Stewards of the Kingdom

This past weekend at Eastbrook, we continued our new series entitled “The Beginning of the End.” This series explores the resurrection of Jesus in tandem with some of Jesus’ teaching about the fall of Jerusalem and the end of all time. This weekend Gabriel Douglas preached from Matthew 25:14-30, the parable of the talents.

This message is from the tenth and final part of our longer journey through the Gospel of Matthew, which includes “Family Tree,” “Power in Preparation,” “Becoming Real,” “The Messiah’s Mission,” “Stories of the Kingdom,” “Who Do You Say I Am?“, “‘Tis the Reason,” “Jesus Said What?!“, and “Scandalous Jesus.

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


“Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day or the hour.” (Matthew 25:13)

  1. Be excited about Jesus’ Return
  2. Know what Jesus teaches by reading His word
  3. You cannot live off of someone else’s talents
  4. Surrender your talents to Christ and be ready for Him

Discussion questions

  1. When you think of Jesus’ return, what emotions do you feel?
  2. What talents and abilities do you know that God has given you?
  3. Are there times where you have used those abilities for your own gain?
  4. What servant do you resonate with? The one who returned on investment or the one who kept the talent for themselves?
  5. Read Hebrews 12:2, what does it mean to you that Jesus is the author and perfecter of our faith?
  6. What is one way this week you can honor God with what He has given you?

Keep Your Lamps Lit

This past weekend at Eastbrook, we continued our new series entitled “The Beginning of the End.” This series explores the resurrection of Jesus in tandem with some of Jesus’ teaching about the fall of Jerusalem and the end of all time. This weekend I preached from Matthew 25:1-13, a curious parable about being prepared for the arrival of Christ.

This message is from the tenth and final part of our longer journey through the Gospel of Matthew, which includes “Family Tree,” “Power in Preparation,” “Becoming Real,” “The Messiah’s Mission,” “Stories of the Kingdom,” “Who Do You Say I Am?“, “‘Tis the Reason,” “Jesus Said What?!“, and “Scandalous Jesus.

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


“Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day or the hour.” (Matthew 25:13)

“At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like…” (25:1)

That time and Jesus’ coming (parousia)

The kingdom of heaven

An Overview of the Parable (25:1-12)

The setting of the wedding and anticipation of meeting the bridegroom (1-2)

  The two categories of young women: foolish without oil & wise with oil (2-4)

    The delay and falling sleep (5)

      The announcement (6)

    Awakening and preparation (7)

  The contrast in readiness: foolish needing to buy oil & wise ready with sufficient oil (8-9)

The arrival of the bridegroom and welcome for the wise who are ready (10)

The sad situation of the foolish who were not ready (11-12)

An Exhortation Toward Watchful Readiness (25:13)

Let us keep watch for Jesus’ return (Matthew 25:13)

Let us build our lives on Jesus’ teaching (Matthew 7:24-27)

Let us walk in the power of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 25:4; Revelation 4:5; Galatians 5:22-25)

Let us speak of Jesus and the good news (Matthew 24:14; 1 Peter 3:15)


Dig Deeper

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

The Unknown Hour

This past weekend at Eastbrook, we continued our new series entitled “The Beginning of the End.” This series explores the resurrection of Jesus in tandem with some of Jesus’ teaching about the fall of Jerusalem and the end of all time.This weekend I preached out of the second half of Matthew 24, verses 36-51, where Jesus responds to the second of His disciples two questions in verse 3:

  • when will this happen?
  • what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?

This message is from the tenth and final part of our longer journey through the Gospel of Matthew, which includes “Family Tree,” “Power in Preparation,” “Becoming Real,” “The Messiah’s Mission,” “Stories of the Kingdom,” “Who Do You Say I Am?“, “‘Tis the Reason,” “Jesus Said What?!“, and “Scandalous Jesus.

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


“Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come.”  (Matthew 24:42)

The Unknown Hour of Jesus’ Coming (24:36-41)

The nature of Jesus’ “coming” (parousia)

The timing is unknown

It will catch people unaware:

  • Like in Noah’s day
  • Like those interrupted in their work

Disciples Keep Watch and Are Ready (24:42-44)

Like a homeowner burglarized didn’t know

We do not know

How to live in light of the unknown appearing:

  • Keep watch
  • Be ready

A Parable About Watchful Readiness (24:45-51)

What sort of servant is faithful and wise?

There is one who does what he has been commissioned to do

There is another who fails in his commission and misuses others

The timing is unknown so be watchful, ready, and faithful

Since there will be an end and Christ will return, how should we live?


Dig Deeper

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

Signposts at the End

This past weekend at Eastbrook, we continued our new series entitled “The Beginning of the End.” This series explores the resurrection of Jesus in tandem with some of Jesus’ teaching about the fall of Jerusalem and the end of all time.This weekend I preached out of the first half of Matthew 24, verses 1-35, where Jesus responds to His disciples questions in verse 3:

  • when will this happen?
  • what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?

This message is from the tenth and final part of our longer journey through the Gospel of Matthew, which includes “Family Tree,” “Power in Preparation,” “Becoming Real,” “The Messiah’s Mission,” “Stories of the Kingdom,” “Who Do You Say I Am?“, “‘Tis the Reason,” “Jesus Said What?!“, and “Scandalous Jesus.

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


“As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. ‘Tell us…when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?” (Matthew 24:3)

Two Questions from Jesus’ Disciples (24:1-3)

The situation

Two questions:

  • When will this [the destruction of the Jerusalem Temple] happen?
  • What will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?

The Beginning of Birth Pains…But Not the End (24:4-8)

Human conflicts

Natural world difficulties

False claims of the Messiah

Pay attention but don’t be alarmed

Standing Firm Amid Persecution (24:9-14)

Persecution

False prophets lead people away from the faith

Some disciples’ love will grow cold and they will not stand firm

The message preached to the whole world

The Historical Destruction of the Temple (24:15-28)

‘The abomination that causes desolation’

Great distress unlike any other time

Be warned of false Messiahs that appear

The Arrival of the Son of Man (24:29-31)

Immediately after the distress of those days

The sign of the Son of Man

The Summary of Prediction (24:32-35)

The fig tree

Jesus’ trustworthy words


Dig Deeper

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

  • Memorize Matthew 24:12-13.
  • Set aside space and time this week to meditate on Matthew 24:12-13. Let the Lord search through your heart and mind about your love for Him. Ask the Lord to strengthen you in your steadfastness and faith.
  • For more background on the destruction of the Temple and the fall of Jerusalem, consider reading one of the following:

The End is Beginning

This past weekend at Eastbrook, as we celebrated Jesus’ resurrection, I began a new series entitled “The Beginning of the End.” This series explores the resurrection of Jesus in tandem with some of Jesus’ teaching about the fall of Jerusalem and the end of all time.This weekend I preached out of Matthew 28:1-15 on Jesus’ resurrection setting us free from fear.

This message is from the tenth and final part of our longer journey through the Gospel of Matthew, which includes “Family Tree,” “Power in Preparation,” “Becoming Real,” “The Messiah’s Mission,” “Stories of the Kingdom,” “Who Do You Say I Am?“, “‘Tis the Reason,” “Jesus Said What?!“, and “Scandalous Jesus.

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


“The angel said to the women, ‘Do not be afraid.’” (Matthew 28:5)

Don’t Be Afraid: the night is dark, but a new day has dawned (28:1-4)

The dawn of the new sabbath 

The women walking

The earth quaking 

The angel appearing

Don’t Be Afraid: death is terrible, but Jesus is risen (28:5-7)

Jesus was crucified

Jesus was buried

Jesus is risen 

Don’t Be Afraid: we may experience fear, but Jesus is here (28:8-11)

The women afraid, yet joyful

Jesus appears

The message continues

Don’t Be Afraid: we will face opposition, but Jesus has triumphed (28:12-15)

The fear of the guards

The plan of the religious leaders

The critique even unto this day


Dig Deeper

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

  • Memorize Matthew 28:5-7.
  • Share with others, both believers and unbelievers, about what Jesus means to you. Pray about who God would have you share with this coming week or month. Don’t just think about this, but actually do it.
  • As the weather improves, take a prayer walk around where you live. Pray for those who live near you that God would open their hearts to Jesus in new ways.