Pastor Wrinkles Corner: Ascending Grace

Let’s Review:

1. How many of the Old Testament God Bargains can you name?

2.Tell me three things which were important about the life of Jesus?

3. What was the God bargain Jesus brought to mankind?

It is important to remember that Jesus did not come the first time to ___________. He came to __________. He came to resurrect and he came to ascend!

“But I tell you the truth: It is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.” John 16:7

“when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. He will bring glory to me by taking from what is mine and making it known to you.” John 16:13,14

It was necessary for Jesus to depart and be with the _____________ so that the Holy Spirit could come and dwell inside of us.

Without the Holy Spirit the church could not begin.

On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized with [fn] water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.” Acts 1:4,5

   Jesus followers were given a ____________and it is a mission which could not be accomplished without the help of the Holy Spirit.

That Mission is found in Matthew 28:18-20

“Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in  the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Jesus ascended back to _____________ so the Holy Spirit could come so that ____________ and I could be filled with his power to fulfill Matthew 28:18-20

Now in your groups:

1. The question last week was how is the church different from any other club. List all the ways the church is different?

2. What is the biggest difference do you think?

3. If the church is different from the any other club in the world are we the members of the church supposed to be different? how?

Next week find out how to be different


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