This coming weekend at Eastbrook Church we began a five-week preaching series entitled “Family Tree.” This is the first part of a longer series on the Gospel of Matthew.
As we begin this walk through the Gospel of Matthew, we look at the first two chapters of the gospel to understand who Jesus is and what the message of Jesus as the Christ is all about. More specifically, we will explore Jesus’ genealogy as recorded by Matthew, giving attention to great women and men of faith in His “family tree.”
This series also corresponds to the season of Advent. Watch the video below for a basic introduction to Advent.
You can also join in with a daily devotionalfor this series here.
I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds. (Psalm 9:1)
Thanksgiving is a day for family to gather and give thanks for what God has done (and is doing). This year, we will both gather in person for the Thanksgiving Service, and also live-stream the service online at Eastbrook at Home. We will have two services, at 9 and 10:30 am.
As part of our Thanksgiving celebration, we welcome contributions to our annual Thanksgiving offering, which goes to support our partners in mission around the world. In the current pandemic, we have stayed in touch with our friends and workers around the world, and a particularly significant need has emerged. Our friends in North Africa and Eastern Europe were already experiencing persecution prior to COVID-19, but the pandemic, political unrest, and armed conflict have amplified their needs. Churches have been closed, pastors are going without pay, buildings and materials being seized, and missionaries are being displaced. Our 2020 Thanksgiving offering is dedicated to providing for the financial needs of these dear friends as they live out Paul’s call to find the joy in sharing in Christ’s suffering through persecution. Please join us in this offering by visiting eastbrook.org/giving
Giving thanks and showing gratitude to God is an act of worship. This is why we read in Psalm 106:1, “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.”
But it is not just for the material goods or obvious blessings that we are to be thankful for. In fact, the Apostle Paul, writing to a fledgling church in Philippi while he is imprisoned, urges believers toward gratitude in the face of worry. He writes, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God” (Philippians 4:6).
Even more strongly, in another letter, Paul calls Christians to give thanks as part of fulfilling the will of God: “give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:18).
This year may be a tough one for us to practice gratitude, but there is always something somewhere to be thankful for, even in the most difficult of circumstances. So, as part of your worship this Thanksgiving holiday, what are some things you thankful for?
You can view the message video and outline below. You can follow along with the entire series here and the devotional that accompanies the series here. You could always join us for weekend worship in-person or remotely via Eastbrook at Home.
“After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb.” (Revelation 7:9-10)
Read Genesis 11:1-9 – the story of the Tower of Babel – and consider what was going on here. What do you think was at work within the hearts of humanity in this story? How does this story echo the story of Adam and Eve in Genesis 3?
If you want to dive deeper into Revelation 7:9-10, consider listening to or watching another preaching series from Eastbrook called “Becoming 7.”
Continue with our season of prayer and fasting. Find more info here.