Acts 2:42-47 Life After Repentance

The Youtube video is linked here. As you start turning to Acts 2:42-47, I want to introduce you to what it looks like to live Life after Repentance. Teachers in Jesus’ day recognized the principle of Kavanah. It is a Hebrew word meaning “to aim” that is used to speak of the inner life and points to hitting the bullseye by strengthening yourself, aiming, releasing, and hitting the bullseye repeatedly while taking into account the favor of God on the Arrow’s flight. Kavanah combines our intentional action as we purposely do spiritual disciplines together with the expectation that God is present and active. Kavanah refuses to pretend that only God is active in my life; and it refuses to act as if all of my spiritual progress is up to me alone and if I just work hard enough I can hit the target. Kavanah demands that we labor as God labors within us. it is the Expression of Paul the Apostle in 1 Corinthians 15:10. 1 Corinthians 15:10 NASB95 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me did not prove vain; but I labored even more than all of them, yet not I, but the grace of God with me. God was […]

Life After Repentance

Luke 25:50-53 Easter and the Ascension of Christ

This entry is part 10 of 10 in the series The Gospel of Luke

This sermon has been posted to Youtube here: https://youtu.be/LtRqsZfo_60 This morning as we look, for the last time, at the Gospel of Luke, we find ourselves looking not at the morning of the resurrection, but a day some forty days later – as Christ is preparing to ascend back to heaven. But this is a good place to be, because the gospel doesn’t end with the resurrection, it goes on. Jesus did not merely die to save our souls, nor was he only buried to bring about our redemption. Nor was he merely raised because of our justification (Romans 4:25) but the Christ who was raised also ascended to heaven to sit at the Father’s right hand. The ascension of Christ has several important implications for us, including this one: As Christ Ascended so shall we! Take the time to read: Luke 24:50-53. Luke 24:50–53 NASB95 And He led them out as far as Bethany, and He lifted up His hands and blessed them. While He was blessing them, He parted from them and was carried up into heaven. And they, after worshiping Him, returned to Jerusalem with great joy, and were continually in the temple praising God. Because of the Resurrection He is our high priest The passage begins […]

The Ascension of christ: Beyond the Resurrection