May – July 2017
March – May 2017
January – February 2017
November 2016 – January 2017
August – November 2016
Christ in you, the hope of glory.
May – August 2016
Eastside will spend the rest of Lent in our sermon series called “The Gospel 5″ It is a series that examines the fullness of the Good News. Jesus’ Incarnation, Life, Death, Resurrection and Ascension will be the topics in successive weeks.
October 2015 – March 2016
November 2015 – Jan 2016
August 2015 – October 2015
June 2015 – August 2015
May 2015 – June 2015
January 2015 – April 2015
November 2014 – December 2014
“King Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. 17 If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand. 18 But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.” These are the words three friends speak to the king just before being thrown into a fiery furnace. What has brought them to this place? How can they so confidently and without fear speak to the king in this manner knowing they might die? They are exiles. They are not home. These three and their friend Daniel desire to serve God and remain distinct from the way the world works. As we look at what it means to live in a world that is not our home we will continue to return to this response to guide us.
Ever wonder what’s the deal with the middle? We have Middle School, middle names, Middle Ages, middle class, middle earth, middle child and even our middle finger. The bible is full of stories of an Amazing, Holy, Powerful, Loving God who relates to a bunch of men and women who just can’t seem to get it right. If we just stop and think about it, we all know something’s in the middle and we are missing it. These unholy people meet a Holy God and are changed, but how? What really happens in the middle? What is between God’s Grace and Sinful Humanity?
May 2013-July 2013
January 2013-February 2013
The Book of Revelation is not a mystical book full of secret writings with hidden meanings for a select few. It was meant to be an encouragement to the Church! It alerted them to the reality of ongoing persecution and yet reminded the faithful of God’s sovereignty. This is a book that we have made frightening, though that wasn’t the intent; the sheer number of worship material that comes from Revelation should point us toward its joyful purpose. Revelation reminds us of the faith of Jesus! Reading Revelation reminds us of God’s greatness! In turn we are reminded that he deserves and demands to be worshiped. The presence, power and authority of the risen Christ causes us all to be cut to the core of our humanity. We become aware of how often, how frequently and with such greatness we miss the mark (definition of sin is an archer missing the mark) and repent. In the presence of the full glory of Christ, our poor aim is highlighted.
So it is in the shadow of Christ’s full glory we pick up the next 2 chapters of Revelation, the letters to the 7 angels of the 7 churches.
As we dive into these letters we will soon see that they were intended to be read aloud in the 7 churches and well beyond. These 7 letters are to all of the churches. These letters were, are, and will continue to be applicable to all churches.
November 2012-December 2012
Again the prophet’s purpose was to assure his people that Yahweh still loved them and was keeping his covenant with them (1:2-5). But he demanded honor, respect, and faithfulness (1:6). The people and priests were not honoring Yahweh. They were dishonoring him with their worship, by their unfaithfulness to marriage vows (2:10-16), by their social injustices (3:5), and by their harsh words bordering on blasphemy (3:13-14). Malachi assures his people that Yahweh knows those who fear him and those who do not. Yahweh calls for his people to repent and return to him (3:7). If they do not return he will come and smite the land with a curse (ban). Since the last word of this book is one of judgment, it should claim the attention of everyone who reads it.
Ralph L. Smith
August 2012-October 2012
August 2011-August 2012
“The Gospel of Matthew is written to help it’s readers understand that Jesus of Nazareth is the Messiah. Jesus is the fulfillment of Jewish prophecy. It is through his presence that God establishes his Kingdom on earth. At Eastside we want to “seek Christ.” We will be looking at some of Matthew to learn more about out Messiah, and specifically what the Kingdom of Heaven looks like. Our belief is that Jesus calls us to live as he teaches here and now. We will look at topics such as anger, sexuality, integrity, violence, worship, prayer, materialism and faithfulness. These issues all quickly identify where the Kingdom of Heaven is present.
Matthew Chapter 8 & 9
Chapter’s 8 & 9 include the first detailed accounts of healings which were alluded to at the end of Chapter 4. Within these miraculous encounters with the Christ, we learn about Discipleship, Faith and Christology.
TNEL — LENT
Our recent walk through Matthew Chapters 8 & 9 revolved around the following questions:
- Who is Jesus?
- What does faith look like?
- How does a disciple live, move and be in response to faith in Jesus?
During Lent we turn toward the events of Passion Week as recorded in Matthew Chapters 26, 27, and 28. As we study new questions will emerge:
- What does Jesus’ death mean?
- Why did those around Jesus prove to be so undependable?
- How will we worship Jesus?
Hopefully our questions, studies, small groups and messages will lead us to worship with a deeper understanding of Christ’s work on the cross. This year during Lent we will try a different approach starting with the cross and working backwards through the stories. Our goal is to end at the beginning on Palm Sunday with the worship of Jesus as the Holy Son of God.
We pray that this approach will offer a fresh set of eyes and ears to the stories we often condense into a single Passion Week sermon. The word “Lent” has connections to the lengthening of our days as we enter spring. As well we pray our slow, backward, lengthening approach to Jesus Passion connects us in a renewed, or perhaps new, way to Jesus.
March 2011-April 2011
Signs and Sayings
Eastside Church is spending the summer in the gospel of John! Each Sunday we will alternate between one of Jesus’ sayings and one of his miracles. Pastor Matt will be preaching on the sayings and Pastor Peter will be preaching on the signs. Come to hear why John wrote this 4th gospel.
April 2010-June 2010
Have you ever wondered why do we do what we do, especially in the Church? Do you find yourself wondering if are simply reacting against the past by either following in the same footsteps or setting off in the other direction just to prove our independence?