I believe in the Holy Spirit

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 Creed in our daily lives.

This weekend I preached on the first phrase of the third article of the creed on the Holy Spirit, which begins with this statement: “I believe in the Holy Spirit.”

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 I want you to know that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, ‘Jesus be cursed,’ and no one can say, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ except by the Holy Spirit.” (1 Corinthians 12:3)

The Nature of the Holy Spirit

Powerful – ruach; pneuma

Personal – parakletos

Two Gifts Given: Jesus’ Incarnation and the Holy Spirit’s Impartation

The Father gives Jesus the Son (John 3:16-17)

The Father gives the Holy Spirit (John 14:16, 26)

The Holy Spirit and God’s People

The Presence of the Holy Spirit (John 14:15-17; Ephesians 1:13-14)

The Guidance of the Holy Spirit (John 14:16-17; 16:13)

The Fruit of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:19-26)

The Giftings of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:1-11; Romans 12:4-8)

The Mission of the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:7-8; 2:1-12)

Living Our Belief in the Holy Spirit


Dig Deeper

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

I Am Filled with God’s Power

In our current series at Eastbrook Church, “Who Am I?“, we are exploring biblical answers to questions about our identity as human beings. This past weekend I concluded the series by looking at how the Holy Spirit anchors our identity in God, connects us to a broader family, and sends us out with a new sense of mission.

You can view the message video and an expanded sermon outline below. You can follow the entire series at our web-site, through the Eastbrook app, or through our audio podcast.

Read More »

The Gifts of the Holy Spirit? (discussion questions)

Here are the discussion questions that accompany my message at Eastbrook Church this past weekend entitled “The Gifts of the Holy Spirit” from our “Holy Spirit” series.

Discussion Questions:

  1. When was a time when you sensed that God particularly strengthened or gifted you to serve someone else or the church in general?
  2. This week, we continue exploring life in the Holy Spirit by looking at the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Begin your study by asking God to speak to you. There are three main passages that talk about spiritual gifts in the New Testament: 1 Corinthians 12, Romans 12:3-8, and Ephesians 4:1-16. Whether on your own or with a group, read these passages out loud.
  3. The Greek word for these spiritual gifts is charismata. This is a derivative of the Greek word charis, which is usually translated as grace. This is perhaps most clear in Romans 12:3-8. What do you think the significance of this is for our understanding of spiritual gifts?Read More »

The Gifts of the Holy Spirit

holy spirit rotatorThis weekend at Eastbrook Church I continued our series on the Holy Spirit with a message on the gifts of the Holy Spirit. 

I drew from 1 Corinthians 12-14, Romans 12, and Ephesians 4:1-16 for this message in order to address many questions that we have about the Holy Spirit and the gifts that He gives.

You can listen to my message at the Eastbrook web-site here. You can also follow the RSS feed for Eastbrook sermons or follow Eastbrook Church on Twitter or Facebook. A slightly revised message outline is included below:

Read More »

Roadmaps (discussion questions)

Here are the discussion questions that accompany my message at Eastbrook Church this past weekend, “Roadmaps: Finding Our Place in God’s Community.”

Discussion Questions:

  1. When was a time that you had a serious physical ailment or injury? How did that ailment or injury affect your daily life and activity?
  2. This week at Eastbrook Church, we continue our series, Pave the Way, with a look at the way God is putting the church together. Whether you are on your own or with a group, read 1 Corinthians 12 out loud as this Scripture will shape most of this study.Read More »