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The Great Commission and Ascension

Matt 28:16-20; Mark 16:14-18; Luke 24:44-53; Acts 1:1-11

Welcome and Announcements
    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

Opening Prayer

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?
      John 14:8-11
    Did they not understand because they were too dense?
      John 16:25

    Why hadn't Jesus explained the things He said?
      John 12:49-50
    Why would Jesus waste His effort saying things that couldn't be understood?
      John 14:24b-26
    Did the things Jesus say have any purpose until the Spirit came and explained them?
      John 16:33

    Did Jesus say everything that needed to be said so that the Spirit could then explain it?
      John 16:12
    So are all the things Jesus didn't get around to saying lost?
      John 16:13-15
    How long would this Counselor be around to explain things?
      John 14:16

Grief to Joy (John 16:19-22)
    How did the disciples feel about trading Jesus for the Holy Spirit?
      John 16:5-7
    How long did they feel this way?
      John 16:19-22
    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?
      Luke 24:44-45
    How did His return to life help complete this fulfillment?
      Luke 24:46
    How would the coming weeks and years also show this fulfillment?
      Luke 24:47-48
    Would the fulfillment of taking the Good News to the world depend on these witnesses?
      Luke 24:49

New Beginnings (Acts 1:3)
    How long did Jesus go around showing Himself?
      Acts 1:1-3
    What is meaningful about this length of time between the ministries of Jesus and the disciples?
      Matthew 4:1-2

    Where do we first see the use of the number 40 representing a new beginning?
      Genesis 7:4
    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?
      Deuteronomy 8:2-5

    How was Moses' life filled with examples of these new beginnings?
      Acts 7:23-24, 29
      Acts 7:30, 34
      Deuteronomy 9:9
      Deuteronomy 9:16, 25
      Deuteronomy 10:10-11

    What other significant new beginnings do we find in His Story?
      Joshua 14:7
      Judges 3:11-12
      Judges 13:1
      1 Samuel 4:18
      2 Samuel 5:4
      1 Kings 11:42
      1 Kings 19:2-3, 8
      2 Kings 12:1
      Jonah 3:4-5

    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?
      Acts 1:4
    How long would they have to wait and how would they know it was time?
      Acts 1:5
    Why was it important for the apostles to wait for the Spirit instead of beginning on their own?
      Acts 1:6
    How did Jesus show that He understood why they could still ask such a stupid question?
      Acts 1:7
    When would they ever understand the answer to this and their many other "dumb" questions?
      Acts 1:8

Witnesses (Ephesians 3:4-11)
    Of what were the disciples were to be witnesses?
      Ephesians 3:4-6
    Was Paul able to understand these mysteries because he was a studied Pharisee?
      Ephesians 3:2-3
    Did Paul receive this revelation because he had been prepared through his studies?
      Ephesians 3:7-9
    Did anyone besides Paul receive this calling?
      Ephesians 3:10-11

    How are we to know what to say when we witness?
      Luke 21:13-15
    Is that how the great witness Paul knew what to say?
      Acts 26:15-16
    What about the other apostles? Did they try to become wise to explain the gospel?
      Acts 4:19-20
    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?
      Mark 16:15
    How can we even begin with such a large goal?
      Acts 1:8
    What specific instructions did Jesus give us to accomplish this witnessing?
      Matthew 28:19-20a
    Why is this so important?
      Mark 16:16
    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?
      Mark 16:17-18

Jesus Leaves (Acts 1:9)
    What did Jesus do after giving these instructions?
      Acts 1:9
    What do some find significant about the cloud hiding Him from their sight?
      Exodus 24:15-17
    Where was Jesus when He did this?
      Luke 24:50-51
    Where in the vicinity of Bethany?
      Acts 1:12

Witnesses in Waiting (Acts 1:10-14)
    What did the disciples do when Jesus left?
      Acts 1:10-11
    What did the disciples do after hearing the angels?
      Luke 24:52-53
    Did they immediately begin witnessing of the Good News of Jesus?
      Acts 1:13-14
    Without telling next week's story, did the disciples witness with Jesus' power as promised?
      Mark 16:19-20

Closing Prayer

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