Compassion (discussion questions)

jesus-on-the-move-series-gfx_app-squareHere are the discussion questions that accompany my message, “Compassion,” 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 8:40-56 and 9:37-43.

Discussion Questions:

  1. When did you experience compassion from someone directly or observe it in someone else?
  2. We continue the series “Jesus on the Move” by looking at three stories from Luke 8 and 9. 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 8:40-56 and 9:37-43 aloud.
  3. In these three stories, Jesus encounters three different types of people and situations. Take a moment to compare and contrast the three different groups of people he is spending time with: who are they?; what is their predicament?; why do they seek out Jesus?; what else do you notice?
  4. Jesus’ first encounter is interrupted by the second encounter with a woman suffering from a bleeding problem (8:43-48). What do you find most surprising about this story? What do you notice most about how Jesus responds to this woman and her difficulties?
  5. The delay with this woman apparently keeps Jesus from reaching his destination in Jairus’ daughter (8:49). What does Jesus do in response to this news? What is different about Jesus from everyone else here?
  6. Have you ever had a time when you felt afraid to approach Jesus like the woman or like Jesus didn’t show up on time as with Jairus’ daughter? What happened?
  7. The third story takes place immediately after the transfiguration, where Jesus’ glory is revealed. What is notable about Jesus’ response to this situation in contrast with His disciples’ response?
  8. 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.

Jan. 30          Luke 8:40-48; Mark 5:21-34
Jan. 31           Luke 8:49-56; Mark 5:35-43
Feb. 1             Luke 9:37-43
Feb. 2             Mark 1:40-44
Feb. 3             John 3:16; 1 John 5:1-11



This weekend at Eastbrook Church I continued our series, “Jesus on the Move,” with a messaged entitled, “Compassion” from Luke 8:40-56 and 9:37-43. These three stories from two chapters in Luke show us the wonder-working power of Jesus, but that wasn’t the focus of my message. Instead, I called us to step back and see the compassionate love of God wrapped all through and around Jesus’ interactions with people.

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.

Compassion that Stops (Luke 8:40-48)


Touching Jesus

Trembling turned to peace


Compassion that Goes (Luke 8:40-42, 49-56)


Pursuing and welcoming Jesus

Grieving turned to joy


Compassion that Comes Down (Luke 9:37-43)


Asking and approaching Jesus

Unbelief overcome with deliverance


7 on Multiplication (discussion questions)

becoming-7-series-gfx_app-squareHere are the discussion questions that accompany my message, “7 on Multiplication,” which concluded our series, “Becoming 7,” this past weekend at Eastbrook Church.

Discussion Questions:

  1. Who has been one of your biggest influences, mentors, or encourages in life? Why have they been so important to you?
  2. 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.
  3. 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?
  4. 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?
  5. How does Moses act on this here (18:24-27) and beyond (Numbers 27:12-23)?
  6. 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
  7. How would you summarize Jesus’ approach to multiplying ministry leaders?
  8. 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.
  9. Paul summarizes his principle of leadership multiplication in 2 Timothy 2:2. Read that aloud and restate it in your own words.
  10. 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.

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)