Family Tree – a new series at Eastbrook

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 devotional for this series here.

Join us each weekend of this series in-person or via Eastbrook at Home.

One: The Being of God in the Life of the Church – a new series at Eastbrook

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This coming weekend at Eastbrook Church we began a five-week preaching series entitled “One: The Being of God in the Life of the Church.”

Unity is one of the most popular words about human relationships, yet one of the most elusive realities of human existence. In this series we will explore unity from both theological and practical angles, beginning with the nature of God before moving into the positional and developmental unity of the church, the place of prayer in unity, and the ultimate vision of unity for the church. Along the way, we will also talk about practical guidance for living in unity.

You can also join in with a daily devotional for this series here.

Join us each weekend of this series in-person or via Eastbrook at Home.

The Kingdom of God: a new series at Eastbrook

 

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This coming weekend at Eastbrook Church we began a five-week preaching series entitled “The Kingdom of God.”

The kingdom of God is one of the greatest themes of the Bible. It weaves throughout the entire Bible, tying the Old and New Testaments together around the reality that God is King. Jesus began his ministry in Mark’s Gospel by proclaiming: “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!” (Mark 1:15). But what does the kingdom of God mean for us today where we live and with what we face? Particularly, how do we navigate being “in the world” but not “of the world” (John 17:14-18) when it comes to living the kingdom in our everyday lives and the world around us?  With our present cultural moment more polarized than ever, we need to regain our footing in the fullness of God’s kingdom that orients us toward God as King, Jesus as Lord, and the Spirit as present in the church.  Join us as we explore the nature of the kingdom of God, including some specific application to faith and the public sphere.

This series will also feature a lecture on “The Political Disciple: A Theology of Public Life” by Dr. Vince Bacote of Wheaton College.

You can also join in with a daily devotional for this series here.

Join us each weekend of this series in-person or via Eastbrook at Home.

Pivoting Your Summer Preaching Series

Preaching Today - Summer PivotI had the privilege of joining Preaching Today with Lawrence Aker III and Matt Woodley for a webinar last week on the topic of pivoting summer preaching series. Initially available only for members of Preaching Today, they recorded the webinar and posted in online here, where you can watch it in its entirety, as well as see the many resources shared by participants. I learned so much from everyone who participated and I hope you will as well.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we at Preaching Today thought it would be good to get pastors together and talk about their summer sermon series. We had a wonderful chance to chat with a few Preaching Today members about how they have or have not pivoted their summer series.

If you missed the webinar be sure to check out the video! And join Matt Woodley, Lawrence Aker III, and Matt Erickson as they discuss their summer sermon series. We also invited 4 attendees to discuss their series with us live during the webinar. (The series ideas that are discussed live are in bold below.) This video is well worth your time and will hopefully provide you with some creative ideas to help you think about your own summer series.

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The Final Word: Knowing Christ through Hebrews

This coming weekend at Eastbrook Church we began a new preaching series entitled “The Final Word: Knowing Christ through Hebrews.” Over the course of the next several months we will steadily walk through the entire book of Hebrews, drawing our attention to Jesus Christ and learning about the life of faith. The title of the series is drawn from the first verses of the book:

In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe. The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven. So he became as much superior to the angels as the name he has inherited is superior to theirs. (Hebrews 1:1-4)

The epistle known as Hebrews is one of the most unique books in the New Testament. Structured more like an extended sermon than a letter, Hebrews brings us into rich understanding of who Jesus is and what He has done in light of the Hebrew covenants and sacrificial system. As we walk through this book we want to know Christ more as our understanding grows and our faith is enriched that we might “run with perseverance the race marked out for us” (12:1).

Join us for this series each weekend at “Eastbrook at Home” and consider joining a virtual discussion of the sermon each Sunday at 11 AM.