A Reset in Light of the End

This past weekend at Eastbrook, we concluded our four-week preaching series entitled “Reset.” I brought our attention to the final phrase of Hebrews 10:24-25: “and all the more as you see the day approaching.” There is much more going on at Eastbrook during this four weeks than a preaching series, so let me encourage you to find out more here.

You can find the message outline and video below. You can also view the entire series here. Join us for weekend worship in-person or remotely via Eastbrook at Home.


“Let us consider how we may spur one another on… and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” (Hebrews 10:24-25)

The Challenge of Time in Our Day

The challenge of coming to the end of life with regret

The reality of the end and Christ’s parousia

The challenge of time in the day when Hebrews was written

Reset on Time with Faith, Hope, and Love (Hebrews 10:24-25; 11:1, 13)

Living well in light of the end and the church as a community of character

Instant society and the warping of time: expectation of speed

Three Christian virtues: 

Love lives now in light of the future

Faith holds what is not seen 

Hope grasps the future yet to be realized

God forms these virtues within the Christian community through time

A Reset for the Long Haul (Hebrews 10:25; 9:27-28; 11:13-16; Revelation 22:20)

“All the more” perseverance until that day: “a long obedience in the same direction”

“All the more” attentiveness until that day: “Come, Lord Jesus!”

“All the more” anticipation until that day: “a better country” 


Dig Deeper

This week dig deeper in one or more of the following ways:

  • Memorize Hebrews 10:24-25.
  • Set aside space and time this week to reflect on the long haul of faith. Journal, pray, or discuss with another these questions/prompts:
    • What is most difficult for me about faith in the long haul?
    • What are the barriers that keep me from loving, serving, and meeting together over the long haul of faith?
    • Where do I most need to grow with God in this area? 
  • Watch the Bible Project video, “The Day of the Lord”
  • Read the essay, “The Day of the Lord,” by Jason S. DeRouchie

Eastbrook at Home – October 2, 2022

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Join us for worship with Eastbrook Church through Eastbrook at Home at 8, 9:30, and 11 AM. This weekend we conclude our series “Reset” by exploring what it means to have a reset as the church until the day of Christ’s return.

Here is a prayer for this Sunday from The Book of Common Prayer:

Keep, O Lord, your household the Church in continual godliness, that through your protection it may be free from all adversities, and devoutly serve you in good works, to the glory of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

If you are able to do so, let me encourage you to join us for in-person services at 8:00, 9:30, and 11:00 AM this weekend at the Eastbrook Campus.

If you are new to Eastbrook, we want to welcome you to worship and would ask you to text EBCnew to 94000 as a first step into community here at Eastbrook.

Each Sunday at 8, 9:30, and 11 AM, you can participate with our weekly worship service at home with your small group, family, or friends. This service will then be available during the week until the next Sunday’s service starts. You can also access the service directly via Vimeo, the Eastbrook app, or Facebook.

If you are not signed up for our church emailing list, please sign up here. Also, please remember that during this time financial support for the church is critical as we continue minister within our congregation and reach out to our neighborhood, city, and the world at this challenging time. Please give online or send in your tithes and offerings to support the ministry of Eastbrook Church.

A Reset on Meeting Together

This past weekend at Eastbrook, as we continued our four-week preaching series entitled “Reset,” Pastor Ruth Carver spoke about the first part of Hebrews 10:24-25: “not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another.” There is much more going on at Eastbrook during this four weeks than a preaching series, so let me encourage you to find out more here.

You can find the message outline and video below. You can also view the entire series here. Join us for weekend worship in-person or remotely via Eastbrook at Home.


Gathering Together to Worship 

  • In the OT
    • God’s idea, God’s command 
    • Festivals at temple in Jerusalem
    • Psalm 100, the reset psalm
    • Synagogues
  • In the NT
    • Jesus’ insistence on it
      • “Wherever 2 or 3 of you are gathered…” (Mt 18:20)
      • “I will build my church…” (Mt 16:18b)
      • Institution of the Lord’s Supper
    • Early Christian gatherings
      • In addition to synagogue gatherings
      • House churches

Hebrews passage – Some Christians Gave Up Meeting Together

  • Recipients probably Jewish Christians in Rome
  • The fires of Rome (64 AD)
  • Nero’s making Christians the scapegoats
  • Danger of abandoning the Christian faith

Why We Need to Gather to Worship in Person Today 

  • Because we are in spiritual danger
  • Because it pleases God
  • Because the physical presence of other Christians is God’s gift to us

Dig Deeper

This week dig deeper in one or more of the following ways:

  • Watch “The Public Reading of Scripture” by The Bible Project.
  • Look into these passages about gathering in the church:
    • Psalm 122 
    • 1 Peter 2:9
    • Matthew 18:19-20
    • 1 Timothy 4:13
    • 1 Corinthians 14:26-33
  • Memorize Psalm 100

A Reset on Service

This past weekend at Eastbrook, we continued our four-week preaching series entitled “Reset.” In this series, we are exploring four aspects of our life together as Christ’s church based on the words of Hebrews 10:24-25. This week we focused on the phrase: “Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.” There is much more going on at Eastbrook during this four weeks than a preaching series, so let me encourage you to find out more here.

You can find the message outline and video below. You can also view the entire series here. Join us for weekend worship in-person or remotely via Eastbrook at Home.


“Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds…”  (Hebrews 10:24)

A Reset on Our Concept of the Church

The church as an event or a consumer activity 

Last week: the church as a family who loves one another

This week the church as a body who serves one another

A Reset on How the Church Serves as a Body (Romans 12:3-8)

Like a body, the church is made by God and gifted by God

Like a body, the church has different parts that belong to one another

Like a body, the church has differing abilities in differing parts

Like a body, the church requires every part to actively use its unique gifts


Dig Deeper

This week dig deeper in one or more of the following ways:

  • Memorize some portion or all of either Hebrews 10:24-25 or Romans 12:3-8.
  • What do you think are your spiritual gifts or talents given by God? Pray about that and then make a list of those you are aware. Perhaps you could discuss that with someone close to you so you both can grow in your faith and service.
  • Set aside space and time this week to meditate on Romans 12:3-8. Let the Lord search through your heart and mind about your love for Him and for others. Ask the Lord to direct you in service within the church for His glory.

Eastbrook at Home – September 18, 2022

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Join us for worship with Eastbrook Church through Eastbrook at Home at 8, 9:30, and 11 AM. This weekend we continue our series “Reset” by exploring what it means to have a reset on service.

Here is a prayer for this Sunday from The Book of Common Prayer:

O Lord, you have taught us that without love, all our deeds are worth nothing: Send your Holy Spirit and pour into our hearts that most excellent gift of charity, the true bond of peace and of all virtues, without which whoever lives is counted dead before you; grant this for the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

If you are able to do so, let me encourage you to join us for in-person services at 8:00, 9:30, and 11:00 AM this weekend at the Eastbrook Campus.

If you are new to Eastbrook, we want to welcome you to worship and would ask you to text EBCnew to 94000 as a first step into community here at Eastbrook.

Each Sunday at 8, 9:30, and 11 AM, you can participate with our weekly worship service at home with your small group, family, or friends. This service will then be available during the week until the next Sunday’s service starts. You can also access the service directly via Vimeo, the Eastbrook app, or Facebook.

If you are not signed up for our church emailing list, please sign up here. Also, please remember that during this time financial support for the church is critical as we continue minister within our congregation and reach out to our neighborhood, city, and the world at this challenging time. Please give online or send in your tithes and offerings to support the ministry of Eastbrook Church.