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The End of the Beginning



Sunday July 15th 2018 

Witnesses: The End of the Beginning

Luke 24:44-53


Pastor Darren Smith

United Christian Church

2851 Sevier Road

Marietta – NY 13110






Front Cover : Colossians 3:2

2 Set your minds on things above,
 not on earthly things.

Inside Cover : Psalm 47:1-2


1 Clap your hands, all you nations; shout to God with cries of joy.

2 For the Lord Most High is awesome, the great King over all the earth.


Call to Worship : Psalm 47



God Bless America Land That I Love.


Today’s Sermon - Witnesses: The End of the Beginning


Jesus’ ascension into heaven is the culmination of his earthly ministry and the beginning of his heavenly ministry. Let us always trust and worship the all sufficient savior.


1. Witness the Promises:      (the content)        (6-24-18)

2. Witness to People:            (the recipients)      (6-24-18)  

3. Witness with Power:         (the means)           (7-8-18)



4: Witness  The End of the Beginning - (7-15-18)


Luke 24: 50-53 - The Ascension of Jesus - 

50 When he had led them out to the vicinity of Bethany, he lifted up his hands and blessed them. 51 While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up into heaven. 52 Then they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy. 53 And they stayed continually at the temple, praising God.



[1.] The Blessing of King Jesus – verse 50



[2.] The Ascension of King Jesus – verse 51



[3.] The Worship of King Jesus – verse 52-53




Supporting Scripture


Hebrews 6:13-20  (NIV) - The Certainty of God’s Promise


13 When God made his promise to Abraham, since there was no one greater for him to swear by, he swore by himself, 14 saying, “I will surely bless you and give you many descendants.”[a] 15 And so after waiting patiently, Abraham received what was promised. ~~~~


18 God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope set before us may be greatly encouraged. 19 We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, 20 where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf. He has become a high priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.


Joel 2:28:  (NIV) – Old Testament Prophesy
The Day of the Lord

28 “And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions.


John 14:15-17  (NIV) - Jesus Promises the Holy Spirit


15 “If you love me, keep my commands. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be[a] in you.


Acts 1 (NIV) - Jesus Taken Up Into Heaven


1 In my former book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach 2 until the day he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles he had chosen. 3 After his suffering, he presented himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God. 4 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. 5 For John baptized with[a] water, but in a few days you will be baptized with[b] the Holy Spirit.”


Acts 2 (NIV) - The Holy Spirit Comes at Pentecost


2 When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. 2 Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues[a] as the Spirit enabled them.



1. the Christian festival celebrating the descent of the Holy Spirit on the disciples of Jesus after his Ascension, held on the seventh Sunday after Easter.


2. the Jewish festival of Shavuoth.


Pentecost – After 40 Days Jesus ascended into to heaven. The Promise that Jesus would not leave us alone was fulfilled at Pentecost. Jesus spent time on earth for 40 days after he arose from the dead.


Trinity : Father, Son, Holy Spirit


O Come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the Lord our maker.

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