7 on Discipleship

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I began our “Becoming 7” series this past weekend at Eastbrook with a message called “7 on Discipleship.” This series is an overview of our vision for the year, focusing on our big five vision objectives: becoming a Revelation 7:9-10 church; growing in discipleship depth; growing in mission width; growing in leadership multiplication; and increasing in overall engagement. Sometimes we aim to become a “10” but in this series we will talk about why we are aiming for “7” instead.

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

Becoming 7 (Revelation 7:9-10)

“There before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb.” (Revelation 7:9)

 

The Essence of Life with God is Discipleship (Matthew 28:18-20)

  • What is discipleship?

 

  • What is our definition of discipleship at Eastbrook?

 

Becoming 7 on Discipleship

  • Our goal at Eastbrook

 

Sunday Prayer 17

This is how God showed his love among us: he sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. (1 John 4:9)

Father,
lead me into Your love today;
the love that preexists all time and events,
that centers in the person of Christ,
that brings life over death,
and that leads us into Your life.

You are God and no greater exists than You;
You are Lord and Your love surpasses all loves.
You are my Maker and my heart longs for You;
You are my end and my soul pursues You.

In the midst of today’s joys and sorrows,
help me to remain in Your love,
help me to stay centered in You,
help me to love others like You,
and help me to glorify You.
Help me to bring Your name and love
into a confused and weary world.

[This is part of a series of prayers for Sunday worship preparation that begins here.]

Becoming 7

 

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The next three weekends at Eastbrook Church we will launch into a new series that charts out our vision and direction for the coming year and beyond entitled “Becoming 7.”

This series is an overview of how we want to move from ‘what’ of our mission – “to proclaim and embody the love of Jesus Christ in the city and in the world” – to the ‘how’ of our big five vision objectives:

  • becoming a Revelation 7:9-10 church
  • growing in discipleship depth
  • growing in mission width
  • growing in leadership multiplication
  • increasing in overall church engagement

Sometimes we aim to become a “10” but in this series we will talk about why we are aiming for “7” instead.

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

Sunday Prayer 16

Lord,
our city has been on fire
and the nights fly by with stones thrown
back and forth.

Deep fissures reveal subterranean angst
and the lava of pain erupts forth.
We confess that we have pressed down pain
into stony ground and hardened hearts.

Only You can replace the heart of stone
with a heart of flesh.
Only You can replace a broken spirit
with the Holy Spirit in refreshed souls.

Lord, have Your way in Your people
in the city of Milwaukee
to awaken us for Your purposes
and for Your glory in this place.

Lord, have Your way in this city
so the goodness and greatness of God
is evident in the streets and alleyways
Where people are full of sadness and pain
bring Your kingdom and righteousness here.

[This is part of a series of prayers for Sunday worship preparation that begins here.]

Four More Quotations on Prayer

CBR001323Last week, I shared four quotations on prayer from my message “Making Space for Prayer.” Here are four more quotations from my message, “Praying Like a Master,” which is the second  part of our series “The Art of Prayer” at Eastbrook Church.

“The Lord’s prayer is the essence of prayer. The essence and limit of all the disciples’ praying may be found in it.” – Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Discipleship, Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works, vol. 4 (Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2001), 155.

“The major preoccupation of children who come into their Father’s presence in prayer is not that we may receive what we need but that He may receive what He deserves – which is honor to His name, the spread of His kingdom, the doing of His will.” – John R. W. Stott, Sermon: “Growth in the Prayer Life,” 20 August 1989.

“All of the strength that comes in prayer comes from the goodness of God, for he is the goodness of everything.” – Julian of Norwich in Devotional Classics, revised edition, edited by Richard J. Foster and James Bryan Smith (San Francisco, CA: Harper, 2005), 77.

“Christ hath put it [the power of prayer] into the hands of men, and the prayers of men have saved cities and kingdom from ruin; prayer hath raised dead men to life, hath stopped the violence of fire, shut the mouths of wild beasts, altered the course of nature, caused rain in Egypt and drought in the sea. Prayer rules over all gods; it arrests the sun in its course and stays the chariot wheels of the moon; it reconciles our suffering and weak faculties with the violence of torment and the violence of persecution; it pleases God and supplies all our need.” – Jeremy Taylor, The Rules and Exercises of Holy Living, quoted in Ronald Dunn, Don’t Just Stand There, Pray Something (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1992), 113.