‘Tis the Reason – a new series at Eastbrook

This coming Sunday at Eastbrook Church we begin a new preaching series entitled “‘Tis the Reason.” This series mirrors our journey of Advent and continues our journey through the Gospel of Matthew, focusing on Jesus’ ministry turn from Galilee toward Judea and His crucifixion in Jerusalem.

You can access our Advent devotional that accompanies the series as a PDF, online, or through the Eastbrook app.

This is the seventh part of our longer series on Matthew, which includes “Family Tree,” “Power in Preparation,” “Becoming Real,” “The Messiah’s Mission,” “Stories of the Kingdom: parables of Jesus,” and “Who Do You Say I Am?

Join us each weekend of this series in-person or via Eastbrook at Home.

Here are the weekly topics for the series:

November 28 – “His Suffering Brings Peace” – Matthew 16:21-28

December 5 – “His Glory Brings Joy” – Matthew 17:1-13

December 12 – “His Healing by Faith” – Matthew 17:14-20; 20:29-34

December 19 – “His Resurrection Brings Hope” – Matthew 17:22-23;20:17-19

December 24 – “Glory to the Newborn King” [Christmas Eve services at 1, 2:30, 4, and 5:30 PM]

“Naming” Jesus

This past weekend at Eastbrook, we concluded our preaching series, “Who Do You Say I Am?”, by finally drawing near to the text from which the title of the series arises: Matthew 16:13-20. In this dramatic turning point in the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus asks His disciples a series of questions, including “Who do you say I Am?” Peter’s bold declaration of Jesus’ identity leads to an exchange between them. In a sense, Peter “names” Jesus, but in a deeper and more true way Jesus names Peter.

This message is part of the sixth part of our longer series on Matthew, which includes “Family Tree,” “Power in Preparation,” “Becoming Real,” “The Messiah’s Mission,” and “Stories of the Kingdom.”

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.


“When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, 
‘Who do people say the Son of Man is?’” (Matthew 16:13)

Jesus’ First Question (Matthew 16:13-14)

“Who do people say the Son of Man is?”

Who Have People Said Jesus Is?

  • John the Baptist (Matthew 14:2)
  • Elijah (11:14)
  • Jeremiah or one of the prophets (12:41)

Jesus’ Second Question (Matthew 16:15)

“But what about you? Who do you say I am?”

How had the disciples previously named Jesus?:

  • Rabbi with authority to teach (4:18-22; 7:28; 13:10-17, 36)
  • Healer and miracle worker (8:14-15; 14:18-21, 25-27)
  • Enigma: “What kind of man is this?” (9:27)
  • Friend of Sinners (9:11-13)
  • Son of David (9:27)
  • Awesome one: “Truly you are the Son of God” (14:33)

Peter “Names” Jesus (Matthew 16:16)

“You are the Messiah, the Son of the Living God.”

Jesus is the Messiah

Jesus is the Son of the Living God

Jesus Names Peter (Matthew 16:17-20)

Jesus’ naming of Peter: “you are Peter”

An aside about Jesus’ command for silence on the matter

Encountering Jesus Today

Hearing Jesus ask us: “who do you say I am?”

“Naming” Jesus personallyHearing Jesus name us


Dig Deeper:

This week dig deeper in one or more of the following ways:

  • Memorize Matthew 16:15-16
  • Read through the Gospel of Matthew up to this point and note any way that Matthew records or describes titles of Jesus that would answer the question, “Who is Jesus?” Step back to reflect upon all the titles of Jesus given thus far in the Gospel of Matthew.
  • Take some time in stillness to reflect on Jesus’ question: But what about you? Who do you say I am?” How are you answering that right now? How might Peter’s answer or other titles of Christ in Scripture give shape to your answer?
  • Consider reading further on the titles of Jesus with John Stott’s The Incomparable Christ or Michael Scanlan’s Titles of Jesus.

Eastbrook at Home – November 21, 2021

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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 conclude our series, “Who Do You Say I Am?,” as I preach from Matthew 16:13-20 about Jesus’ piercing question from which the title of our series takes its name and Peter’s bold response to that piercing question.

This series continues our extended journey through the Gospel of Matthew, which includes our previous series “Family Tree,” “Power in Preparation,” “Becoming Real,” “The Messiah’s Mission,” and “Stories of the Kingdom: parables of Jesus.”

We also continue in-person services at 8:00, 9:30, and 11:00 AM this weekend at the Eastbrook Campus, and you no longer need to RSVP ahead of time.

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.

Mixed-Up Priorities

This past weekend at Eastbrook, as we continued our preaching series, “Who Do You Say I Am?”, Fred Pierce preached on an interesting passage from Matthew 16:1-12. This begins with the religious leaders’ request for a sign from Jesus and then veers into a discussion with the disciples about their missing the point of what Jesus is doing.

Here’s a line from the message that really stuck with me: “Whatever we treasure our prioritize will captivate our hearts.”

This message is part of the sixth part of our longer series on Matthew, which includes “Family Tree,” “Power in Preparation,” “Becoming Real,” “The Messiah’s Mission,” and “Stories of the Kingdom.”

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.


“‘Why is it you don’t understand that when I told you, Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees, it wasn’t about bread?’ Then they understood that he had not told them to beware of the leaven in bread, but of the teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees.” (Matthew 16:11-12)

Jesus tested by Pharisees and Sadducees (Matthew 16:1)
They were Jewish religious groups who did not have much in common
They disagreed about significant theological matters
The only thing that they agreed on was not liking Jesus

Jesus responds to their questions (Matthew 16:2-4)
Jesus uses a simple parable about the sky
Jesus calls them out as evil and adulterous
They missed the Kingdom of God through Jesus Jesus speaks of the greatest sign that would be given
Reflect on Matthew 12:39-40
Jesus left

Jesus warns the disciples about the Pharisees/Sadducees (Matthew 16:5-12)
The disciples were worried about their bread
Jesus warns the disciples of the leaven
The disciples were seeing the natural/not the spiritual
The disciples were missing what was right before them
The disciples were falling into a similar trap (vss8-10)
Watch out for self-righteous religion that pulls away from relationship with Jesus


Dig Deeper:

This week dig deeper in one or more of the following ways:

  • Meditate on the message of Jesus in Matthew 16:11-12
  • Journal or reflect about times when you have allowed the systems and norms of this world to distract you from what the Word of God says.
  • How can you grow deeper in relationship with Jesus this week?
  • Read more about this weeks message in the following passages:
    • Matthew 12:39-40
    • Matthew 28:11-15
    • Acts 23:7-8
    • Romans 10:8
    • Hebrews 12:18
    • 1 Corinthians 10:9
    • Proverbs 26:5
    • Isaiah 1:3
    • Jeremiah 8:7

Eastbrook at Home – November 14, 2021

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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, “Who Do You Say I Am?,” as Fred Pierce, the Head of School at Eastbrook Academy, preaches from Matthew 16:1-12 about Jesus’ response to the religious leaders’ request for a sign.

This series continues our extended journey through the Gospel of Matthew, which includes our previous series “Family Tree,” “Power in Preparation,” “Becoming Real,” “The Messiah’s Mission,” and “Stories of the Kingdom: parables of Jesus.”

We also continue in-person services at 8:00, 9:30, and 11:00 AM this weekend at the Eastbrook Campus, and you no longer need to RSVP ahead of time.

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.