In an effort to help you prepare for the May 8th, 2016, Sunday morning corporate worship gathering and to aid you in your own reflections on the Ascension, I wanted to pose a few questions and provide a few resources to prayerfully consider over the coming days. Our sermon is entitled, “The Ascension of Christ.” The main Scriptures for the day are Luke 24:50-53 and Acts 1:9-11. The other passages are either referenced in the message or provide additional insight for reflection.
(Pick and choose from the many resources and options, which I have tried to make available for your devotional life.)
From the Scriptures
Read and prayerfully reflect upon some or all of these Scriptures. Ask God to shape your life and your church’s life to match the heart of God:
Read or listen to Luke 24:50-53, Acts 1:9-11, Daniel 7:13-14, Hebrews 9.
(You can read or listen to all of these passages in a variety of translations at Bible.is.)
From the Creeds and Confessions
Heidelberg Catechism Questions 46-49
Westminster Larger Catechism Questions 51, 53, 54
From the songs, hymns and spiritual songs of the Church
For Thoughtful Reflection, Prayer, or further Study
How does Christ’s Ascension benefit you?
If Christ wasn’t enthroned in heaven, what would you loose in your Christian life?
Read and reflect on R. Aasman’s 1998 Clarion Editorial, Ascension: from earth to heaven (pages 206-208).
Read and reflect on Dawson’s Recovering the Ascension for the Transformation of the Church (pages 1-8).