Series: The End of the Beginning (3 of 6) by Stuart Briscoe

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NOTE: This sermon is part 5 and 6 of a 12 part sermon series. Two sermons outlines are included in this download.


Part 5: The Ascended Lord
Series: The End of the Beginning
Stuart Briscoe
Ephesians 1:15-23; 4:7-16; Philippians 2:5-11

Various attempts have been made to measure spiritual maturity. A good case can be made that maturity is linked to our understanding of Christ. If this is so, what do we know of the ascended Lord?

I. Why Believe in the Ascension?

A. Modern man's problems with spatial and material factors.
B. Belief in resurrection should handle these problems.
C. Prophetic predictions of Messiah's exaltation. Psalm 68:18; Psalm 24:3, 10
D. Christ's anticipation of return to glory. John 17:1 5; 20:17-18
E. Early church's conviction about ascension. Acts 1:6 11; Philippians 2:6 11
F. Traditional creedal statements on ascension.

II. What Is the Theological Significance of the Ascension?

A. The significance to Christ.
1. He has taken the seat of highest honor. Romans 8:34
2. He has received the place of noblest authority.
Matthew 28:16, 20
3. He has completed the mission of greatest value. Psalm 2:1 12

B. The significance to the church.

Part 6: Getting Ready for Pentecost
Series: The End of the Beginning
Stuart Briscoe
Acts 1:1-11

In the time between His resurrection and ascension, the risen Lord ministered to His disciples with a view to getting them ready for the dramatic day of Pentecost.

I. He Gave Many Convincing Proofs. v. 3

A. They were dispirited and disorganized.
B. They were confused and confounded.
C. They were confronted and convinced.
D. They were motivated and mobilized.

II. He Gave Some Final Instructions. v. 3

A The meaning of "the kingdom."
1. The people who constitute a realm.
2. The sphere in which the people function.
3. The rule under which the sphere exists.

B. The mystery of "the kingdom." Mark 3:11
1. The people of Israel-God's sphere or rule.
2. The promise of prophecy. Daniel 2:31 45
3. The perspective of the disciples. Acts 1:6

4. The puzzle of the kingdom.
a. It has come.
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