The Art of Prayer: a series on Jesus’ life of prayer

Art of Prayer Series Gfx_App WideIt has been said that the greatest education in the world is watching a master at work. This is true whether we are referring to an artist, athlete, engineer, teacher, or anything else. We learn most from those who have developed mastery in that area. What about the spiritual life, specifically the life of conversation with God known as prayer?

Over the next three weeks at Eastbrook Church we will explore the life of our Master, Jesus, at prayer. In this new series entitled “The Art of Prayer,” we will specifically look at Jesus’ life of prayer in the Gospel of Luke. As we turn our eyes to Jesus, who is the Master of prayer, let’s see what we can learn from Him about the art of prayer.

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

Dying to Live

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We continued our series, “Jesus at the Center,” this past weekend at Eastbrook by looking at a somewhat obscure passage found in Colossians 2:16-23. Here, Paul and Timothy push back against some wrong ideas that will lead the early believers in Colossae astray from the truth found in Christ. We face similar struggles today, so I spent some time with a whiteboard talking about living withing God’s circle of truth.

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.

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Jesus at the Center

 

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15 The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. (Colossians 1:15-17)

We are beginning a new eight-week series after Easter at Eastbrook Church called “Jesus at the Center” from Paul’s letter to the Colossians. What does it mean to follow Jesus in our daily lives individually and together? The Apostle Paul writes to the church of Colossae one of the most succinct descriptions of what it means to be the people of God in the world. We will journey through the book of Colossians immediately after Easter to return to the heart of faith where Christ is the center of everything.

You can follow along with the series by joining us for worship or visiting our web-site, our Vimeo page, our Facebook page, or by downloading the Eastbrook Church app.

Still God


This weekend at Eastbrook Church I continued our series “Still” by looking at what it means to move from the agitated stillness of our humanity into the peaceful stillness of God. I walked through Elijah’s story from Mount Carmel to Mount Horeb in 1 Kings 18-19 in order to look at three essentials of encountering God in His stillness.

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

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Wide: Changed with People (discussion questions)

Jesus Changes Everything Series Gfx_ThumbHere are the discussion questions that accompany my message, “Wide: Changed with People,” which is the third part of our series “Jesus Changes Everything” at Eastbrook Church.

  1. Answer one of the following questions:
    • Who do you find it most difficult to love? Why?
    • When have you felt most loved in your life? Why was that?
  1. This week in our series, “Jesus Changes Everything,” we look at various Scripture passages in order to better understand what it means to love people like God. Whether you are on your own or with a small group, begin your study in prayer and ask God to draw you into His truth and life.
  1. In Matthew 22:37-40, Jesus summarizes all the commandments of God with the call to love God with all of who we are and our neighbor as ourselves. In 1 John 4:9, the Apostle John tells us that God showed His love among us by sending His Son into the world. What do you think it means to learn about love from Jesus?
  1. Take a moment to read Matthew 4:1-11. Before His public ministry, the devil tests Jesus to accomplish God’s purposes in a manner that was not God’s way. What were the main temptations placed before Jesus? How did He resist these temptations?
  1. In contrast to the devil’s temptation, we want to learn how Jesus actually exhibits God’s love to the world. One way to do this would be to read through one of the Gospel accounts (Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John) and highlight or write down notes on how you see Jesus relating to people. For the sake of this study, let’s just look at four chapters of the Gospel of John. Read through each of these chapters and identify specific characteristics of Jesus’ love for others:
    • John 3:1-21 – Jesus with Nicodemus, the religious teachers
    • John 4:1-38 – Jesus with the Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well
    • John 5:1-15 – Jesus with the invalid at the Bethesda Pool
    • John 9:1-41 – Jesus with the man born blind and the religious leaders
  1. Stepping back from everything you just read, what do you notice most about Jesus’ love for others?
  1. What is one specific way that you need to grow in love that looks like Jesus’ love for people? If you are with a small group, discuss that with one another and then take extended time to pray about what you share. If you are studying on your own, write it down, pray about it, and share this with someone during the next few days.