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Jesus Ascends into Heaven

Luke 24:44-53; Acts 1:1-11

Welcome and Announcements
    Next Week - Jesus Will Come Again (Matthew 25:31-46)
    Bible Words to Remember:
      Unless I go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you. When He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all truth. John 16:7, 13

Opening Prayer

Jesus' Appearances on Easter Sunday (Mark 16:9-14)
    Who did Jesus first appear to after He rose?
      Mark 16:9-11
    Who saw Jesus next?
      Matthew 28:8-10
    Who was next?
      Luke 24:34
    Then who?
      Mark 16:12-13

    Who did He appear to next (still on Easter Sunday) that helped get rid of the apostles' doubt?
      Mark 16:14
    What appearance did Jesus make next to satisfy another doubter?
      John 20:24-26

Jesus' Appearances Over the Next Few Weeks (1 Corinthians 15:5-7)
    Where were the apostles to go next to meet up with Jesus?
      Mark 16:7
    Did the apostles recognize Jesus when He appeared to them there?
      John 21:1, 3-8, 13-14
    What important thing did Jesus do at this time?
      John 21:15-17

    Did Jesus appear to the apostles any other times while they were in Galilee?
      Matthew 28:16-17
    Was anyone else with the apostles on this mountain?
      1 Corinthians 15:6

    What other appearances did Jesus make?
      1 Corinthians 15:7
    When did the resurrected Jesus ever appear to Paul?
      Acts 9:3-5
    Why did Jesus make this special appearance to Saul?
      Acts 22:12, 14-15, 21
    How long did Jesus remain on earth before ascending?
      Acts 1:3

Appearances on Record (John 20:30-31)
    Are these all of the appearances Jesus made?
      John 20:30
    Why do we have the stories about Jesus we have and not any others?
      John 20:31; 21:25

    Why did Matthew, Mark and Luke write their gospels?
      Luke 1:1-4
    What scope did they try to cover to accomplish this goal?
      Acts 1:1-2

Prophesy Fulfilled (Luke 24:44-49)
    What reason other than giving proof of His resurrection did Jesus appear to people?
      Luke 24:44-45
    How did the previous few weeks help show this fulfillment?
      Luke 24:46
    How would the coming weeks and years also show this fulfillment?
      Luke 24:47-48
    When would this begin?
      Luke 24:49

Wait For the Spirit (Acts 1:4-8)
    Were the apostles to immediately begin witnessing on their own?
      Acts 1:4
    How long would they have to wait and how would they know it was time?
      Acts 1:5
    After the risen Jesus opened their minds to the Scripture, did the apostles finally understand?
      Acts 1:6
    How did Jesus reply to such an ignorant and mindless question?
      Acts 1:7
    Would they ever understand the answer to this and their many other "dumb" questions?
      Acts 1:8

The Counselor (John 14, 16)
    How would they understand these things just by the coming of the Spirit?
      John 16:12-14
    Why couldn't the Spirit explain these things to the apostles while Jesus was with them?
      John 16:5-7
    Would the Spirit lead the whole world to understanding?
      John 14:16-17

Final Instructions (Matthew 28:18-20, Mark 16:15-16)
    What important statement does Jesus make before giving final instructions to the apostles?
      Matthew 28:18
    What final instructions did He then give to the leaders of His body, the Church?
      Matthew 28:19-20a

    How was this calling to go and make disciples different than the apostles' calling to date?
      Matthew 10:1, 5-6
    What are the limits of the people to whom the Church is to tell about Jesus' good news?
      Mark 16:15

    How was this calling to baptize different than the baptism that had been given before?
      Acts 19:1-7
    Would John have agreed with this understanding?
      Luke 3:16
    What is so important about baptizing those who believe the good news of Jesus?
      Mark 16:16

    What did Jesus tell His apostles to do with people who became disciples and were baptized?
      Acts 2:42

Power to Fulfill the Command (Matthew 28:20, Mark 16:17-18)
    How would the apostles be able to accept this great responsibility to evangelize the world?
      Matthew 28:20b
    How strong are the powers that Jesus gives us to accomplish this task?
      Mark 16:17-18

Jesus Ascends (Luke 24:50-51, Acts 1:9)
    What did Jesus do after giving these final instructions?
      Luke 24:50-51
    How did He leave them?
      Acts 1:9

    Had anything like this ever happened before?
      2 Kings 2:11
    What was the significance of Jesus disappearing in a cloud?
      Exodus 13:21-22
    How else was Jesus' ascension different than Elijah's?
      1 Timothy 3:16
    What kind of glory is this?
      John 17:4-5

At The Right Hand (Mark 16:19)
    Where did Jesus go when He ascended into heaven?
      Mark 16:19
    What is important about this?
      Hebrews 1:3-4
    Why is it important that Jesus be exalted and given the name above all names?
      Philippians 2:9-11
    What does Jesus promise to do on His throne in heaven?
      Matthew 25:31-34, 41, 46

He'll Be Back (Acts 1:10-11)
    What happened as the apostles watched Jesus ascend into heaven?
      Acts 1:10
    What message did the messengers have?
      Acts 1:11

Evangelists in Waiting
    Where had all of this taken place?
      Acts 1:12
    What did the apostles do when they returned to Jerusalem?
      Acts 1:13a, 14
    With Jesus gone, did they stay behind locked doors in fear?
      Luke 24:52-53
    Did they fulfill their command to go and did Jesus keep His promise to be with them?
      Mark 16:20

Closing Prayer

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