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April 2017 Shepherd's Letter

Shepherd's Letter

The April 2017 Shepherd's Letter of Occoquan Bible Church....

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Discipleship in a Digital Age

From Abraham to Abraham Lincoln, the speed of the world didn’t change all that much. From the agrarian lifestyle of the Patriarch to the rural farms of North America, among which Lincoln grew up, the speed of news typically traveled at the pace of a horse. In this historical setting, the famed presidential debates between Lincoln and Douglas lasted for hours at a tim...

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Resurrecting the Gospel: Its Frame, Focus, and Friendship (1 Corinthians 15:1

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What is better than preaching the gospel on Resurrection Sunday? In a word—not much. Yesterday our church gathered to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ and we considered the opening eleven verses of Paul’s explanation of Christ’s resurrection which center on the gospel. In those verses (1 Corinthians 15:1–11), Paul unpacks what Christ&rsq...

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This is the Day That the Lord Has Made

This is the Day That the Lord Has Made

  This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. – Psalm 118:24 – Like many, I learned this verse not from reading it in the Bible but singing it in church. Les Garrett’s chorus, “This is the Day,” is a popular praise song that sets this verse to music. My wife and I have taught this song to our kids, and it i...

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No Other Gospel: Reflections from The Gospel Coalition

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For three days this week, ten of us from Occoquan Bible Church traveled to Indianapolis to join 8,500 other followers of Christ at The Gospel Coalition’s bi-annual gathering. This year we celebrated the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation and its recovery of the gospel. The theme of this week’s conference was “No Other Gospel” and in les...

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March 2017 Shepherd's Letter

Shepherd's Letter

March 2017 Shepherd's Letter for Occoquan Bible Church....

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Six Lessons on Shepherding: A Pastoral Meditation on 1 Thessalonians 2

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In the Bible, leadership is likened to shepherding. In the Old Testament, God shepherded his people; he called shepherds like Moses and David to lead his people; and kings were often likened to shepherds. In the New Testament, the image continues. Elders are commanded to shepherd the people whom God gives them to oversee (1 Peter 5:1–4). And local churches are to rec...

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Speech Therapy: Training Our Tongues to Build Up Others (1 Corinthians 14:1

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Proverbs says a soft answer turns away wrath. James 3 says that the tongue is a fire which can set a whole forest ablaze. 1 Corinthians 14 says to not forbid speaking in tongues, yet it also gives a long list of qualifications. With all these words about the tongue and tongues, how should we proceed? Our words have incredible power for building up or tearing down.This is ...

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Welcome One Another

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Welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God. -- Romans 15:7 -- In the Bible hospitality is no small matter. From Abraham to the Apostles, God called his people to greet one another with love and concern. For instance, in the Old Testament it was more than a cultural faux pas to deny hospitality; it was an indictment against the whole village. Lik...

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Love Never Ends (1 Corinthians 13:8

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This last Sunday we considered how love endures, looking at four movements in Paul’s argument in 1 Corinthians 13:8-13. From the temporary to the eternal (v. 8) From the partial to the perfect (vv. 9-10) From the child to the man (v. 11) From the mirror to face to face (v. 12)  Sermon audio is available online; discussion question and study resources ar...

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