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Updated COVID-19 Update

Updated COVID-19 Guidelines

Oak Park Family, It's no accident that our Lord likens the Christian life to a race that is to be run with endurance (Mat 24:13; Heb 12:1-2). We live in challenging times whereby the curse of sin not only afflicts our bodies (Rom 5:12) but also wages war against our souls (1 Pet 2:11). For this reason, we must continue to hold fast to Christ and encourage one another wi...

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Pastoral Update: Returning to One Service and Discipleship Classes

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Oak Park Family, I want to keep you informed about some of the changes occurring this Sunday, September 6th. As I trust you have already heard, we'll resume Discipleship Classes for all ages at 9:00 AM. Teachers will be in their rooms by 8:45 so that you have time to drop off your children to their appropriate classes and get to whatever class you plan to attend. Please k...

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Pastor Update: Our Mission Moving Forward

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An update from Pastor Chase and the elders on what the mission of OPBC looks like moving forward amid the Covid-19 crisis....

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Public Gathering Suspended: Will Worship via Live Stream

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Due to the risk of outbreak posed by Covid-19, this week's public worship gathering has been suspended and will be moved to the live stream....

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An Elder Update on Covid-19

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An update from our elders on Oak Park's response to Covid-19....

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Advent: Remembering in Anticipation

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Advent: Remembering in Anticipation This Sunday, December 1st, is the first Sunday of Advent. Advent simply means "coming," and is the term used to describe the four weeks leading up to Christmas whereby the church remembers Christ's coming to dwell with humanity. While the origins of this tradition are debated, we have evidence of the church celebrating Advent as early a...

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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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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 Trip Supplies List

The Haiti Mission team will leave on June 28th and will return on July 3rd. If you'd like to help meet some needs for the trip please see the supplies list below. As supplies are received we'll cross off items from this list. Please bring supplies to the church office by Sunday, June 25th. Thank you for your support! Supplies List Medical: Antifungal Cream (LotriminA...

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Pastoral Staff Recommendations

Oak Park Family, On Sunday, May 7th, Pastor Chase shared the Elders' desire to make two pastoral staff recommendations to be voted on Sunday, June 25th after the worship service. These two pastoral candidates would join the existing Elder body giving leadership and oversight to the affairs of the church. With the formal recommendation of the Elders, we ask the following o...

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Preparing for our 24-Hour Fast and Prayer

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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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Planning to Internalize God's Word in your Heart

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Last Sunday I challenged us, from Proverbs 2, to internalize God's word in our heart. I spoke about how we often depend too much on our smartphones or even the luxury of owning a Bible. As a result, we merely reference the Scriptures, rather than internalize them. However, Proverbs 2 shows us that when we internalize God's word through memorization and meditation, the foll...

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Five Questions About the New Discipleship Classes

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Oak Park Family, This past Sunday we shared with you about the launch of our new Discipleship Classes at Oak Park. Your pastors are extremely excited to see how God will use these classes to further grow us in the knowledge and love of Christ. With this in mind, you may still have some lingering questions. Below I seek to provide answers to the five most pressing question...

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