Edmund Brooks

New: "New Purpose"

Edmund Brooks

Many people know what their “calling” is. A friend of mine was called “Doctor” by his parents since he was a child. You can guess what his parents wanted his calling to be. But when you come to Christ you are called to an even bigger task. What is that task? What is your purpose as a Christian?

NEW - New Purpose study guide

New: "New Identity"

Edmund Brooks

Our society identifies a person by many different things. It could be your job. It could be your stage of life (parent, young married, retiree). It could be the country of origin for your family. But for those who are Christ followers, they are now identified by something else.

NEW - New Identity study guide

New: "New Family"

Edmund Brooks

When you become a Christian you become a part of God’s family. God is now your father and the people of God are now your brothers and sisters. How does that work out practically? How do we live with family that is not Christian? How do we live with this new family in the church? These are the questions we hope to answer this week.

NEW - New Family study guide

New: "New Life"

Edmund Brooks

When you become a Christian you become a new person. This is symbolized by baptism but emphasized by Jesus many times in the scriptures. The old person is dead and gone but who is this new person? What characteristics does this new person have? How does this new person live? These are the questions we answer from God’s Word this week.

NEW - New Life study guide


"Resurrected Savior"

Edmund Brooks

What is the big deal with Easter? Is it more than candy for kids and a reason to get together with loved ones? We at the church believe that it is more than that. On Easter we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord, Jesus. It is very important to a Christian that Jesus truly rose from the dead. We will look into the reasons why it is important to celebrate Jesus’ resurrection from the dead this Easter Sunday. Join us!

Resurrected Savior - There is no study guide this week. This week's sermon is a standalone sermon for Easter. May your reflection on Jesus' resurrection bring you hope and peace this week!

"Good Friday"

Edmund Brooks

Its seems a little backwards that "Good Friday", a day of absolutely pain and torture, is seen as such a blessing. In reality, it was Earth's saddest day, but it marked the start of our salvation, which is why we take time to witness Christ's Passion. However, this gift came at a tremendous cost, one of which caused pain physically, emotionally, and spiritually, that only the Perfect Son could pay.

Letters For Living: "The Outstanding Debt"

Edmund Brooks

Onesimus has broken the law. He has robbed his employer Philemon. Onesimus deserves to be punished. Onesimus deserves to be executed for his crimes. But Paul pleads for Philemon to show mercy to Onesimus. The reason for this mercy is the gospel itself.

LETTERS FOR LIVING - The Outstanding Debt study guide

Letters For Living: "Imitating Who?"

Edmund Brooks

The New Testament is full of examples that we are called to follow. In John’s third letter, he actually tells the church not to follow a certain person, Diotrephes’ example. It turns out that Diotrephes is actually inhibiting the work of the church and the work of the gospel. In John’s third letter, he tells us how to respond to people like that and who we should imitate.

LETTERS FOR LIVING - Imitating Who? study guide

Letters For Living: "Gospel Transformation"

Edmund Brooks

If you have been saved by God, you are different. You are changed. Remember that. Remember who you once were and who you are now. Remember what God has done in your life. Live these truths out. This is the plea from Paul in Titus three.

LETTERS FOR LIVING - Gospel Transformation study guide

Letters For Living: Gospel Communities

Edmund Brooks

What does it look like to model the gospel in community? In chapter two of Titus, Paul gives Titus specific instructions on how to live counter culturally. These were important for the first century church and are relevant for the church in 2019 as well.

LETTERS FOR LIVING - Gospel Communities study guide

Letters for Living: "Gospel Culture"

Edmund Brooks

How much should a church look like the culture in which it is doing ministry? This is the question that many churches ask when they engage in ministry strategies. Problems occur when churches don’t ask this question and end up assimilating with the sin that is present in a culture. That is what was happening in Crete in 66 AD. Paul sent Titus to Crete to remind the churches in Crete that they were called to model the gospel by living in the culture, but living in a way that showed the love of God. This was relevant in 66 AD and is relevant in 2019. Are we living a life that ministers the gospel or do we look just like the culture?

LETTERS FOR LIVING - Gospel Culture study guide

Radical Joy: "Press On"

Edmund Brooks

Have you ever finished a really long race? Maybe it was a 10k or a half-marathon. When you were trying to motivate yourself to finish it, did you look back to where you previously where or did you look forward? In this chapter Paul reminds us to look forward to what God has in store for us who finish the race.

RADICAL JOY - Press On Study Guide

Radical Joy: "Count It As Loss"

Edmund Brooks

Does prestige have a place in our Christian walk? Being a Christian does not mean that we no longer receive awards and accolades. But what do we do with those awards after we come to faith? In this testimony from Paul, we learn where humility and ministry meet in our personal history.

RADICAL JOY - Count It As Loss study guide


Radical Joy: "Learn By Example"

Edmund Brooks

Do you ever wish that you had someone to show you how to do spiritual things? Your Christian walk, like most things in life would benefit if someone was modeling spiritual essentials to you. In this section, Paul gives us good examples to follow.

RADICAL JOY - Learn By Example study guide

Radical Joy: "Unfinished Business"

Edmund Brooks

If we were asked to choose between life and death, the answer would be pretty obvious for most of us. I don’t want to die so if I have the option I will choose to live. In this section of his letter, Paul hits us with a “not-so-fast” and gives us a lot of things to think about when considering our own mortality.

RADICAL JOY - Unfinished Business study guide

Radical Joy: "Jesus is All That Matters"

Edmund Brooks

Have you ever been mocked for your faith? Have you ever found yourself in a situation being embarrassed because of what you believe? In this section we will see why Paul is not embarrassed or frustrated by his current persecution.

RADICAL JOY - Jesus is All That Matters study guide

Radical Joy: "Metamorphosis"

Edmund Brooks

The Christian life is a life filled with lofty spiritual goals. “Be holy”. “Love God above all else”. For those of us who have tried to do these things we know that it is easier said than done. When does this get easier? What help does God give us? Paul maps this out to his fellow Christians in this opening section of Philippians.

RADICAL JOY - Metamorphosis study guide