Wisdom and Knowledge

2014-11-13 13.14.09We have information without knowledge, and the knowledge we have does not lead us to wisdom.

Wisdom is fashioned through reflection upon the crucible of living with knowledge, inadequate knowledge, or lack of knowledge.

Yet, the crucible of life is often that against which we medicate ourselves or from which we insulate ourselves.

We arch our backs like a baby in pain or discomfort doing whatever we can to avoid the crucible of life.

We seek the ecstasies of life through the pathways of thrill-seeking and the pleasure-dome, yet the rude reality is that this ecstasy ceases to be ecstatic when we attempt to maintain it perpetually.

What we are truly seeking to attain is satisfaction, joy, and contentment but it is incredibly elusive.

Why is it that the things we pursue so diligently fail to satisfy us when we finally attain them?

Why are so many lottery winners depressed?

Why do famous people often feel so empty?

Why is it that the toy a child so desperately wanted for Christmas sits neglected in a corner of a closet just a few months later?

What are we searching for and how do we find it, maintain it, and live in it?

If we knew what it is would that help us, guide us, or merely torture us?

Would we know how to convert our searching into wisdom or merely languish in something else?

Messiah (discussion questions)

jesus-on-the-move-series-gfx_app-squareHere are the discussion questions that accompany my message, “Messiah,” from this past weekend at Eastbrook Church. This is part of our series, “Jesus on the Move.” The text for this week are from Luke 9:18-21.

Discussion Questions:

  1. What do people in society at large or in your relational sphere say about Jesus?
  2. We continue the series “Jesus on the Move” this week by looking at three brief but incredibly important verses. Before you begin this study, ask God to speak to you from His Word, and then read Luke 9:18-20 aloud.
  3. Background: This brief passage is one of the most significant moments in Jesus’ self-revelation and the disciples’ grasp of His identity. It comes after much teaching (6:17-49), many miracles (8:22-56; 9:10-17) and the sending out of the Twelve apostles (9:1-6), but before the transfiguration (9:28-36).
  4. This episode happens in the context of prayer. Why do you think that is important? Where else do you see prayer as important in Jesus’ ministry and life in Luke?
  5. Jesus asks His disciples who the crowds say that He is (9:18)? What sort of answers do they give (9:19)? Look at Luke 8:25 and 9:7-9 for background on the thinking of the crowd.
  6. Next, Jesus asks the disciples about their own view of Him (9:20). What do you think Jesus’ intention was in turning this question from the crowds to the disciples?
  7. Peter responds that Jesus is “God’s Messiah” (NIV) or “the Christ of God” (ESV) [the word christos is the Greek equivalent for the Hebrew word messiah]. What is significant about this response from Peter?
  8. If Jesus asked you the question, “who do you say that I am?” how would you respond?
  9. What is one thing that God is speaking to you personally through this study? If you’re on your own, take some time to write it down and share it with someone later. If you are with a small group, share it with one another.

  


Daily Reading Plan

To encourage us together in our growth with God, we are arranging a weekday reading plan through this entire series with the Gospel of Luke. As you read each day, ask God to speak to you from His word.

Follow along with the reading plan below, through the Eastbrook app, or on social media.

Feb. 13           Luke 9:10-17; John 6:14-15
Feb. 14           John 6:25-40
Feb. 15           Luke 9:18-22; Matthew 16:13-20
Feb. 16           Luke 9:23-27; Mark 8:31-9:1
Feb. 17           2 Timothy 2:3-13

Messiah

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What do we see when we see Jesus?

This is the question at the center of my message, “Messiah,” from this past weekend at Eastbrook Church.  This was part of our series, “Jesus on the Move,” where we have been looking at the ministry of Jesus in northern Israel in the first half of the Gospel of Luke. Unlike other weeks where we combined several passages together around themes, this message focused on three verses in Luke 9:18-21.

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

Also, join in with the weekday reading plan for this series here.

Seeing Jesus through the Eyes of the Crowds (Luke 9:18-19)

Jesus the Prophet:

  • like John the Baptist
  • like Elijah
  • like a prophet of long ago

The distance between Jesus and the view of the crowds

 

Seeing Jesus through the Eyes of the Disciples (Luke 9:20)

Jesus the Messiah of God

  • like Moses
  • like David
  • like other revolutionaries

The distance between Jesus and the view of the disciples

 

Seeing Jesus through Our Own Eyes

 

Sending (discussion questions)

jesus-on-the-move-series-gfx_app-squareHere are the discussion questions that accompany my message, “Sending,” from this past weekend at Eastbrook Church. This is part of our series, “Jesus on the Move.” The text for this week are from Luke 9:1-6, 57-62; 10:1-24.

Discussion Questions:

  1. When did you really become a follower of Jesus in your life? What was the decisive moment for you? If it hasn’t happened yet, what has lead you to this point?
  2. As we continue the series “Jesus on the Move” this week, we will study three stories from Luke 9 and 10. Before you begin this study, ask God to speak to you from His Word. Then, whether you are alone or with a group, read Luke 9:1-6 and 10:1-24 aloud.
  3. These two episodes parallel one another. At a purely observational level, what is different about these two different stories of sending?
  4. In Luke 9:1-2 & 9:6, what do you notice about Jesus’ commissioning of the Twelve apostles and their fulfillment of that mission? Now compare what is similar or different about the commissioning of the 72 in Luke 10:1-3, 8, & 17.
  5. Jesus calls the disciples to have a lean ministry as they go out (see 9:3-4; 10:4-7). Why do you think Jesus instructed His disciples in this way?
  6. Now, turn to the third episode in Luke 9:57-62 and read it aloud. What is the key issue for the first of these three potential followers of Jesus (9:57-58)?
  7. What is the significant issue for the second follower (9:59-60)? What would you say is the meaning of Jesus’ response to this follower?
  8. The third potential follower encounters Jesus in 9:61-62. What is his key issue and what is Jesus addressing with him?
  9. Which of these three potential followers do you most relate to and why? What is one way Jesus’ words about following Him apply to you today?
  10. What is one thing that God is speaking to you personally through this study? If you’re on your own, take some time to write it down and share it with someone later. If you are with a small group, share it with one another.

  


Daily Reading Plan

To encourage us together in our growth with God, we are arranging a weekday reading plan through this entire series with the Gospel of Luke. As you read each day, ask God to speak to you from His word.

Follow along with the reading plan below, through the Eastbrook app, or on social media.

Feb. 6             Luke 9:1-9; Mark 6:7-13
Feb. 7             Luke 10:1-16; Matthew 11:20-24
Feb. 8             Luke 10:17-24; Isaiah 14:12-15
Feb. 9             Luke 9:57-62
Feb. 10           Luke 14:25-33

Sending

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This weekend at Eastbrook Church I continued our series, “Jesus on the Move,” with a messaged entitled, “Sending” from Luke 9:1-6, 57-62; and 10:1-24. These texts describe the sending out of the Twelve apostles and the seventy-two, with a brief description of three challenges of discipleship. I largely focused on apostleship and what it means that there are still some with the calling and gifting of apostleship today.

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

Also, join in with the weekday reading plan for this series here.

Sent, part 1 (Luke 9:1-6)

Sent with power

Sent with a mission

Sent with faith

Sent with opposition

 

Reality Check (Luke 9:57-62)

Following Jesus is costly

Following Jesus has priority

Following Jesus requires constancy

 

Sent, part 2 (Luke 10:1-24)

A larger sending

Prayer and opposition

The blessing of involvement in the sending