May 2, 2021

What Is The End of Jesus’ Journey?

Preacher:
Passage: Ephesians 4:1–16

This week’s message is the fourth message in a series on the gospel, in general, and the ascension of Christ, in particular. As we consider Ephesians 4:1-16, the issue being addressed has to do with the end of Jesus’ journey. What is the end of Jesus’ journey? This question that could be asked in two different ways. First, what is the end destination of Jesus’ journey? The answer of Ephesians 4:10 is that Jesus’ journey ended when he ascended far above into the heavens. The second way to ask and answer the question is, what is the end goal of Jesus’ journey? Or what is being accomplished by Jesus’ ascension into heaven? The answer of Ephesians 4:10 is that so Jesus would fill all things. The filling of all things is the filling the whole world with his presence as the Holy Spirit is poured out as a gift. In other words, Jesus must ascend so that Spirit can descend. When the Spirit descends humans are filled with the Spirit and presence of Christ. These humans speak God’s word as Apostles, prophets, evangelists, and pastor-teachers and this preaching of the gospel builds up the church. It unifies a people around God and his word. This perfected and sanctified new humanity is the end goal and gift of the gospel.

Discussion Questions
1) What is the end goal of Jesus' ascension? How does knowing this impact us?
2) What role does the Holy Spirit have in Jesus' ascension and what does this mean for us now?
3) What is the difference between unity in the Spirit and uniformity? Why is this difference important?
4) What is the commonality among believers and why is this important?
5) How do we maintain unity in the body? What are some blocks to fostering and maintaining this unity?
6) What are some ways that you can die to yourself in order for more people around you to be pointed to the gospel?