We’re Family: MissionsFest at Eastbrook

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This coming weekend at Eastbrook Church we began our annual MissionsFest, which spans roughly ten days and covers two weekends of our services.

This year’s theme is “We’re Family” and explores the ways we journey together on mission both locally and around the world. We will have two of our international partners sharing in services, as well as many other friends from around the world with us.

MissionsFest also includes:

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2nd Tuesday Prayer and Worship (October 13 at 7 PM)

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A Day in the Life: Walking in Another’s Shoes (October 14) – A Family friendly interactive activity designed to help us see beyond the label and dignify others by recognizing their depth and worth. This activity can be done at home with individuals, families, or even small groups.

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Daily Devotional (October 11-24) – as part of our Eastbrook 365 daily devotional project, there is a companion daily devotional for MissionsFest that you can access as a PDF, daily blog, or as a hard copy.

Join us each weekend of this series in-person or via Eastbrook at Home.

Hard Places: MissionsFest 2019

The next two weekends at Eastbrook Church are the bookends of our annual MissionsFest. This year we are turning our attention to Eastbrook’s historic commitment to mission in challenging contexts with the theme of “Hard Places.” We are privileged to have two guest speakers, who are long-time partners in ministry in the Middle East and the Horn of Africa. We will share in a study of Isaiah 61 as we hear from our friends and field workers from hard places around the city and the world.You can access more information here.

Multiply: The ‘Factors’ of the ‘Product’ [MissionsFest 2018, week 2]

This weekend at Eastbrook Church I concluded our annual missions festival, Multiply: MissionsFest 2018, with my weekend message: “Multiply: The ‘Factors’ of the ‘Product.'” Our theme comes from the words of the prophet Habakkuk:

For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea. (Habakkuk 2:14)

Last weekend, October 13/14, Dr. Paul R. (Bobby) Gupta of Hindustan Bible Institute (HBI) in Chennai, India, began the missions festival with a strong message on multiplication.

My message connected Habakkuk 2:14 with Acts 1:8, taking the metaphor of mathematical multiplication to ask: what factors are necessary for the product of the knowledge of God’s glory filling the earth?

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.

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Multiply: MissionsFest 2018

This weekend at Eastbrook Church we begin our annual missions festival Multiply: MissionsFest 2018. Our theme comes from the words of the prophet Habakkuk:

For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea. (Habakkuk 2:14)

Let me invite you to join us in our weekend services and mid-week gatherings. There is a lot going on but here are the highlights:

October 13/14, weekend worship services – Dr. Paul R. (Bobby) Gupta of Hindustan Bible Institute (HBI) in Chennai, India.

October 16, 7-8:30 PM – “The Call: A Time to Praise and Intercede” – This evening of MissionsFest will take the place of our 2nd Tuesdays Worship/Prayer service for the month of October and will be an evening of hearing of God’s work in our world and asking Him to work in the Church. Join us for a time of worship, prayer, and listening.

October 17, 7-8:30 PM – “The Experience: Multiply In Your Neighborhood” – This family friendly, interactive evening that takes us through the journey of making disciples in our own neighborhoods. Join our mission leaders, field workers and guest speaker Dr. Gupta as we explore God’s plan for reaching the nations.

October 20/21, weekend worship services – We will finish out the missions festival with some of our international guests in worship services, and I will preach the closing message.

Access the full schedule via our web-site here.

7 on Mission

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I continued our “Becoming 7” series this weekend at Eastbrook with a message called “7 on Mission.” This series is an overview of our vision for the year, focusing on our big five vision objectives: becoming a Revelation 7:9-10 church; growing disciples; reaching out; multiplying leaders; and increasing church engagement. Sometimes we aim to become a “10” but in this series we will talk about why we are aiming for “7” instead.

You can also follow the entire series at our web-site, through the Eastbrook app, or through our audio podcast.

Becoming 7 (Revelation 7:9-10)

“There before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb.” (Revelation 7:9)

 

 

The Movement of Mission (Acts 1:8; Luke 24:46-49) 

  • Called to life in Jesus
  • Called to power in the Holy Spirit
  • Called to witness in word and deed
  • Called to the other – the nations

 

Four Tensions

  • The inward / outward life of the church
  • The church focused on Jesus / the church focused on others
  • The power of God / the work of the church
  • The church at peace with God / the church at odds with the world

 

Becoming 7 on Discipleship

  • Our goal at Eastbrook