He Must Increase, I Must Decrease

This Sunday at Eastbrook Church I continued our “Living Church” series with a message entitled “He Must Increase, I Must Decrease.” This was really a chance for me to speak about my view on pastoral ministry as a follow-up to my installation service as Senior Pastor of Eastbrook on Saturday night, September 17th. My message focused on the closing statements from John the Baptist in John 3:22-30.

You can listen to my message online at the Eastbrook web-site here. You can also subscribe to the Eastbrook podcast here or follow Eastbrook Church on Twitter.

My message outline is below.

Gift: Our Ministry is a Gift from God (John 3:27)

  • John’s ministry
  • Jesus’ ministry
  • Our ministry

Him: Knowing Who He Is and Who We Are Not (John 3:28)

  • John is not ‘the Light’ (1:8), not the Christ (1:20), not Elijah or the Prophet (1:21)
  • Jesus is ‘the Light’ (1:4-5, 9), the One and Only Son (1:14, 18), the Lamb of God (1:29, 36), and the Son of Man (1:51)
  • We are…

Friend: A Picture of Our Relationship to Jesus (John 3:29)

  • The Bridegroom
  • The Bride
  • The Friend of the Bridegroom

Appropriate Proportions: He Becomes Greater – We Become Less

  • He must become greater
  • I must become less

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