Faith and Grace

This past weekend at Eastbrook Church we commemorated the 500th anniversary of the Reformation with a weekend focused on two major Reformation themes: “Faith and Grace.”

The first part of the message focused on historical background and context of the Reformation. I eventually took us into an exploration of three Scripture passages central to Reformation thinking on faith and grace: Romans 1:16-17; Romans 3:21-24; and Ephesians 2:8-10.

Even as I would identify myself within Protestant Christianity, I wrestle with purely celebrating the Reformation. Because of that, I took a moment to recognize two cautions of the Reformation: division and hero worship.

You can watch the message via Eastbrook’s Vimeo channel below and follow along with the sermon outline. You can also access the message at our web-site, through the Eastbrook app, or through our audio podcast.

 

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Worry and Faith

This past weekend at Eastbrook Church we continued our series “The Kingdom Life” by exploring the topic of worry and faith. My message centered on Jesus’ words in Luke 12:22-34, giving some attention to John 20:19 and Philippians 4:6-7 as well.  Here’s my contention: if Jesus opens the doorway to God’s presence through the Cross and the Resurrection, then it is possible to move from a place of fear to fearlessness in our lives.

I started off with the results of the 3rd annual Survey of American Fears. I’m not sure what you’re most afraid of, but you might enjoy looking at the last few entries on the list of all fears Americans have.

You can follow the entire series at our web-site, through the Eastbrook app, or through our audio podcast.

Also, you are welcome to join in with the daily reading plan for this series.

 

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The Cost of Discipleship

I continued our series, “The Kingdom Life,” this past weekend at Eastbrook Church by looking at two challenging teachings of Jesus on the cost of discipleship. As with the rest of this series, we are exploring key teachings of Jesus in light of the resurrection.  This third message in the series, “The Cost of Discipleship,” faces both the cost of not following Jesus from Luke 13:22-30 and the cost of following Jesus from Luke 14:25-35.  It was also an African Global Gateway weekend at Eastbrook, which gave us the chance to sing, dance, and reflect some of the unique cultures that are a part of our church within our worship service.

You can follow the entire series at our web-site, through the Eastbrook app, or through our audio podcast.

Also, you are welcome to join in with the daily reading plan for this series.

 

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From Confusion to Understanding (discussion questions)

Here are the discussion questions that accompany my message, “From Confusion to Understanding,” from this past weekend at Eastbrook Church. This is the second part of our series “The Kingdom Life.” The text for this week is from Luke 24:13-35.

Discussion Questions:

  1. When did you have a spiritual breakthrough in your life of understanding who Jesus was? What happened?
  2. This weekend we continue “The Kingdom Life” series by looking at Luke 24:13-35. Begin your study in prayer and then read that passage aloud.
  3. How would you describe the situation of the two men traveling to Emmaus from Jerusalem (24:13-18)?
  4. How does Jesus engage in conversation with them (24:17, 19)? Why might this be important?
  5. What stands out to you about their summary of the situation of recent days (24:19-24)?
  6. Have you ever experienced doubt, grief, or confusion that lead you to question God’s work in your life? How did you deal with that?
  7. Jesus’ teaching takes them through the entire Hebrew Bible (‘Moses and all the Prophets’ was used as a summary term for all the Bible). Take a moment to reflect on passages from the Bible that draw attention to Jesus:
  • Genesis 49:8-12
  • Deuteronomy 18:14-22
  • 2 Samuel 7:11-16
  • Psalm 118
  • Isaiah 7:14
  • Isaiah 53:1-12
  • Zechariah 9:9-17
  • Daniel 7:13-14
  1. Jesus agrees to stay with these two disciples for a meal, but things change drastically in this situation. What happens?
  2. Recognition is an important theme in this passage, both in 24:16 and 24:31. What do you think the purposes of God were in delaying the recognition of Jesus here?
  3. What is one way that God is speaking to you personally through this study? If you’re on your own, write it down and share it with someone later. If you are with a small group, discuss this together.

Daily Reading Plan

To encourage us together in our growth with God, we arranged a weekday reading plan through this series. As you read each day, ask God to speak to you from His word.

Monday, Apr 24        Luke 24:13-35
Tuesday, Apr 25        Mark 16:1-14
Wednesday, Apr 26  John 20:10-18
Thursday, Apr 27      Luke 24:36-43
Friday, Apr 28            John 20:19-23

From Confusion to Understanding

This weekend at Eastbrook Church we continued our series, “The Kingdom Life,” which looks at some key teachings of Jesus in light of the resurrection.  This second message in the series, “From Confusion to Understanding,” explores the powerful and mysterious story of Jesus’ conversation with two disciples on the road to Emmaus from Luke 24:13-35.

You can follow the entire series at our web-site, through the Eastbrook app, or through our audio podcast.

Also, you are welcome to join in with the daily reading plan for this series.

 

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