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With Eyes Open to Our Common Savior: How the Lord’s Supper Makes Visible God’s New Covenant People

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So Jacob swore by the Fear of his father Isaac,and Jacob offered a sacrifice in the hill country and called his kinsmen to eat bread. They ate bread and spent the night in the hill country. Genesis 31:5354 In the Old Testament covenants were often begun or accompanied by a covenant meal. In Genesis 31 Jacob and Laban made a covenant to not do harm to one another. And imp...

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Everybody Deacon Now: The Call for all Christians to Serve in the Church

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11And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, 12to equip the saints for the work of diakonia, for building up the body of Christ, Ephesians 4:1112 For the last few months our church has been considering Paul's first letter to Timothy and how the instructions for the household of God lead us to order our local church. As Paul unvei...

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Look to Christ this Mother's Day

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For many women, Mother's Day is a day full of gifts and expressions of gratitude. It is an opportunity to reflect on the blessing of children and an opportunity to honor moms for the ways they care for their families. For others, however, this same day meant for celebration may hold a measure of heartache. Some women have known the loss of a child, so this day is bitter...

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Child Dedication or Parent Commissioning?

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Would you like to bring your newborn before our church family for child dedication? We invite you to read and learn more about this tradition and our practice at Occoquan Bible Church. What is Child Dedication? Child dedication is a church tradition wherein parents bring their newborn children before the church to celebrate God's gift of life, for prayer, and to dedica...

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The Resurrection Changes Everything

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Every Sunday we gather to celebrate the resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christ. But this Sunday marks the actual day he arose from the grave. As our minds turn toward this event, we should remember that this event changes everything. Historically, the resurrection of Jesus from the dead is the hinge on which all other world events turn. And personally, when we come to...

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End of School Year Thanksgiving and Summer Time Fun and Fellowship

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We give thanks to God always for all of you,constantly mentioning you in our prayers, 3remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Thessalonians 1:23 When Paul thinks of the church at Thessalonica, he can do nothing but give thanks. As he considers them in prayer, he remembers God's wo...

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Can I Get A Witness?!? Why Gospel-Centered Churches Need Faithful Deacons

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"After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them on ahead of him, two by two, into every town and place where he himself was about to go." Luke 10:1 And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching . . . Acts 2:42a For those who serve well as deacons gain a good standing for themselves and also great confidence in the faith that is in Christ Jesus. ...

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Conversations with Jesus: TGC 2019 National Conference

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This Monday through Wednesday, six men from OBC will be attending The Gospel Coalition National Conference in Indianapolis. We ask you to pray that the Lord would edify them through this time of learning and fellowship, and we also invite you to watch the TGC Live Stream over the next few days. This year's conference theme is "Conversations with Jesus," with a focus on co...

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Where Do Elders Come From?

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From the beginning of the church, there were designated leaders. And though given various names (e.g., elders, pastors, overseers) they served the same function. As God-given leaders of God's flock (Acts 20:28) and under-shepherds to the Chief Shepherd (1 Peter 5:14), these men were called to model the faith before God's people and to teach the word of God, protecting God'...

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Life Together

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Life Together by Dietrich Bonhoeffer is this March’s book for “Theology Thursday.” ...

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