Dwell: MissionsFest 2016

dwell-series-gfx_app-wideThis weekend was the beginning of Dwell: MissionsFest 2016 at Eastbrook Church. When the Apostle John described the Messiah coming into the world he used richly descriptive words:

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John 1:14)

Behind these evocative words exists the Old Testament concept of the tabernacle, the visible gathering place for worship that is also the visible reminder that God is in our midst. This tangible presence is at the heart of God’s character and mission. If God dwells in our midst, what does it mean for us to dwell in the midst of the world incarnationally with and for God? This is a nine-day celebration emphasizes both local and international mission with guest speakers.

Join in with us on our weekend services and mid-week gatherings. There is a lot going on but here are the highlights:

October 1/2 – Pastor Paul Bland

October 4, 7 PM – Tuesday night prayer and worship

October 5, 6 PM – Meal
October 5, 7 PM – Large group gathering with special guests, Dr. Evelyne Reisacher and Farida Saidi

October 8/9 – Ken Katayama

Access the full schedule via our web-site here.

Redemption in the Darkness

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Wow! What a journey over this season of Lent through the book of Job here with our series, “Finding God in the Darkness,” at Eastbrook. I concluded this series on Palm Sunday, doing my best to pull together our entire  journey with Job and Jesus’ journey to the Cross.

You can watch the message here, following along with the outline below. You can also follow the entire series at our web-site, through the Eastbrook app, or through our audio podcast.

God’s Grace in Loss (Job 42:7-17)

God’s grace in restored friendships (42:7-9)

God’s grace in relationships (42:10-11)

God’s grace with possessions (42:12)

God’s grace with the next generation (42:13-15)

God’s grace through the years (42:16-17)

 

Redemption and the Innocent Sufferer (James 5:11)

Job as a picture of Jesus (James 5:11)

Suffering in the cosmic drama (1 John 3:8)

Suffering though innocent (1 Peter 3:18)

Suffering as a revelation of wisdom (Colossians 2:2-3)

Suffering as a pathway to God’s grace (1 Peter 5:10-11)

Is Jesus Really the Only Way? (discussion questions)

3 Questions Series Gfx_ThumbHere are the discussion questions that accompany my message, “Does Jesus Really Give Us Life?,” from this past weekend at Eastbrook Church. This is the third and final part of our series, “3 Questions We All Have About Jesus,” where we delve into Jesus’ provocative statement: “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6).

Discussion Questions:

  1. How would you explain your goal in life, or your understanding of what ‘real life’ is?
  1. This week we conclude our three-week series, “3 Questions We All Have About Jesus,” by looking at Jesus as the Life. In John 14:6 Jesus says, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” Before you begin this study, ask God to reveal His truth to you as you read His word.
  1. The theme of life pervades Jesus’ teaching in the Gospel of John. Read the following verses which mention ‘life’ or ‘eternal life’ and describe what they tell us about God, Jesus, and life:
  • John 1:4
  • John 3:15-16
  • John 4:14
  • John 5:19-40
  • John 6:35-58
  • John 11:25-26
  • John 12:23-26
  • John 17:1-3
  1. In light of everything you just read, what do you think Jesus is trying to say in John 14:6-7 about being the way and the truth and the life?
  1. Some people say that religion – or even Christianity specifically – is a straightjacket that takes the ‘life’ out of life. What would you say to someone who feels this way? If you feel this way yourself, why do you feel this way?
  1. In John 10:10, Jesus makes one of His most well-known statements about death and life. Given the verses around it (John 10:1-18), what do you think it means to have full or abundant life in Jesus Christ?
  1. Would you say that you are living the abundant life in Jesus Christ right now? Why or why not? How might you take a step deeper into life with God?
  1. What is one specific thing that God is speaking to you through this study about the life with God found in Jesus? How will that shape your life in the coming week? If you are with a small group, discuss that with one another and pray for one another. If you are studying on your own, write it down and share it with someone.

[Response: As we draw this series to a close, you may still have unresolved questions about Jesus. We would love to talk through those with you in person or via email. Reach out with your questions either by emailing us (info@eastbrook.org), writing them on a connect card, visiting the Eastbrook Church Facebook page, or calling the church office (414.228.5220).]

Does Jesus Really Give Us Life?

I concluded our series, “3 Questions We All Have About Jesus,” this past weekend at Eastbrook Church by looking at Jesus as the life. In this series we have explored Jesus’ statement on John 14:6, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father but through me.” Digging into our questions, not avoiding them, helps us to know God more.

You can view a video of the message and the accompanying outline below. You can listen to the message via our audio podcast here.

You may also want to take a look at the other two messages in this series, “Is Jesus Really the Only Way?” and “Is Jesus Really the Source of Truth?

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Is Jesus Really the Source of Truth? (discussion questions)

3 Questions Series Gfx_ThumbHere are the discussion questions that accompany my message, “Is Jesus Really the Source of Truth?,” from this past weekend at Eastbrook Church. This is the second part of our series, “3 Questions We All Have About Jesus,” where we are digging into Jesus’ provocative statement: “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6).

Discussion Questions:

  1. When did you learn something that changed your life, whether as a child or as an adult? What happened?
  1. This week we enter the second part of a three-week series entitled “3 Questions We All Have About Jesus.” In John 14:6 Jesus says, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” Before you begin this study, ask God to reveal His truth to you as you read His word.
  1. The theme of truth is particularly important in the Gospel of John. Read the following verses which mention ‘truth’ and reflect on what they tell us about God, Jesus, and truth:
  • John 1:14, 17
  • John 3:21
  • John 4:23-24
  • John 7:18
  • John 8:31-32
  • John 8:40, 45
  • John 16:13
  • John 17:17
  • John 18:23
  • John 18:37-38
  1. Given everything you just read, what do you think is important about Jesus including ‘truth’ in His statement to the disciples in John 14:6? Why do you think it is important that Jesus includes this?
  1. How have you wrestled with questions about the truth in your own life? Has your knowledge of Jesus resolved those questions? How?
  1. Jesus is described as coming from God the Father “full of grace and truth” (John 1:14, 17). Many times Christians are criticized for being arrogant in their claims to truth or in the way they talk about the truth. Do you think these criticisms are valid? Why or why not? What do you think it looks like to be full of grace and truth?
  1. In John 8:31-32, Jesus says, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” Based on the surrounding verses in John 8 and your own reflections, what do you think it means to be set free by the truth of Jesus?
  1. What is one specific thing that God is speaking to you through this study about the truth of God found in Jesus? How will that shape your life in the coming week? If you are with a small group, discuss that with one another and pray for one another. If you are studying on your own, write it down and share it with someone.

[Response: Throughout this series, we will be looking at tough questions about Jesus. There may be some questions you wish someone would answer about Jesus as the way, the truth, and the life. Send us your questions either by emailing them to info@eastbrook.org, writing them on a connect card, or visiting the Eastbrook Church Facebook page.]