This past weekend at Eastbrook, as we continued our series, “Will You Be My Neighbor?”, Dan Ryan helped us consider barriers we have to loving our neighbor. Touching upon the key aspects of what it means to be Modern, American, and Evangelical, Dan opened up some very helpful insights through story-telling and study of the parable of the Good Samaritan in Luke 10:25-37. exploration of what it means to take the great commandment literally.
As we continued our series, “Will You Be My Neighbor?”, at Eastbrook this past weekend, JC Heiden led us into an exploration of what it means to take the great commandment literally. Jesus once had a conversation:
25 On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
26 “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”
27 He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”
28 “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”
29 But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”
You can watch JC’s message below, which I would highly recommend. You can follow the entire series at our web-site, through the Eastbrook app, or through our audio podcast. JC also shared some ideas about how we can practically step out to love our neighbor, which are originally from the Saturate web site, and I’ve included below the link to JC’s message.
- Who has been one of your biggest influences, mentors, or encourages in life? Why have they been so important to you?
- This week we continue our “Becoming 7” series by looking at the importance of multiplying leaders for the sake of God’s kingdom work. We will look at three examples from Scripture on this. As you begin your study, ask God to speak to you about His kingdom and purposes in the world.
- Let’s turn our attention to the life of Moses. First, what do you know about Moses’ life and work? Now, turn to Exodus 18 and read it aloud. What is the situation? What is Moses’ problem and how is it affecting the people?
- In Exodus 18:13-23, what does Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law, suggest Moses do and why would this be helpful for Moses and the people?
- How does Moses act on this here (18:24-27) and beyond (Numbers 27:12-23)?
- Now let’s look at how Jesus lives out this same principle of leadership multiplication. Read the following passages and summarize what Jesus was doing in each of them:
- Luke 5:1-11, 27-32
- Luke 6:12-16
- Luke 9:1-6
- Luke 10:1-20
- Luke 24:36-39; Acts 1:4-8
- How would you summarize Jesus’ approach to multiplying ministry leaders?
- As we continue in the life of the early church we see a similar approach at work in the Apostle Paul’s ministry. Read Acts 20:4-5 and reflect on what we know about these men with Paul and what this tells us about what Paul is doing.
- Paul summarizes his principle of leadership multiplication in 2 Timothy 2:2. Read that aloud and restate it in your own words.
- Who are you developing in your life as a disciple or ministry leader? Write their name here: ___________________. How can you become more intentional and responsive to the Holy Spirit with that individual or those individuals? If you do not have anyone at this time, begin to pray that God would move you out to pour into someone else. Whether on your own or with a group, take some time to pray based off of what God was speaking to you during this study.
This past weekend at Eastbrook Church, guest speaker Mark DeYmaz kicked off our series “Love Your Neighborhood” with a powerful and challenging message. Mark is the Pastor at Mosaic Church in Little Rock, Arkansas, and the founder of the Mosaix Global Network, a network of churches, organizations, and leaders seeking to strengthen multi-ethnic churches and ministry.
At a more personal level, Mark has been of help to me as the pastor of a multi-ethnic congregation both through his numerous writings (see Building a Healthy Multi-Ethnic Church and Leading a Healthy Multi-Ethnic Church) and personal conversations. Mark is working alongside of Elie Hasbani, who is the lead pastor for our new church plant coming in September 2014, Ethnos Church.
In his message, Mark speaks about what a neighborhood is, who truly is our neighbor, and what it means to love “the other.” You can view the message in its entirety below.