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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.

    10. Sojourners and Citizens under the Lordship of Christ (1 Peter 2:11-17)

    10. Sojourners and Citizens under the Lordship of Christ (1 Peter 2:11-17)

    Dear OBC Family,

    “Submit to government. Live as people who are free. Love the fellowship. Fear God.” How do these fit together, and what does it look like for us to be faithful as servants of the Lord? This Sunday we will consider the Lordship of Christ, our temporary status as sojourners and exiles, and the Christian’s relationship to church and state.

    Sunday’s worship services will be indoors at 8:30 and 11:00am, and Sunday School and Discover OBC will meet at 10:00am.

    I look forward to seeing you then. May the Lord be glorified in our church family!

    Pastor Ben

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    Discussion & Response Questions for 1 Peter 2:11-17

    1. How does the Christian’s status as a sojourner and exile relate to the Lordship of Christ and submission to human government?
    2. Consider the apostle Peter’s life and ministry. In what ways did he live out submission to government?
    3. How is the Lordship of Christ the basis for our submission to others?
    4. What responsibility is given to government? What does submission look like? (2:14, 20; 4:15)
    5. What is the intended effect of honorable conduct and righteous living (2:12, 15)? Is it possible to live in such a way that one does not suffer persecution? (2:12, 15; 3:13-7; 4:3-5, 12-14)
    6. How is the fear of God distinct from the honor due to human government?
    7. Notice Peter’s emphasis on loving the “brotherhood” (our fellowship as brothers and sisters in Christ). How is this related to the other imperatives of verse 17?
    8. How does being a servant connect with the freedom we have in Christ? What is this freedom for? Do you consider yourself to be a servant of God (v. 16)? Why or why not?
    9. How should the gospel shape our submission to government, our love for the church, and our fear of God?

    • 40 min
    9. Beholding the Resurrection of Christ ... In Eternity and Time (1 Peter 1:20-21; 2:4-10)

    9. Beholding the Resurrection of Christ ... In Eternity and Time (1 Peter 1:20-21; 2:4-10)

    Every Sunday we gather to celebrate the Lord’s resurrection. Sunday is the Lord’s Day because Jesus rose from the grave on the first day of the week. Instead of working six days to get one day of rest, as under the old covenant, the new covenant begins the week with resurrection and rest in Christ. The six days of our work week proceed from Christ’s finished work.

    Still, on the Christian calendar, this Sunday is the day when we celebrate the culmination of Holy Week. Friday remembers the death of Christ, and tonight we will gather at 7:00pm to celebrate Good Friday. Saturday remembers Christ’s burial and the sense of loss that stood between the cross and resurrection. And finally, Sunday celebrates the cosmos-shattering, justification-granting resurrection—what is often called Easter.

    This Sunday we will gather outside to proclaim out loud and in public that Jesus is Alive. He has risen from the dead. He is risen indeed. And he is worthy of our gathered worship.

    If you remember, last Easter we did not gather. Still assessing the situation of COVID-19 we sheltered at home and celebrated independently. But this year, as COVID and fear of COVID continue to rise and fall around us, we will gather on Sunday to celebrate the only vaccine for death—the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

    Outside, at 10:00am, we will sing songs, read Scripture, pray, celebrate three baptisms, hear Scripture preached, take communion, and sing more songs. Truly, we have a wonderful God who deserves everlasting worship. And Sunday we will gather to proclaim this together.

    In preparation, please pray for our service and those friends, family, and guests who have been invited. Take time to read the events of Holy Week—Mark 11–16 is a good place to begin. And on Sunday, come early and bring your camping chairs.

    We expect a good number of visitors, so if you can arrive in one car (instead of three), please do so. Additionally, there will be some parking down Springwoods, so consider dropping off family and then parking to leave space for others in our parking lot. Last thing: sunglasses, warm clothes, a bottle of water, and allergy medicine might all be helpful for you as we return to service outdoors. (FYI: After Easter, we will continue inside until the month of May).

    For this Sunday, I am super excited to rejoin you outside. May God be pleased to give us great weather that matches the great and gracious gospel of Jesus Christ. For indeed, his gospel is great and on Sunday we will extol the greatness of his grace and truth. I hope to see you then.

    For His Glory and your joy,
    Pastor David

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    Discussion & Response Questions
    1 Peter and the Resurrection of Christ

    1. What does 1 Peter teach us about the resurrection (see 1:3–5, 23–25; 2:6–8; 3:21–22)?

    2. Does Peter speak directly about the resurrection or does he include the resurrection into other discussions? If the latter, what does that teach us about the resurrection and its place in our lives and conversations?

    3. How did God bring about the cross of Christ? What do you learn about God by considering the resurrection in eternity and time?

    4. What are ways the resurrection changed the world (think cosmic powers and redemptive history)? Why is it important to understand the cross and resurrection in the story of the world before making a personal application?

    5. What are ways the resurrection changed your life? What is most encouraging to you as you think about Christ’s resurrection?

    6. If the resurrection did not occur, would it still be worth living the Christian life? Why or why not?

    7. How does suffering and persecution increase our appreciation for the resurrection? Why is the resurrection necessar

    • 41 min
    My God, My God, Why Have You Forsaken Me? (Matthew 27:46)

    My God, My God, Why Have You Forsaken Me? (Matthew 27:46)

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    • 31 min
    8. A Priestly Calling: Crossing the Dividing Line with the Gospel of Jesus Christ (1 Peter 2:1-12)

    8. A Priestly Calling: Crossing the Dividing Line with the Gospel of Jesus Christ (1 Peter 2:1-12)

    When Christ entered Jerusalem, many cheered and many others jeered. And ever since his triumphal entry, he has divided humanity by means of his gospel of grace.

    This Sunday we will consider the way Christ splits humanity and how to find our identity in him. In 1 Peter 2:1-12 we find a whole heap of identity markers for Christians along with instructions for living as children of God, living stones, and holy priests.

    In preparation for Sunday, read 1 Peter 2 and pray for God to strengthen us in our identity in Christ such that we can proclaim his excellencies even with great opposition to Christ. For as we will see, Christ’s enemies still exist today and we are called to love them, such that they might be brought from darkness and death to life. And this is all for the glory of the one who loves us!

    May God have mercy on us all as we gather to worship him this Sunday.

    For His Glory and your joy,
    Pastor David
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    Discussion & Response Questions for 1 Peter 2:1-12
    1. How does 2:1-3 connect with the previous context of the new birth (1:22-25)? What does it look like for the Christian to hunger for, taste, drink, and grow? Have you seen this in your own growth in Christ?
    2. Consider Jesus (vv. 4-8). What is the relationship of Jesus to the church?
    3. Consider Jesus (v. 4). What truths of Christ become true for those who are in Christ (vv. 5, 9)
    4. How is Peter reading and using the Old Testament?
    5. What kind of life and ministry should flow from the saints identity in Christ?
    6. What does it look like for the church to live as sojourners and exiles?
    7. “When they speak against you as evildoers.” How does the world speak of the church in this way? How is Peter equipping the church for this event?
    8. How ought we to respond to these realities of our identity in Christ?

    • 46 min
    7. An Imperishable Life of Love (1 Peter 1:22-25)

    7. An Imperishable Life of Love (1 Peter 1:22-25)

    We Christians in America today aren't so different from those to whom Peter was writing in his letter. The particulars of the trials we face may differ, but the Jesus whom we serve and the word by which we know him remain the same. The gospel fuels in us a fierce love for one another that the Lord uses to grow us for greater trials ahead.

    As you read 1 Peter 1:22-25 in preparation for our Lord's Day worship, pray with me that God will use this imperishable word to mold our hearts for a love for one another that cannot be extinguished.

    For His Glory and your joy,
    Pastor Jared
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    Discussion & Response Questions for 1 Peter 1:22-25
    1. What is the means of purifying one’s soul? What kind of obedience is this?
    2. What is the aim of obedience and purification? How does this relate to our fellowship?
    3. Why should sincerity and purity be marks of our fellowship?
    4. What does it mean to be a creature of the Word? What does this signify about our relationship to the Word?
    5. What does the imperishable nature of God’s Word mean for those who have been born again?
    6. How ought we to respond as we consider our relationship to the Word, and our fellowship in the church? How should the gospel shape our fellowship?
    7. In what ways does our new birth (or new "begetting") enable us to better love one another?
    8. How does the enduring word of God contribute to our ability to love one another deeply?

    • 30 min
    6. Redemption: What the Cross of Christ Accomplished (1 Peter 1:18-21)

    6. Redemption: What the Cross of Christ Accomplished (1 Peter 1:18-21)

    Who put Jesus on the cross? Why did Christ die on the cross? What did his death accomplish? And why is his death good news?

    These are just some of the questions that arise when we look carefully at the cross. And as a recent documentary, American Gospel: Christ Crucified, has argued, the historic message and orthodox meaning of the cross has been and is being abandoned throughout churches today. Why? Because churches and Christians are not letting Scripture speak.

    This Sunday, by God’s grace, we will let Scripture speak. And looking at 1 Peter 1:17–21, we will see in manifold detail what the cross of Christ accomplished. Described as God’s ransom or redemption, we will see what God redeemed us from, what he redeemed us with, and why he redeemed us. If you have questions about the cross and its cosmic purposes, Sunday’s message will begin to provide answers.

    Take time to read to 1 Peter 1:13–25 and pray for us to understand and delight in the cross of Christ. As Jesus said, he will draw all men to himself when he is lifted up. On Sunday, we will consider the lifted-up-Christ. So let us pray for God to draw us to himself and conform us into the image of his Son as we come to know more fully Christ and him crucified.

    For His Glory and your joy,
    Pastor David

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    Discussion & Response Questions for 1 Peter 1:18-21

    1. 1 Peter 1:18-21 presents the gospel in four verses. What aspects of the gospel do we see emphasized here? How would you share the gospel with someone? How might this passage help you?
    2. How does the gospel compare with futile ways and perishable things? How does Christ compare to these things?
    3. No mention of sin is made in these verses. But how might these verses address the problem of sin and God’s solution in Christ?
    4. What does it mean for Christ’s blood to be the ransom price? What does this passage teach us about the blood of Christ?
    5. In verse 20, there are two key verbs (“foreknown" and “manifested”): What realities of Christ does this speak of? How does this verse help us think about God and his relationship to the world? To your life?
    6. What does this language of “manifested” describe? (Consider also 1 Tim 3:16).
    7. “For the sake of you.” How should we respond to this reality? Is salvation merely a provision or is it a personal work of God? Why does that difference matter?
    8. How is divine action related to our belief, faith, and hope? (v. 21)
    9. Look at vv. 13–16 and vv. 22–25. How do these verses work in the letter of 1 Peter? How does meditating on Christ increase holy fear and sacrificial love?

    • 45 min

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