A Prayer-Reflection on Becoming Children of God through Christ

But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman,born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship. Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, ‘Abba, Father.So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir. (Galatians 4:4-7)

To move from achieving to receiving,
earning to inheriting,
slave to child—
all through Christ, the only Son of God,
born as we were born
to bring us into life from death,
into light from darkness,
into belonging from captivity.

Now, His Spirit in our hearts by faith,
we live as children,
calling out to our divine Father,
free and fully alive,
breathing deep God’s fresh air,
secure and at peace
in the Father’s house.

I Believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord

This past weekend at Eastbrook, we continued our new preaching series entitled “Living the Creed: Connecting Life and Faith in the Apostles’ Creed.” This series walks through the Apostles Creed as a basic summary of our faith but also as a way to live our faith out with God in the world. Each weekend of this series will explore the biblical and theological roots of the Apostles Creed, while also providing specific spiritual practices and approaches to living out what we know as we ‘proclaim and embody’ the Creed in our daily lives.

This weekend I began preaching on the second article of the creed, which begins with this statement: “I believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord.”

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

“No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known.”  (John 1:18)


The giving of this name (Matthew 1:20-21; Luke 1:31-33)

The significance of the name “Jesus” 

Jesus the Christ

The Jewish anticipation of Messiah (Ezekiel 37:21-28; Deuteronomy 18:15; Daniel 9:24-27)

Jesus the fulfillment of Messianic longings (Matthew 16:15-17; Acts 2:36)

What it means that Jesus is the Christ/Messiah

Jesus, God’s Only Son

Jesus the Eternal Son (John 1:1-5, 18)

Jesus the Incarnate Son (John 1:14; Matthew 3:16-17; Hebrews 1:1-4)

What it means (and doesn’t mean) that Jesus is God’s Son

Jesus the Lord

The fundamental declaration of Christian faith: “Jesus is Lord!” (Romans 10:9; 1 Corinthians 12:3)

What it means that Jesus is Lord

Living this part of the Apostles’ Creed

Returning to Jesus the Savior

Returning to Jesus the MessiahReturning to Jesus the Lord

Dig Deeper

This week dig deeper in one or more of the following ways:

Walking on Water

This past weekend at Eastbrook, Pastor Femi Ibitoye continued our preaching series, “Who Do You Say I Am?”, by looking at the eye-popping story of Jesus walking on water in Matthew 14:22-36.

This message is part of the sixth part of our longer series on Matthew, which includes “Family Tree,” “Power in Preparation,” “Becoming Real,” “The Messiah’s Mission,” and “Stories of the Kingdom.”

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

“Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.” (Matthew 14:33)

We cannot know God unless he reveals himself to us.


  • Jesus is the Son of Man.  (Matthew 14:23) He is a human being like us.  He depended completely on God.  Because he is human, he understand and sympathizes with our weakness.  He is the New Moses,  the great high priest. (Philippians 2:5-8, Hebrews 4:15)
  • Jesus is Lord.  (Matthew 14:25) Jesus is Lord over the seas and waves. He walks on water.  He is Lord over nature.  (Psalm 24:1; Psalm 29:2-3, Philippians 2:9-11). 
  • Jesus is the great “I AM (Matthew 14:27). Jesus’ self-revelation shows the source of his power.  Jesus is not a ghost, He is alive. (Job 9:8, Psalm 89:9, Revelation 1:17b-18)
  • Jesus is our Creator.  (Matthew 14:28-29). Jesus is so powerful that he can make ordinary men walk on water (Colossians 1:15-17).  He sustains us by his mighty hand. Defies gravity, science, logic and common sense.
  • Jesus is our Savior.  (Matthew 14:30). Jesus saves Peter from sinking.  He saves us too from sin and death.  Jesus’ name means, “Yahweh saves”.  
  • Jesus is the Son of God.  (Matthew 14:33).  Jesus is God.  Only God is to be worshipped. Jesus is worthy of our worship and praise.  (Psalm 96:9, Revelation 5:13-14)
  • Jesus is our Healer. (Matthew 14:34-36). All healing is because of Jesus.  Medical healing, physical healing, emotional healing, relational healing, spiritual healing are all because of Jesus.  (Psalm 30:2, Isaiah 53:5, Jeremiah 17:4)

Making it real

  • Worship Jesus
  • Have faith in Jesus
  • Prayer of Thanksgiving to Jesus

Dig Deeper:

This week dig deeper in one or more of the following ways:

  • Draw, paint, or ink this story of Jesus walking on water as a way of reflecting on what is happening and what you are learning about who Jesus.
  • Say a prayer of Thanksgiving today and throughout this week focusing on one or more of the titles of Jesus found in today’s text.  Praise him for “who He is.”

Baptized with Water and Spirit

As we continued our series “Power in Preparation” this past weekend at Eastbrook Church we explored the brief but highly significant episode of Jesus’ baptism by John in Matthew 3:13-17. This passage caused a lot of debate in the early church, primarily around the question: why did Jesus, who was without sin, need to be baptized with John’s baptism of repentance? While I do address that question in this message, my focus moves from four key theological truths of Jesus’ baptism toward application of that truth for a baptismal spirituality for our life with God.

You can view the message video and outline below. You can follow along with the entire series here and the devotional that accompanies the series here. You could always join us for weekend worship in-person or remotely via Eastbrook at Home.

“Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John.”  (Matthew 3:13)

Facts of Jesus’ Baptism

  • timing
  • setting

Theological Truths of Jesus’ Baptism

  • Representative Messiah: John’s hesitation and Jesus’ purpose
  • The Descent of the Dove: the coming of the Holy Spirit
  • Jesus the Unique Son of God: The declaration of the Father
  • The Triune God Revealed: The Son’s baptism, the Spirit’s descent, the Father’s declaration

Spiritual Implications of Jesus’ Baptism

  • The pattern of dying and rising in baptism and the spiritual life (Romans 6:1-14)
  • The call to suffering in baptism and the spiritual life (Mark 10:38-40)
  • The joy of God’s delight in baptism and the spiritual life (Matthew 3:17; Acts 2:38)

Dig Deeper

This week dig deeper into the significance of Jesus’ baptism in one or more of the following ways:

  • Memorize the Father’s declaration over Jesus in Matthew 3:17
  • Set aside some time this week to read Matthew 3:13-17 again. Then write, draw, paint, or pray aloud your own response to this series of events in Jesus’ life.
  • Explore the theme of baptism in the New Testament through these Scripture readings:
    • Matthew 21:23-27
    • Mark 10:35-45
    • Luke 12:49-53
    • Acts 19:3-6
    • Romans 6:1-14
    • Colossians 2:9-12
  • Although it is drawn from the Gospel of Luke, you may enjoy watching “The Baptism of Jesus” by the Bible Project

Son of God [Name Above All Names]

NAAN-Series-GFX_App-Wide.pngAs we continued our series, “Name Above All Names,” this past weekend at Eastbrook Church, I looked at one of Jesus’ most revered titles: Son of God.  With roots in the promises to Abraham and David, Jesus’ identity as the Son of God stretches all the way before Creation and speaks of His unique relationship with God the Father and way of living upon earth.

You can view the message video and sermon outline below. You can follow the entire series at our web-site, through the Eastbrook app, or through our audio podcast.

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