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Reframing "Membership" in the Church

Membership Matters

The term “membership” is misleading because of how it is commonly used. Often “membership” connotes privilege in a club. Costco members get access to deals. Country club members get reduced green fees. Jelly of the month club members get, well . . . you get the point. If you pay your dues, membership entitles you to get something. Because of these...

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The Life-Changing Gospel in God's Local Church

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Sunday we begin a new series in Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians. Written to bring the gospel light to a number of problems in that local church, our series is entitled, “The Life-Changing Gospel in God’s Local Church. Excluding the introduction (Cor. 1:1–9) and the conclusion (Cor. 16:5–24), 1 Corinthians can be broken into two main pa...

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Our Journey to a Missions Commitment to Iceland

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In 2010, Iceland experienced volcanic eruptions at Eyjafjallajökull that spewed dark clouds of ash into the atmosphere, which spread into Europe and resulted in 20 nations closing their airspace to commercial jet traffic. The dark ash clouds have long since dissipated, yet a more ominous darkness envelopes Iceland that tragically shows no signs of dissipating ...

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For the Sake of His Name

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In the New Testament evangelism was propelled by an overarching concern for the glory of God. As Paul writes in Romans 1, he was an apostle of God’s gospel . . . "so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God". ...

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An Opportunity to Redeem the Time

Worship is our every-hour spiritual act of service to the Lord who has redeemed us. Make use of these resources to encourage your worship this wintery weekend....

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FAQ's in the Spiritual Disciplines

Spiritual Disciplines Psalms

"Discipline yourself for godliness" 1 Timothy 4:7...

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2016 Winter Youth Retreat

On February 12-14, HARDROCK, OBC’s Youth Ministry (7-12th grade) will be returning to Greenwood Hills Conference Center (Fayetteville, PA). ...

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Word-Centered Examination Leads to Spirit-Filled Assurance

Who can discern his errors? Declare me innocent from hidden faults. Keep back your servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me! Then I shall be blameless, and innocent of great transgression. Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer. -- Psalm 19:12-14 -- The ...

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Joy to the World

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Did you know that we only sing the second half of the Christmas hymn “Joy to the World’? Is this a Christmas song, and what kind of joy are you proclaiming? Read Pastor Ben’s Christmas blog post here....

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What Kind of News is “God with Us”?

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Immanuel. God with us. This is the good news, right?...

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