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magnify. women of the word.

For a long time we have looked forward to Oh Be Joyful having a message series that would be based on stories of female followers of God in the Bible. Over the years we have included the stories of women in our messages, but never exclusively. Now is the time. Our summer 2019 series is called Magnify: Women of the Word. In studying these women, there is a consistent theme of lifting up God and a confidence in His power over all situations whether great or small. We will study the stories of people like Mary (Jesus’ mother), Martha, Esther, Elizabeth, Mary Magdalen, as well as some of the stories Jesus told about faithful women. Through these stories we hope you will be encouraged to Magnify God in every situation you encounter.

Or if you can’t be with us in person, check out our podcasts or videos page.

 
 
 

we follow jesus.

 
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what we're about.

We exist to bring glory to God through the ministry of reconciliation as outlined in Colossians 1:18 and 2 Corinthians 5:11-21.  Everything we do, corporately or individually, serves to proclaim His name and His goodness to a broken and hurting world. As the well-known hymn by Edward Mote says, "My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness. I dare not trust the sweetest frame, but wholly lean on Jesus’ name." Everything we do, everything we are, and everything we strive for revolves around Christ. He came to live the life that we are unable to live. And He died the death that we deserve to die. Our lives are forever changed by that truth, and that is good news. 

 

what it means.

It's ok not to be ok. Hurting and broken people are not excluded from the church, they are the church. When we gather together for OBJC supper clubs, corporate worship, or special events, we do so not as people who have it all together but as people who have a common need for a savior. His name is Jesus.

 

our dna.

Our DNA statements are a concise way to express what we are all about. They are at the absolute core of who we are. Setting one of our DNA statements above the others is tough, but if we had to do it we would make "Abide in Jesus" the foundation. The importance of abiding in Jesus cannot be overemphasized—everything else  flows from this core value. In teaching us to abide, Jesus gives us a beautiful analogy that well describes our reality. We are grafted in to Him when we become believers, we are adopted, we draw our life from Him, and that relationship transforms our life and our world.   

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abide.

We Abide in Jesus. We believe in the Bible. We devote ourselves to Him. We rest in his unchanging quality. He is our hope, our song, and our desire.

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pass.

We Pass the Baton. We engage with upcoming generations of Christians in the knowledge that they are future leaders of the church.

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Heat.

We Are Heat and Light. In Matthew 5:14, Jesus' tells his people that they are a city on a hill. We long to reflect Christ to our community.

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Together.

We Go Together. As people made in the image and likeness of God, we are deeply relational and we long to live in authentic community together.

 
 
 
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