Old Bridge Baptist Church https://obb.church Old Bridge - East Brunswick, NJ Fri, 24 Jun 2022 21:35:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=6.0.3 https://obb.church/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/cropped-obbc-icon_drkblu-32x32.png Old Bridge Baptist Church https://obb.church 32 32 Under Construction https://obb.church/under-construction/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=under-construction Fri, 24 Jun 2022 21:35:26 +0000 https://obb.church/?p=5861 New blog coming soon!

Songs We Sing: For the Cause https://obb.church/songs-we-sing-for-the-cause/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=songs-we-sing-for-the-cause Thu, 10 Aug 2017 18:16:40 +0000 http://mysterious-effect.flywheelsites.com/?p=3910 For the Cause by Keith & Kristyn Getty and Stuart Townend is a song about fulfilling the Great Commission.  This modern hymn is upbeat and triumphant as it meditates on the surpassing worth of the cause of Christ. As we go and make disciples of every nation, His “ceaseless praise” spreads through “all the earth”. What a great reason to sing His praises! What a great song to stir our hearts to “go”!

Verse 1: For the cause of Christ the King we give our lives, an offering, ’til all the earth resounds with ceaseless praise to the Son. For the cause of Christ we go with joy to reap, and faith to sow, as many see and many put their trust in the Son.

Chorus: Christ we proclaim, the Name above every name. For all creation, every nation, God’s salvation through the Son.

Verse 2: For the King, once lifted high to cries of rage, of “crucify”, endured the cross as ever sin was laid on the Son. To the King who conquered death, to free the poor and the oppressed for lasting peace, for life and liberty in the Son.

Verse 3: Let it be my life’s refrain, “To live is Christ, to die is gain.” Deny myself, take up my cross, and follow the Son. Let it be my life’s refrain, “To live is Christ, to die is gain.” Deny myself, take up my cross and follow the Son.

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Jesus on the End Times https://obb.church/jesus-on-the-end-times/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=jesus-on-the-end-times Thu, 25 May 2017 23:00:54 +0000 http://mysterious-effect.flywheelsites.com/?p=3612 We just recently finished up our study of Jesus’ teaching on the End Times from Mark 13, which is often called the Olivet Discourse. We concluded from this study that Jesus doesn’t want you to get caught up in predicting the future. He wants you to be faithful in the present. He wants you to watch out! To stay awake!

Don’t be like the doorkeeper in Jesus’ parable in Mark 13:33-37 who falls asleep because his master stays away longer than expected. If you fall asleep, you may be woken suddenly to realize that he has returned and you weren’t ready for him. A person who has fallen asleep is anyone who is living their life like Jesus may never return. Peter addresses this in 2 Peter 3 starting verse 3, “Knowing this first of all, that scoffers will come in the last days with scoffing, following their own sinful desires. They will say, “Where is the promise of his coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all things are continuing as they were from the beginning of creation.” A person who has fallen asleep is living like Jesus may never return and in his absence they scoff and follow their own sinful desires. They have fallen asleep and in their sinful stupor they are going to have a rude awakening.

On the other hand, a person who stays awake is one who lives life like Jesus could return at any moment and is even motivated to watch for Him. It is the grace of God, the awesome fear of Him, the desire to please Him, and the eager expectation of his return that all compel a person to STAY AWAKE. Again, Peter is really helpful in expanding on these thoughts. “Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, ‘You shall be holy, for I am holy.’ And if you call on him as Father who judges impartially according to each one’s deed, conduct yourselves with fear throughout the time of your exile, knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ like that of a lamb without blemish or spot.”

The gospel teaches us to live in light of that day. The gospel causes us not only to look back in faith but to look forward with great hope—to Stay Awake. Are you ready for the return of the Son of God?

Songs We Sing: No Longer Slaves https://obb.church/songs-we-sing-no-longer-slaves/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=songs-we-sing-no-longer-slaves Thu, 25 May 2017 06:51:46 +0000 http://mysterious-effect.flywheelsites.com/?p=3610 We will be singing a new song entitled No Longer Slaves. If you are unfamiliar with the song, let me encourage you to click on the link and listen to the song so that you can be ready to sing along.

The refrain of this song celebrates that in Christ, “I am no longer a slave to fear! I am a child of God!” Romans 8:15 says, “For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, ‘Abba! Father!'” We no longer interact with God as those who should fear judgement. We interact with the holy God of the universe as our loving heavenly Father.

The bridge of the song draws upon imagery from the Exodus where God literally split the Red Sea to bring his children to freedom from slavery. We will sing, “You split the sea so I could walk right through it. My fears were drowned in perfect love.”

I pray this song will be a blessing to us as a church!