Aiming for Second Place

It was a real pleasure for me to speak this past weekend in the worship services at Elmbrook Church as part of their series “Greatest Hits.” Not only is my good friend, Jason Webb, the Senior Pastor there, but my first ministry position in Wisconsin was as the Pastor of Collegiate Ministries at Elmbrook (2003-2008). That seems like a lifetime ago. I am always so grateful for the many people from that community who have poured into me and my family over the years. If interested, you can watch a video of the message below, as well as access the sermon outline and discussion questions.

Aiming for Second Place (discussion questions)

Here are the discussion questions that accompany my message at Eastbrook Church this past weekend entitled “Aiming for Second Place” from our “Life Verse” series.

Discussion Questions:

  1. If someone asked you what the goal of your life is, what would you say?
  2. This week, we continue our series, “Life Verse,” by looking at John the Baptist and his relationship to Jesus. Begin your study by asking God to speak to you through the Scripture. Read the John 3:23-30 out loud.
  3. How would you describe John’s view of Jesus in contrast with his view of himself from this passage? What do you notice about what John is concerned with and what he is not concerned with?Read More »

Aiming for Second Place

Life-Verse-Thumbnail-200x200This weekend at Eastbrook Church I concluded our “Life Verse” series with a message on my life verse, John 3:22-30, where John the Baptist says, in reference to Jesus: “He must increase, but I must decrease.”

You can listen to my message at the Eastbrook web-site here. You can also follow the RSS feed for Eastbrook sermons or follow Eastbrook Church on Twitter or Facebook. My message outline is included below:

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Hope that is Magnanimous and Humble

When we live with hope, we begin to move beyond our circumstances. In the New Testament epistle of Hebrews we read these words:

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. (Hebrews 12:1-3, NIV)


Immediately before this, the writer had addressed heroes of the faith who pursued God with faith and hope during their earthly lives even in the face of challenging circumstances and though, at times, they never fully experienced God’s blessing in this life. Building from that, the writer calls his readers – and us – to hopeful perseverance by looking at the examples of Jesus.

When we look at Jesus hopeful approach to His earthly life, we see two companions of hope – two attitudes or approaches – that marked His life. Read More »

What If? (Find Your Place, part 2)


This weekend at Eastbrook Church, we continued looking at the theme of finding our place within the church. Last weekend I talked about how Jesus sets the tone for our service, but this week I focused on the question, “what if someone does not step forward to serve in response to God’s invitation?” I looked at six aspects of humble service from the lives of Mary, the mother of Jesus, and Ananias, a disciple from Damascus.

You can listen to the message at the Eastbrook web-site here. You can also follow the RSS feed for Eastbrook sermons or follower Eastbrook Church on Twitter or Facebook.

The outline for the message is included below:Read More »