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Lifted Up

January 24, 2016 Speaker: Carlos Montoya Series: Acts

Verse: Acts 1:9–:11

This week we looked at Acts 1:9-11, Jesus’ ascension into heaven. We also read 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, in which Paul elaborates on some of the events surrounding the coming of the Lord.

  • According to Paul in 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, why should we have hope when we grieve for our brothers and sisters in Christ?
  • Do you fear death? It seems contradictory to both fear death and believe in the resurrection of the saints, yet this probably describes many of us. What would you say to someone like this?

During the sermon, we focused mainly on the assurance delivered by the two angels in Acts 1:11, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.”

  • Do you live with an eye towards the potentially imminent return of our Lord?
  • If not, why not?
  • How might this impact your daily life?
  • Similarly, do you truly believe that you may not live to see next week?
  • What can we do to become more mindful of these truths?
  • Given these truths, what is one thing you can commit to doing immediately?
  • Close by reading Moses’ psalm, Psalm 90, as a prayer/benediction.

Bonus: if you have any extra time, feel free to discuss Christian eschatology (the study of the end times). You might begin by seeing what everyone thinks of when they hear certain words associated with this topic, including the rapture, the tribulation, and the millennium.

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