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Sermons preached at Occoquan Bible Church. We are located at 3700 Old Bridge Rd, Woodbridge, VA 22192. Sunday worship services are held at 8:30 and 11:00am. Visit obc.org for more information.

Our Mission:
As a family of believers centered on the gospel, Occoquan Bible Church exists to glorify God in life together, by magnifying Christ from all the Scriptures, maturing saints for every good work, making disciples from all nations, and moving out to all places with the good news.

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Sermons preached at Occoquan Bible Church. We are located at 3700 Old Bridge Rd, Woodbridge, VA 22192. Sunday worship services are held at 8:30 and 11:00am. Visit obc.org for more information.

Our Mission:
As a family of believers centered on the gospel, Occoquan Bible Church exists to glorify God in life together, by magnifying Christ from all the Scriptures, maturing saints for every good work, making disciples from all nations, and moving out to all places with the good news.

    4. The Story of God's Glory: Three Words of Grace that Enlarge our View of Salvation (1 Peter 1:10-1

    4. The Story of God's Glory: Three Words of Grace that Enlarge our View of Salvation (1 Peter 1:10-1

    Have you ever wondered what angels do with all their time? If so (or if not), 1 Peter 1:10–12 is going to tell you.

    Taking a third look at our salvation in Christ from the opening section of 1 Peter, these three verses widen our gaze from the personal depths of salvation in the new birth (vv. 3–5) and the individual application of grace in our trials (vv. 6–9), to the cosmic reality of salvation from the beginning to the end of time. Indeed, in these three verses we are going to see how our individual experiences of salvation are part of a wider movement of grace that centers on the death and resurrection of Christ.

    On Sunday, please gather with us as we consider the full range of God’s work of redemptive history. This is what angels long to look at, and as well will see, this is also something we should spend our days contemplating as well.

    Please read these verses ahead of time and pray that God would enlarge our vision of his Son and his work of grace in our lives! You can also read the blog linked to this post to familiarize yourself with 1 Peter 1:10–12.

    For His Glory and your joy,
    Pastor David
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    Discussion & Response Questions for 1 Peter 1:10-12
    1. How do verses 10–12 fit with verses 3–9? How might this wider picture of salvation help those going through trials?
    2. In what ways are knowing the Old Testament and the story of salvation found therein important for our faith?
    3. What does this text reveal about the personhood of the Spirit, and the Spirit’s relationship to the Father and Son? (vv. 11-12)
    4. How did the Spirit of Christ minister through the prophets (vv. 10-11)?
    5. How did the Holy Spirit minister through those preaching (v. 12)?
    6. Notice the movement from suffering to glory (v. 11). Where have we seen this in 1 Peter already? Where else do we see this in Scripture?
    7. Consider the inquiry of prophets and the curiosity of angels, and the incredible privilege and grace of knowing the gospel. How should we respond to this wonderful reality?
    8. What might we learn from the searching and inquiry of the prophets and the curiosity of the angels?
    9. Consider how Peter writes about God’s grace. Grace is multiplied to them (vv. 1-9), it was prophesied to them (vv. 10-12), and it will be brought to them (v. 13). What does this teach us about God’s grace?

    • 43 min
    3. From Initial Joy to Joy Everlasting: How Elect Exiles Suffer, Believe, Love, and Endure (1 Peter

    3. From Initial Joy to Joy Everlasting: How Elect Exiles Suffer, Believe, Love, and Endure (1 Peter

    Are we going to make it? How are we going to make it? What will it take to make it? And what is ‘it,' anyways?

    If you were an elect exile living in Asia Minor during the first few decades of the church, you might ask these questions? Or, if you were a Protestant living in England during the reign of Bloody Mary, you might ask them too? Today, if you are a Christian living in China, or if you are Christian living anywhere that the cultural elites are pressing against biblical truth, you might be asking this kind of question: How are we going to keep the faith and abide in joy, when the trials come?

    Fortunately, Scripture is not silent on this issue. And in 1 Peter 1:6–9 we find a number of truths related to salvation, joy, faith, trials, and perseverance. Writing to a people whose faith was being tested and lives being threatened, Peter teaches us how we can have abiding joy in our salvation and hope of eternal glory. On Sunday, we will consider these truths to see what they say to us about God, his salvation, and way he purifies our faith and prepares us for glory.

    As you have time, read over 1 Peter 1 again. Pray for God to use these words of truth to bolster our faith. And if you have an extra 10 minutes, take time to read this selection from Jonathan Edwards on 1 Peter 1:8. I hope to see you Sunday, as the Lord allows.

    For Christ’s Glory and your joy,
    Pastor David
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    Discussion & Response Questions for 1 Peter 1:6-9
    1. Read vv. 1-9 for context, and then we’ll focus on vv. 6-9. What is the object of rejoicing in verse 6?
    2. Do you experience joy in the midst of trials? How does joy and grief fit together? Is it possible to have both?
    3. What are dangers to guard against when experiencing grief and suffering?
    4. What value is placed on “the tested genuineness of your faith”? How might this shape our understanding of trials?
    5. How does what is seen and unseen relate to our joy and faith?
    6. What will be revealed? What is the end and outcome of these things that will be revealed?
    7. What does it look like to frame our suffering with the gospel?
    8. What might be right and wrong ways to counsel someone who’s suffering?
    9. How might Peter’s instruction in verses 6-9 serve as a model for us?

    • 45 min
    2. The New Birth: The Source of our Living Hope (1 Pet 1:3-5)

    2. The New Birth: The Source of our Living Hope (1 Pet 1:3-5)

    Resurrection Life. Eternal Life. Abundant Life.

    These are just a few ways that the Bible speaks about life. And in a world where sin leads to death and death continues to steal life and loved ones, we need a sure and certain word about life that stands above the promises of the world. For indeed, in medicine, masks, new age meditation, clean eating, and wild living, the world promises all manner of life. Yet, none of these promises, nor those who make them, can overcome the grave. No one but the Triune God.

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    Discussion & Response Questions for 1 Peter 1:3-5

    1. Read 1 Peter 1:3-5 and consider the opening exclamation of praise in verse 3. How might we respond to these promises?
    2. What is the cause and means of our being born again?
    3. What are we born again into? Look for parallel thoughts (vv. 3-4).
    4. What is significant about Peter’s description of our hope as being a living hope?
    5. Consider the nature of the inheritance of the saints. How does this inheritance differ from an earthly inheritance?
    6. What is being guarded, and by what means?

    • 43 min
    1. Getting into God's Sovereign Grace: From Peter to the Elect Exiles to the Father, Son, and Spirit

    1. Getting into God's Sovereign Grace: From Peter to the Elect Exiles to the Father, Son, and Spirit

    This Sunday we begin a new series in the book of 1 Peter. If you are unfamiliar with that book, take time this weekend to read its five chapters. You will find that the whole book is shorter than the last three chapters of Daniel.

    If you are familiar with 1 Peter, you will immediately recognize why this book is so important for us. Writing to elect exiles scattered throughout modern day Turkey (1:1), Peter gives a message of living hope to people who are surrounded by death and suffering opposition for their faith in Christ.

    For us living in 2021, we need the strong words of encouragement found in 1 Peter. Built on the solid foundation of what it means to be made alive in Christ (1:3–2:10), the rest of the book calls us to suffer well, witness wisely, and serve others for God’s glory. All told, 1 Peter is a book for our age. And for the next few months, we will be making our way through its five hope-giving chapters. For more on this book, take time to read this blog and pray that God would bless us through the study of this book.

    For His Glory and your joy,
    Pastor David

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    Discussion & Response Questions for 1 Peter 1:1-2
    1. What does the salutation tell us about Peter? The audience? The letter?
    2. What does it mean to be elect? Or an elect exile? How does that title apply to us today?
    3. How does the text speak about God, especially as Triune?
    4. How is the work of the Father, Son, and Spirit described? What does this reveal about God in salvation?
    5. To what end does the Father elect the church according to his foreknowledge?
    6. What is the relationship of election to sanctification?
    7. Why is the order of verse 2—Father, Spirit, Son? What does this verse teach us about salvation?
    8. What is the church’s relationship to Jesus Christ?
    9. How is grace and peace multiplied to the church?

    • 42 min
    The Beginning of the End: How God Gets Your Bones out of the Grave and into His Kingdom

    The Beginning of the End: How God Gets Your Bones out of the Grave and into His Kingdom

    Who. What. When. I don’t know.

    Those are not just three of the infielder’s from Abbott and Costello’s famous ‘Who’s on First?’ skit. They are also three important questions to ask in Daniel 12. When will the end be? What will the outcome be? And who will guarantee it?

    Wonderfully for us, “I don’t know” is not our final answer. Indeed, while mystery shrouds the answer to these questions for Daniel. In the fulness of time, we can see how these answers have been, are being, and will be answered in the person and work of Christ—the Son of Man envisioned in Daniel 7:13–14 and the One raised from the dead as Daniel 12:1–3 promises.

    Pulling all of this together, as we finish Daniel we will see what God is doing in history—past, present, and future. And just like we have seen throughout, the main point is less about when future events will occur, but who is bringing them about. Indeed, we will see what God in Christ has done for those who believe in him and why that is such good news. (‘Why’ is also Abbott and Costello’s Leftfielder – and you really should watch their skit, if you’ve never seen it before — Proverbs 17:22).
    More importantly, as you prepare for Sunday, please read Daniel 12 and consider why we have spent our time focusing in Daniel on the WHO and WHAT more than the WHEN.

    As God permits, I look forward to seeing you Sunday and finishing Daniel together.

    For His Glory and your joy,
    Pastor David

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    Discussion & Response Questions for Daniel 12

    1. What has been the most interesting or encouraging truth you’ve learned in our study of Daniel?
    2. How has the focus on Christ as the fulfillment of Daniel helped you? Or been different than previous studies of Daniel?
    3. What is theological triage? And how does OBC prioritize various doctrines (i.e., the millennium)?
    4. Who is speaking to Daniel in Daniel 12? How do we know?
    5. What does the speaker say? What promises are found in these verses? How do they apply to Christ? And to us in Christ?
    6. How does the question about when the end will come get answered? How is this like Acts 1:5–8? What does this teach about seeking the timing of the end?
    7. What is God’s final word to Daniel? Why is this encouraging to you?
    8. What lingering questions do you have about Daniel? Or Daniel 12?
    9. Encourage your community group members to read the five chapters of 1 Peter.

    • 47 min
    The Great Res(e)t: What Jubilee Says about Christmas, the New Covenant, and the New Year

    The Great Res(e)t: What Jubilee Says about Christmas, the New Covenant, and the New Year

    Leviticus 25

    • 43 min

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