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"Three Ascension Essentials" - Luke 24:50-53

"Three Ascension Essentials" - Luke 24:50-53

Associate Pastor Jonathan Lusche

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StoneBridge Community Church

4832 Cochran St, Simi Valley, CA 93063, USA

Saturday 5:15 PM

Sunday 5:20 PM

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The Text in Context, Part 1

"The disciples spent all their time in the temple. Jesus had exercised his ministry within the confines of Judaism. He had deeply disapproved of how what was once a beautiful system had become..."  Click link to read more.

The Text in Context, Part 2

"We read that 'they returned to Jerusalem with great joy, and were continually in the temple, praising and blessing God.'How shall we account for these joyful feelings? How shall we explain the singular fact, that this little company of weak disciples, left, for the first time, like orphans, in the midst of an angry world, was not down cast, but was full of joy? The answer to these questions is short and simple. The disciples rejoiced, because..." Click link to read more.

1. Jesus Christ ascended...

to prepare for our arrival.

2. Jesus Christ ascended...

to reign as victorious King.
Daniel 7:13-14
I saw one like a son of man
coming with the clouds of heaven.
And he approached the Ancient of Days
was presented before him.
To him was given dominion
and glory and kingship,
that all peoples, nations, and languages
should serve him.
His dominion is an everlasting dominion
that shall not pass away,
and his kingship is one
that shall never be destroyed.

3. Jesus Christ ascended...

to intercede as High Priest.
Leviticus 16
Hebrews 6-10
1. Prayerfully consider your thoughts and feelings about the Jesus Christ preparing to host your arrival in heaven.
2. Prayerfully consider your thoughts and feelings about Jesus’ ascension to the role of Sovereign King.
3. Prayerfully consider your thoughts and feelings about Jesus’ ascension to the role of High Priest, interceding on your behalf.

1. Is there anything in this week's message that surprised you? Upset you? Was an 'ah ha' moment? or that you disagreed with?

2. How does the ascension contribute to our understanding of Christ's ongoing influence in the world?

3. The ascension is closely connected to the promise of Jesus' return. How does the anticipation of Jesus' second coming shape Christian hope? How does the ascension offer reassurance and encouragement to believers in the midst of present trials and challenges?

4. Read Acts 1:9-11. In this scripture, angels appear to the disciples after Jesus' ascension, affirming that he will return in the same way he ascended. How does this message inspire Christians to live faithfully and expectantly in the interim period? How might the hope of Jesus' eventual return impact our priorities, values, and actions?

5. The ascension is also Jesus' inauguration as the exalted King. How does this impact our understanding of authority and power? Does it and/or should it influence the way Christians approach issues of justice, peace, and social responsibility?

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