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About Matt Erickson

Senior Pastor of Eastbrook Church, husband, father of three, music enthusiast, book lover, and life-long learner. Find out more here: http://mwerickson.wordpress.com/about/.

Called

“Why do you stand here looking into the sky?” (Acts 1:11). Never has such a unique question spurred such a powerful movement of God as what we see in the beginning of Acts.

This past weekend at Eastbrook Church I began a four-part series on the life of God’s people entitled “Activate.” This first week we talked about the calling of God’s people in response to Jesus’ teaching and life. The life with God is neither intended to be boring/apathetic nor busy/frenetic. Instead we must be activated by God through the power of the Holy Spirit to join Him in His work in the world.

You can view a video of the message and the accompanying outline below. You can listen to the message via our audio podcast here.

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Posted by on May 6, 2015 in Communication, Eastbrook

 

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Activate

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Why does the church exist and what are we to be about?

This weekend at Eastbrook we begin a new series where we explore some of the basics of missional living for followers of Christ and the church community by looking at Acts 1 & 2. Specifically, we will explore Jesus’ call to be witnesses, the importance of prayer, the need for Holy Spirit empowerment, and the opportunity to actively engage with those around us. Let’s get activated!

May 2/3 – Called (Acts 1:1-11)

May 9/10 – Praying (Acts 1:12-26)

May 16/17 – Empowered (Acts 2:1-13)

May 23/24 – Engaged (Acts 2:14-47)

You can follow along with the series via our web-site, our Vimeo page, our Facebook page, or by downloading the Eastbrook Church app.

 
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Posted by on April 30, 2015 in Communication, Eastbrook

 

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Is Jesus Really the Only Way? (discussion questions)

3 Questions Series Gfx_ThumbHere are the discussion questions that accompany my message, “Does Jesus Really Give Us Life?,” from this past weekend at Eastbrook Church. This is the third and final part of our series, “3 Questions We All Have About Jesus,” where we delve into Jesus’ provocative statement: “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6).

Discussion Questions:

  1. How would you explain your goal in life, or your understanding of what ‘real life’ is?
  1. This week we conclude our three-week series, “3 Questions We All Have About Jesus,” by looking at Jesus as the Life. In John 14:6 Jesus says, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” Before you begin this study, ask God to reveal His truth to you as you read His word.
  1. The theme of life pervades Jesus’ teaching in the Gospel of John. Read the following verses which mention ‘life’ or ‘eternal life’ and describe what they tell us about God, Jesus, and life:
  • John 1:4
  • John 3:15-16
  • John 4:14
  • John 5:19-40
  • John 6:35-58
  • John 11:25-26
  • John 12:23-26
  • John 17:1-3
  1. In light of everything you just read, what do you think Jesus is trying to say in John 14:6-7 about being the way and the truth and the life?
  1. Some people say that religion – or even Christianity specifically – is a straightjacket that takes the ‘life’ out of life. What would you say to someone who feels this way? If you feel this way yourself, why do you feel this way?
  1. In John 10:10, Jesus makes one of His most well-known statements about death and life. Given the verses around it (John 10:1-18), what do you think it means to have full or abundant life in Jesus Christ?
  1. Would you say that you are living the abundant life in Jesus Christ right now? Why or why not? How might you take a step deeper into life with God?
  1. What is one specific thing that God is speaking to you through this study about the life with God found in Jesus? How will that shape your life in the coming week? If you are with a small group, discuss that with one another and pray for one another. If you are studying on your own, write it down and share it with someone.

[Response: As we draw this series to a close, you may still have unresolved questions about Jesus. We would love to talk through those with you in person or via email. Reach out with your questions either by emailing us (info@eastbrook.org), writing them on a connect card, visiting the Eastbrook Church Facebook page, or calling the church office (414.228.5220).]

 
 

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Does Jesus Really Give Us Life?

I concluded our series, “3 Questions We All Have About Jesus,” this past weekend at Eastbrook Church by looking at Jesus as the life. In this series we have explored Jesus’ statement on John 14:6, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father but through me.” Digging into our questions, not avoiding them, helps us to know God more.

You can view a video of the message and the accompanying outline below. You can listen to the message via our audio podcast here.

You may also want to take a look at the other two messages in this series, “Is Jesus Really the Only Way?” and “Is Jesus Really the Source of Truth?

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Posted by on April 28, 2015 in Communication, Eastbrook

 

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Is Jesus Really the Source of Truth? (discussion questions)

3 Questions Series Gfx_ThumbHere are the discussion questions that accompany my message, “Is Jesus Really the Source of Truth?,” from this past weekend at Eastbrook Church. This is the second part of our series, “3 Questions We All Have About Jesus,” where we are digging into Jesus’ provocative statement: “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6).

Discussion Questions:

  1. When did you learn something that changed your life, whether as a child or as an adult? What happened?
  1. This week we enter the second part of a three-week series entitled “3 Questions We All Have About Jesus.” In John 14:6 Jesus says, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” Before you begin this study, ask God to reveal His truth to you as you read His word.
  1. The theme of truth is particularly important in the Gospel of John. Read the following verses which mention ‘truth’ and reflect on what they tell us about God, Jesus, and truth:
  • John 1:14, 17
  • John 3:21
  • John 4:23-24
  • John 7:18
  • John 8:31-32
  • John 8:40, 45
  • John 16:13
  • John 17:17
  • John 18:23
  • John 18:37-38
  1. Given everything you just read, what do you think is important about Jesus including ‘truth’ in His statement to the disciples in John 14:6? Why do you think it is important that Jesus includes this?
  1. How have you wrestled with questions about the truth in your own life? Has your knowledge of Jesus resolved those questions? How?
  1. Jesus is described as coming from God the Father “full of grace and truth” (John 1:14, 17). Many times Christians are criticized for being arrogant in their claims to truth or in the way they talk about the truth. Do you think these criticisms are valid? Why or why not? What do you think it looks like to be full of grace and truth?
  1. In John 8:31-32, Jesus says, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” Based on the surrounding verses in John 8 and your own reflections, what do you think it means to be set free by the truth of Jesus?
  1. What is one specific thing that God is speaking to you through this study about the truth of God found in Jesus? How will that shape your life in the coming week? If you are with a small group, discuss that with one another and pray for one another. If you are studying on your own, write it down and share it with someone.

[Response: Throughout this series, we will be looking at tough questions about Jesus. There may be some questions you wish someone would answer about Jesus as the way, the truth, and the life. Send us your questions either by emailing them to info@eastbrook.org, writing them on a connect card, or visiting the Eastbrook Church Facebook page.]

 
 

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Is Jesus Really the Source of Truth?

Does it really matter that Jesus claims to be the truth?

This past weekend at Eastbrook Church, I continued our series, “3 Questions We All Have About Jesus,” addressing that very question. Looking at Jesus’ statement, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father but through me” (John 14:6), I explored just what Jesus means by saying He is the truth. In the midst of walking through themes of truth in John’s gospel, we also touched on the distinctive belief that God reveals Himself to humanity, the exclusive nature of truth, the framework of ‘worldview’, and how to assess truth statements of conflicting worldviews.

You can view a video of the message and the accompanying outline below. You can listen to the message via our audio podcast here.

You may also be interested in last weekend’s message, “Is Jesus Really the Only Way?

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Posted by on April 23, 2015 in Communication, Eastbrook

 

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Is Jesus Really the Only Way? (discussion questions)

3 Questions Series Gfx_ThumbHere are the discussion questions that accompany my message, “Is Jesus Really the Only Way?,” from this past weekend at Eastbrook Church. This is the first part of our series, “3 Questions We All Have About Jesus,” where we are digging into Jesus’ provocative statement: “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6).

Discussion Questions:

  1. This week we begin a three-week series entitled “3 Questions We All Have About Jesus.” This series launches off from John 14:6, where Jesus says, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” Take a moment to ask God to speak to you as you study His word.
  2. What comes into your mind when you hear Jesus say, “I am the way, the truth, and the life”?
  3. In John 14, Jesus is teaching His closest disciples before He will go to the Cross. He is specifically telling them that He will go away, but then return. Read John 14:1-14 to get better context on the statement Jesus makes in John 14:6.
  4. Given what you read in John 14:1-14, what would you say is Jesus’ driving concern in these verses?
  5. In his question found in 14:5 Thomas seems concerned with the direction or destination of Jesus’ pending departure. Is this the right question or not? What is Jesus trying to help His disciples understand here?
  6. There are clear echoes of John 10:1-18 in John 14. Take a moment to read that passage aloud. What key statements does Jesus make about His identity in John 10? What do you think these things mean in light of John 14:6?
  7. Some of people’s greatest hang-ups or frustrations about Christianity have to do with Jesus as the only way to God. What questions have you heard about this theme or topic in your own life? How do Jesus’ words here address those questions or frustrations?
  8. How have you experienced Jesus as ‘the way’ in your life? What does this mean to you?
  9. What is one specific thing that God is speaking to you through this study? How will that shape your life in the coming week? If you are with a small group, discuss that with one another and pray for one another. If you are studying on your own, write it down and share it with someone.

[Response: Throughout this series, we will be looking at tough questions about Jesus. There may be some questions you wish someone would answer about Jesus as the way, the truth, and the life. Send us your questions either by emailing them to info@eastbrook.org, writing them on a connect card, or visiting the Eastbrook Church Facebook page.]

 
 

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