Wide: Changed with People

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I continued our series “Jesus Changes Everything” this weekend at Eastbrook Church by looking at what it means to have wide love like God. I cannot think of a better way to get at what God’s wide love looks like than to look at Jesus, who is “the image of the invisible God” (Colossians 1:15).

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.

If you’re interested in getting to know us more at Eastbrook, please take a moment to connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Vimeo. You could also join our community by downloading the Eastbrook app.

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Deep: Changed with God (discussion questions)

Jesus Changes Everything Series Gfx_ThumbHere are the discussion questions that accompany my message, “Deep: Changed with God,” which is the second part of our series “Jesus Changes Everything” at Eastbrook Church. This study walks through Philippians 2:12-13.

  1. When have you experienced the need for a total change in your life? What lead you to that place and what happened next?
  1. We continue our series, “Jesus Changes Everything,” by looking at two verses from Paul’s letter to the church in Philippi found in Philippians 2:12-13. Begin your study in prayer, asking God to speak into your life, and then read Philippians 2:1-18 aloud.
  1. The Apostle Paul is writing from prison to the believers in Philippi about their life with God. He begins chapter 2 by expressing his desire for them to in unity as a community by relating to one another selflessly (2:1-4). Jesus is an obvious illustration of what this looks like (2:5-11). He then returns to his discussion of their life together as a community beginning in verse 12 with a call to obedience. Why do you think Paul begins this next section with the theme of obedience? To whom are they to be obedient? What does that obedience look like?
  1. Verse 12 continues with the call to “work out your salvation.” From Paul’s other writings we know that this does not mean “work for your salvation” (see Ephesians 2:1-10). What do you think this phrase means?
  1. Paul says that they are to work out their salvation “with fear and trembling.” What does fear and trembling have to do with this sort of work?
  1. With verse 13, Paul clarifies that, of course, we must rely on God to do this and to fulfill God’s purposes in our lives. How does the knowledge of God’s work in our lives encourage you in the process of growing with God?
  1. Last week, Pastor Mark Lynch talked from John 2 about how Jesus changed water into wine, and how that illustrates how Jesus changes everything about our lives. What is one area that you know you need God to change in your life? Take a moment to pray, simply expressing to God your desire to put that area of your life into His hands. Sit quietly and surrender every aspect of the situation, every person involved, every feeling you have, every timeline…Simply ask Him to take it all and transform you.\
  1. What is one specific way that you sense God is calling you to grow more deeply with Him these days? If you are with a small group, discuss that with one another and pray about what you share together. If you are studying on your own, write it down, pray about it, and share this with someone during the next few days.

 

Deep: Changed with God

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This weekend at Eastbrook Church I continued our series “Jesus Changes Everything” by looking at what it means to enter into the deep life with God. I jumped off from Paul’s powerful statements in Philippians 2:12-13 to get a deeper understanding of what Jesus saves us from and what He saves us to.

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.

If you’re interested in getting to know us more at Eastbrook, please take a moment to connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Vimeo. You could also join our community by downloading the Eastbrook app.

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Deep – Wide – Multiplied (discussion questions)

Deep-Wide-Multiplied Series Gfx_4x3 BackgroundHere are the discussion questions that accompany my message, “Deep – Wide – Multiplied,” from this past weekend at Eastbrook Church. This was our ministry kick-off weekend as a church.

Discussion Questions:

  1. What are you looking forward to most in your life as you move from Summer into Fall?
  1. This weekend we are focusing our attention on starting well with God as we kick-off our ministry year together at Eastbrook. We are anchoring ourselves in Psalm 1. Before starting this study, ask God to clearly speak to you in meaningful ways. Then, whether you are alone or with others, read Psalm 1 aloud.
  1. Psalm 1 describes the life that is “blessed.” From what you read here, or what you know about other parts of the Bible, what other words might you use to describe what it means to be blessed?
  1. Identify at least five specific ways – maybe more! – in which you have experienced the blessing of God in your life these days.
  1. Pastor Matt focused us in on three main words this weekend: deep – wide – multiplied. Let’s focus on the first of those words: deep. From Psalm 1:1-2, what would you say are some key aspects of going deep with God?
  1. How are you growing deep now? What is one way that you want to grow deeper with God individually or with other during these next twelve months?
  1. The second word, “wide,” conveys the sense of God’s blessing moving out from our lives into the lives of others. Read Abraham’s call from God in Genesis 12:1-3. What does this passage remind us about the intention of God’s goodness and joy in our lives?
  1. One area of focus for us this year is actively sharing our faith with others. Who is one person with whom or what is one sphere of your life where you sense God calling you to boldly enter conversations with others who are far from God?
  1. The seeds of the fruit remind us that the good and happy life God gives to us should be multiplied into the lives of others. What do you think it looks like for you to help develop others around you into fruitful, life-giving trees of God?
  1. What is one way God is speaking to you about your life with Him in the coming year? If you are with a small group, discuss that with one another and pray about these things together. If you are studying on your own, write it down, pray about it, and share this with someone during the next few days.

Our Cross-Shaped Calling

In Hebrews chapter five, we find a striking picture of how Jesus developed in His calling through humility. Read these words:

During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with fervent cries and tears…and He was heard because of His reverent submission. Son though He was, He learned obedience from what He suffered. (Hebrews 5:7-8)

If Jesus needed to ‘learn obedience’ from what He suffered, how much more do we need to learn obedience from our sufferings? If we want to become like Him in every way, then we must enter His school of obedience through suffering. Suffering is not something to be avoided, but something to be embraced as God gives us grace to learn through it. Jesus calls us into an active life of developing discipleship, not Read More »