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Taking the Baton

May 5, 2019 Speaker: Damian Mericka Series: Empowered to Run the Race

Topic: Taking the Baton

Going deeper questions (Life Group)

  • What stood out to you about this message and why?
  • On the Road to Emmaus, how did Jesus step into their conversation and lead them to understand why He had to die? This is evangelism; how can we follow Jesus’ example and step into people’s lives to lead them closer to Him? (Point I)
  • How does trusting God come from Knowing God? Do you feel that you know God?  Do you trust God?  How can you increase your trust in Him? (Point I)
  • What / Who was the source and power of Jesus’ earthly ministry? (Point II)
  • What were the Disciples doing in the Upper Room? How does this contrast with John 21:4 from last week?  How does this show their growing trust in God by knowing Him and living for Him (See John 14:13-14)?  Define wasted time. How is your time with God in Reading His Word and Prayer?   (Point II)


Message outline

Title:  Taking the Baton

Series: The Spirit Filled Life

Text: Key Passage-> Luke 24:13-53

Main Idea: Jesus Has Passed Us the Baton- Let us Run Strong!


  1. The Promise of the Father (Luke 24:13-53)
  • The Road to Emmaus (Vv.13-43)
    • Leaving Jerusalem
      • Jesus steps into a conversation, identifying the starting point / what they know (13-24)
      • Jesus leads them in the Scripture to know, and therefore trust God / Faith! (25-27)
      • Jesus dines with them; they realize who He is (28-32)
    • Returning to Jerusalem
      • The two take word back to the Eleven Disciples; Jesus appears and affirms their witness (33-43)
    • Trusting God comes from Knowing God (Vv.44-53)
      • Everything is going according to God’s Word
        • Law of Moses / Prophets / Psalms
        • Opening minds / understanding
        • Gospel: Repentance & Forgiveness of sin
        • From Jerusalem into ALL the world
      • Wait in Jerusalem until the Spirit Comes
        • No more locked doors (Vv.49-53)
  1. The Transition from Jesus to the Disciples (Acts 1:1-26)
  • The Holy Spirit was the source and power of Jesus’ earthly ministry; The Spirit would be the Disciples’ as well (1-5)
    • Note: Luke 3:21-22; 4:1
  • Will this be the Restoration of the Kingdom to Israel?
    • See -> Ezekiel 36:22-38
    • See -> Joel 2:28-32
  • The Upper Room (12-26)
    • Devoted to Prayer instead of fishing (see John 21:3)
    • They are studying, trusting and living in Him!

See -> John 14:13-14

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