The Promised Lamb of God [Name Above All Names]

NAAN-Series-GFX_App-Wide.pngI continued our new series, “Name Above All Names,” this past weekend at Eastbrook Church. This series began with our Christmas celebration of Jesus as the light of the world, continued in the last two weekends with Jesus as “Friend of Sinners” and “The Gate” (Thanks, Pastor Dan Ryan!), and now turns to Jesus as the “Promised Lamb of God.”

This message leaps off from John the Baptist’s description of Jesus in John 1:29:

Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!

The message then looks at four “clues” to Jesus’ identity as the Lamb of God found throughout the Hebrew Bible: the ram provided on Mount Moriah (Genesis 22), the Passover lamb (Exodus 12), the daily sacrifice (Leviticus 1), and the suffering servant (Isaiah 52-53).

You can view the message video and sermon outline below. You can follow the entire series at our web-site, through the Eastbrook app, or through our audio podcast.

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Light of the World [Christmas Eve 2018]

At our Christmas Eve services at Eastbrook Church, we focused on Jesus as the light of the world. You can watch my message from the Christmas Eve service here. This begins a new series, “The Name Above All Names,” for us at Eastbrook on the titles of Jesus. I’m also including the text of that message below the video.

Christmas Eve 2018 – “Light of the World”

As we grow up, most of us learn the basics of life. One of those basics is that we have five senses: sight, hearing, smell, taste, and touch.

While there are other things we sense – pain, temperature, hunger – most of those are related to the classic five senses that we usually learn.

But there is a unique effect that sometimes occurs where the triggering of one sense leads to the involuntary triggering of another sense. One of the most well-known incidents of this was recorded in 1690 by the English philosopher John Locke who made a report about a blind man who said he experienced the color scarlet when he heard the sound of a trumpet.

That effect in which stimulation of one sense leads to automatic, involuntary experiences in a second sense is called synesthesia.

The story of Jesus’ birth is an experience of multi-sensory stimulation causing an experience like synesthesia. As the story goes, Mary and Joseph both have angelic appearances, during a vision at daytime for Mary and during a dream at night for Joseph.

Those angelic appearances overwhelm them and are enough to help them believe that God is doing something new: God is rescuing the world from the powers of evil and sin by coming in the midst of ordinary people like them in the flesh. And all through those angelic appearances burst sights, sounds, and feelings that overload the senses with God’s purposes:Read More »

Prayer that Intercedes for God’s People: Moses

I continued our series on prayer, “Great Prayers of the Bible,” this past weekend at Eastbrook Church. In this series we are looking at notable prayers throughout Scripture in order to learn how to pray. This series accompanies our Summer of Prayer at Eastbrook. This weekend’s message explored the perplexing encounter where Moses confronts God in prayer when God wants to annihilate the Hebrew people because of their rebellion in Number 14.  The main point: prayer is an exercise in loving self-sacrifice that points us to Jesus.

You can view the message video and an expanded sermon outline below. You can follow the entire series at our web-site, through the Eastbrook app, or through our audio podcast.

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Next Steps from MissionsFest

dwell-series-gfx_thumbAs we drew Eastbrook‘s 2016 MissionsFest to a close this past weekend, here are the next steps we shared this past weekend in relation to the messages by Ken Katayama (“Christ in Us“) and Pastor Paul Bland (“Embodied Presence“).

READ a book!
Joyful Witness in The Muslim World: Sharing the Gospel in Every Day Encounters by Evelyne Reisacher
Surprise the World: The Five Habits of Highly Missional People by Michael Frost

PRAY for Eastbrook’s partners
Over the next month, use our prayer page to pray for our International Field Workers, as well as our Local Partners. Contact me for that prayer page.

ENGAGE at Eastbrook’s Sunday 9:30 am Missions PRAYER Class
This weekly class meets in Fellowship Hall every Sunday at 9:30 am and is a great time to get informed, involved, and to intercede for our world in prayer.

VOLUNTEER at the International Language Center
Serve and meet some new friends from Iraq, Somalia, and Burma! See what happens at this center and consider tutoring a refugee.

MEET a new friend
Women, become a friend to a Muslim woman! Contact Laura Fears to get connected.

SHOP, EAT & DRINK at a neighborhood store, restaurant or coffee shop
Get to know the owners and workers. Ask the owner how you could be a blessing to their employees.

SERVE at the Eastbrook Church Food Pantry
Come help distribute groceries and build relationships with our guests. Contact Chris to volunteer.

JOIN THE NEIGHBORHOOD MINISTRY TEAM
Reach out to the neighborhood around Eastbrook Church. Contact J.C. to take a next step.

COACH OR PLAY BASKETBALL with young men from our neighborhood
Saturday mornings. Contact J.C. to take a next step.

EAT dinner with some of your neighbors
Get to know their life stories by inviting neighbors over to your apartment or home for a meal together.

SUPPORT financially Eastbrook’s Missions Budget for 12 months
Visit the Eastbrook website for more information on how you can financially support the Missions Budget.