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:

Eastbrook at Home – June 19, 2022

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Join us for worship with Eastbrook Church through Eastbrook at Home at 8, 9:30, and 11 AM. This weekend we continue our series “Living the Creed: Connecting Life and Faith in the Apostles’ Creed.”

This is also Father’s Day and Juneteenth.

Here is a prayer for this Sunday from The Book of Common Prayer:

Lord of all power and might, the author and giver of all good things: Graft in our hearts the love of your Name, increase in us true religion, nourish us with all goodness, and bring forth in us the fruit of good works; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

If you are able to do so, let me encourage you to join us for in-person services at 8:00, 9:30, and 11:00 AM this weekend at the Eastbrook Campus.

If you are new to Eastbrook, we want to welcome you to worship and would ask you to text EBCnew to 94000 as a first step into community here at Eastbrook.

Each Sunday at 8, 9:30, and 11 AM, you can participate with our weekly worship service at home with your small group, family, or friends. This service will then be available during the week until the next Sunday’s service starts. You can also access the service directly via Vimeo, the Eastbrook app, or Facebook.

If you are not signed up for our church emailing list, please sign up here. Also, please remember that during this time financial support for the church is critical as we continue minister within our congregation and reach out to our neighborhood, city, and the world at this challenging time. Please give online or send in your tithes and offerings to support the ministry of Eastbrook Church.

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:

Eastbrook at Home – June 12, 2022

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Join us for worship with Eastbrook Church through Eastbrook at Home at 8, 9:30, and 11 AM.

This weekend we continue our series “Living the Creed: Connecting Life and Faith in the Apostles’ Creed.”

This is also Trinity Sunday. Here is a prayer for Trinity Sunday from The Book of Common Prayer:

Almighty and everlasting God, you have given to us your servants grace, by the confession of a true faith, to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity, and in the power of your divine Majesty to worship the Unity: Keep us steadfast in this faith and worship, and bring us at last to see you in your one and eternal glory, O Father; who with the Son and the Holy Spirit live and reign, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

If you are able to do so, let me encourage you to join us for in-person services at 8:00, 9:30, and 11:00 AM this weekend at the Eastbrook Campus.

If you are new to Eastbrook, we want to welcome you to worship and would ask you to text EBCnew to 94000 as a first step into community here at Eastbrook.

Each Sunday at 8, 9:30, and 11 AM, you can participate with our weekly worship service at home with your small group, family, or friends. This service will then be available during the week until the next Sunday’s service starts. You can also access the service directly via Vimeo, the Eastbrook app, or Facebook.

If you are not signed up for our church emailing list, please sign up here. Also, please remember that during this time financial support for the church is critical as we continue minister within our congregation and reach out to our neighborhood, city, and the world at this challenging time. Please give online or send in your tithes and offerings to support the ministry of Eastbrook Church.

Why a Preaching Series on the Apostles’ Creed?

You may wonder why we would want to do a preaching series on the Apostles’ Creed. There are many reasons, which I think will become clear as we journey through the series but let me simply state that the Apostles’ Creed offers us one of the best, basic summaries of historic, orthodox, Christian faith. Because of that that, it serves as a helpful guide for faith, life, and worship. Being compact, it is easy to remember and utilize.

Let’s get a little background on the Apostles’ Creed. Although some traditions say each phrase of this creed was written by one of the original apostles, this is not the case. The Apostles’ Creed was developed as a summary of the teaching of the apostles. Like other creeds, it was used at baptism for instruction in the faith, sometimes as a confession of belief declared as we do and other times as faith responses to questions asked before baptism.  

The Apostles’ Creed as we have it today was developed from what is known as the Old Roman Creed from the 2nd century. With some slight revisions over time, it reached the form that we have it in today around 750. 

As with all creeds, or statements of faith, the Apostles’ Creed developed in response to confusion about belief or false theology. It became widely used as a “rule of faith” within western Christianity in Europe around 800. 

There are three main articles, or parts, of the Apostles’ Creed, which are structured around the three persons of the Trinity: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The first article about the Father is succinct and to the point. The second article about Jesus the Son is longest, because when this creed was developed, the greatest debates focused on the nature and work of Jesus Christ. The third article on the Holy Spirit is short and connected to the life of the church. 

Today, the Apostles’ Creed is widely used across most Christian denominations, at least in the Western Church, and is often held up as one of the three most important declarations of faith, along with the longer Nicene Creed and much-longer Athanasian Creed.