Making Space for Prayer (discussion questions)

Art of Prayer Series Gfx_App Square Here are the discussion questions that accompany my message, “Making Space for Prayer,” from this past weekend at Eastbrook Church. This is the first of a three-part series, “The Art of Prayer,” looking at Jesus’ approach to the life of prayer from the Gospel of Luke. This week we looked at Luke 5:16; 6:12-13a; 9:18.

Discussion Questions:

  1. Answer one of these two questions:
    • What do you find most difficult about prayer?
    • What do you find most life-giving about prayer?
  2. At Eastbrook we are beginning a new series called “The Art of Prayer.” We are going to look at Jesus’ life of prayer in the Gospel of Luke as a way to learn about prayer ourselves. It’s good to begin a series on prayer in prayer! Take some time, whether on your own or with others, to asking God to teach you to pray before you begin this study.
  3. We are looking at three short, separate passages from Luke. Do the following for each of these passages: read them out loud, identify what is happening in the context of that passage, and then identify some key aspects of Jesus’ prayer life from the passage.
    • Luke 5:16
    • Luke 6:12a
    • Luke 9:18a
  1. In what ways do you think Jesus’ life of prayer is similar to our own life of prayer? In what ways is it different?
  2. What do you find to be the most significant lesson about prayer that you see from Jesus’ life and practice of prayer here?
  3. Make it real: What is one way you could put something you learned about prayer into practice in your daily life this week?

 

[Next week we continue this series by looking at one of Jesus’ major teachings on prayer in Luke 11:1-12. Read that passage ahead of time to prepare.]

Making Space for Prayer

Art of Prayer Series Gfx_App WideThis past weekend at Eastbrook we began a new three-week series entitled “The Art of Prayer,” looking at Jesus’ approach to the life of prayer.

I began the series with a message entitled “Making Space for Prayer.” Jesus is the Master of prayer, and He makes space for prayer. We see this throughout the Gospel of Luke, and it comes clearest in Luke 5:16: “Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.” What does Jesus’ pattern of making space for prayer teach us about our own life of prayer?

You can watch the message here, following along with the outline below. You can also follow the entire series at our web-site, through the Eastbrook app, or through our audio podcast.

 

Beginnings of Prayer

The God who speaks (Genesis 1:3a)

 

The God who made us (Genesis 1:27)

 

The way we are made (Isaiah 43:21; Ephesians 2:10)

 

Desires, priorities, and making space for prayer

 

 

Jesus Makes Space for Prayer

Rhythm & Time (Luke 5:16)

 

Solitude & Silence (Luke 5:16)

 

Hearing What to Do (Luke 6:12-13a)

 

Hearing Who We Are (Luke 9:18)

 

The Art of Prayer: a series on Jesus’ life of prayer

Art of Prayer Series Gfx_App WideIt has been said that the greatest education in the world is watching a master at work. This is true whether we are referring to an artist, athlete, engineer, teacher, or anything else. We learn most from those who have developed mastery in that area. What about the spiritual life, specifically the life of conversation with God known as prayer?

Over the next three weeks at Eastbrook Church we will explore the life of our Master, Jesus, at prayer. In this new series entitled “The Art of Prayer,” we will specifically look at Jesus’ life of prayer in the Gospel of Luke. As we turn our eyes to Jesus, who is the Master of prayer, let’s see what we can learn from Him about the art of prayer.

You can follow along with the series via our web-site, our Vimeo page, our Facebook page, or by downloading the Eastbrook Church app.

Flawed Heroes: A Study on Judges

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Join us this summer as we explore the Old Testament book of Judges at Eastbrook Church with a new series beginning this weekend entitled “Flawed Heroes.”

The book of Judges occupies an interesting space in the historical books of the Hebrew Bible, fitting between the great Exodus with Moses and Joshua and the coming of the kings with Samuel, Solomon, and David. As this loose grouping of tribes finds their space in the Promised Land, they wander in and out of obedience to God, often lacking direction as the covenant people. Into those gaps, God raises up judges – or deliverers – by the Spirit’s power to lead and guide the people. In the midst of all this, we catch glimpses of how God’s grace and power can work through flawed lives.

You can follow along with the series via our web-site, our Vimeo page, our Facebook page, or by downloading the Eastbrook Church app.

Devoted to Jesus (discussion questions)

Jesus at the Center Series Gfx_App SquareHere are the discussion questions that accompany my message, “Devoted to Jesus,” from this past weekend at Eastbrook Church. This is the final part of our series, “Jesus at the Center,” from the book of Colossians. This week we looked at Colossians 4:2-18.

Discussion Questions:

  1. Start your study by answering one of these questions:
    • What has brought you the most joy and life in the last year? Why?
    • Who has been one of your greatest encouragers in life? How have they been that for you?
  2. This weekend we conclude our series, “Jesus at the Center,” by studying Colossians 4:2-18. Whether you are on your own or with a small group, begin your study in prayer, asking God to speak to you through His word, and then read that portion aloud.
  3. This concluding section of Paul and Timothy’s letter brings together some final instructions and greetings to people. How would you describe the instructions about prayer in 4:2-4?
  4. In 4:5-6, the believers are instructed about their relationships with “outsiders,” meaning those not in the church. What are the key characteristics of this instruction?
  5. How would you describe your relationship with those not in the church? What do you think it looks like for you to “make the most of every opportunity”?
  6. The greetings at the end of the letter are so personal and engaging. Let’s look at Paul’s words to and about each person in 4:7-14 (you may also want to look at some of the additional mentions of each person in the New Testament)
    • 4:7-8 – Tychicus (also Acts 20:4; Ephesians 6:21; 2 Timothy 4:12; Titus 3:12)
    • 4:9 – Onesimus (also Philemon 10)
    • 4:10 – Aristarchus (also Acts 19:29; 20:4; 27:2; Philemon 24)
    • 4:10 – Mark (also Acts 12:12, 25; 15:37-39; Philemon 24; 2 Timothy 4:11; 1 Peter 5:13)
    • 4:11 – Jesus Justus (no other mentions in the Bible)
    • 4:12-13 – Epaphras (also Colossians 1:7-8; Philemon 23)
    • 4:14 – Luke (also Philemon 24; 2 Timothy 4:11; Romans 16:21)
    • 4:14 – Demas (also Philemon 24; 2 Timothy 4:10)
  7. Why do you think these friends were so important for Paul to mention?
  8. Who are some of the believing friends you have like these people in your own life today? What do they contribute to your life and what do you contribute to theirs?
  9. In 4:15-18, Paul and Timothy write to the individuals found in the churches in Laodicea and Colossae about sharing letters with one another. Remember that these churches were probably gatherings of anywhere from 5 to 30 people meeting in a house. Why do you think sharing these letters and having connection with one another was so important to them?
  10. What is one significant thing that God is speaking to you through this weekend’s study? What is one of your biggest growth areas from this entire journey through Colossians, “Jesus at the Center”? If you are on your own, you may want to write these things down, pray about them, and then share your thoughts with someone later. If you are with a small group, share these things with one another and then pray for one another.

[Next week is a family worship weekend at Eastbrook Church. We will look at the story found in Joshua 4. Read it ahead of time on your own or with others to prepare for worship together.]