Prepare

 

img_1233This weekend at Eastbrook Church I began the second part of our extended journey into the Gospel of Luke entitled “Appearing.”  This series looks at Jesus’ public appearing in ministry in Luke 3 and 4. The first message of this series, “Prepare,” looks at the preparatory preaching of John the Baptist, specifically his call to produce the fruit of repentance.

You can also follow the entire series at our web-site, through the Eastbrook app, or through our audio podcast.

Also, join in with the weekday reading plan for this series here.

“The word of God came to John son of Zechariah in the wilderness. He went into all the country around the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.” (Luke 3:2-3)

John’s Call to Prepare (Luke 3:1-6)

 

Prepare through Repentance (Luke 3:7-9)

 

Prepare the Fruit of Repentance (Luke 3:10-14)

 

Prepare for Spiritual Fire (Luke 3:15-20)

 

Prepare for the One (Luke 3:21-38)

 

 

Appearing (Gospel of Luke, part 2)

This coming weekend at Eastbrook Church we launch the second part of our six-part journey with the Gospel of Luke entitled “Appearing.” (You can access the first part,”Beginnings,” here.) 
The first chapters of Jesus’ adult life lead us into the first glimmers of God’s good plans working out through Him. In this season of Advent we prepare our hearts for His coming and, so, we prepare for the public ministry of Jesus the Messiah through this series. This four-week series is the second part of our journey through the Gospel of Luke.

November 26/27 – “Prepare” – Luke 3:1-38

December 3/4 – “Wilderness” – Luke 4:1-13

December 10/11 – “Jubilee” – Luke 4:14-30

December 17/18 – “Word and Deed” – Luke 4:31-44

December 24 – Christmas Eve services (2:30, 4:00, 5:30 PM)

December 25 – Christmas Day service (10 AM)

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

Growing

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We concluded our “Beginnings” series this weekend at Eastbrook Church with a message entitled “Growing” from Luke 2:22-52. Jesus sanctifies the entire human development continuum in His flesh and also reveals His mission for the first time. The light of salvation is growing, yet it is also surrounded by the growing clouds of division. Simeon and Anna affirm that Messianic expectations are fulfilled in Jesus, drawing attention to Mary’s future suffering and the suffering that corresponds to true discipleship.

You can follow the entire series at our web-site, through the Eastbrook app, or through our audio podcast.

Also, join in with the weekday reading plan for this series here.

“But the angel said to him: ‘Do not be afraid, Zechariah; your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to call him John.’” (Luke 1:13)

 

Jesus Growing (Luke 2:16, 40, 43, 52)

 

 

Growing Light (Luke 2:25-32, 36-40)

 

 

Growing Clouds (Luke 2:33-35)

 

 

Growing Revelation (Luke 2:41-49)

 

 

Growing Confusion (Luke 2:33, 50)

 

Prophet

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We returned to our “Beginnings” series this weekend at Eastbrook Church after a one-week pause with one of our good friends from the Middle East, Brother Victor. This series takes us through the first two chapters of Luke’s Gospel and sets the stage for Jesus’ public appearing and ministry. This message, “Prophet,” looks at Luke 1:57-80 and builds upon the first message of the series, “Promise,” by looking at the birth and calling of John the Baptist.

You can also follow the entire series at our web-site, through the Eastbrook app, or through our audio podcast.

Also, let me invite you to join in with the weekday reading plan for this series here.

“But the angel said to him: ‘Do not be afraid, Zechariah; your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to call him John.’” (Luke 1:13)

 

The Miraculous Name of the Prophet (Luke 1:57-63)

They were going to name him after his father Zechariah, but his mother spoke up and said, “No! He is to be called John.” (Luke 1:59-60)

 

The Infectious Joy Surrounding the Prophet (Luke 1:64-66)

All the neighbors were filled with awe, and throughout the hill country of Judea people were talking about all these things. (Luke 1:65)

 

 

Fulfilled Promises and the Prophet (Luke 1:67-75)

Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel,
    because he has come to his people and redeemed them.
He has raised up a horn of salvation for us
    in the house of his servant David
(as he said through his holy prophets of long ago),
salvation from our enemies
    and from the hand of all who hate us—
to show mercy to our ancestors
    and to remember his holy covenant,
     the oath he swore to our father Abraham. (Luke 1:68-73)

 

The Coming Messiah and the Prophet (Luke 1:76-80)

And you, my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High;
    for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for him. (Luke 1:76)

Visitation

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I continued the “Beginnings” series this weekend at Eastbrook Church by looking at the moving story of Mary found in Luke 1:26-56. My biggest challenges were addressing a passage that we all know so well while also covering a lot of important passages at once, from the annunciation to the Magnificat.

You can view the message below or follow the entire series at our web-site, through the Eastbrook app, or through our audio podcast. Also, join in with the weekday reading plan for this entire journey through Luke here.

 

An Angel, a Young Woman, and a Child: The King on the Horizon (Luke 1:26-38)

The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”

 

 

Two Unexpected Mothers and a Bouncing Baby Boy: Blessing on the Horizon (Luke 1:39-45)

 When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.

 

 

Mary’s Song of Joy to God: Salvation on the Horizon (Luke 1:46-56)

And Mary said:
“My soul glorifies the Lord
     and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior”