I Am Made Uniquely

In our current series at Eastbrook Church, “Who Am I?“, we are looking at biblical answers to questions about our identity as human beings. This past weekend I explored the ways in which we are made uniquely by God both as human beings in general and also as individuals.

This was also African Global Gateway weekend, where we took time to celebrate the cultures of our African brothers and sisters at Eastbrook Church.

You can view the message video and an expanded 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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I Am More Than My Image

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

This past weekend, in my message “I Am More Than My Image,” I spoke to the ways in which we are  tempted to live according to false images of ourselves instead of living into the image of God and the restoration of that in Jesus Christ.

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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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.]