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Final Instructions Acts 1:6-14

Final Instructions

The final words of Jesus sum up the mission of the church.


A small chapel on the Mount of Olives marks the traditional site of Jesus’ ascension, but it’s also the launching pad for the church’s mission. Jesus’ final instructions to his disciples on completing that mission can be boiled down to three ideas: word, waiting and witnessing.



For material based on today’s gospel text, see “How to Break Up with a Country,” June 1, 2014.


On top of the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem is a very small Crusader-era church called “The Chapel of the Ascension.”

Unlike the popular and crowded Church of the Holy Sepulchre, which marks the site of Jesus’ crucifixion and burial, this little chapel sees few visitors. Administered by Muslims since the end of the Crusades, the chapel marks the traditional site of Jesus’ ascension into heaven. Muslims believed that Jesus was a prophet, so they maintain the site and allow Christian pilgrims to see...

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