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Connecting Together (discussion questions)

Here are the discussion questions that accompany my message, “Connecting Together,” from this past weekend at Eastbrook Church. This was the second part of our series “Together” on what it means to be the church.

Discussion Questions:

  1. How would you define the church in your own words?
  2. We continue our series “Together” this week by looking at what it means to be the church relationally. This week, we will spend time primarily in Acts 2:1-47 and Colossians 3:12-17. Stop to ask God to speak to you. Then, read Acts 2 and Colossians 3:12-17 aloud.
  3. Peter’s first sermon in the book of Acts is followed by a dramatic response from his hearers. How would you describe the response to Peter’s sermon initially (verse 38-41) and in the days following (verses 42-47)?
  4. The church is not something created by human beings. Based on what you see here, as well as what you know from other portions of Scripture, what would you say is the source of the church?
  5. What do you think that the everyday life of the early church looked like? How does our life as a church look similar or different today? What does that make you think about?
  6. Last week, we looked at Ephesians 2 and the vastly different people who were brought together in the church. In Colossians 3:12-17, Paul exhorts these vastly different people to live together in some very specific ways. Which of Paul’s exhortations jumps out most to you? Why?
  7. How might you grow in grace as a member of Christ’s church based on what you are encountering here in Colossians 3?
  8. What is one specific truth or point of application that God is speaking to you through this study, and how will you live that out this week? Write it down. If you are in a small group, share your thoughts with one another.
 
 

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Connecting Together

Connecting TogetherWhat does it mean to be God’s people? How should we relate with one another as the church?

My message this past weekend, “Connecting Together,” touches upon these questions. This is the second part of a four-part series at Eastbrook Church entitled “Together.”

The outline and video file for the message is below. You can listen to the message via our audio podcast here. You can access both messages from “Together” series here. You can also visit Eastbrook Church on VimeoFacebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 

 

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Together in Jesus Christ (discussion questions)

Here are the discussion questions that accompany my message, “Together in Jesus Christ,” from this past weekend at Eastbrook Church. This was the first part of our series “Together” on what it means to be the church. This message was built out of Ephesians 2.

Discussion Questions:

1. When did you enter real, life-changing relationship with God through Jesus Christ? What happened? How did your life change?

2. This week we begin a four-week series entitled “Together” focused on what it means to be God’s people together. This week, we will spend time in Ephesians, chapter 2. Stop and ask God to speak to you. Next, read Ephesians 2 out loud.

3. The first ten verses of this chapter outline the basics of what salvation in Jesus Christ is all about. ‘Salvation’ is a churchy word that we don’t necessarily use a lot in our everyday lives. Ponder Paul’s words here and then put them into your own words. How would you describe what the message of Jesus is about as outlined in Ephesians 2:1-10?

4. Reflect for a moment on what this really means. Do you believe this truth or not? Do you order your life by this truth or not? If yes, then why? If no, then why not?

5. The next twelve verses focus more about the change of status and relationship that we experience because of what Jesus has done. Remember that the Hebrew Bible makes a distinction between Jews (that specific national-ethnic group called into relationship with God through His promises) and Gentiles (the non-Jewish nations). Paul is writing to a mostly Gentile audience in Ephesians. Why would Paul’s words here be significant to these readers?

6. What do you think it means that Jesus “himself is our peace” (Ephesians 2:14)? Why is this important?

7. The tabernacle—and, later, the temple—was the physical dwelling place of God in the Old Testament. How does Paul shift the idea of God’s dwelling place in verses 20-22? What is he really saying here? What might this mean for us today?

8. What is one specific truth or point of application that God is speaking to you through this study, and how will you live that out this week? Write it down. If you are in a small group, share your thoughts with one another.

 
 

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Together in Jesus Christ

Together in Christ
What is the center of the life of God’s people? What is it that really holds the church all together?

My message this past weekend, “Together in Jesus Christ,” addresses these very questions. This is the first of four weeks at Eastbrook Church in our series, “Together.”

The outline and video file for the message is below. You can listen to the message via our audio podcast here. You can access both messages from “Together” series here. You can also visit Eastbrook Church on VimeoFacebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 

 

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Living the Good Life

Good Life bannerHow do we really enter into the good life?

This is the heart of what I talked about in my message this past weekend, “Living the Good Life.” This is the first of two weeks on Psalm 23 at Eastbrook Church in our series, “The Good Life.”

The outline and video file for the message is below. You can listen to the message via our audio podcast here. You can access all the messages from “The Good Life” series here. You can also visit Eastbrook Church on VimeoFacebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 

 

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Posted by on July 21, 2014 in Communication, Eastbrook

 

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The Good Life

Good Life bannerThe next two weekends at Eastbrook I will speak about “The Good Life” from Psalm 23.

In a world the trivializes nearly everything and mocks both meaning and depth, what sort of truths do we encounter in Psalm 23? While much of our contemporary American Christianity relegates Psalm 23 to either sentimentalism or the closing days of our lives, what would it look like to truly enter into the realities found in Psalm 23 in our daily lives? What does it mean to live the “with-God” life where He is our Shepherd daily and all lifelong? I have a hunch that it would be the good life which so many people are desperately trying to find.

July 19/20 – “Living the Good Life” – Psalm 23:1-4

July 26/27 – “Sustaining the Good Life” – Psalm 23:4-6

 
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Posted by on July 17, 2014 in Communication, Eastbrook

 

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What Makes You Wanna Shout?

On June 22 at Eastbrook Church, we had an outdoor worship service with 30 baptisms and block party afterwards called the Big Block Bash. It was a blast to see more than one thousand people spread out worshiping the Lord and celebrating what God is doing in our church, city, and individual lives.

Here is the short message that I preached in the service based out of Luke 19:1-10, where Jesus encounters Zacchaeus. I built the sermon off the question: “what makes you wanna shout?”

Love Your Neighborhood: BIG BLOCK BASH from EastbrookChurch on Vimeo.

 
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Posted by on July 8, 2014 in Communication, Eastbrook

 

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