A Reset on Service

This past weekend at Eastbrook, we continues ourfour-week preaching series entitled “Reset.” In this series, we are exploring four aspects of our life together as Christ’s church based on the words of Hebrews 10:24-25. This week we focused on the phrase: “Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.” There is much more going on at Eastbrook during this four weeks than a preaching series, so let me encourage you to find out more here.

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

“Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds…”  (Hebrews 10:24)

A Reset on Our Concept of the Church

The church as an event or a consumer activity 

Last week: the church as a family who loves one another

This week the church as a body who serves one another

A Reset on How the Church Serves as a Body (Romans 12:3-8)

Like a body, the church is made by God and gifted by God

Like a body, the church has different parts that belong to one another

Like a body, the church has differing abilities in differing parts

Like a body, the church requires every part to actively use its unique gifts

Dig Deeper

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

  • Memorize some portion or all of either Hebrews 10:24-25 or Romans 12:3-8.
  • What do you think are your spiritual gifts or talents given by God? Pray about that and then make a list of those you are aware. Perhaps you could discuss that with someone close to you so you both can grow in your faith and service.
  • Set aside space and time this week to meditate on Romans 12:3-8. Let the Lord search through your heart and mind about your love for Him and for others. Ask the Lord to direct you in service within the church for His glory.

Growing into Christ: Andrew T. Lincoln on Ephesians 4 and the spiritual growth of the Church

This from Andrew T. Lincoln in his commentary on Ephesians, which is part of the Word Biblical Commentary series:

So Christ’s giving of gifts to the Church is to enable the Church to move toward its goals, and that movement is seen in terms of believers’ growth toward Christ. In Paul’s letters, believers’ faith can be said to grow (cf. 2 Cor 10:15; 2 Thess 1:3), and growth is used of the development of the local Corinthian church and credited to God in 1 Cor 3:6, 7. The concept occurs more often in Colossians, where it is employed of the work of the gospel itself in 1:6, of believers’ knowledge of God in 1:10, and of the whole body of the Church, which is said in 2:19, the verse on which Eph 4:15, 16 is modeled, to “grow with a growth that is from God.” Here in Ephesians, then, the notion of the Church’s growth is elaborated, and 4:15 has affinities with 2:20, 21 where, as we have seen, Christ is presented as the keystone of a building in the process of growth. The earlier statements of the Church’s goals in 4:13 were primarily descriptions of the Church itself in its state of completion, but now it is specifically Christ who is the standard of maturity, indicating again that for this writer ecclesiology remains determined and measured by Christology. The Church is in Christ and has to grow up toward him. This underlines that the Church’s growth is not being thought of in terms of quantity, a numerical expansion of its membership, but in terms of quality, an increasing approximation of believers to Christ. In the face of the scheming of error, believers are not only to stand firm, as will be emphasized in 6:13, 14, but also to make progress. That proper growth and progress is to take place in every way, that is, in every aspect of the Church’s life and particularly in those aspects singled out earlier, in unity, in knowledge, and in speaking the truth in love.

I Am Filled with God’s Power

In our current series at Eastbrook Church, “Who Am I?“, we are exploring biblical answers to questions about our identity as human beings. This past weekend I concluded the series by looking at how the Holy Spirit anchors our identity in God, connects us to a broader family, and sends us out with a new sense of mission.

You can view the message video and an expanded 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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The Gifts of the Holy Spirit? (discussion questions)

Here are the discussion questions that accompany my message at Eastbrook Church this past weekend entitled “The Gifts of the Holy Spirit” from our “Holy Spirit” series.

Discussion Questions:

  1. When was a time when you sensed that God particularly strengthened or gifted you to serve someone else or the church in general?
  2. This week, we continue exploring life in the Holy Spirit by looking at the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Begin your study by asking God to speak to you. There are three main passages that talk about spiritual gifts in the New Testament: 1 Corinthians 12, Romans 12:3-8, and Ephesians 4:1-16. Whether on your own or with a group, read these passages out loud.
  3. The Greek word for these spiritual gifts is charismata. This is a derivative of the Greek word charis, which is usually translated as grace. This is perhaps most clear in Romans 12:3-8. What do you think the significance of this is for our understanding of spiritual gifts?Read More »

The Gifts of the Holy Spirit

holy spirit rotatorThis weekend at Eastbrook Church I continued our series on the Holy Spirit with a message on the gifts of the Holy Spirit. 

I drew from 1 Corinthians 12-14, Romans 12, and Ephesians 4:1-16 for this message in order to address many questions that we have about the Holy Spirit and the gifts that He gives.

You can listen to my message at the Eastbrook web-site here. You can also follow the RSS feed for Eastbrook sermons or follow Eastbrook Church on Twitter or Facebook. A slightly revised message outline is included below:

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