A Reset on Meeting Together

This past weekend at Eastbrook, as we continued our four-week preaching series entitled “Reset,” Pastor Ruth Carver spoke about the first part of Hebrews 10:24-25: “not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another.” There is much more going on at Eastbrook during this four weeks than a preaching series, so let me encourage you to find out more here.

You can find the message outline and video below. You can also view the entire series here. Join us for weekend worship in-person or remotely via Eastbrook at Home.


Gathering Together to Worship 

  • In the OT
    • God’s idea, God’s command 
    • Festivals at temple in Jerusalem
    • Psalm 100, the reset psalm
    • Synagogues
  • In the NT
    • Jesus’ insistence on it
      • “Wherever 2 or 3 of you are gathered…” (Mt 18:20)
      • “I will build my church…” (Mt 16:18b)
      • Institution of the Lord’s Supper
    • Early Christian gatherings
      • In addition to synagogue gatherings
      • House churches

Hebrews passage – Some Christians Gave Up Meeting Together

  • Recipients probably Jewish Christians in Rome
  • The fires of Rome (64 AD)
  • Nero’s making Christians the scapegoats
  • Danger of abandoning the Christian faith

Why We Need to Gather to Worship in Person Today 

  • Because we are in spiritual danger
  • Because it pleases God
  • Because the physical presence of other Christians is God’s gift to us

Dig Deeper

This week dig deeper in one or more of the following ways:

  • Watch “The Public Reading of Scripture” by The Bible Project.
  • Look into these passages about gathering in the church:
    • Psalm 122 
    • 1 Peter 2:9
    • Matthew 18:19-20
    • 1 Timothy 4:13
    • 1 Corinthians 14:26-33
  • Memorize Psalm 100

A Reset on Service

This past weekend at Eastbrook, we continued our four-week preaching series entitled “Reset.” In this series, we are exploring four aspects of our life together as Christ’s church based on the words of Hebrews 10:24-25. This week we focused on the phrase: “Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.” There is much more going on at Eastbrook during this four weeks than a preaching series, so let me encourage you to find out more here.

You can find the message outline and video below. You can also view the entire series here. Join us for weekend worship in-person or remotely via Eastbrook at Home.


“Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds…”  (Hebrews 10:24)

A Reset on Our Concept of the Church

The church as an event or a consumer activity 

Last week: the church as a family who loves one another

This week the church as a body who serves one another

A Reset on How the Church Serves as a Body (Romans 12:3-8)

Like a body, the church is made by God and gifted by God

Like a body, the church has different parts that belong to one another

Like a body, the church has differing abilities in differing parts

Like a body, the church requires every part to actively use its unique gifts


Dig Deeper

This week dig deeper in one or more of the following ways:

  • Memorize some portion or all of either Hebrews 10:24-25 or Romans 12:3-8.
  • What do you think are your spiritual gifts or talents given by God? Pray about that and then make a list of those you are aware. Perhaps you could discuss that with someone close to you so you both can grow in your faith and service.
  • Set aside space and time this week to meditate on Romans 12:3-8. Let the Lord search through your heart and mind about your love for Him and for others. Ask the Lord to direct you in service within the church for His glory.

A Reset on Love

This past weekend at Eastbrook, we began a new four-week preaching series entitled “Reset.” In this series, we are exploring four aspects of our life together as Christ’s church based on the words of Hebrews 10:24-25. This week we focused on the phrase: “Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love.” There is much more going on at Eastbrook during this fort weeks than a preaching series, so let me encourage you to find out more here.

You can find the message outline and video below. You can also view the entire series here. Join us for weekend worship in-person or remotely via Eastbrook at Home.


“Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds,  not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” (Hebrews 10:24-25)

A Reset on Our Image of the Church 

Various images of the church in Scripture

The church as the bride of Christ (John 3:29; 2 Corinthians 11:2; Ephesians 5:25-27; Revelation 19:7-9)

The church as the family of God (John 1:12; Ephesians 2:19; 5:1-11; 1 John 3:1-2; 2 Peter 3:9)

The church is a community loved by God and called to love one another

The church is not an event or a consumer activity

A Reset on How the Church Loves as a Family (Colossians 3:12-17)

Christian love and character

Christian love as bearing and forgiving

Christian love as the source of unity

Christian love and peace

Christian love and prayer

Christian love and correction

Christian love and worship

Christian love and the Holy Spirit

Christian love and life in Christ


Dig Deeper

This week dig deeper in one or more of the following ways:

Reset – a new series at Eastbrook Church

This coming Sunday at Eastbrook Church we begin a new preaching series entitled “Reset.” This series is part of a beginning of the year “reset” of our faith and community life as Eastbrook. We know that many have been disengaged during the past couple years, while some are new and have not yet found a place to engage. We will explore four aspects of our life as a church n this series based in Hebrews 10:24-25, which says:

“Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” (Hebrews 10:24-25)

This series is actually more than a series as well. Each and every aspect of our life and ministry as a church will be touched by the Ideas of our “Reset,” which I describe in the video below.

Find out more here and consider joining in with a “Reset” small group or stepping forward to engage with God and His people in new ways. This is a great time to reconnect if you’ve disengaged from church and connect deeper if you’re new. 

Here are the weekly topics for this four-part series:

September 11 – “A Reset on Love”

September 18 – “A Reset on Service”

September 25 – “A Reset on Meeting Together”

October 2 – “A Reset in Light of the Future”

A Prayer inspired by Hebrews 10:19-39

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Throughout our new series “The Final Word: Knowing Christ through Hebrews,” I am writing prayers related to the text on which we are preaching each week. This prayer is drawn from Hebrews 10:19-39. The complete list of prayers inspired by Hebrews is included at the bottom of this post. You can also view the message Pastor Dan Ryan preached drawn from this passage “Persevere,” here.

We draw near to You, God, because of Jesus,
the One who washes us clean and makes free.
We approach you with our hearts that are real
and deep conviction that You are for us.

We admit to You, God, that we
are wishy-washy in our commitment.
As the old hymn says, “prone to wander”—
Lord, we feel it.

Change us from the inside out that we
might persevere in our life of faith
even when troubles surround and trials rise up
may we continue to seek You and live for You.

Unchanging God, You are our hope
and we fix our faith-filled eyes on You,
until the day when we see You face to face,
we pray in Your name, Triune God,
Amen.


Prayers from Hebrews: