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Summary: A little different take on the Ascension, using the words of Luke: "all that Jesus began to do and to teach"...giving special emphasis to the sequence, First Do...then Teach.

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Sermon Preached by Pastor Larry C. Brincefield on May 23, 2004.

Title: First Do…Then Teach

Text: Acts 1:1-11

Introduction

1. Many people are quite familiar with the death of Jesus Christ …

• And His resurrection…

• But people aren’t quite as familiar with the Ascension…

• The Ascension of Jesus Christ occurred 40 days after the resurrection.

• And, in fact, on the Liturgical Calendar, today is designated as Ascension Sunday…

• But last Thursday was actually the 40 day mark…

• And is considered Ascension Day…

2. Many movies that portray the life of Jesus Christ often end with the resurrection…

• And in fact, while I thought the movie “The Passion of the Christ”…

• Was a powerful movie that really spoke to my heart…

• I also wondered if perhaps they would do a sequel…

• That begins with the resurrection and covers the post-resurrection appearances of Christ…

• Including one of my favorite stories in the entire Bible…

• Where Christ appears to the 2 disciples on the road to Emmaus.

• And then ends with Pentecost…

• With another movie devoted to the evangelism efforts of those early Christians…

• But my point is, when it comes time for the Ascension…

• Most movies have already ended…

• This morning, I would like to devote some well-deserved attention to this important event in the life of Christ.

Read Text: Acts 1:1-11

1. The main message that we often focus on (rightfully so) is found in verse 11: “This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven”

A. Jesus ascended into heaven…

• To be seated at the right hand of God…

• Where He intercedes on behalf of His followers….

• And the main message of the ascension is…

• In the same way that He was taken away…

• There is coming a day when He will come back.

B. Christians are richly blessed by the promise that the ascension holds…

• And, in fact, we become so blessed in anticipation…

• That we focus so much attention on heaven…

• And sometimes, as the saying goes, “we become so heavenly minded, we are no earthly good”.

• Don’t get me wrong…we SHOULD have our thoughts on heaven…

• We should always have the realization that, as the old gospel song says, “this world is not my home, I’m just a passin’ through”

C. But, there is another message for us in the passage of Scripture…

• And this message will help us keep things in the proper perspective.

2. In verse 1, Luke writes, “In my former book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach”

A. When we begin to study God’s Word…

• We find all kinds of meaning…

• And as we dig deeper and deeper into Scripture…

• We find that God reveals more and more truth to us.

• And as I began to study this passage of Scripture…

• I found another important message that God wants to teach us through the events surrounding the ascension.

• There is an importance to the sequence of words in the first verse… “to do…and to teach”

• That’s frequently how Jesus conducted His ministry…

• First He would DO…

• THEN He would TEACH.

B. Let me give you some examples.


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