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OCC PodcastDec 06, 2023
Ep. #66 - James and Andrew talk about the peace that Jesus brings in this episode and they talk about the sovereignty of God, the way we are wired to worship, nothing new under the sun, the importance of sharing the gospel, our willingness to be obedient, dying to ourselves, and resolving conflict. Enjoy!
Peace is coming | James Green
Christ came to give us peace on earth. His peace. A peace that surpasses all understanding.
Not sexy enough
Ep. #65 - James and Brenton go unscripted in this episode of Midpoint and discuss the beauty behind 'HOPE'. That's all you get for a description this time around. So, you'll just have to listen for yourself and enjoy!
Hope is coming | James Green
There is power in living with hope in God.
They redacted their name
Ep. #64 - On this episode, Andrew and Wesley talk about being thankful among a lot of other things to get you in preparation for celebrating Thanksgiving with your family and friends. They also look ahead to the Advent season and give a quick sneak peak at what OCC will be studying. Enjoy!
Give thanks (Ps 100) | Andrew Smith
The Psalmist teaches us five ways in which to give thanks to our good God for all He has done.
I realized I was praying
Ep #63 - On this episode, James and Andrew spend some time discussing and defining God's will, the importance of Church unity, Paul's attitude towards Mark, the preventative efforts of the Holy Spirit, responding to God's 'no', and God's methods for speaking to believers, and then closing with a glimpse into Psalm 100 and Andrew's message next week on giving thanks.
As always, don't forget to like, follow, share, and subscribe for more midweek content and Sunday messages! Enjoy!
How God guides us towards His will (Acts 15:36-16:10) | James Green
We don't want to miss God's instruction. Thankfully, from this passage, we see 7 ways that God leads us to where we need to be.
Knowing When To Compromise
Ep. #62 - Pastor Forrest and Pastor James sit down together to talk about last Sunday's sermon on Acts 15. They discussed many topics including spiritual freedom, discerning what is true in Scripture, and the spiritual discipline of reading God's word. Enjoy!
The Jerusalem council (Acts 15:12-35) | James Green
When is it OK to compromise? Also, we shouldn't do things that would give people an opportunity to reject the gospel. Let God's word be your guide in both faith and practice.
Doing Wesley's job
Ep. #61 - Wesley and Brenton talk through the Samson service and talk through a myriad of topics such as their own personal heroes, parenting strategies and difficulties, reading fast, and intentionality behind crafting services. Enjoy!
WB Ruin... Samson | Wesley Schwartz and Brenton Laidler
Wesley and Brenton discuss the story of Samson and answer the question of whether or not Samson should be considered a hero of the Bible.
Ep. #60 - This week James and Brenton discuss debating and discussing and how we as Christians 'fight' for truth and what is worth truly fighting for among many other topics like dying to yourself, conflict, heart change, and God's word never returning void. Enjoy!
Something worth 'fighting for (Acts 15:1-11) | James Green
There are things worth fighting for (unchangeable doctrines) when it comes to the Christian faith.
Fray the bottom a little bit
Ep. #59 - Pastors James and Wesley talk through Paul being nearly stoned to death and yet still persevering and preaching the gospel and what that means for us as Christ followers in this day and age. They also hit on topics like persecution, the benefit of trials, the difficulty of dying to ourselves, and where was Barnabas.
Character qualities of a faithful servant of God (Acts 14:8-28) | James Green
Faithful servants of God should mirror Paul and Barnabas and possess qualities shown in Acts 14.
I had to Google it
Ep. #58 - On this episode, Brenton and Andrew get together and talk about persecution, living out gratitude for the gospel, defining weird words, and the bumper video for the Anchored series. Enjoy!
Good news for Gentiles (Acts 13:42-14:7) | Brenton Laidler
We should be filled with overwhelming gratitude for the gospel that is now available to everyone.
I don't trust feelings
Ep. #57 - James and Forrest talk through James' sermon about Paul's sermon. They also talk about things like hermeneutics, the meaning of 'AD', biblical illiteracy, arguing against Jesus, and then a look ahead to next week's sermon. Enjoy!
Paul's first (recorded) sermon (Acts 13:13-41) | James Green
There is good news and bad news that impact eternity.
Brenton's last sermon
Ep. #56 - James interviews Brenton this time around on his sermon regarding being anchored in Christ and they talk through questions about fasting, dying to yourself, confronting people like Paul, and many others. Be sure to tune in, like, follow, and share. Enjoy!
Push or pull (Acts 12:25-13:12) | Brenton Laidler
Jesus is the anchor that we tie ourselves and we can either push people towards that anchor or pull them away from Him.
Searching for an adjective
Ep. #55 - This week, pastors James and Wesley talk about the final sermon in the series DNA and discuss Peter's angel and guardian angels in general, knowing God's will, the many executions in Acts 12, the significance of the 'days of unleavened bread', and our next sermon series ANCHORED. Enjoy!
Perspective (Acts 12:1-24) | James Green
Peter is in prison and the situation looks bleak. On the other hand, Herod's position is very prosperous. But near the end, we see the perspective flips and see how this should dictate our own walk with Christ.
Unlearning is harder than learning
Ep. #54 - James and Forrest take on the task of discussing the twelve disciples and why on earth Jesus would pick them because...well...they were 'idiōtēs' (ἰδιώτης). What's the difference between a disciple and an apostle? What tribes are they from? And, if the disciples were connected in a small group, is this the only way to get connected? And then a look ahead to a somber chapter in Acts 12.
Get in the game (Mark 3:13-19) | James Green
Everyone has a place in God's kingdom. Just look at the twelve!
Episode #53 - On this episode, James and Andrew talk through topics such as Saul becoming Paul, the rift between Jews and Gentiles, Jesus and the Law, Israel looking for a king, church growth metrics and yes, spicy foods. Enjoy!
The church of Antioch (Acts 11:19-30) | James Green
God had a plan to grow the church: accept the gentiles, reach them, encourage them, and then create fellowship with them. What does that mean for us?
75 cent light switch
Episode #52 - On this week's episode, Pastor James and Marissa discuss last weeks sermon from Acts 11 where they discuss topics such as growing as Christians, river analogies, near death experiences, the unthwartable plan of God, biblical numerology, and women's roles in the church. Enjoy!
Putting our foot down (Acts 11:1-18) | James Green
When we pick up our feet God will carry us a long way.
Stone Temple Pilots
Episode #51 - James and Brenton take some time to discuss the ins and outs of serving and getting in the game of doing church by talking about practicing what you preach, why we all should serve, shaping hearts and minds, and vision casting towards the ideal outcome, as well as discussing the new series DNA and looking ahead. Enjoy!
Get in the game (Eph 4:11-16) | James Green
Relational connection is what we are after. It is good for you and it is good for the body of Christ. We need to find it, build it, and then sustain it.
Can I say 'crap'?
Episode #50 - Wesley and James laugh, ponder, and work through our 50th Midpoint Episode by wrapping up the Plugged-In series, all while having some interesting insights on salvation, sin, works, grace, and self. Enjoy!
Salvation for all who believe (Acts 10:34-48) | James Green
Salvation is not based on national identity, good works, but on the person and work of Jesus Christ. This message of salvation is to spread through the witness of Christ followers and result in obvious evidence found in all who believe.
Peter's not smart
Episode #49 - Pastors James and Forrest talk about James' sermon through the first part of Acts 10:1-33 and discuss topics like how a Roman can be a righteous God-fearing man, how third time is always the charm for Peter, unshackling ourselves from prejudice, and - of course - the 'meat sheet'. Then, they look forward to the conclusion of the "Plugged-In" series.
Peter and Cornelius overcome their prejudice (Acts 10:1-33) | James Green
We are all prone to prejudice but God wants us to overcome our partiality so that we can join Him in His work.
Crazy Month of July
Episode #48- In this episode, Pastor Andrew and Pastor Forrest talk through Acts 9:32-43 and the idea of "changed life," as well as discuss the crazy month of July here at OCC and look forward to all the events coming up in the fall. Enjoy!
Changed lives (Acts 9:32-43) | Forrest Jenkins
How can we live in a way that we are changed by and for God?
For the first time ever, all three services (as well as our online audience) have come together to celebrate the families that are dedicating their children and those who have chosen to publicly profess their faith in Jesus by being baptized in the river!
Barnabas is a player-coach
Episode #47 - Pastors James and Wesley continue to conversation surrounding Saul, er...Paul....er...Saul's ministry and talk through several barriers people might have to evangelism, being Barnabas to other people, as well as a few other topics and a look ahead to our first ever baptism all-church service on July 23rd! Enjoy!
Romans Road: https://www.youtube.com/embed/K9wSOwMYAhA?autoplay=1
2023 Purpose / Mission / Vision sermon series: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLg1KJXebWFijQfUr6SbxS-C1fmdkY01NP
Saul's ministry (Acts 9:19-31) | James Green
We can read the story of Paul and see examples of ways that we can have a 'ministry mindset'
A Goldfish and diet-Coke communion
Episode #46 - beards, communion, the road to brokenness, transformations, and future destinations. This is what Macy and James walk through this week as they discuss last week's sermon that journeyed through the magnificent transformation God brought Paul. Enjoy!
Saul's transformation (Acts 9:1-19) | James Green
The most famous person in the Bible (besides God) is arguably Paul. His conversion shows us that God pursues us, changes our lives (with evidence) and shows us that God can (and will) use anyone to further His kingdom.
Make donuts cheaper
Episode #45 - Brenton and Andrew talk through an array of topics such as the story of the Ethiopian eunuch, the price of donuts, missing verses in Bibles, what 'opens his mouth' means, and then - as always - a glance ahead at next week's sermon. Enjoy!
A belief that does (Acts 8:26-40) | Brenton Laidler
A comparison between the Ethiopian eunuch with Simon the magician to answer the question 'what does a real faith look like?'
Episode #44 - Why is it that Christians fear for their salvation? Is it because of stories like Simon the magician? In this episode, James and Brenton talk through last weeks sermon that asked, "is Simon saved?" along with topics as should we be able to know who is saved, can unbelievers perform miracles, me monsters, dying to yourself, and yes...next weeks message about the Ethiopian Eunuch. Enjoy!
Lifehouse video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cyheJ480LYA
A belief that doesn't save (Acts 8:4-25) | James Green
Simon the magician's position before God is questionable because while he does believe the message and is baptized, his actions and words might show that there is a level of belief that does not save.
The Mickey Mouse club
Episode #43 - Hopefully this doesn't get shut down by Disney! Wesley and Brenton talk about being fathers, men in ministry, volunteers and pastors, and answer a lot of questions from Wes's wife. Then, as always, we look ahead to a new sermon from the book of Acts next week. Enjoy!
The posture of a father | Brenton Laidler
Paul was a 'father' to the Corinthian church. And in the first letter, he starts off with a posture that many Christian men (or women, or mentors, or bosses, or...) should have towards their children.
Ignored by Satan
Episode #42 - James and Forrest talk through this rough passage of Stephen's martyrdom and talk about the harsh realities of living for the Kingdom of God and its implications. They also talk through things like being kindling for Jesus, going off course, forgiveness in trauma, and look forward to next week's Father's Day message. Enjoy!