ThornCreek Church
Ephesians Chapter Three :: The Greatest Mystery
Have you ever wondered about God’s purpose for your life? Do you ever feel overwhelmed with the busyness of life? For four weeks, ThornCreek Church will focus on a chapter in the Bible that is filled with a supercharged purpose for you! Ephesians chapter three is a chapter filled with mystery, purpose and power. This chapter has the power to change your view of life. Maybe God has a word for you in this chapter. Invite a friend to church, enjoy an inspiring message, and worship the God who loves you!
Locations & Times
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  • ThornCreek Church
    13801 Garfield Pl, Thornton, CO 80602, USA
    Saturday 6:00 PM, Sunday 9:30 AM, Sunday 11:00 AM
Welcome to ThornCreek

We hope you experience God in a meaningful way at ThornCreek Church! All elements of ThornCreek are designed to help you discover God's love and purpose for your life. It's a great place for the spiritual seeker or the deep-rooted Christian.

We want to connect with you. Check out our site to find out what's happening and to find out more about the ministries at ThornCreek.

https://thorncreek.church
How to Connect

1. Take the 3 Weekend Challenge.
2. Attend the New Friends Dinner.
3. Attend the TC Membership Class.
4. Join a Small Group.
5. Serve

Click the link below and fill out the form to tell us more about yourself, if you're interested in volunteering, if you've made a decision about Jesus Christ, to register for any event or to provide comments.

https://thorncreek.church/connect
Upcoming Events
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New Friends Lunch | Sun, Apr 15 12:30pm
If you are new to TC & so far you like what you see - this is the perfect next step for you. Come have lunch with Pastor Ruben and his family, as well as meet some other TC families. Lunch and childcare are provided free of charge. thorncreek.church/newfriends

Membership Class | Sun, Apr 29 1:00pm
Membership is not about joining some exclusive club, it's about deepening our commitment to God and the local church. Join us to learn more about who ThornCreek is, how we operate and how our commitment can grow deeper in the church. thorncreek.church/membership

Peru Silent Auction | Wed, May 9 5:30pm
Every year we have a spectacular auction to raise money for our outreach to Peru. This year we actually have a team of 15 heading down to Negritos on a short-term mission trip. Join us on May 9th as we auction off some amazing items, trips, services and the like to raise funds for this mission trip and our service in Negritos. You won't want to miss this exciting evening. Tickets are $30 per seat or buy a table of 8 for $175 (a $65 savings). thorncreek.church/silentauction

ThornCreek 15th Birthday! | Sun, Apr 21-22
Ladies Night Out | Fri, Apr 27
TC Serves: Street Clean Up | Sat, Apr 28
TC Yard Sale | Sat, Jun 2
Women’s Game Night | Fri, Jun 8
Men’s Camping Trip | Thu-Sat, Jun 21-23

Check out more at thorncreek.church/events
TC Kids
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ThornCreek Children’s Ministry strives to partner with families to raise children in the way of Jesus. It’s our goal for children to be transformed by the love of God, to grow in their walk with God, surrender their lives to God, and be a light in the world for others to know God in the same way.

Our curriculum takes the kids through the Bible in a year and they are invited into The Big God Story to experience it and discover who God is and how they fit into His plan!

We believe that parents have a huge impact on the faith of their children! Every Monday, parents are emailed a Family Bible Study that you can do throughout the week with your kids. We also have a repeating 6-week Spiritual Parenting small group that you can be a part of to learn more about raising your children to know God!

We have classes available each weekend for Infants through 5th grade.

All volunteers have passed background checks and we have security procedures in place to create a safe environment for your kids.
TC Teens
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TC Teens Ministry’s mission is to create a safe place for teenagers to encounter Jesus, to ask questions, and to experience the Love God has for them, while ultimately integrating them into the body and mission of Christ.

WEEKLY PROGRAMS
Encounter | Thursdays 6:30pm-8pm @ Mountain States Baptist (3751 Cottonwood Lakes Blvd, Thornton 80241)
Soul Fuel | Sundays 9:30am @ Prairie Hills Elementary School
Worship Service Info
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Did you come with kids? | The teaching time in our Worship Center is designed for adults (Middle School and older). Children, 6th grade and younger, will be much more comfortable in our TC Kids Ministry which is designed just for them! There, your child will engage in age-appropriate teaching, games, music and more. You can check your child in for a TC Kids Ministry classroom at the check-in table located in the Lobby. If needed, the Lobby becomes our Cry Room for parents with infants during service. If you have further questions, please stop by the TC Kids Ministry check-in table in the Lobby today.

Volume | If you find the music too loud, please visit the Welcome Table for ear plugs. Ear plugs are also available at the Worship Center doors.

Prayer Requests | Prayer requests can be submitted via https://thorncreek.church/prayer-request. The TC Prayer Team would love to pray for your requests during the week. There are also TC Prayer Team members available to pray with you after service at the front of the Worship Center.

Distractions | To allow you and those around you to be more fully engaged in today’s service, please refrain from leaving the Worship Center during service. Also, please turn off or mute all cell phones and other mobile devices. Please use the Lobby area for any necessary conversations.
QUESTION: What’s the greatest mystery in your life?
In the NT….A “mystery” is defined as something that had at one time been hidden but is now revealed to God’s people.

Paul the apostle used the word “mystery” 21 times in his Epistles.
Ray Stedman
Paul was in prison at Rome. A prisoner of Caesar, awaiting trial before Nero. But never once does he say that he is a prisoner of Caesar; it is always "a prisoner of Christ Jesus."He saw that Caesar was not the one who had the final say about him; Jesus did. The duration of his confinement was not determined by Caesar, but by the Lord Jesus.
We give our problems too much credit.
- God has your life in His hands.
- God has a plan for you.
- God has His eye on you.
- Your problem is not your end.
CIRCUMSTANCES
Don’t ever let your circumstances define your purpose. God will use your circumstances to advance His purpose.
William Barclay
“To understand the connection of thought in this passage it has to be noted that verses 2–13 are one long parenthesis.”
THE MYSTERY REVEALED
Paul unpacks his insight of this mystery in OTHER PLACES...
The mystery has a name.
The name is Jesus Christ! In Christ, you can find healing and grace. You can find life treasures and knowledge. In Jesus, you can can find God’s perfect purpose for your life.
Gentiles = Non-Jews
From the Jewish perspective, Gentiles were often seen as pagans who did not know the true God. During Jesus’ time, many Jews took such pride in their cultural and religious heritage that they considered Gentiles “unclean”, calling them “dogs” and “the uncircumcision”.
QUESTION:
How do you think Jews felt about Paul’s teaching?
John Phillips
The Jews were infuriated when Paul taught that believing Gentiles were full members of God's family and the fellowship of saints. The Jews' national pride was stung. Even in the church many Jewish believers thought that Gentiles should become Jews in order to be Christians, or at least they should be regarded as second-class citizens in the kingdom. Paul's emancipating gospel annoyed many Jews, even within the church. They felt threatened by his zealous, far-reaching efforts to bring more and more Gentiles into the church.
(Phillips, J. Exploring Ephesians)
The greatest lovers of God, love without boundaries. They love a person to Jesus Christ. Their love transcends the conditions of this world.

The mystery says, “You are invited too.”

Message Study Guide

Download this week's message study guide for use with your small group or personal study.

https://thorncreek.church/message-series/ephesians-chapter-three
Giving

There are several convenient ways to give at TC:
1. Give via text. Text GIVE to 720-619-2688.
2. Give online via the link provided below.
3. Give via check or cash by dropping either in the offering that will be passed during announcements or in the giving box located in the lobby.

APRIL
Total needed this month: $60,000
Total received this month: $18,372
Difference: ($41,628)

https://thorncreek.church/give