Bible Stories for Adults
The Great Commission and Ascension
Matt 28:16-20; Mark 16:14-18; Luke 24:44-53; Acts 1:1-11
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Next Week - Pentecost (John 14:23-31; Acts 2)
Bible Words to Remember:
You are witnesses of these things. I am going to send you what my Father has promised. Luke 24:48-49
Understanding (John 14-16)
After Jesus rose, did He spend as much time as possible with His disciples for final preparations?
John 20:19, 26; 21:1, 14
Did He not need to spend more time because they were well trained and understood everything?
Did they not understand because they were too dense?
Why hadn't Jesus explained the things He said?
Why would Jesus waste His effort saying things that couldn't be understood?
Did the things Jesus say have any purpose until the Spirit came and explained them?
Did Jesus say everything that needed to be said so that the Spirit could then explain it?
So are all the things Jesus didn't get around to saying lost?
How long would this Counselor be around to explain things?
Grief to Joy (John 16:19-22)
How did the disciples feel about trading Jesus for the Holy Spirit?
How long did they feel this way?
Were they filled with joy as Jesus had promised when they saw Jesus?
John 20:20, 28; 21:7
Was it only the apostles that Jesus appeared to?
1 Corinthians 15:5-8
Prophesy Fulfilled (Luke 24:44-49)
What reason other than giving proof of His resurrection did Jesus appear to people?
How did His return to life help complete this fulfillment?
How would the coming weeks and years also show this fulfillment?
Would the fulfillment of taking the Good News to the world depend on these witnesses?
New Beginnings (Acts 1:3)
How long did Jesus go around showing Himself?
What is meaningful about this length of time between the ministries of Jesus and the disciples?
Where do we first see the use of the number 40 representing a new beginning?
How did God make a new beginning with His people when they didn't trust Him?
Numbers 14:27, 29, 33-34
Was He just punishing them or was He really making a new beginning?
How was Moses' life filled with examples of these new beginnings?
Acts 7:23-24, 29
Acts 7:30, 34
Deuteronomy 9:16, 25
What other significant new beginnings do we find in His Story?
1 Samuel 4:18
2 Samuel 5:4
1 Kings 11:42
1 Kings 19:2-3, 8
2 Kings 12:1
To what New Beginning have we been called?
2 Corinthians 3:6-8
Wait For the Spirit (Acts 1:4-8)
Were the apostles to start this New Beginning immediately after Jesus left?
How long would they have to wait and how would they know it was time?
Why was it important for the apostles to wait for the Spirit instead of beginning on their own?
How did Jesus show that He understood why they could still ask such a stupid question?
When would they ever understand the answer to this and their many other "dumb" questions?
Witnesses (Ephesians 3:4-11)
Of what were the disciples were to be witnesses?
Was Paul able to understand these mysteries because he was a studied Pharisee?
Did Paul receive this revelation because he had been prepared through his studies?
Did anyone besides Paul receive this calling?
How are we to know what to say when we witness?
Is that how the great witness Paul knew what to say?
What about the other apostles? Did they try to become wise to explain the gospel?
Wiersbe: A witness is someone who tells what he has seen and heard. When you're on the witness stand in court, the judge is not interested in your ideas or opinions; he only wants to know what you know.
The Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15-18)
How many people need to hear this good news before we can stop witnessing?
How can we even begin with such a large goal?
What specific instructions did Jesus give us to accomplish this witnessing?
Why is this so important?
What did Jesus promise to help us with this large and important effort?
Matthew 28:18, 20b
Will this power be available to us or will He just be there to tell us what to say?
Jesus Leaves (Acts 1:9)
What did Jesus do after giving these instructions?
What do some find significant about the cloud hiding Him from their sight?
Where was Jesus when He did this?
Where in the vicinity of Bethany?
Witnesses in Waiting (Acts 1:10-14)
What did the disciples do when Jesus left?
What did the disciples do after hearing the angels?
Did they immediately begin witnessing of the Good News of Jesus?
Without telling next week's story, did the disciples witness with Jesus' power as promised?
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