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“Give Me Life . . . According to Your Word”: How God’s Law Leads to Gospel Life

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There is a way of thinking today that says life and liberty are found by rejecting or rewriting the law. Personal expression is all that matters: “Just be yourself . . . Be authentically you!” And if any rules or laws—be they religious or otherwise—get in the way, just reject or rewrite those restrictions. Importantly, Scripture is not silent on th...

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God’s War Memorial: The Church of Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:11

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This Sunday marks our fifth sermon in Ephesians and, with it, the consideration of the fifth sola. As our church remembers the Protestant Reformation this fall, we have sought to highlight the five solas from the text of Ephesians. After considering the material principles of the gospel in Ephesians 1–2 (e.g., Sola Gratis, Sola Fide, Solus Christus, Soli Deo Gloria),...

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OBC’s 2017 Icelandic Mission Trip

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For the last two years, Occoquan Bible Church has supported Loftstofan Baptist Church and the ministry of Gunnar Ingi Gunnarsson. This fall was our first of what we hope is many mission trips to Iceland. In what follows, Gary, with a few editorial remarks from David, reports on the happenings of the week. Hopefully it makes sense who’s talking. The Mission. Our prim...

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By Grace, Through Faith: Getting Into God’s Grammar about Salvation (Ephesians 2:8

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When it comes to understanding the heart of the gospel, Ephesians 2:8–10 is an anchor passage. And this week I had the privilege and the challenge of preaching it. The privilege comes in the fact that, this verse encapsulates so much gospel truth. The challenge is unpacking all that is there in those three verses. As with many sermons, preaching this passage makes t...

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September 2017 Shepherd's Letter

  Dear Brothers and Sisters, We hope and pray that you are encouraged and strengthened by the grace of God as we move deeper into the book of Ephesians this fall. It has been encouraging over these last few weeks to see Christ exalted above all things, and then to see the promise of the immeasurable riches of grace that God in His kindness has given to us in His Son...

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Our Mission Trip to Iceland: A Sunday Morning, Coffee House Update

On Facebook, I’ve had a chance to share a few updates from our mission trip. Today, as we get ready to go to church (at 2pm UTC), we are stopping in a local coffee shop—the Flagship Coffee House of the North Atlantic—and stopping to give a brief update on our trip. So, here are six highlights from the trip. Six Highlights from Iceland The Landscape T...

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Looking Forward to Jesus

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Yet Another Prediction Is Christ returning today or tomorrow? Many people are talking about it thanks to yet another group announcing their conjectures based on mathematical gymnastics and astronomical mysticism. As of now, the deadline for Christ’s return has been announced as scheduled for sometime between now and sundown on Saturday, September 23 in Israel. ...

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What is the Protestant Reformation?

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Five-hundred years ago, on October 31, Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the Wittenberg Castle Church door. This action launched a series of disputations about the Bible, the gospel, and the church—to name only a few. In time, Luther’s action would be considered the spark which ignited the Protestant Reformation. But what is the Protestant Reform...

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The Warfare Worldview of Ephesians

When was the last time you prayed against the devil? Or, attributed your physical pain or emotional vexations to a demonic spirit? If it has been some time (or never), it’s probably because you live in 21st Century America, where the evils of the world—moral and natural—are explained by biological factors and scientific calculation. But if you lived in 1...

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What good is a book Club?

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What goes through your head when you hear the words, "book club"? For me it has conjured up a list of images including but not limited to:   A bunch of scholarly men in tweed jackets, sitting in an Ivy League study, smoking cigars, nursing glasses of Scotch and pontificating on books that I've only lied about reading. I imagine the discussion being more of a compe...

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