New Sunday School Series on Peacemaking
by Ben Purves on January 31st, 2024
This February and March, we will be teaching an adult Sunday School class on peacemaking. God is the God of peace (Rom 15:33), in Christ we have peace with God (Rom 5:1), and one of the fruits of vertical peace with God is that we are brought into fellowship with one another, with whom we are to walk in peace (2 Cor 13:11).
An Invitation to Prayer in 2024
by Benjamin Purves on December 29th, 2023
Dear OBC Family,“Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Heb 4:16).One of the unexpected fruits of difficult seasons is how the Lord draws us near to Himself. The Wednesday before Christmas, several members gathered together to pray for our church. It was an encouraging and edifying time of Scripture reading, ...
How will you give in 2024?
by The Elders of Occoquan Bible Church on December 21st, 2023
Giving is meant to be a grace-based joy, and not a law-based burden. Paul consistently teaches that giving must be an overflow of the heart as God has provided (1 Cor 16:2).
How will you read the Bible in 2024?
by Benjamin Purves on December 21st, 2023
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).
Getting Into Genesis 1 — 3
by David Schrock on September 8th, 2023
Genesis 1:1 is arguably the most important verse in the Bible. As we saw earlier this summer in our series on ontology, The Business of Is-ness, how one reads this verse will largely determine how you understand the rest of the Bible, the rest of history, and the rest of creation—even the rest you are looking for in creation.Indeed, if what you think about God is the most important thing about yo...
Ontology 101: A New Sermon Series, and Strange New World: A New Sunday School Series
by Matt Wood on May 10th, 2023
A New Sermon Series: Ontology 101: The Business of 'Is'-ness: The Way Things AreIt depends on what the meaning of ‘is’ is.”Those infamous words, uttered by Bill Clinton in 1998 should have told us that the world and everything in it was already succumbing to the deconstructive forces of postmodernism. Postmodernism claims that meaning is no longer found in what a human author intends or what the A...
The Worship and Work of Church Membership
by Benjamin Purves on February 21st, 2023
This Sunday, February 26, we will begin a new Sunday School series entitled The Worship and Work of Church Membership.In this series we will examine the responsibilities given to those in church membership throughout the Scriptures, and we will teach on the following duties of fellowship:The duties of assembly and identification with the saintsThe duties of members to elders, and members to one an...
Foundations in 2023
by David Schrock on February 10th, 2023
According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building upon it. Let each one take care how he builds upon it. For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 3:10–11 In each new year, the elders present a focal point for OBC to pray about and aim towards. In 2021, the theme was “...
Upcoming Parent Commissioning
by Benjamin Purves on February 9th, 2023
As a family of believers centered on the gospel, we are committed to supporting families and faith. And at the last Sunday of this month, on Sunday, February 26, we invite parents with young children to a one-week 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 ...
A Killer Confession, A Priestly Pardon(er)
by Matt Wood on February 1st, 2023
*Many of the thoughts and ideas from this blog were shaped by, and based on, the book What Happens When We Worship by Jonathan Landry Cruse.1 John 1:8-9If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sinsand to cleanse us from all unrighteousnessThe decision of whether or not we confess our sins can be kil...
The Story of Isaiah's Immanuel: An Advent Reading Plan
by Matt Wood on November 4th, 2022
Originally posted by David Schrock at his blog, Via EmmausIt’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Or at least, the stores are beginning to roll out their Christmas wares. Merchants and suppliers are setting their sights on the holidays, and starting next week, we will too.On Sunday, November 13, our church will begin a six week series on the book of Isaiah. You know, the one that is 66 chapte...
A New Covenant Psalm
by Matt Wood on October 4th, 2022
Below is a "New Covenant Psalm" written and compiled by Bruce Forsee that shows the glorious realities of the New Covenant. To hear this psalm, and more from the sermon where this was preached, we invite you to listen here. To learn more about how all of the biblical covenants find their fulfillment in Christ and his New Covenant, we invite you to register and attend our Digging Deeper Conference ...