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A Biblical Theology of Feasting


A Covenant-Making, Identity-Defining Meal ...

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New Sunday Class for Youth & Adults

First Principles for Bible Reading We want OBC to be a local church filled with faithful disciple-making disciples. Over the next few months in our Sunday morning classes we will be looking at different aspects of how to be a disciple. This includes how to read the Bible, how to attend church, how to share the gospel, and other personal and corporate spiritual disciplines...

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Resting in a Received Ministry


Scripture is filled with commands to wait on the Lord (Psalm 27:14; 37:34; Isaiah 8:17; etc.). While the contexts of these and other "wait" imperatives are varied and often relate to the Lord's eschatological deliverance, the pattern of waiting is normative for the believer (e.g., 1 Corinthians 1:7; Titus 2:13; 2 Peter 3:12). Coupled with these commands are the verses that...

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We are All Foodies: How Feasting with the Lord Retrains Our Appetites


Where should we eat? What should we eat? Where's the best place to eat? Whether we take time to think about it or not, questions about food come up every day. Wherever you live, food plays a large part in who we are. Restaurants are often associated with various countries, ethnicities, or even religious practices. Shall we eat at the Mexican grocery or the Kosher deli? Is...

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Love Disciplines: Answering Five Objections to Church Discipline

For the last eight weeks, we have walked through Paul's instructions on church discipline, legal proceedings and sexual purity, and singleness, marriage, divorce, and remarriage. Now we will consider how these teachings are meant to shape life together in the church. But first let's consider five faulty objections that come against church discipline. ...

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Are You Equipped?

EQUIP Conf 2016 1

" equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ.." Ephesians 4:12 In the 1980s edutainment games were coming of age and infiltrating American schools. Leading the way was a game called Oregon Trail. Perhaps you remember playing the game, shooting Buffalo, fording rivers, and fighting off dysentery. In truth, for most 20th and 21st cen...

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Seven Truths About Doctrine of Vocation

In 1 Corinthians 7:17 – 24 Paul speaks of our calling before God. In all of his writings, this may be one that most directly deals with the doctrine of vocation. Here are seven truths that relate to “vocation” and our calling to live for and before God in all we say and do....

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From Capital Punishment to Christ’s Propitiation: What Leviticus 20:13 Means for Christians Today

Orlando Tragedy

The recent, horrible killing in Orlando prompts us to pray fervently and think carefully. ...

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How the Lord's Table Defines Its Dinner Party


A number of years ago, as I ate dinner with friends at an outdoor caf, I was wrongly identified as a famous race car driver. It was more than a little awkward, as the mistaken gentleman belted out: "Dale!! Dale Earnhardt, Jr.?!? Is that you? Awww . . . I love you, man!" With sorrow and embarrassment, I had to say: "Sorry, you've got the wrong guy." He quickly recognized h...

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True Love Admonishes


Though only used eight times in the New Testamentall by Paul (7x in his Epistles; 1x in Acts)the word "admonish" lays a special charge on believers. While only commanded as "admonish one another" in two places (Romans 15:14 and Colossians 3:16), the command is implied in all its uses, with especial consideration for leaders. To get a sense of its meaning consider these ei...

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