I continued our series, “Love-Sex-Body: Toward a Biblical Theology of Embodied Sexuality,” this past weekend at at Eastbrook Church
This weekend, I turned our attention to the first chapter of God’s Good Story: Creation. The message draws upon many Scripture passages, but finds its footing in Genesis 1 and 2. My main point was basically that our bodies our good, our sexuality is good, and love is the good that holds that all together. In the midst of the message, I spent some time discussing the image of God in humanity, the nature of biological sex and gender, as well as some reflections on singleness and marriage.
You can watch my message from this past weekend and follow along with the message outline below. You can also engage with the entire series here or download the Eastbrook mobile app for even more opportunities to connect.
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Here were my four application points from this past weekend’s message, “I Am Made Uniquely” (part of our “Who Am I?” series on identity with God in Christ at Eastbrook Church). This is, in fact, the paper I wrote them down on in preparation for the message after a time of prayer right before I preached.
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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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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Here 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.”
- When you hear the word “work” what comes into your mind?
- 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.
- What would you say is the significance of the fact that the Bible begins with an example of God working?
- When you reflect on Genesis 1:1-25, what sort of activity and creativity do you see God involved with?\
- 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?
- What do you see in Genesis 1 about God’s original intention for work, reflected in His own activity and humanity’s calling?
- 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?
- 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?
- How do you personally struggle with work? What do your reflections on Genesis 1 & 3 tell you about that?
- 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.]
Here are the discussion questions that accompany the message that Kelly and I delivered this past weekend at Eastbrook Church, “Sexuality and Marriage.” This was the fourth and final part of our series, “Holy Sexuality.”
- What was your view of marriage growing up?
- This week we conclude our series, “Holy Sexuality,” with a focus on sexuality and marriage. We will look at various passages in this study. Before you begin, take some time to pray, asking God to speak to you and transform you through this study.
- Whether you are studying alone or with a group, read Genesis 2:20-25 aloud. What level of commitment do you see in these verses about the marriage relationship before God?
- How is this similar to or different from the view of marriage in our world today?
- Now read Song of Songs 8:4-14 aloud. This passage is a richly poetic and almost surprising expression of the joys of love in marriage. What are the different aspects of love that you see in these verses?
- How does the community celebrate and guard love in this passage?
- What are one or two ways in which the example of the lovers in Song of Songs is helpful to you right now?
- Next we want to look at the challenges to married sexuality from Proverbs 5:1-23. Read that passage aloud and identify a few of the main challenges to holy sexuality in marriage.
- What antidotes to these challenges are presented in these verses?
- After looking at the challenges, it is clear that we cannot live this out from our own resources. What are some of the keys to committed sexuality in marriage from Ephesians 5:1-2, 21-33?
- What is the “profound mystery” that Paul connects to the marriage relationship in Ephesians 5:31-33? Why is this important?
- What is one major takeaway you have from this week’s study? If you are studying on your own, write it down and share it with someone this week. If you are in a group, take time to pray for one another about these things.
This weekend at Eastbrook we begin a new series entitled “Holy Sexuality.” This series looks at broad issues of sexuality from a biblical perspective from Genesis through Revelation, with additional attention to issues of healthy sexuality in marriage, sex and the single Christian, and challenging issues within our own day. We will have special guest, Christopher Yuan, who will address holy sexuality and the LGBTQ+ community.
August 8/9 – “God’s View of Sexuality” – Matt Erickson
August 15/16 – “Holy Sexuality: A Testimony” – Dr. Christopher Yuan
Sunday, August 16 at 6:30 PM – “A Christian Response to Homosexuality” by Dr. Christopher Yuan
August 22/23 – “Sex and the Single Christian” – Mark Lynch
August 29/30 – “Sex and Marriage” – Matt & Kelly Erickson
You can follow along with the series via our web-site, our Vimeo page, our Facebook page, or by downloading the Eastbrook Church app.