1. Know God
Jesus didn’t call The Church just to make converts: He called us to be and 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 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, to know Him and increase in spiritual maturity, growing closer to Jesus for a lifetime (Philippians 1:6).
2. Find Freedom
The core message of the Christian faith—the Gospel—is that Jesus Christ rescues us from the slavery of sin and offers true freedom in this life and beyond. 2 Corinthians 3:17 says, “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. The enemy of our soul will strive to keep us in bondage, but Jesus offers us freedom and abundant life in him. As it says in John 10:10, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” Abundant life is the Will of God for man from the entanglements of pride, fear, rejection, anger, heaviness, depression, brokenness, and shame along with anything that limits our potential in Him. John 8:32 says “you will know the truth and it will set you free.” John goes on to say in verse 36 that “…if the Son sets you free, you are free indeed.” At OBC we want you to learn of and embrace the glorious freedom Jesus offers.
3. Discover Your Purpose
Romans 12:4-6 says, (4) For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, (5) so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. (6) Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them…” Through biblical teaching and service, one discovers what passions are confirmed through the calling we have. Hearing that call and responding in obedience brings the greatest fulfillment in life. God want you to be fruitful and fulfilled. The Church is here to help you on this journey of discovery. God calls people, we invest in People. It’s just that simple.
4. Make a Difference
This describes the quality of the second of the Great Commandments, “…Love your neighbor as yourselves” (Matthew 22:36-40; Mark 12:28-34). For OBC, we value being a church body that is alive and vital, not rigid, and pretentious! Making a difference is really reflected in how we empower people. To be clear: this isn’t about our church’s leadership: it’s about the principle of leadership -- influence. We have 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 be the servant of all! Mark 10:42-45; cf. Matthew 20:20-28: