Qualified to Serve
by David Schrock on July 29th, 2022
This Sunday we pause our study of John to celebrate a special moment in the life of OBC.As 1 Peter 5, 1 Timothy 3, and Titus 1 indicate, elders/overseers/pastors (three terms for the same office) play a crucial role in the life of the church. This is why multiple books in the Bible give elder qualifications—so that local churches can properly recognize and install biblical elders.In our case, OBC ...
“I Thirst”: A Good Friday Meditation on the Meticulous Detail of Christ’s Cross
by David Schrock on April 15th, 2022
After this, Jesus, knowing that all was now finished,said (to fulfill the Scripture), “I thirst.”— John 19:28 —Nothing was done by Christ which was not foretold;nothing was ever foretold by the Prophets concerning Christ, which was not done.— Alexander Watson — Tomorrow I will preach a Good Friday message focusing on the single word: dipsō (“I thirst”). For the last four years, our church has cons...
From Palm Sunday to Resurrection Sunday
by Benjamin Purves on April 9th, 2022
Dear Church Family,Tomorrow is Palm Sunday, and this marks the beginning of the events of Holy Week which will lead us to Resurrection Sunday. This season should be marked by our praise to God for His great mercy to us, for such a great salvation accomplished through our Lord Jesus Christ.As Peter wrote, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has ...
What is Repentance?
by Benjamin Purves on April 8th, 2022
Repentance is about turning to Christ. Being turned to Christ is the true joy of repentance. In this way, repentance is a wonderful grace, and there is “joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents” (Lk 15:10).
Upcoming Parent Commissioning
by Benjamin Purves on February 18th, 2022
As a family of believers centered on the gospel, we are committed to supporting families and faith. And next Sunday (February 27) we invite parents with young children to a class on the importance of raising children in the context of the local church. What can a parent expect from the church? How does the church encourage and equip parents and children to grow in faith?These are some of the quest...
Reuniting our Church Family into One Worship Service
by Benjamin Purves on February 11th, 2022
Dear OBC Family,We are glad to share that we will be reuniting our church family into one worship service this Sunday, February 13. We will gather for Sunday School at 9:00am, and we will hold one worship service at 10:00am.Instead of our church family being separated into two groups from week to week, we rejoice at the opportunity to reunite our family into one service. As the church is the assem...
Preach Hebrews the Next Time You Don’t Have a Preacher, Plus a Post-Script on Answered Prayer
by David Schrock on February 10th, 2022
What will you do when you cannot preach? Oh, I am not talking about planning for an upcoming Sunday when I, as your pastor, will be absent, or when multiple teaching elders are unavailable. I am talking about when it becomes apparent 10 hours or 10 minutes before Sunday morning that the man called to preach simply cannot do it.In such a situation, we have a few options. We could call on someone to...
Seeing Is Believing: Returning to John's Gospel
by David Schrock on February 2nd, 2022
In the Spring of 2020, we began a new sermon series on the Gospel of John. Little did we know that things would get really weird in March of that year, when the onslaught of Covid-19 led us to stop gathering for eight weeks. During that time and after, we looked at Psalm 90–106 and Joel. Thereafter, we studied Daniel, 1 Peter, and Proverbs 1–9, to name a few. Yet, it has always been the hope to re...
From Death to Life: How Joshua Gives Us Resurrection Hope in the Midst of Loss
by David Schrock on January 1st, 2022
Moses was dead to begin with.— Joshua 1:1 —Marley was dead to begin with.— Charles Dickens — When Charles Dickens wrote the opening line to A Christmas Carol, he touched off one of the most wonderful Christmas stories ever told. Marley, the miserly associate of Ebenezer Scrooge, was dead and now all eyes turned to his living partner. Though the story begins in the darkness of Scrooge’s heart, by t...
Read the Bible with Us in 2022
by Benjamin Purves on December 29th, 2021
For the sake of your joy, we invite you to join with your brothers and sisters and feast on the Word of God together. God invites us to delight endlessly in his Word of Life (Ps 119:16), to meditate on his Word day and night (Ps 1:2), and to build our lives upon it (Matt 7:24-27). How will you saturate your heart with Scripture? As you pick a Bible reading plan, we encourage you to find a time and...
Kill the Dragon, Get the Girl: A Short Introduction to the Bible
by David Schrock on December 10th, 2021
I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring;he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.— Genesis 3:15 —In one sentence, can you give the message of the Bible? A few years ago, Dane Ortlund asked this question and received answers from a host of pastors and scholars, but one answer stood out from the rest and has taken on a life of its own...
The Most Exciting Book You’ve (N)ever Read: Twenty Lessons on Leviticus
by David Schrock on November 19th, 2021
The Most Exciting Book You’ve (N)ever Read.That’s how I framed the book of Leviticus when I invited members of our church to study it last January. And this week, by God’s grace, we finished going through the book. Admittedly, our study could have done more. But for 20 weeks (Spring and Fall), those who were at first skeptical of Leviticus kept coming back to the see the good news proclaimed in Mo...