The Harvest is Plentiful: a reflection on Matthew 9

The harvest is plentiful:
the demon-possessed by the tombs in the Gadarenes,
the paralytic lowered through the roof,
the tax collector cast-offs like Matthew,
the girl who died and her grieving parents,
the woman with the twelve-year hemorrhage,
the blind men looking for sight,
the man with demonically-caused muteness,
the crowds listening at the seaside,
the unnamed afflicted and sick and hungry…

The harvest is plentiful.
So pray to the Lord for workers
to go and work in the fields.
See the fields of your lives
filled with people longing for God’s kingdom.
Listen to the cries of their souls
that rise up all around us.
Draw near like Jesus
to know them and name them,
to touch their lives with compassion,
and speak gracious words of God’s and truth.

Lift up prayers to God
and let God make you an answer to your prayers.
As we live and move and have our being in God,
may we also bring life in Christ to others
in the fields of God’s great harvest.

The Messiah Sends

This past weekend at Eastbrook, Pastor Nic Fridenmaker continued our series entitled “The Messiah’s Mission,” by looking at Matthew 9:35-10:25. This is the first of two messages on Jesus’ extended commissioning discourse after calling the Twelve Apostles.

You can find the message video and outline below. You can also view the entire series here, as well as the devotional that accompanies the series here. Join us for weekend worship in-person or remotely via Eastbrook at Home.


“When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.” (Matthew 9:36)

The Disciples called (9:35-10:1)

  • Jesus’ Heart
  • Jesus’ Focus
  • Jesus’ Need

The Apostles formed (10:2-15)

  • Jesus’ Servants
  • Jesus’ Message
  • Jesus’ Way

The Apostles warned (10:16-25)

  • Jesus’ Reality
  • Jesus’ Insight
  • Jesus’ Family

Dig Deeper

This week dig deeper into Jesus’ compassion and the Gospel:

Eastbrook at Home – June 13, 2021

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

As we continue our preaching series, “The Messiah’s Mission,” which focuses on Jesus’ moving outward on mission in word and deed after the Sermon on the Mount, Nic Fridenmaker will preach from Matthew 9:35-10:25.

This continues our extended journey through the Gospel of Matthew, which includes previous series “Family Tree,” “Power in Preparation,” and “Becoming Real.”

Join in with the Eastbrook 365 daily devotional for this series here.

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.

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.

The Messiah’s Followers

This past weekend at Eastbrook, my friend, Will Branch, continued our series entitled “The Messiah’s Mission,” by looking at Matthew 9:9-17. This includes Jesus’ calling of Matthew from his tax booth, as well as teaching about Jesus as the bridegroom and new wine skins.

You can find the message video and outline below. You can also view the entire series here, as well as the devotional that accompanies the series here. Join us for weekend worship in-person or remotely via Eastbrook at Home.


The Messiah’s Mission:

“As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector’s booth. “Follow me,” he told him, and Matthew got up and followed him.” Matt 9:9

Response to Jesus’ Call

  • Matthew: Obedience
  • Tax Collectors and Sinners: Fellowship The Pharisees: Contempt
  • John’s Disciples: Questions
  • The Lesson: Mercy not Sacrifice

Jesus’ Call and Response

  • To the sick: Eat and be well
  • To the Pharisees: Go and Learn
  • To John’s Disciples: Why fast? I’m here.
  • The Lesson: The old way doesn’t work with the new.

Lessons to be Learned

  • The doctor is in: Are you sick?
  • The sacrifice has been made: Are you merciful?
  • The Bridegroom is gone: Are you mourning?
  • The old is gone: Are you new?

Eastbrook at Home – May 30, 2021

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

As we continue our preaching series, “The Messiah’s Mission,” which focuses on Jesus’ moving outward on mission in word and deed after the Sermon on the Mount, Will Branch will join us and preach from Matthew 9:9-17.

This continues our extended journey through the Gospel of Matthew, which includes previous series “Family Tree,” “Power in Preparation,” and “Becoming Real.”

Join in with the Eastbrook 365 daily devotional for this series here.

We also continue in-person services at 8:00, 9:30, and 11:00 AM this weekend at the Eastbrook Campus, but you do need to RSVP ahead of time. Find out more info here.

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.