He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary

This past weekend at Eastbrook, we continued our new preaching series entitled “Living the Creed: Connecting Life and Faith in the Apostles’ Creed.” This series walks through the Apostles Creed as a basic summary of our faith but also as a way to live our faith out with God in the world. Each weekend of this series will explore the biblical and theological roots of the Apostles Creed, while also providing specific spiritual practices and approaches to living out what we know as we ‘proclaim and embody’ the Creed in our daily lives.

This weekend I began preaching on the second article of the creed, which begins with this statement: “I believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord.”

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


“The angel answered, ‘The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.’” (Luke 1:35)

Conceived by the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit as the source of Creation (Genesis 1:1-2; Psalm 104:30)

The Holy Spirit as the source of Divine life for a Divine work (Matthew 1:20-23)

Born of the Virgin Mary

The story of Israel and miracle babies (Isaac, Moses, Samson, Samuel)

The necessary incarnation of God (John 1:14; Romans 5:12-21)

The surprising work of God (Luke 1:26-38; Galatians 4:4-7)

The Mystery of Jesus: Fully God and Fully Human

Fully God

Fully Human

The Mystery

Living this part of the Apostles’ Creed

Thank God for the Holy Spirit’s creative power

Thank God for the Virgin Mary’s humility and openness to God

Thank God for drawing near for our redemption


Dig Deeper

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

  • Memorize John 1:14 or Galatians 4:4-7
  • Draw, ink, or paint Luke 1:26-38 as a basis for prayer. Take time to talk with God as you depict the scene in your own way. What is God speaking to you?
  • For further background on this portion of the Apostles’ Creed, consider reading:

I Believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord

This past weekend at Eastbrook, we continued our new preaching series entitled “Living the Creed: Connecting Life and Faith in the Apostles’ Creed.” This series walks through the Apostles Creed as a basic summary of our faith but also as a way to live our faith out with God in the world. Each weekend of this series will explore the biblical and theological roots of the Apostles Creed, while also providing specific spiritual practices and approaches to living out what we know as we ‘proclaim and embody’ the Creed in our daily lives.

This weekend I began preaching on the second article of the creed, which begins with this statement: “I believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord.”

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


“No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known.”  (John 1:18)

Jesus

The giving of this name (Matthew 1:20-21; Luke 1:31-33)

The significance of the name “Jesus” 

Jesus the Christ

The Jewish anticipation of Messiah (Ezekiel 37:21-28; Deuteronomy 18:15; Daniel 9:24-27)

Jesus the fulfillment of Messianic longings (Matthew 16:15-17; Acts 2:36)

What it means that Jesus is the Christ/Messiah

Jesus, God’s Only Son

Jesus the Eternal Son (John 1:1-5, 18)

Jesus the Incarnate Son (John 1:14; Matthew 3:16-17; Hebrews 1:1-4)

What it means (and doesn’t mean) that Jesus is God’s Son

Jesus the Lord

The fundamental declaration of Christian faith: “Jesus is Lord!” (Romans 10:9; 1 Corinthians 12:3)

What it means that Jesus is Lord

Living this part of the Apostles’ Creed

Returning to Jesus the Savior

Returning to Jesus the MessiahReturning to Jesus the Lord


Dig Deeper

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

A People Called by God

This past weekend at Eastbrook, we began a new preaching series entitled “United,” which explores the essential nature of the church. This first week of the series I expanded upon the statement that the church is a people called by God. I walked through Ephesians 1:3-14 as the basis for my message.

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


“We, who were the first to put our hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory.” (Ephesians 1:12)

What is the Church?

3 Characteristics of the Church (Ephesians 1:3-14)

  1. The Church is Chosen by God the Father (1:3-6)
    1. Blessed with every spiritual blessing (1:3)
    1. Called and chosen by God (1:4, 11)
    1. Adopted by the Father through Jesus Christ (1:5)
  • The Church is Redeemed in Jesus Christ (1:7-13)
    • Redeemed and forgiven through the blood of Christ and lavish grace of God (1:7-8)
    • Given insight into the mystery of God’s will (1:9-10)
    • Received the message of truth, the gospel of salvation (1:13)
  • The Church is Sealed with the Holy Spirit (1:13-14)
    • Marked with the seal of the Holy Spirit (1:13-14)
    • Living to the praise of God’s glory (1:6, 12, 14) 

Living as the Church

Responding to God the Father’s call

Savoring God’s goodness in Jesus Christ

Living for God’s praise by the power of the Holy Spirit


Dig Deeper:

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

  • Memorize Ephesians 1:3-14 in its entirety or a verse from it. You may also want to memorize Ephesians 4:4-6.
  • Journal about Ephesians 1:3-14, perhaps thanking God for each of the spiritual blessings outlined in this passage or dwelling upon one or two specifics that stand out to you.
  • Reach out to someone to share with them what God is teaching you about the church and the spiritual blessings found in Jesus Christ. 
  • Watch the Bible Project overview video on the book of Ephesians