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Overturning Grace in Jonah 3

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Repentance is a churchy word that's seldom heard or understood out in the world. In Jonah 3, we find repentance in the most unlikely of places. I invite you to listen to this last Sunday's sermon from Jonah 3 as we encounter a God who does not follow formulas, who uses people for his purposes despite their dispositions, and who overturns our hearts with his overwhelming ...

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On the Third Day: What Jesus and the Apostles Saw When They Read the Old Testament

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"He was raised on the third dayin accordance with the Scriptures" 1 Corinthians 15:4 Dr. Bruce Forsee is seasoned pastor and Bible teacher with more than thirty years of experience in vocational ministry in Northern Virginia. He and his wife Kye have been attending OBC since the middle of 2017 and are being interviewed for membership this week. This blogpost first appe...

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Seven Good Words: The Work Jesus Did on the Cross

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. . . they crucified him . . . Luke 23:33 For six hours Jesus body hung on the cross. Nailed to the tree, another crucified enemy of the state, Jesus labored to breathe as pain racked his body and mockers filled the air with vitriol. Tempted by Satan one last time to save himself (see the words in Luke 23:35, 37, 39), Jesus remained, inching closer to death. Still, the e...

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The Sign of Jonah: Swallowed in Death, Raised in Life (Jonah 1:17; Matthew 12:38

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While the world went looking for Easter eggs and basketball games this weekend, the church of Jesus Christ remembered the resurrection of our Lord. More valuable than anything an egg can offer, and more reliable than any team we cheer, the resurrected Christ offers us forgiveness of sins and eternal life for all who turn from sin to trust him. This is what we celebrated o...

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Scripture Readings for Holy Week

We invite you to read through one or more of the Gospel accounts of the Passion Week listed below listed below as we prepare to celebrate our Lord’s Resurrection....

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The Storm of Obedience (Jonah 1:1-17)

Sermon discussion questions for chapter 1 of Jonah....

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Into the Depths: An Introduction to the Book of Jonah

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Jonah is an amazing book, but one that requires repeated readings, a willingness to learn, and a commitment to the God who created the world, controls the nations, and directs all history to the true prophet, priest, and kingJesus Christ. On Sunday we started a six week journey through the story of Jonah. Let me encourage you to read the book in one sittingit's only 48 ve...

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Into the Depths: Finding God's Grace in Jonah's Rebellion

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Starting this Sunday we will take the next six weeks to consider the story of Jonah.This story is more than a runaway prophet turned right. InJonah's rebellion, we find a story that calls us to flee from the hardness that grace-less religion can create. Likewise, in God's grace to Nineveh, wefind aglimpse ofthe surpassing beauty of God's salvation offered to all who repent...

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Red Carpet Christianity: A Summary and Conclusion to the Book of Ephesians

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Since September our church has studied the book of Ephesians. This week, we finished the sermon series with a summary and reflection on Paul's letter. In particular, I argued that the gospel creates communities of faith that learn how to walk together in love. It's this love that displays the wisdom of God to the world and that builds up the individual Christian. To turn ...

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Let Us Hold the Truth with Love

"In essentials unity, in non-essentials liberty, in all things charity." Rupertus Meldenius, 1627 Throughout the ages of church history it has been necessary for Christians to practice theological discernment. How does one discern between orthodoxy and heresy? Are you my brother or sister in Christ? Is my brother in error and in need of correction, or is this an iss...

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