Transfigured (discussion questions)

jesus-on-the-move-series-gfx_app-squareHere are the discussion questions that accompany my message, “Transfigured,” 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 9:28-36.

Discussion Questions:

  1. When have you experienced real jaw-dropping awe in your life? What happened or where were you?
  2. We continue the series “Jesus on the Move” this week by looking at Luke 9:28-36. Before you begin this study, ask God to speak to you from His Word, and then read the text aloud.
  3. This story occurs after many miracles, as well as Peter’s declaration that Jesus is God’s Messiah (9:20) and Jesus’ prediction of His death and resurrection (9:21-27). Like many other pivotal events, this episode arises in the context of prayer. Why do you think that is important?
  4. Jesus’ physical transformation seems to be a ‘sneak preview’ of the glory of God found in Him. Moses and Elijah stand nearby and talk with Jesus. Read Deuteronomy 18:14-21 and Malachi 4:5-6. What would you say is the significance of Moses and Elijah’s presence here?
  5. Peter, John and James are startled to attention by this amazing sight. Peter wants to build booths, which may refer to the Jewish Feast of Tabernacles (Leviticus 23:33-44; Deuteronomy 16:13-17). Why do you think Peter says this?
  6. The appearance of a cloud over this glorious gathering is reminiscent of the glory of God covering His people in a cloud (Exodus 40:34-35; 2 Chronicles 5:13-14). What does the voice from the cloud tell us about who Jesus is; even who Jesus is compared to Moses and Elijah?
  7. Habakkuk 2:20 says, “The Lord is in his holy temple; let all the earth keep silence before him.” Take some time in stillness and silence to reflect on the glory of the Lord.
  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.

Feb. 20           Luke 9:28-36
Feb. 21           Matthew 17:1-13; Matthew 3:1-3
Feb. 22           Isaiah 42:1-4; Matthew 3:16-17
Feb. 23           Mark 9:2-13
Feb. 24           Acts 2:22-23; Deuteronomy 18:15, 18

Transfigured

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This weekend at Eastbrook Church I continued our series, “Jesus on the Move,” with a messaged entitled, “Transfigured” from Luke 9:28-36. This event conveys both the beautiful and dangerous glory of Jesus’ true nature as fully God and fully man. The silence of the disciples at the end of it all echoes our own call to silence before the only awesome God in Jesus Christ. As the prophet Habakkuk writes:

The Lord is in His holy temple;
let all the earth keep silence before Him. (Habakkuk 2:20)

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 Glorious Unveiling (Luke 9:28-31)

Jesus’ glory

Jesus’ companions

Jesus’ exodus

 

The Glorious Overwhelming (Luke 9:32-33)

Shocked awake

Peter’s desire to build shelters

 

The Glorious Voice (Luke 9:34-35)

The cloud

The voice

 

The Glorious Silence (Luke 9:36; Habakkuk 2:20)

The awe-filled silence

The untold story

 

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.

Oscar Muriu on Viral Leadership

This week, our Leadership Team at Eastbrook viewed an inspiring and informative message by Oscar Muriu, Senior Pastor at Nairobi Chapel (Nairobi, Kenya). The message was entitled “Viral Leadership: Multiplying Impact Exponentially” and was given in August 2013 at the Willow Creek Global Leadership Summit.

In this message, Muriu shares his five convictions about leadership development:

  1. The size of your harvest depends on how many leaders you have (Matthew 9:37-38).
  2. Live for the next generation (Psalm 71:18).
  3. Identify the budding leaders around you and take them to God in prayer (Numbers 11:10-17).
  4. Instill the five loves into your budding leaders (Mark 12:30-33).
  5. Never do ministry alone – always have budding leaders around you (Acts 4:13).

It’s worth watching the entire message at this link, but you can view a five-minute excerpt of the talk below.

OSCAR MURIU – VIRAL LEADERSHIP: MULTIPLYING YOUR IMPACT EXPONENTIALLY from Willow Chicago on Vimeo.

 

Set Me Free (discussion questions)

Here are the discussion questions that accompany my message at Eastbrook Church this past weekend entitled “Set Me Free” from our series, “Expecting a Miracle.”

Discussion Questions:

1. When was a time that you experienced God’s gracious hand of deliverance or provision in your life?

2. After the series of escalating miraculous events, Pharaoh finally let the Israelites go from their enslavement in Egypt. This weekend, we are talking about the miracle of that freedom at the Exodus but also as we draw near to our celebration of Jesus’ birth. In order to grasp the entire scope of the story, read Exodus 12:31-15:21. Before you begin your study, ask God to speak to you through the Scripture.

3. Describe in your own words what the first steps to freedom were like as recorded in Exodus 12:31-42.Read More »

Set Me Free

Expecting a Miracle 4This weekend I concluded our series, “Expecting a Miracle,” at Eastbrook Church, with a message entitled “Set Me Free.” In this message, I focused on the exodus from Egypt in Exodus 11-15. talked through three aspects of freedom the Israelites found in the Exodus:

  1. Liberation from the shackles of slavery
  2. Redemption by the blood of a lamb
  3. Salvation from the enemies that surround

I then connected those themes from the exodus from Egypt with freedom we experience in Jesus the Messiah, who is a liberator, redeemer, and savior.

The outline for the message is below, although I didn’t hold to it strictly. You can listen to the message online here or download it via the Eastbrook web-site here. You can also visit Eastbrook Church on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Wonder Working God (discussion questions)

Here are the discussion questions that accompany my message at Eastbrook Church this past weekend entitled “Wonder Working God” from our series, “Expecting a Miracle.”

Discussion Questions:

  1. Nearly everyone has some interesting Christmas memories. What was one of your most eventful Christmas holidays ever and why?
  2. When the Israelite people called out to God, He sent Moses as a deliverer.  Part of the deliverance was a series of miraculous events that opened the doorways for freedom for the Israelites. We will spend time in this study looking at Exodus 7:1-12:30, to explore the miraculous signs God did in Egypt. Before you begin your study, ask God to speak to you through the Scripture.
  3. How would you summarize God’s plan, as He shares it with Moses, found in Exodus 7:1-6?Read More »