Join us this Wednesday, March 2, at 7 PM, in-person or via live stream for the beginning of our Lenten journey at Eastbrook Church with our annual Journey to the Cross service. Each year, we invite everyone to fast during the day and break the fast by participating in the Lord’s Supper together at this service. For more information on fasting, take a look here.
If you are planning to join us online, please pick up a packet with materials, including communion, at Eastbrook on Sunday morning, February 27, or from the Church Office 8 AM-4 PM Monday, February 28-Wednesday, March 2.
This also begins our Lenten (and beyond) devotional journey, “Scandalous Jesus,” written by the Eastbrook community that accompanies our new sermon series. You can access the devotional online, as a downloadable PDF, via the Eastbrook app, or through a limited-run of paper copies.
This past weekend at Eastbrook, we continued our series “Becoming Real” on the Sermon on the Mount by looking at Matthew 6:1-18. This passage builds on the earlier teaching by Jesus about surpassing righteousness (see “Real Righteousness”) by exploring three vital practices for spiritual growth: almsgiving, prayer, and fasting.
You can find the message video and outline below. You can also view the entire “Becoming Real” series here, as well as the devotional that accompanies the series here. Join us for weekend worship in-person or remotely via Eastbrook at Home.
“Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 6:1)
Who Are We Living For?: The Audience of Our Righteousness (6:1)
Practicing, or doing, righteousness
The assumption: “When you give to the needy…and when you pray…when you fast” (6:2, 5, 16)
The hypocrites and their audience: “in front of others to be seen by them”
The real righteous and their audience: the Father
A word about “reward”
Giving to the Needy (6:2-4)
The way of deficient righteousness: announcing it for honor
The way of surpassing righteousness: secrecy in giving that gives for the Father
The way of deficient righteousness: public prayer to be seen by other or babbling prayer in hopes of being heard
The way of surpassing righteousness: secrecy in prayer and few words in prayer that rests in the Father
A pattern for prayer
Forgiveness and prayer
The way of deficient righteousness: looking somber so others see it
The way of surpassing righteousness: secrecy in fasting that hungers for the Father
Practicing Real Spirituality as Disciples of Jesus
Disciples put real righteousness into practice with real spirituality
Disciples practice real spirituality with secrecy and hiddenness
Disciples practice real spirituality for an audience of One
This week dig deeper into Jesus’ teaching on real spirituality in one or more of the following ways:
Join us this Wednesday, February 17, at 7 PM, in-person or via live stream for the beginning of our Lenten journey at Eastbrook Church with our annual Journey to the Cross service. Each year, we invite everyone to fast during the day and break the fast by participating in the Lord’s Supper together at this service. For more information on fasting, take a look here.
You can access the Journey to the Cross Program here and the kids packet for the night here.
This also begins our Lenten (and beyond) devotional journey, “Becoming Real,” written by the Eastbrook community that accompanies our new sermon series on Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. You can access the devotional online, as a downloadable PDF, via the Eastbrook app, or through a limited-run of paper copies.
We all recognize that we are at a very challenging time in our personal, national, and global history. The COVID-19 pandemic, racial tensions, our national election, and other challenges to the body of Christ around the world have brought us to a dramatic encounter with our needs and limits, while also making it clear that we need a move of God in our day and time.
Here is my latest video update for Eastbrook Church as we navigate the time of COVID-19. I will continue to re-post these weekly video updates here at my blog for those who have not seen it or who are not part of our church but could use the encouragement. You can watch it here or at the Eastbrook Church Vimeo channel.
In my video update, I mention Eastbrook’s Holy Week services and experiences for Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday. You can access it all here, and I encourage you to look at some of the resources and experiences ahead of time so that you can utilize them at home on that day.
For Maundy Thursday:
resources for older and/or younger children
recipe for unleavened bread and communion service
simple seder meal instructions
For Good Friday:
resources for older and/or younger children
observing silence from 12-3 pm
experiencing the Passion
You could also participate in an online “Way of the Cross,” a virtual walk through Jesus’ final moments..