Passage: Acts 1:6-11 Theme: Ascension and Mission Q: What’s Next? A: 1. Avoid distractions, especially theological ones. 2. Tell others what Jesus has done. 3. Get busy with the mission. Main Idea: Jesus left us with the power to carry out a clearly defined and singularly focused mission. Are you doing it? Application Questions: 1. What are some ways that we can get spiritually distracted, even by things that aren’t wrong or maybe even biblical, from accomplishing the mission that Jesus has given us? Have you seen this tendency in your own life? How do you combat it? (1:6) 2. Given that we possess the power of the Holy Spirit and the commission of Jesus, why do we many times feel so powerless or fearful when opportunities present themselves to witness? 3. Commenting on Acts 1:8, Darrell Bock makes the statement “The church exists, in major part, to extend the apostolic witness to Jesus everywhere. In fact, the church does not have a mission, it is to be missional and is a mission (Acts, 66). What might this mean for missions today? 4. Share a way that God has convicted you to get busy with the mission (Acts 1:11).
April 19, 2020
Ascension and Mission
April 19, 2020 • Pastor Phil Burggraff • Acts 1:6-11
September 20, 2020
Glory and Grace Tried and Dismissed • September 20, 2020 • Pastor Phil Burggraff
The trial of Jesus demonstrates the following: 1. The world’s power systems aren’t in control. (28–32) 2. Truth answers a who question not a what question (33–38a) 3. Most look at the Father’s Son and reject him (38b–40) 4. Those who reject Jesus want him humiliated (1–7) 5. True power uses its authority for the benefit of others (8–11) 6. Jesus as king would serve as the final Passover lamb (12–16) Main Idea: We must embrace the humiliating sacrifice of Jesus to experience true power.
September 13, 2020
Glory and Grace Betrayed • September 13, 2020 • Pastor Phil Burggraff
Theme: Glory and Grace Betrayed Passage: John 18:1–27 Two Scenes: 1. Jesus Arrested (18:1–12) a. Despite the bleak circumstances, Jesus remains completely in control. b. Yet, Jesus willingly surrenders his life to the Father’s mission. 2. Jesus Tried by the Jewish Authorities (18:13–27) a. The true high priest serves by sacrificing himself for the sheep. b. The disciple must ... i. recognize their own inadequacy and failures ii. respond by looking to and pointing others to Jesus. Main Idea: We identify with Jesus so that others know that He is life.