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Ordination: The Appointing of those Called to Pastor Christ's Church

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Pastor Chase offers an explanation of what Biblical ordination is, what our process at Oak Park is for ordination, and a preview of our coming ordination service....

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The Sermon on the Mount: Jesus’ Summons to be His Kingdom People

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This past Sunday we finished a five-month journey through the Sermon on the Mount. This whole section of Matthew’s Gospel (chap. 5...

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Care and Discipleship

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Care and Discipleship Jesus told His disciples, "Go therefore and make disciplesof all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded" (Matthew 28:19-20a). This command is for believers today just as much as it was for the disciples to whom He was speaking. Many Christians are f...

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A Guide For Praying and Fasting

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As we approach Good Friday and Easter Sunday this Holy Week, take this guide to prayer and fasting and use it to shape your time before God as you pray and fast....

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Preparing for the Good Friday Prayer Service

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This Thursday, at 7:30 PM, will commence our church-wide call to prayer and fasting. We'll conclude this 24-hour fast at our Good Friday service at 6:30 PM. The purpose of this time is to produce a greater wonder of our Savior who was crucified and raised for our redemption, and for us to ask God to bless our ministry efforts to reach this community. As 21st century Chris...

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What's the Relationship Between the Church and Israel?

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We've recently embarked on the journey of climbing the Mount Everest of the New Testament, Romans 911. While there are difficult concepts to digest such as the doctrine of election, we need to keep in mind that this section is primarily concerned with the salvation of Israel and God's faithfulness to his promises. Paul is grieved over their rejection of the Gospel but find...

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How to Listen to a Sermon

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Have you ever considered the question, "How do I listen to a sermon?" or more specifically, "How do I come ready to hear a word from God as the Bible is preached?" Many of us haven't considered that question, because after all how hard is it to sit and listen. But in reality, it is difficult to listen. Most of us have not trained our minds to listen to a 45 min monologue. ...

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God's Sovereignty and Human Responsibility

In light of Sunday's sermon on Romans 8:26-30, I thought it would be helpful to provide some supplemental reading on the issue of God's sovereignty and human responsibility. On Sunday I argued that these two truths are not at odds, rather they are friends who do not need to be reconciled. What we see in Scripture is that humans do what they want to do, but in so doing they...

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Getting Ready for Missions Sunday

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Church Family, This Sunday is "Missions Sunday" and there are several things I want to keep you aware of. First, our Sunday School hour will be slightly different. Our children will hear from a some of our high school students share about their mission trip to Haiti. Our middle school and high school students will hear from a few of our young adults who went on mission to...

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Haiti Mission Team Daily Prayer Guide

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Church Family, As the team is in Haiti for the next week we wanted to give you a resource to guide you in praying for them in specific ways. Would you commit to pray for these things while they are away? Wednesday: Pray for the health, safety, and travel of the mission team. Traveling to mission destinations and encountering new bacteria (internationally) can drastical...

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