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The Necessity and Definition of Love (1 Corinthians 13:1

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Yesterday, Ben Purves, pastor for student ministries at our church, preached a tremendous message on 1 Corinthians 13. Let me encourage you to listen to his message, “The Necessity and Definition of Love,” as he unpacks Paul’s explanation of love in the context of spiritual gifts. Even more, Ben also showed us how Christ fulfilled the qualities of love an...

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The Church’s One Foundation: Spiritual Gifts and the Universal Church (1 Corinthians 12:1

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The Church’s One Foundation: Spiritual Gifts and the Universal Church (Sermon Audio) This week’s sermon looked more closely at the spiritual gifts listed in 1 Corinthians 12:8–10. I argued that the sign gifts were given to the apostles and prophets to “lay the foundation” of the universal church, which is described as Christ’s body in 1...

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Holy Spirit Power: The Gift, the Giver, the Goal, and the Gifts (1 Corinthians 12:1-11)

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Holy Spirit Power: The Gift, the Giver, the Goal, and the Gifts (sermon audio) Despite their obvious flaws, Paul loved the church at Corinth. And in his section on spiritual gifts in 1 Corinthians 12–14, he aims to help his spiritual children come to a true understanding of the Holy Spirit and the purpose of the spiritual gifts. Important for us standing twenty cen...

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Love Your Neighbor: A Biblical Theology of Race and Ethnicity

For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility. And he came and...

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Exposing Abortion's Allies (pt. 1): Expressive Individualism ( Genesis 4:1-8)

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Abortion is a bloody evil that has taken the lives of almost sixty million children since 1973. Rightly, Christians (and non-Christians like Secular Pro-Life) have stood up against this modern-day holocaust. Through prayer vigils, sermons, information campaigns, legislation, and pro-life marches, much ground has been gained ground in the fight against abortion. But much gr...

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Discipleship Fever: Disciple-Making as Treasure-Seeking (Luke 12:32

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If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples.— John 15:7–8 — Yesterday I preached a message on disciple-making that, for me, is the culmination of about 15 years of thinking on discipleship and Christian hedonism....

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Seeking God in His Word (Psalm 119:9-16)

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Yesterday, Ben Purves, our Pastor for Student Ministries at Occoquan Bible Church, continued our series on spiritual disciplines. What follows are some discussion questions and resources to go deeper in Psalm 119....

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Praying with Passion (Psalm 126)

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As we begin 2017, our church has taken January to focus on a handful of spiritual disciplines—personal and public. The first in our series is prayer. But instead of just commending its importance and techniques to help, I took the route of seeing how God forms desire for prayer in our hearts. By drawing near to God, by remembering the promises of his Word, and by de...

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What Death Steals, the Lord Can Restore: Remembering Easter at Christmas (Matthew 2:16)

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Few passages of Scripture are heavier than Matthew 2:16–18, the historical account of Herod’s slaughter of the innocent children in Bethlehem. But few passages are also able to reach the depths of human loss and comfort the grieving in their deepest pain. When read in conjunction with Jeremiah 31:15, which Matthew quotes in verse 18, we find in Matthew’s...

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The Good News ‘Out of Egypt’ (Matthew 2:13

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Christmas is a time of holiday cheer, or at least that’s the way it’s usually sold. But biblically, we find something much different, something much more like what happened in Egypt yesterday morning. In the infancy narratives of Matthew, Jesus becomes a refugee when Herod seeks to take his life. Matthew tells this brief account in Matthew 2:13–15 and exp...

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Choose Your Focus This Christmas: Learning from Herod, the Magi, and Matthew (Matthew 2:1)

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In Matthew 2:1–12 we find the incredible story of the Magi. Sunday, Ron Comoglio, one of OBC’s elders preached a message on that passage. What follows are discussion questions related to that sermon and further resources for studying the incredible account of the Bethlehem Star which led the Magi to meet the Christ-child and offer him worship. Matthew 12:1&nda...

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Immanuel: How God Came to Us (Matthew 1:18

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This week we started a new sermon series through Matthew 1-2. As we celebrate the birth of our Lord, we look to the way Matthew explained his birth as the “fulfillment” of God’s promises of old. For instance, as Matthew writes, Jesus is Son of Abraham and the Son of David (Matthew 1:1), the “Immanuel” promised in Isaiah 7:14 (Matthew 1:23), th...

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A Plate Full of Faithfulness: How Food Reveals and Reforms Our Faith

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"God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him," is John Piper's famous dictum fusing God's passion to be worshiped and man's passion to be happy. Yet, spoken into our hyper-individualistic culture, this glorious truth might lead some to think glorifying God is an individual's task. In truth, God is glorified as we use our freedom to serve others. We canno...

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Finding a Redemptive Rhythm: Communion, Culture and Co-Mission Pt. 2

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Last week we saw the covenantal nature of communion and how the Lord's Table not only creates a thick relationship with Christ but also with one another. This week's sermon furthered that discussion looking at ways we must resist the pulls of demonic-inspired idols. In an applicational message on 1 Corinthians 10:14-22, I argued Communion creates culture-for good or ba...

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