Does Jesus Really Give Us Life?

I concluded our series, “3 Questions We All Have About Jesus,” this past weekend at Eastbrook Church by looking at Jesus as the life. In this series we have explored Jesus’ statement on John 14:6, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father but through me.” Digging into our questions, not avoiding them, helps us to know God more.

You can view a video of the message and the accompanying outline below. You can listen to the message via our audio podcast here.

You may also want to take a look at the other two messages in this series, “Is Jesus Really the Only Way?” and “Is Jesus Really the Source of Truth?

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Is Jesus Really the Only Way? (discussion questions)

3 Questions Series Gfx_ThumbHere are the discussion questions that accompany my message, “Is Jesus Really the Only Way?,” from this past weekend at Eastbrook Church. This is the first part of our series, “3 Questions We All Have About Jesus,” where we are digging into Jesus’ provocative statement: “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6).

Discussion Questions:

  1. This week we begin a three-week series entitled “3 Questions We All Have About Jesus.” This series launches off from John 14:6, where Jesus says, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” Take a moment to ask God to speak to you as you study His word.
  2. What comes into your mind when you hear Jesus say, “I am the way, the truth, and the life”?
  3. In John 14, Jesus is teaching His closest disciples before He will go to the Cross. He is specifically telling them that He will go away, but then return. Read John 14:1-14 to get better context on the statement Jesus makes in John 14:6.
  4. Given what you read in John 14:1-14, what would you say is Jesus’ driving concern in these verses?
  5. In his question found in 14:5 Thomas seems concerned with the direction or destination of Jesus’ pending departure. Is this the right question or not? What is Jesus trying to help His disciples understand here?
  6. There are clear echoes of John 10:1-18 in John 14. Take a moment to read that passage aloud. What key statements does Jesus make about His identity in John 10? What do you think these things mean in light of John 14:6?
  7. Some of people’s greatest hang-ups or frustrations about Christianity have to do with Jesus as the only way to God. What questions have you heard about this theme or topic in your own life? How do Jesus’ words here address those questions or frustrations?
  8. How have you experienced Jesus as ‘the way’ in your life? What does this mean to you?
  9. What is one specific thing that God is speaking to you through this study? How will that shape your life in the coming week? If you are with a small group, discuss that with one another and pray for one another. If you are studying on your own, write it down and share it with someone.

[Response: Throughout this series, we will be looking at tough questions about Jesus. There may be some questions you wish someone would answer about Jesus as the way, the truth, and the life. Send us your questions either by emailing them to info@eastbrook.org, writing them on a connect card, or visiting the Eastbrook Church Facebook page.]

Is Jesus Really the Only Way?

This past weekend at Eastbrook Church, I began a three-week series on Jesus’ statement on John 14:6, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father but through me.” This series is an opportunity for us to delve into questions and unresolved thoughts we have as we consider “3 Questions We All Have About Jesus.”

This week, we looked at the questions, “Is Jesus Really the Only Way?” My response is that Jesus is the only way of access to God, but perhaps not in the way we think.

You can view a video of the message and the accompanying outline below. You can listen to the message via our audio podcast here.

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Saturday Prayer 21

My mind races ahead
and lurches forward
Like a fly trapped inside a house
it leaps and rushes from one thought
to another

I want to be still
and know
that You are God
But at the same time
I check my watch
and think about what’s next

Bring me to a place of peace
before You and in You, Lord
Help me to cast my cares upon You
and experience Your peace
that guards my heart and mind

“In repentance and rest is your salvation,
in quietness and trust is your strength” (Isaiah 30:15)

[This is part of a series of prayer posts in 2012 that began here.]

Is God Personal?

There are some people who mock the idea of a personal God, or a ‘Personal Jesus.’ There are some reasons why this is completely understandable. Particularly when we hear people say things like:

  • “Jesus is my buddy”
  • “Jesus is my homeboy”
  • “Jesus is like my boyfriend”

Such statements convey the idea that God is in our back pocket, so that we can pull Him out at our whim and ask for whatever we want. It sounds like He is ready to meet whatever need we have in the moment.  This conveys an over-familiarity with God that we should question.

At the same time, however, we must uphold the truth that God is personal. From His earliest interactions with Adam and Eve on through His conversations with Abraham, David, and the first disciples, we are brought face-to-face with the truth that the Scriptural God is a personal God. He relates to us individually and uniquely.

Some may ask: “how could an eternal and almighty God know each one of us personally and uniquely?”Read More »