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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?

This past weekend at Eastbrook Church, I began a three-week series on 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.” This series is an opportunity for us to delve into questions and unresolved thoughts we have as we consider “3 Questions We All Have About Jesus.”

This week, we looked at the questions, “Is Jesus Really the Only Way?” My response is that Jesus is the only way of access to God, but perhaps not in the way we think.

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 April 13, 2015 in Communication, Eastbrook

 

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3 Questions We All Have About Jesus

3 Questions Series Gfx_Web HeaderWe all wrestle with questions about who Jesus is.

This weekend at Eastbrook we begin a new series where we explore what it means that Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6). The series is entitled “3 Questions We All Have About Jesus,” and is an opportunity for us to engage with deep questions we have about Jesus and what He might mean to us.

Throughout this series, we want to hear from you. What are the questions you have about Jesus? You can post a question here in the comments section of my blog, drop a question on our Facebook page, or email us directly.

April 11/12 – “Is Jesus Really the Only Way?”

April 18/19 – “Is Jesus Really the Source of Truth?”

April 25/26 “Does Jesus Really Gives Us Life?”

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

 
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Posted by on April 9, 2015 in Communication, Eastbrook

 

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Empty

A lot of times we think of the word ’empty’ in a negative light. But when does emptiness become a good thing? Our celebration of Jesus’ resurrection – and the empty tomb – sheds some important light on that.

My message this past Easter weekend at Eastbrook Church was an exploration of the meaning of “Empty” in light of the resurrection. I walked through John 20:1-31, with reference to a few different passages along the way.

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 April 7, 2015 in Communication, Eastbrook

 

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Broken to Heal: a Good Friday message

Here is the complete text from my Good Friday message given yesterday at Eastbrook Church. You can view the message here.Chosen Words Series Gfx_Web Ad

The Apostle John, one of Jesus’ closest companions, begins his telling of Jesus’ life with profound words. John describes Jesus as the ‘Word of God’ – that perfect wisdom and revelation of God – who “was with God in the beginning” (John 1:1, 2). He says Jesus was “the true light” shining “in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome” that light (1:5, 9). John even goes so far as to say that Jesus surpasses Moses in His authority as a teacher because Jesus is “the One and Only Son, who is Himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father” (1:17, 18). These rich words show us how highly John thought about Jesus and exactly who we are dealing with when we come to the Gospels: Jesus’ timelessness, Jesus’ authority, Jesus’ wisdom, and Jesus’ divinity.

If we had never encountered the story of Jesus, it may strike us as odd when we read the following words from John nestled amidst those earlier descriptions:

The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory.” (1:14)

The lofty One comes into our midst in human flesh, John says, and that is a revelation of His glory. Certainly, it could be a slight surprise to hear this. The glorious Word – unstained and pure – steps into rough and tumble human experience – right where we live.

Yet that slight surprise is nothing compared to what we encounter later in John’s story: that Jesus would suffer the brutality of violent execution by human hands. This is exactly what we have heard from another early Jesus follower, Matthew, in his record of Jesus’ life read throughout the service today. It is a litany of broken human experience: Jesus’ isolated and suffering alone in prayer while His disciples fall asleep; Jesus’ betrayed by one of His own followers named Judas; Jesus arrested by Temple guards without clear accusation; Jesus facing authorities who bend justice to match their own aims, even as they stand as representatives of God; Jesus’ utter rejection by a close friend, Simon Peter; Jesus’ life exchanged for the freedom of a known murderer, Barabbas, at the request of the crowds; Jesus humiliatingly mocked as a broken king by the Roman soldiers, complete with a robe, a staff, and a crown of thorns; the voices of cynics shouting insults as Jesus is heaved up on a cross to slowly die of asphyxiation or heart failure. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 4, 2015 in Communication, Evangelism

 

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Overcome

Chosen Words Series Gfx_ThumbWhat sort of a Messiah would promise trouble and difficulty?

That’s exactly what I set out to address as I continued our series,”Chosen Words,” this past weekend at Eastbrook Church. I explored two separate passages, John 15:18-25 and John 16:16-33, both of which address these more difficult words of Jesus.

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 can join in with the “Chosen Words” devotional online.

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Posted by on March 22, 2015 in Communication, Eastbrook

 

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Abide

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This weekend at Eastbrook Church, I continued our series,”Chosen Words,” by looking at Jesus’ teaching on the spiritual life through the metaphor of the vine and the branches from John 15:1-17. After exploring the idea of Jesus as the ‘true’ vine, I spent time outlining four aspects of the life of abiding in Jesus.

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 can join in with the “Chosen Words” devotional online.

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Posted by on March 16, 2015 in Communication, Eastbrook

 

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