Sermon 2020-05-31

Grasping His Ascension

Acts 1:1-11
Rev. Tim Meendering
May 31, 2020

Order of Service

  • Welcome and Call to Worship
  • Song – Rejoice
  • Song – How Deep the Father’s Love for Us
  • Sermon – Grasping His Ascension (scroll down for sermon notes)
  • Song – Jesus
  • Closing Blessing
Let Us Pray – As I know many of you are as well, I am grieved, sick, and sorrowful over the images and events of this past week. On this day of Pentecost, as we experience a wide range of emotions and out of the many things we want to do and say, our highest priority should be prayer. So please join us as we gather together for Zoom prayer at 11am (instead of the sermon discussion and fellowship time) and 8:30pm today.  — Pastor Tim

Sermon Notes

Questions for family/small group discussions:
  • What have been your temptations/experience as our culture increasingly shifts toward social disconnection? How has the pandemic impacted your engagement or disengagement with life, ministry, and outreach?
  • What are some of the worst effects for self, our relationships, and our community when we isolate and disengage?
How can we become a bolt of energy, joy, and worship that will change our world? We need to grasp the ascension! We answer especially two questions:
1. What is the ascension?
  • When you think of God creating the world as one great stage and he has written the script in which Jesus is the central character for his grand story of salvation, how would you describe Jesus and what he has done?
  • As Jesus is now on the throne of heaven, outside of space and time, with a new relationship to all of creation, what are some of the benefits that he now applies to us? How would you describe who Jesus is for you today?
  • Why was it so essential for Jesus to ascend to heaven? How have you experienced the promise of Hebrews 13:5 and how would you explain that experience to a not-yet-believer?
2. How does the ascension matter to us?
  • How has Jesus served as a Prophet, Priest, and King for you?
  • What has been your experience—both struggles and joys—with Jesus’ promise of John 8:31-32? How has Christ’s teaching and the gospel liberated you?
  • What steps could you take this week when you consider that you are Jesus’ representative, and Christ’s ascension is detonated through you as the voice and liberating word of Jesus is taught and heard through you?
  • What has been your experience with reading the Bible as being about you and what you are to do versus being about Jesus and what he has already done? What has Jesus already done for you and in your place and how does that change the way that you read the Bible?
  • What is your most common response or attitude toward Christians who don’t get it right like you do? If Jesus chooses to use us and calls us his representatives, what does that say about how we should relate to those whom we think are crazy or wrong in their thinking?What does 2 Corinthians 4:7 say about us and why God chooses to use us? Where is this power ultimately coming from, how does it work, and what is its purpose?