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5-17-20 • May 17, 2020 • Paul Barnard
Biblical Re-entry Biblical Re-entry Notes Rom 1:11 For I* long to see you*, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to strengthen you—Rom 1:12 that is, that we may be *mutually encouraged by each other's faith*, both yours and mine. Rom 1:13 I do not want you to be unaware, brothers, that I have *often intended to come to you (but thus far have been prevented)*, _*in order*_ that I may* reap some harvest* among you as well as among the rest of the Gentiles. -We long to see each other but we have been prevented. -Church building attendance only gives us one thing…Connection to each other _What has prevented us?_ *Submission* 1Pe 2:17 Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor. *Character* Rom 5:3 Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, Rom 5:4 and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, *Caution* Pro 22:3 The prudent sees danger and hides himself, but the simple go on and suffer for it. _What has not prevented us?_ *Fear* *Conspiracy* _*THE GOSPEL IS OUR FOCUS*_ Php 1:12 I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to *advance the gospel,* Act 16:27 When the jailer woke and saw that the prison doors were open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself, supposing that the prisoners had escaped. Act 16:28 But Paul cried with a loud voice, “Do not harm yourself, for we are all here.”Act 16:29 And the jailer called for lights and rushed in, and trembling with fear he fell down before Paul and Silas. Act 16:30 Then he brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” We are not essential in the culture. The Gospel is. We are not rebellious against the culture. The Gospel is. We are not statement makers. The Gospel is. We are not fearful. We are respectful. We are not reckless. We are respectful. *If the Gospel is the most important thing that we present to the people, then we are to listen to their needs, their lives and present it in a way that is respectful.* 1Pe 3:15 but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with *gentleness and respect,*
4-12-20 • April 12, 2020 • Paul Barnard
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March 22, 2020
1. Has this time of social distancing and being practically homebound brought clarity to what you value? List some things to discuss. 2. List some of the passions, actions, and desires competing with Jesus as your true treasure. Reflect on and/or discuss why. 3. How can treasuring Christ shape our outlook on life in the current crisis (i.e. coronavirus pandemic) we face? 4. How will you use this moment to deepen your relationship with Jesus? 5. List some ways that you can continue building connections with your church family during this time.
2020 Sermon Series
01/05/2020 • January 5, 2020 • Teen Challenge
Hope Sermon Series
10/06/19 • October 6, 2019 • Teen Challenge
Teen Challenge Life group questions: 1. Why is it important that OFC exposes ministries like this? 2. What does this ministry say about the mission and vision of OFC? 3. How can we get more involved in the day to day ministry at OFC? 4. What are some thigns that cause us to get inward focus and not outward? 5. What are some of the challenges people in addiction face? How can we help?
True Service of the Heart
09/29/19 • September 29, 2019 • Matt Temple
True Service of the Heart John 13:1-17 *John 13:2 During supper, when the devil had already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, to betray him. *The cross is a sign of submission, so the towel is the sign of service. * Forgiveness / Service John 13:14, 15, if I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet. For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you. Who is the greatest? Luke 9:46 An argument arose among them as to which of them was the greatest. * When ever there is trouble over who is the greatest there is trouble over who is the least. * Most of us know we will never be the greatest, just don’t let us be the least *Self-righteous service Versus True Service* Self-righteous service * Comes through human effort. Large amounts of energy calculating the benefits * Requires external rewards./ It has to be seen. * Highly concerned with results./ it wants to see if the person served will reciprocate True Service * Comes through a relationship with a divine other deep inside( God ). * Can serve enemies as freely as friends. * Indiscriminately welcomes all opportunities to serve. 1 John 2:16 For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world. Nothing disciplines the inordinate desire to the flesh like service, and nothing transforms the desire of the flesh like serving in hiddenness. Inordinate - Unusual or disproportionately large; excessive. Service in hiddenness is a rebuke to the flesh and can deal a fatal blow to pride. *Yes.....But!* Excuses/The hesitancy to serve. * Fear - If I do that, people will take advantage of me; they will walk all over me. * Slavery - Paul Boasted of being a slave/servant to Christ. (Love Slave) * The slave, who out of love, has freely chosen to remain a slave. * Who can hurt someone who has freely chosen to be stepped on. * If we give free rain to the desires of the flesh then we will find it hard to train for the service of Christ. *Service where we live.* We must seek to perceive what service looks like where we live. * Life * Family * Community Service is not a list of thing we do, its a way of living. The Service of guarding the reputation of others. * Church this size / community this small * A spiteful tongue strikes a deadly blow in all who hear him speak. * Like an infection it starts to destroy parts of the body with those who hear and with those who repeat it. Guarding the reputation of others is a deep and lasting *service.* There are many acts of service. * Service of Hospitality, Listening, Sharing. *Challenge* John 13:16-17 * God calls us to the ministry of the towel, flowing from the inter recesses of the heart. * So instead of a scepter we need a hoe. Perhaps you would like to begin your expermenting with a prayer. Lord as it would please you bring me someone to serve today. *Life Group Questions* 1. How can we model Jesus's act of service to in our own life to our Family and the community? 2. What are some ways you have struggled with self-rightouse service? 3. Called to the ministry of the towel (service), how can we serve our enemies as easily as we serve our friends? 4. How can we guard the reputation of others with our service? 5. What is your biggest struggle in serving that you need to take to God and repent from?
Do you want to be healed, really?
09/22/19 • September 22, 2019 • Paul Barnard
DO YOU WANT to be healed? Do you really want it? Joh 5:1 After this there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Joh 5:2 Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, in Aramaic called Bethesda, which has five roofed colonnades. Joh 5:3 In these lay a multitude of invalids—blind, lame, and paralyzed. 1. *We live in a society that loves excuses. We build around crutches for people not to accomplish God’s will in their lives.* Joh 5:5 One man was there who had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. Joh 5:6 When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had already been there a long time, he said to him, “Do you want to be healed?” 1. *This is the question isn’t it? We all want change we just don’t want to change. * * Where is the line or threshold for your commitment?* Joh 5:7 The sick man answered him, “Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up, and while I am going another steps down before me.” 1. *What is your reason for not being who God wanted you to be? where does it come from.* Joh 5:8 Jesus said to him, “Get up, take up your bed, and walk.” Joh 5:9 And at once the man was healed, and he took up his bed and walked. Now that day was the Sabbath. 1. *You cannot operate on a “one foot in and one foot out” mentality. If you want healing throw the bed (the thing you cling to) away and walk.* *Life group Questions:* Why do we have issues with totally selling out to God? What crutches or excuses do you have for remaining in sin? Finish this sentence: “I would do anything for my faith, unless I have to*______* Why can’t we make up our mind concerning our commitment to faith or to ourselves?
Project Hope Center
08/11/19 • August 11, 2019 • Project Hope Guys
Elephant in the Church (Summer Sermon Series)
Brian Tillman - Riverbend Church "Normal Christianity"
6/16/19 • June 16, 2019 • Brian Tillman
Stand Alone with Matt Temple
06/09/19 • June 9, 2019 • Matt Temple
*Romans 12:12* Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, and to be constant in prayer. *Matthew 26:38-39* Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled. 38 Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.” Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.” *Romans 12:2* Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind that by testing you may discern what is the will of God what is good and acceptable and perfect. **John 5:19** “what ever the father does the son does likewise.” *1 Thessalonians 5:16 *rejoice always, pray without ceasing.