. They want to be known for what they have and can do. Which is another way of saying they don’t really want to be known. What they want is to be admired, right? 

I’ve known a few famous persons, and truth be told, they tend to be among the most lonely and isolated people on the planet. They are profoundly admired yet hardly known. The crazy thing about fame is the way it extends to those who get close to it. Don’t you think this leper became a bit famous himself? This news was destined to spread. And look what happened to Jesus as a result. 

As a result, Jesus could no longer enter a town openly but stayed outside in lonely places.

Once a person becomes famous the only real friends they have are the ones they made before they became famous. They can never really know if they are loved just for who they are and not for what they have done, do or can do for you. Famous people are long on fans, but they tend to be short on friends. It’s why superheroes have alter-ego hidden identities. 

Why didn’t Jesus want to be famous? I think he was looking for friends, not fans. It’s why fame is a non-value in the Kingdom of God. It’s why the whole concept of a Christian celebrity is the ultimate oxymoron. 

When we love someone for what they have done and what they can do for us, we are, by definition, a fan. It’s not wrong to be a fan. It’s just a totally different thing than a friend. When we love someone for the wonder and beauty of who they are, regardless of what they can do for us, we are, by definition, a friend. 

So where do you stand with Jesus? I think we mostly all begin as fans. The question is are we growing into friends. We start off loving him for what he has and can do for us. The question is are we growing to love him for the sheer wonder and beauty of who he is. 

In other words, if he did something spectacular for you and asked you to keep it a secret, would you do it? 

THE PRAYER - Almighty God—Father, Son and Holy Spirit—my Lord Jesus Christ, I want to be your friend. What a friend I have in you. Would that you would one day say concerning me, “What a friend I have in you.” That will be the day. I pray in your name, Jesus, Amen. 

THE QUESTION - So what about you? Would you rather be known or admired? Would you rather have a million fans or a few true friends? Could you keep Jesus’ secret? 

*Dr. JD Walt

We have in-person worship at Brookstone Auditorium at 10:30am. We will still require temperature checks, masks and social distancing.


We will also worship online on our YouTube channel at 10:30am.

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Whether you join us live or online, we can't wait to see you this Sunday!!
This Sunday! Safely prepackaged for your enjoyment.

Pastor Zoom Study

Need a little help navigating life? Proverbs can help!

"Getting wisdom is the most important thing you can do! And with your wisdom, develop common sense and good judgment." - Proverbs 5:7, LB

We'd love to have you join us for a five-week study on Wednesday evenings (starting next week). If Wednesdays don't work for you, we have other studies available!

Email and let us know if you're interested in attending:
Current Series!

Did you know that God wants you to experience His joy? It's true! God actually wants to pour out His blessings in your life.

In His most famous sermon, the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus begins by talking about eight ways to be blessed by God. 

But there's a catch ...

The way we receive God's blessing is a little countercultural from what you may expect. We may have to be a little unordinary in order to receive the extraordinary blessings God provides.

I'll explain more on Sunday.

Jimmy Mac
Save The Date - March 1st

This year, we’re doing something a little different, but it’s going to be a ton of fun! 

We want to send each dad a Party Pack that will help you have a memorable evening with your daughter(s)! It’ll be filled with ideas for the evening (treats, games, and more)!

As part of the evening, you’ll also get a Photo Mission Card with instructions for taking some fun pictures and submitting them for our live drawing that will close out the night!  

Register online HERE

Cost: $10 for a dad and one daughter. $15 for a dad and two or more daughters. 

*In order to have time to ship your party pack, please register by Sunday, February 21. Any dads who register after that will need to pick up their party packs at the church office.  
Growth Track - Zoom Meetings

Whether you’re looking for a new church or you’ve been coming for a while, growth track events are designed to kick start your spiritual growth by providing clear and simple principles that will challenge you to go farther and faster in your faith. These events happen each quarter and cover a wide range of topics. Join us as we learn how to become a member, the basics of our Christian faith, how to discover your spiritual gifts and much more! 

Church 101 (March 7th at 5pm): This class is a basic introduction to our church family. Join us as we explain who we are and what we believe. We will answer questions about our unique mission and vision. You will also have an opportunity to become a member of our church. Registration link: click here.

Essentials 201 (March 21st at 5pm): This class provides the tools necessary to help each believer become a spiritually mature disciple of Jesus Christ. Join us as we learn principles and tips that will help you grow and connect with others at our church. Registration link: click here.

Discovery 301 (April 11th at 5pm): Each of us are a masterpiece, placed on this earth for a unique purpose. Join us as we learn more about our particular personality and gifts through a series of assessments. We’ll also learn how to use those gifts for God’s glory. Registration link: click here.
To watch last Sunday's message:
Blessed Are Those Who Mourn

God blesses those who mourn, for they will be comforted. – Matthew 5:4, NLT

How does God bless the brokenhearted?

1. God pulls us close.

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed. – Psalm 34:18, NLT

2. God grieves with us.

He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. – Isaiah 53:3, NIV

3. God teaches us.

And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God … - Romans 8:28, NLT

4. God gives eternal hope.

Brothers and sisters, we want you to know about the Christians who have died so you will not be sad, as others who have no hope. – 1 Thessalonians 4:13, NCV

5. God uses it to help others.

He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us. – 2 Corinthians 1:4, NLT

Study Guide:

When others are happy, be happy with them, and when they are sad, be sad. - Romans 12:15, CEV

1. Think about how these verses emphasize the importance of relationships. Share a memorable celebration, who it was with, and how including others added to that experience. How does sharing a time of sorrow with others change that experience for the better?  

So encourage each other and give each other strength ... - 1 Thessalonians 5:11, NCV

2. What are some messages our culture has taught us about how to handle pain? What are some healthy ways we can comfort and support each other?

3. Changing our ways is very difficult, especially as we get older. Sometimes it takes a painful experience for us to mature or transform. Think about a painful experience that influenced you to change your ways. How did it change your life for the better?

These little troubles are getting us ready for an eternal glory that will make all our troubles seem like nothing. - 2 Corinthians 4:17, CEV

4. When we have a time of loss, difficulty, or grief, focusing on eternal glory can help us find purpose in our pain. What does eternal glory mean to you?

He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us. – 2 Corinthians 1:4, NLT

5. Every day we either need comfort or need to comfort others. The verse above shows us we don’t have to go through our troubles alone and that our troubles are not the end of a process, as we sometimes think, but the middle. Think about how even in the midst of our loss, comforting others can help us heal. 

"From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets, the name of the LORD is to be praised." - Psalm 113:3

We celebrate many people.
But God’s name is the one most worthy of all praise.
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Student Ministry This Week:
We will resume Sadie Robertson Huff's "Fire and Faithfulness" series this week at the church office from 5:30-7:30. Dinner will be Country's chicken fingers. The address is 5624 Whitesville Rd, Suite E.

Breakfast Small Group is now meeting again weekly from 7:00-7:30 a.m. at the north Veteran's Parkway Burger King.

Upcoming Sunday Schedule

February 21 - 5:30-7:30 at the church office Suite E.
February 28 - 5:30-7:30 at the church office Suite E.
March 7 - 5:30-7:30 at the church office Suite E.
March 14 - 5:30-7:30 at the church office Suite E.

Questions? - Contact Nathan at 706-464-7548 or nathan@theridgecolumbus.com.

Parent and Student GroupMe

We have a student and a parent GroupMe account to help keep everyone up to date on what's going on in student ministry. GroupMe is a group texting app that's a great forum for staying connected and asking questions. It can be muted, so you won't get notifications constantly. If you or your student would like to be added, just text or email Nathan at 706-464-7548 and nathan@theridgecolumbus.com.

February Theme - Love

Hi, Parents!
This winter we're offering both in-person and online RidgeRunners experiences.  

Toddlers through elementary will meet in the gym for the full 10:30 a.m. service. Check in at the hallway table just inside the Turner Auditorium doors. 

Staff and volunteers will be wearing masks and sanitizing hands. Kids will sit only with their siblings on their own personal carpet. Kids must wear masks on their way to and from their carpets in the gym and while we are singing. They may remove their masks while on their carpets and not singing. If a child does not have a mask, we will provide them one at check-in. If you have an only child and want to arrange ahead of time for them to sit with a family friend, please let us know. If you have any questions, please contact Nathan at nathan@theridgecolumbus.com or 706-464-7548.

RidgeRunners will be live at 9:45 a.m. on YouTube. Join us for a game, worship video with dance motions, and a great lesson! You can also watch at any time throughout the week after the livestream.

If you're looking for some more online options for children's programming check out:

*Rightnowmedia.org: This is a free video resource for our church. Check out the kids' section (VeggieTales, etc.) and watch with the family! Registration link: click here.

*Ridge resources for Sunday morning activities/lessons. Just in case you missed out this weekend: click here.

Car Talk:
*How can we love God with all our heart? - Obey Him, ask for forgiveness, serve others, be kind, etc.
*How can we show love to others? - Share, listen, help, etc.
*Why is it hard to love others sometimes? - When they're mean, when we want to do something else, but God wants us to love them anyway!
*Why should we love others no matter what? - Because that's how God loves us!

Memory Verse (learn it together):
 “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and 
with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest 
commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” Matthew 22:37–39

Online Worship Experience
Sunday @ 10:30am
Live worship - Sunday morning

What is Ridge|Home?

This is church for everyone, everywhere. It’s gathering with your family wherever you live, with other people, in person, to watch The Ridge weekly services, connect with God through music, and have conversations. This can be done in a home or another available space around you. 

Want more information about Ridge|Home? Click Here.
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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 March 9th.

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

Anne Elizabeth Shepherd Home:

Even though the dinners have been canceled due to COVID, we are still donating supplies.

We hope to begin dinners and Bible study again soon!

Series: The Art Of Being Unordinary

Series: Breakout

Week #1: Glass Half Full
Week #3: You Raise Me Up
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Ridge Office: 5624B Whitesville Rd., Columbus, GA 31904