I Am Not Stuck

With our current series at Eastbrook Church, “Who Am I?”, we are exploring biblical answers to questions about our identity as human beings.

This weekend I  addressed the ways in which we feel stuck in life, and how a deeper level of being stuck – or existential dissonance – is the underlying cause of that. I talked about two great truths that pin us in their grip, and how the work of Christ opens a doorway into a new way of living out of an unstuck identity.

You can view the message video and sermon outline below. You can follow the entire series at our web-site, through the Eastbrook app, or through our audio podcast.

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He Is – I Am: resurrection message 2018

As we celebrated the resurrection this past weekend at Eastbrook Church we also began a new series “Who Am I?” on identity in Christ. My Easter message was a linkage between our deepest questions about finding who we are and the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus.

You can view the message video below. You can follow the entire series at our web-site, through the Eastbrook app, or through our audio podcast.

God at Work message (discussion questions)

God at Work Series Gfx_ThumbHere are the discussion questions that accompany the message I delivered this past weekend at Eastbrook Church, “God at Work.” This was the first part of our series, “God at Work.”

Discussion Questions:

  1. When you hear the word “work” what comes into your mind?
  1. This weekend we begin a new series at Eastbrook entitled, “God at Work,” where we will explore vocation, the workplace, and approaching this all from a biblical perspective. Today, we will spend a lot of time in Genesis 1 and 3. Before starting this study, ask God to clearly speak to you in meaningful ways. Then, whether you are alone or with others, read Genesis 1 and 3 aloud.
  1. What would you say is the significance of the fact that the Bible begins with an example of God working?
  1. When you reflect on Genesis 1:1-25, what sort of activity and creativity do you see God involved with?\
  1. There is great meaning in humanity being made in the image of God (Genesis 1:26-27). However, for our purposes in this study we want to focus on Genesis 1:28-30. This is sometimes called the Creation Mandate or Cultural Mandate because it expresses God’s intentions for humanity’s role and activity in the world. What do you see as the main elements of God’s calling for humanity in these verses? Why do you think this is important?
  1. What do you see in Genesis 1 about God’s original intention for work, reflected in His own activity and humanity’s calling?
  1. Now, let’s turn to Genesis 3. The disobedience of Adam and Eve leads to the natural consequences of God’s curse upon creation, including humanity. What are the main elements of that curse as seen in Genesis 3:14-19?
  1. What does the curse of Genesis 3 tell you about the realities we experience with work in our fallen world? How does this contrast with God’s original intention for work in Genesis 1?
  1. How do you personally struggle with work? What do your reflections on Genesis 1 & 3 tell you about that?
  1. What is one way God is speaking to you about your life at work or your understanding of work? 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.

[Next week: We continue our series, “God at Work,” by looking at the difficulties we face with work and how we deal with them. Ask God to speak to us through this series.]

Genesis: The Beginnings of Everything Including Evangelism

Erickson-pin1I am privileged to be a featured blogger this week as part of the EvangelVision project. My post this week looks for the roots of evangelism is Genesis 1. Here’s an excerpt of the post:

Does evangelism begin with knowledge of the right method? Does helping people understand they are sinners in need of a Savior launch them onto the road to Christ? Or does evangelism really get going when we use fewer words and more action to witness to the good news in Jesus Christ? This is the question:Where does evangelism really start?

While all of these potential answers are valid, the starting point for evangelism, humanly speaking, is found somewhere else. Return with me to the very beginnings of creation in Genesis. There, we read God’s introductory declaration about human life:

“Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” (Gen. 1:27-28)

The starting point for evangelism erupts from the beginnings of human history as God creates us in His image

[Read the rest of the post here.]

Marriage (discussion questions)

Here are the discussion questions that accompany my message on marriage from this past weekend at Eastbrook Church as part of our series on relationships entitled “Made for It.”

Discussion Questions:

1. Who has the best marriage you know and why?

2. As we continue with our series on relationships, “Made for It,” we want to explore the topic of marriage. Before you begin your study, ask God to speak to you through the Scripture.

3. When you look at Genesis 1:27-30 and 2:20-25, what do you learn about God’s intention for marriage from the beginning of creation?Read More »