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Overcome (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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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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Overcome (discussion questions)

Chosen Words Series Gfx_4x3 TitleHere are the discussion questions that accompany my message, “Overcome,” from this past weekend at Eastbrook Church. This continues the series, “Chosen Words,” where we will journey through John 13-17 over the next number of weeks. This week specifically looks at two separate passages, John 15:18-25 and John 16:16-33.

Discussion Questions:

  1. What are some of the simple things that give you joy in the midst of the challenges of life?
  2. This week we continue our series, “Chosen Words,” looking at John 15:18-25 and 16:16-33. Before you read these two portions of Scripture aloud, take a moment to ask God to speak to you as you read His word.
  3. In John 15:18-25, Jesus directly addresses the tension – even hatred – that will exist between the world and Jesus’ followers. The ‘world’ in John’s writings represents, as one scholar says, “the godless world…organized in opposition to God, and therefore opposed to His people.” What reasons does Jesus offer for why the world will hate Jesus’ followers in verses 18-25?
  4. How have you experienced hatred or tension in your own life because of your allegiance to Jesus? How did you respond?
  5. Moving forward to John 16:16-18, what is troubling the disciples? Look back over chapters 13-16 and consider how many times Jesus hints at His pending departure from the disciples. Why do you think Jesus is saying this?
  6. In verse 4, Jesus says: “neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.” If bearing fruit is directly tied to ‘remaining’ – or ‘abiding’ or ‘staying put’ – in Jesus, what does Jesus specifically mean by remaining in Him from this passage?
  7. While some different interpretations of this passage exist, it is most likely that Jesus is talking about His departure for arrest and crucifixion (John 18-19), and His return to the disciples by resurrection (John 20). How does Jesus explain this happening in 16:19-22?
  8. Jesus further explains the change of relationship with His Father that will occur for Him and for His disciples in verses 23-28. What new characteristics of relationship exist for His followers because of the Cross and resurrection?
  9. What do you think is the significance of Jesus concluding this entire segment of teaching found in chapters 13-16 with the words about overcoming and peace found in verse 33?
  10. 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.

[Next week we continue our series, “Chosen Words,” by exploring Jesus’ prayer from John 17. Read that portion of Scripture ahead of time.]

 
 

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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 (discussion questions)

Chosen Words Series Gfx_4x3 TitleHere are the discussion questions that accompany my message, “Abide,” on John 15:1-17 from this past weekend at Eastbrook Church. This continues the series, “Chosen Words,” where we will journey through John 13-17 over the next number of weeks.

Discussion Questions:

  1. Spring is almost here! What plants do you most look forward to seeing as Spring returns? Why?
  2. This week we continue our series, “Chosen Words,” by looking at Jesus’ words about abiding or remaining in God from John 15:1-17. Before you read this passage of Scripture aloud, take a moment to ask God to speak to you as you read His word.
  3. Jesus picks up the extended agricultural metaphor of the vine and branches bearing fruit in this passage. This image is used throughout Scripture, often to describe the people of God, as seen in Psalm 80:8-19 and Isaiah 5:1-5. Jesus takes the image a slightly different direction here. What does he say the vine, branches, and gardener represent?
  4. One clear theme of this passage is the concept of bearing fruit. Take a moment to notice how often the word ‘fruit’ appears in this passage. What do you think Jesus mean by ‘bearing fruit’ in this passage?
  5. Would you describe yourself as someone who bears fruit for God? Why or why not?
  6. In verse 4, Jesus says: “neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.” If bearing fruit is directly tied to ‘remaining’ – or ‘abiding’ or ‘staying put’ – in Jesus, what does Jesus specifically mean by remaining in Him from this passage?
  7. Jesus emphasizes love when He says, “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love” (vs 9). What do you think this means? What sort of love is Jesus talking about?
  8. How have you cultivated the life of remaining or abiding in Christ? Are there specific spiritual practices that help you with this?
  9. Jesus offers some very specific requests near the end of this passage: ‘love each other as I have loved you’ (vs 12), ‘you are my friends if you do what I command’ (vs 13), ‘so that you might go and bear fruit’ (v 16). How do you think this call to action connects with the call to remain in love?
  10. 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.

[Next week we continue our series, “Chosen Words,” by exploring Jesus’ words about overcoming difficulty in John 15:18-25 and 16:16-33. Read that portion of Scripture ahead of time.]

 
 

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