This Sunday, August 1, we will hold two worship services indoors at 8:30am and 11:00am.

Sunday School will be on pause until the Fall.

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Get Wisdom: The Beginning of a New Sermon Series

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The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom, and whatever you get, get insight. Proverbs 4:7 In Proverbs, wisdom is likened to precious metals and pleasant fruit (3:1318), it is personified as a radiant woman (9:112), and it is offered as a way of everlasting life and immediate beauty (3:2122). In short, wisdom is to be pursued with intensity, integrity, and endurance. F...

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‘Anyone, Anyone . . .’ Want to Learn Economics: Three Reasons Why Christians Should Study God’s Hous

'Anyone, Anyone . . .' Want to Learn Economics: Three Reasons Why Christians Should Study God's HouseholdRules 27 Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple. 28 For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it? 29 Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and i...

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Getting the Church Back Together, or Why One Assembly Matters in Scripture and Practice

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Why do we have two worship services, when it would be more in alignment with our convictions to have one? This has been a reoccurring question as we have considered the importance of gathering together for in-person worship over this past year. Throughout this season, the Lord has been teaching us about the importance being a church family and assembling together. The sh...

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The Goodness of Gathering With Children

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Next Sunday (May 16), our plan is to go outside for worship at 8:30am. Sunday School will follow at 10:30am. You can read about the details here, These details include a hiatus on childcare during service when we are outside. (We will offer childcare for little ones when we are inside). We recognize this might be a change for some in the church body, and if you are concer...

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Save the Date: When, Why, and How We are Going Outside

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On Sunday May 16, OBC is going outside for serviceor, at least, weather permitting, that's the plan. From May 16 until the Fall, we will gather outdoors for worship in our parking lot at 8:30am. Please bring lawn chairs, wear appropriate clothing, sunscreen, sunglasses, etc., and invite those who need to hear the message of God's grace and truth. To get ready for May 16, l...

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True Religion Consists in Holy Affections: Jonathan Edwards’ Reflections on 1 Peter 1:8

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In his classic treatise on the nature of the Christian experience,Jonathan Edwards begins Religious Affections with a brief and fruitful examination of 1 Peter 1:8. As this verse stands in the middle of this Sunday's sermon, I share the opening pages from the abridged and updated version. As many have experienced, Edwards writing is challenging, but his vision of God is gl...

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Getting into 1 Peter: A Brief Introduction to this Grace-Filled Book

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This Sunday we begin a new sermon series in the book of 1 Peter. And I want to share three reasons, even four, for why we are looking at this letter and why this book is so timely. These three reasons come from the outline of the book itself and will both introduce us to what we will find in Peter's first letter and how its contents equip us as Christians to live in our da...

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An Invitation to the Book of Daniel: Neither Diet Plans, Nor Date-Setting, Nor Dares to Be Like Dani

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What is Daniel about? There are lots of answers to this question, but not all of them are equal. Like so many books of the Bible, Daniel is often "used" more than "read." And when readers "use" Daniel they come up with diet plans, end-times dating schemes, and moralistic teachings devoid of gospel power. To be sure, Daniel does talk about food, future events, and bold fai...

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Seeking the Kingdom of God within the Church of Jesus Christ

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Is the kingdom of God present or future? Is it now or not yet? Could it in any way be both? If so, how? These are important questions for anyone who has read the Bible, and this Sunday, they will play a large part in rightly understanding how Daniel 2 applies today. In preparation for that sermon, here are a few reflections on the Kingdom of God and the Church. In evangel...

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How Justification by Faith Impels Justice: The Biographical Testimony of William Wilberforce

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At 4:00am on February 24, 1807, the British Parliament voted to end the British slave trade. With a count of 267 to 16, the House of Commons voted with loud cheers for the abolition of this abominable institution. Though it would take another 26 years for slavery to be ended in Britain and its colonies, this decision by the House of Commons, which followed the majority de...

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