Lord of the Sabbath

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This weekend at Eastbrook Church we began a new series, “Crossroads,” which corresponds with our Lenten journey to the Cross.  The first message is entitled “Lord of the Sabbath” and looks at three Sabbath stories from Jesus’ ministry in Luke 6:1-11 and 13:10-17. I started with an overview of the significance of the Sabbath followed by an exploration of Jesus’ message and identity as Lord of the Sabbath. I also spent a brief time talking about the Pharisees and hypocrisy.

You can also follow the entire series at our web-site, through the Eastbrook app, or through our audio podcast.

Also, join in with the daily devotional and reading plan for this series here.

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Sending (discussion questions)

jesus-on-the-move-series-gfx_app-squareHere are the discussion questions that accompany my message, “Sending,” from this past weekend at Eastbrook Church. This is part of our series, “Jesus on the Move.” The text for this week are from Luke 9:1-6, 57-62; 10:1-24.

Discussion Questions:

  1. When did you really become a follower of Jesus in your life? What was the decisive moment for you? If it hasn’t happened yet, what has lead you to this point?
  2. As we continue the series “Jesus on the Move” this week, we will study three stories from Luke 9 and 10. Before you begin this study, ask God to speak to you from His Word. Then, whether you are alone or with a group, read Luke 9:1-6 and 10:1-24 aloud.
  3. These two episodes parallel one another. At a purely observational level, what is different about these two different stories of sending?
  4. In Luke 9:1-2 & 9:6, what do you notice about Jesus’ commissioning of the Twelve apostles and their fulfillment of that mission? Now compare what is similar or different about the commissioning of the 72 in Luke 10:1-3, 8, & 17.
  5. Jesus calls the disciples to have a lean ministry as they go out (see 9:3-4; 10:4-7). Why do you think Jesus instructed His disciples in this way?
  6. Now, turn to the third episode in Luke 9:57-62 and read it aloud. What is the key issue for the first of these three potential followers of Jesus (9:57-58)?
  7. What is the significant issue for the second follower (9:59-60)? What would you say is the meaning of Jesus’ response to this follower?
  8. The third potential follower encounters Jesus in 9:61-62. What is his key issue and what is Jesus addressing with him?
  9. Which of these three potential followers do you most relate to and why? What is one way Jesus’ words about following Him apply to you today?
  10. What is one thing that God is speaking to you personally through this study? If you’re on your own, take some time to write it down and share it with someone later. If you are with a small group, share it with one another.

  


Daily Reading Plan

To encourage us together in our growth with God, we are arranging a weekday reading plan through this entire series with the Gospel of Luke. As you read each day, ask God to speak to you from His word.

Follow along with the reading plan below, through the Eastbrook app, or on social media.

Feb. 6             Luke 9:1-9; Mark 6:7-13
Feb. 7             Luke 10:1-16; Matthew 11:20-24
Feb. 8             Luke 10:17-24; Isaiah 14:12-15
Feb. 9             Luke 9:57-62
Feb. 10           Luke 14:25-33

Sending

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This weekend at Eastbrook Church I continued our series, “Jesus on the Move,” with a messaged entitled, “Sending” from Luke 9:1-6, 57-62; and 10:1-24. These texts describe the sending out of the Twelve apostles and the seventy-two, with a brief description of three challenges of discipleship. I largely focused on apostleship and what it means that there are still some with the calling and gifting of apostleship today.

You can also follow the entire series at our web-site, through the Eastbrook app, or through our audio podcast.

Also, join in with the weekday reading plan for this series here.

Sent, part 1 (Luke 9:1-6)

Sent with power

Sent with a mission

Sent with faith

Sent with opposition

 

Reality Check (Luke 9:57-62)

Following Jesus is costly

Following Jesus has priority

Following Jesus requires constancy

 

Sent, part 2 (Luke 10:1-24)

A larger sending

Prayer and opposition

The blessing of involvement in the sending

Teaching (discussion questions)

jesus-on-the-move-series-gfx_app-squareHere are the discussion questions that accompany my message, “Teaching,” from this past weekend at Eastbrook Church. This is part of our series, “Jesus on the Move.” The text for this week are from Luke 6:17-49.

Discussion Questions:

  1. What is one of the most important lessons you have ever learned?
  2. We continue the series “Jesus on the Move” by looking at an extended teaching from Jesus. Before you begin this study, ask God to speak to you from His Word. Then, whether you are alone or with a group, read Luke 6:17-49 aloud.
  3. Jesus is teaching on a plain, or plateau, near the hillside where he recently selected His twelve apostles (see Lk 6:12-16). This famous sermon contains some of the most well-known teaching of Jesus. Who is present to hear it, why are they present, and to whom is Jesus really speaking (vss 17-20)?
  4. In vss 20-26, Jesus contrasts what it means to experience or not experience God’s blessing. What do you think it means to be blessed? Write up a one-sentence definition of what it means to be blessed according to the Bible.
  5. These contrasts relate to physical, social, and spiritual conditions. What are the contrasts, what is the future hope, and what would you say is the dividing center point between these lists?
  6. Vss 27-38 focus on the way of love. To whom should we extend love according to Jesus? How does this contrast with other standards or human nature? Why is this important to Jesus?
  7. Jesus finishes this section by addressing the concept of judging others. What sort of judgment is Jesus talking about here? In what way do you think this relates to Jesus’ teaching about loving our enemies?
  8. Who is someone you struggle to love or not judge? Why is this difficult for you? What do you think it looks like to extend Jesus’ love to that person this week?
  9. Jesus’ teaching concludes with three pictures of what life with Christ looks like (vss 39-49). Which of these is most striking to you personally? What is Jesus saying in the teaching? What is He saying to you in particular through it?

  


Daily Reading Plan

To encourage us together in our growth with God, we are arranging a weekday reading plan through this entire series with the Gospel of Luke. As you read each day, ask God to speak to you from His word.

Follow along with the reading plan below, through the Eastbrook app, or on social media.

Jan. 16            Luke 6:17-19; Matthew 5:1-2
Jan. 17            Luke 6:20-26; Matthew 5:3-12
Jan. 18            Luke 6:27-36
Jan. 19            Luke 6:37-42; Matthew 7:1-2
Jan. 20            Luke 6:43-49; Matthew 7:15-23

Teaching

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This weekend at Eastbrook Church I continued our series, “Jesus on the Move,” with a messaged entitled, “Teaching” from Luke 6:17-49. This is Jesus’ famous sermon that has had such a tremendous impact on our world, even credited as one of the most important speeches in all of human history. I focused primarily on Jesus’ words about what it means to be blessed by God and the heart of His message about loving others.

You can also follow the entire series at our web-site, through the Eastbrook app, or through our audio podcast.

Also, join in with the weekday reading plan for this series here.

The Great Reversal (Luke 6:20-26)

“Blessed”

Contrasts of blessing and woe

The Son of Man at the center

 

The Radical Love of Jesus’ Disciples (Luke 6:27-38)

Radical love for enemies

Radical love with intent

Radical love reflecting God

Radical love free of judgment

 

3 Pictures of a Disciple’s Life (Luke 6:39-49)

Student and Teacher: the way

Tree and Fruit: the heart

Buildings and Foundations: the center

 

Calling (discussion questions)

jesus-on-the-move-series-gfx_app-squareHere are the discussion questions that accompany my message, “Calling,” from this past weekend at Eastbrook Church. This is part of our series, “Jesus on the Move.” The texts for this week are from Luke 5 & 6.

Discussion Questions:

  1. We continue the series “Jesus on the Move” by looking at a series of stories about calling in Luke 5 and 6. Before we start ask God to speak to you from His Word.
  2. Read Luke 5:1-11 aloud. Jesus is by the Sea of Galilee (another name is ‘Lake of Gennesaret’) by Capernaum teaching a crowd the word of God from the boat of Simon Peter. What does Jesus ask Simon to do and why is this odd according to Simon’s response?
  3. What happens in 5:6-7 and what does it tell us about Jesus?
  4. Why does Simon respond the way he does and what does Jesus ask him to do? How does the event in boat relate to the work Jesus asks of Simon Peter?
  5. Now read Luke 5:27-32 aloud. Jesus visits the low-level taxman, Levi (also known as Matthew), and invites him to become a disciple. Why might this be shocking?
  6. Levi throws a party in Jesus’ honor and invites all his sinful friends. Why are some of the religious leaders upset with Jesus about this (5:30)?
  7. Jesus responds with a bold declaration about His life and mission in 5:31-32. What is the point of what Jesus is saying here?
  8. Why do you think religious people sometimes miss the point of Jesus’ mission?
  9. Now read the third episode, Luke 6:12-16, aloud. Here Jesus is calling a select group from within the large crowd of disciples to a specific role and purpose. What is it? Why is this important for Jesus?
  10. The life with Jesus is a journey of discipleship with defining moments along the way. What are 1 or 2 defining moments in your own journey with Jesus?
  11. What is one way God is calling you into a deeper life with Him through this study? If you are with a small group, discuss that with one another and pray for one another. If you are studying on your own, write it down and share it with someone.

  


 

Daily Reading Plan

To encourage us together in our growth with God, we are arranging a weekday reading plan through this entire series with the Gospel of Luke. As you read each day, ask God to speak to you from His word.

Follow along with the reading plan below, through the Eastbrook app, or on social media.

  • Jan. 9- Luke 5:1-11; Mark 1:16-20
  • Jan. 10 – Luke 5:27-32
  • Jan. 11 – Matthew 9:9-13; Hosea 6:4-6
  • Jan. 12 – Luke 6:12-16
  • Jan. 13 – Mark 3:13-19