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.

A Reset on Love

This past weekend at Eastbrook, we began a new 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.” There is much more going on at Eastbrook during this fort 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,  not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” (Hebrews 10:24-25)

A Reset on Our Image of the Church 

Various images of the church in Scripture

The church as the bride of Christ (John 3:29; 2 Corinthians 11:2; Ephesians 5:25-27; Revelation 19:7-9)

The church as the family of God (John 1:12; Ephesians 2:19; 5:1-11; 1 John 3:1-2; 2 Peter 3:9)

The church is a community loved by God and called to love one another

The church is not an event or a consumer activity

A Reset on How the Church Loves as a Family (Colossians 3:12-17)

Christian love and character

Christian love as bearing and forgiving

Christian love as the source of unity

Christian love and peace

Christian love and prayer

Christian love and correction

Christian love and worship

Christian love and the Holy Spirit

Christian love and life in Christ


Dig Deeper

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

Amen to the Apostles’ Creed

This past weekend at Eastbrook, we concluded our preaching series entitled “Living the Creed: Connecting Life and Faith in the Apostles’ Creed.” Throughout this series, we have walked through the Apostles’ Creed as a basic summary of our faith but also as a way to live our faith out with God in the world. Each weekend we have explored the biblical and theological roots of the Apostles’ Creed, while also providing specific spiritual practices and approaches to living out what we know as we ‘proclaim and embody’ the Apostles’ Creed in our daily lives.

This weekend I concluded the series by preaching on “Amen,” what it means and why we would say “Amen” at the end of the Creed.

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.


“Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting. Then all the people said ‘Amen’ and ‘Praise the Lord.’” (1 Chronicles 16:36)

What is “Amen”? 

The meaning of the word

The use of the word in the Old Testament

The use of the word by Jesus

The use of the word in the rest of the New Testament

Speaking “Amen” with our mouths 

A return to the three aspects of the Creed:

We trust this God: The creed is a cry of dependent trust in the Triune God.

We believe in God’s truth: The creed is a doctrinal summary of our shared faith.

We live in God’s way: The creed is a family story that we prayerfully live within.

Living “Amen” with our lives

The “Amen” of our faith decision and baptism

The “Amen” of daily personal living with God

The “Amen” of community life around the Lord’s table together

The “Amen” of missional living in the world God loves

The “Amen” at the end of our days


Dig Deeper

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

I believe in the life everlasting

This past weekend at Eastbrook, we continued our preaching series entitled “Living the Creed: Connecting Life and Faith in the Apostles’ Creed.” This series walks through the Apostles Creed as a basic summary of our faith but also as a way to live our faith out with God in the world. Each weekend of this series will explore the biblical and theological roots of the Apostles Creed, while also providing specific spiritual practices and approaches to living out what we know as we ‘proclaim and embody’ the Apostles’ Creed in our daily lives.

This weekend Pastor Nic Fridenmaker concluded the third article of the creed with a message entitled: “I believe in the life everlasting.”

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.


“Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.” (John 17:3)

Eternal Life Then (Genesis 2,3)

            What We Had

How We Forgot 

Eternal Life in the Future (1 Corinthians 15, Revelations 22)

            What Is Ahead

            How We Can Endure

Eternal Life Now (John 17:2-3, Ephesians 1:17-23)

            What We Can Remember

            How We Can Flourish


Dig Deeper

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

  1. Memorize John 17:2-3
  2. For further study on the eternal life, read John 17. Underline or write down what you notice about how Jesus was praying that eternal life be imbued into His followers. Discuss or share your thoughts/questions with a friend.
  3. Watch the Bible Project video, “Eternal Life
  4. Consider reading: