Eastbrook at Home – June 20, 2021

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

Today is Father’s Day, so send some love to all those who have served as father figures in your life in some way.

We also continue our preaching series, “The Messiah’s Mission,” as I preach from Matthew 10:26-11:1 on the second half of Jesus’ commissioning discourse for the Twelve.

This series 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 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:

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?

The Intermingling of Witness and Suffering

“I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves. Be on your guard; you will be handed over to the local councils and be flogged in the synagogues. On my account you will be brought before governors and kings as witnesses to them and to the Gentiles.” (Matthew 10:16-18)

In Jesus’ words of commission to the Twelve here, we already see the connection between witness and suffering. The mindset of Jesus’ disciples must be shrewd and innocent at the same time. There is an expectation of difficulty, even vicious persecution, that Jesus commends to His disciples, requiring wisdom, innocence, and, as He says in the next few sentences, reliance upon the Holy Spirit. These are bracing words for these first followers of the Messiah. Who would really want to hear them?

But we need to re-hear them today because we have disconnected witness and suffering. In our comfort culture we have sought to avoid trouble as much as possible. We often water down Jesus’ words until the sharpness of the flavor cannot be tasted. Because of this, our witness also has been watered down. We avoid the realities of persecution, even though church history has taught us that persecution is often the soil in which the church most often grows.

Tertullian, one of the greatest teachers of the church, wrote: “the blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church.” While we should not seek needless suffering, may God help us be ready to suffer for the sake of His name and witness.

The Messiah’s Authority

This past weekend at Eastbrook, we continued our new series entitled “The Messiah’s Mission,” based in Matthew 8-12. This weekend I explored Matthew 8:23-9:8, where Matthew groups three miracles of Jesus around the theme of His authority. We see Jesus’ authority over nature, demonic spirits, and sin and forgiveness.

The entire series of episodes leads us to the sharp and important question: who is Jesus?

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 the crowd saw this, they were filled with awe; and they praised God, who had given such authority to man.” (Matthew 9:8)

Who is this? (8:27)

  • The basic question about Jesus
  • Our need to answer it for ourselves

Jesus: The One with Authority Over Nature (Matthew 8:23-27)

  • Miracle on the water
  • “Even the winds and the waves obey him!” (8:27)

Jesus: The One with Authority Over Demonic Spirits (Matthew 8:28-34)

  • Miracle on the far side of the lake in the Gentile lands
  • “They shouted, ‘Have you come here to torture us before the appointed time?’” (8:29)

Jesus: The One with Authority to Forgive Sins (Matthew 9:1-8)

  • Miracle back home in Capernaum
  • “They were filled with awe; and they praised God, who had given such authority to man” (9:8)

Getting into Jesus’ Boat

  • Following Jesus into the boat (8:23)
  • Calling to Jesus amid the storms of life (8:24-25)
  • Encountering Jesus’ authority and power (8:26)
  • Growing with Jesus from little faith to greater faith (8:26-27)

Dig Deeper

Dig Deeper

This week dig deeper into Jesus’ authority and our response to Him in one or more of the following ways:

  • Consider memorizing Matthew 9:5-6 this week.
  • In order to reflect more deeply on them, select one or more of the episodes of Matthew 8:23-9:8 to sketch, ink, or paint. As you do that, prayerfully reflect on the power and authority of Jesus in general but also in your own life.
  • Watch “The Messiah” theme video from The Bible Project
  • In order to dig deeper into the calling of discipleship consider reading either Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s The Cost of Discipleship or Os Guinness’ The Call.