"Loving God - Investing in People."
To love God fulfills the first of the two Great Commandments. The second is to fulfill the Great Commission. Bringing in, raising up, sending out. Matthew 22:36-40; Mark 16:15-18
1) Making Disciples
Jesus didn’t call The Church just to make converts: He also called us to make disciples (Matthew 28:19-20): Go therefore and make disciples of 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 you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.To be a disciple, one learns how to think as one’s master thinks in order to do the works one’s master does. Jesus calls us to that personally as well as part of our mission here on earth. OBC’s activities are organized around this value: ministry that assists believers in Jesus to become His followers or, in other words, increase in spiritual maturity and grow in Him for a lifetime (Philippians 1:6).
2) Passionate Prayer
At OBC, we consider prayer to be to the life of our church what breathing is to the life of a physical body: essential (I Chronicles 16:11; II Chronicles 7:14; Jeremiah 29:12; Ephesians 6:18; I Thessalonians 5:16-18) Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
We believe the two elements of prayer – listening and speaking – are synonymous with, and just as essential to, our spiritual lives as breathing – inhaling and exhaling – is to one’s physical body. With that, we encourage every believer to pray daily, but also, remain in a place of constant readiness to communicate with God. This passion for prayer is why we emphasize its practice individually and as an integral part our ministry schedule (bi-annual prayer and fasting events; weekly prayer meetings, etc.) OBC’s missional effectiveness will never be greater than our prayer life.
3) Authentic Worship
In OBC, we believe true worship engages both the heart (spirit) and the mind (truth about God) (John 4:1-42).“But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth” (John 4:23-24). A heartfelt expression to our Heavenly Father birthed from a heart of love for Him. You will feel this sincere, vibrant expression in our church and hopefully all will enter in. But just as important as authentic worship is personal worship: the ongoing daily offering of one’s self to God, to be made more like His Son Jesus, for His glory (Romans 12:1-2) I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
4) Vibrant Community
This describes the quality of the second of the Great Commandments, “…Love your neighbor as yourselves” (Matthew 22:36-40; Mark 12:28-34). “’Which commandment is the most important of all?’ Jesus answered, ‘The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30 And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.’” For OBC, we value being a church body that is alive and vital, not rigid and pretentious! And with that, we are enthusiastic as a congregation to live out the 50+ “One-Anothers” directed to believers in the New Testament – particularly, John 13:34-35, which quotes Jesus saying: “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
5) Empowering Leadership
To be clear: this isn’t about our church’s leadership: it’s about the principle of leadership. And we’ve a passion for: Applying God’s thoughts on biblical leadership; in our church body, our homes, our cities, our schools, our vocations, and our neighborhoods. Developing leaders, then, to fulfill our Great Commandments/Great Commission purpose for the good of God’s kingdom work, as well as for the good of our area communities. In essence: developing and releasing leaders to make more and better leaders! Mark 10:42-45; cf. Matthew 20:20-28: And Jesus called them to him and said to them, you know that those who are considered rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. But it shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. Philippians 2:3-8: Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. John 13:12-17: When he had washed their feet and put on his outer garments and resumed his place, he said to them, “Do you understand what I have done to you? You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. 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. Truly, truly, I say to you, a servant[c] is not greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them. Ephesians 4:11-16: And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love. Philippians 3:12-16: Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus….