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2018 Spring Conference Messages

The Spring Conference of the Ohio Bible Fellowship was held at Orwell Bible Church, and we enjoyed great fellowship together.

Four messages from the Word of God were brought by our speaker, Chaplain Steve Brown of the Associated Gospel Churches, addressing the theme, “Responding Right to Coercive Government” from the book of Daniel–

We also gave thanks to the Lord for the 50th anniversary of the OBF through this statement:

The next conference will be at Morrow Bible Church, October 12-13.

Biblical Creationism

Ohio Bible Fellowship
Resolution on Biblical Creationism

In 1859 English naturalist Charles Darwin outlined an explanation of biological origins whereby such occurs naturally, apart from any supernatural influence. Since then, while Darwin’s explanation has been significantly adjusted, the core tenet—that life’s origins must be explained without reference to any deity—remains intact. Evolution has become the reigning philosophy of origins.

As acceptance of Darwinian evolution grew, many Bible believers struggled to respond to the explicit atheism/agnosticism it espoused. Various pastors and teachers sought to resolve the seeming discrepancy between the Bible and “science” by advocating the day-age theory, the gap theory, or theistic evolution. While the motivation for these ideas may have been noble (retaining the Christian faith), ultimately these compromising attempts surrendered the absolute authority of Scripture to anti-Christian ideas and interpretations.

Over the last 50 years, serious study of the Scriptures has greatly supported the understanding and defense that creation was God’s direct work apart from any evolutionary processes. Genesis 1–2 testifies that all creation came into existence by the Word and power of God. The “days” of Genesis 1 should be understood as normal, twenty-four hour, solar days, as (1) whenever the Hebrew word for “day” (יוֹם, yôm) is used alone as a singular noun it always refers to a literal day; (2) in Hebrew whenever “day” is used with a numerical adjective it is always a 24-hour day; (3) the expression “morning and evening” used with “day” points to a solar day; (4) Exodus 20:11 has solar days in view when God established Israel’s work week and observance of the Sabbath; (5) the sequence of events in the creation week demand literal days. Creation was thus made directly and supernaturally by God as opposed to using any indirect, natural means.

Recently there has been a concerted effort by the American Humanist Association to draw the public’s attention to Darwin’s efforts. Annually on Darwin’s birthday (February 12) “Darwin Day” is celebrated and observed. Resolutions have been recently submitted to the House of Representatives and the Senate to support Darwin Day (H. Res. 548; S. Res. 337). Religious leaders from different faiths also support the observance of “Evolution Weekend” through The Clergy Letter Project. The knowledge of God within man is thus suppressed, and the glory of the incorruptible God has been exchanged for the glory of corruptible man and animals (Rom 1:18–32).

Despite evolution’s antagonism to Christianity and the sound exposition of Scripture upholding its authority in regard to creationist doctrine, many evangelicals adhere to various evolutionary schemes. Encouragement to do this was spurred by the rise of new evangelicalism. In 1956 some of its leaders differentiated evangelicalism from fundamentalism as having “a friendly attitude toward science” by accepting views that integrated evolution with the biblical account (“Is Evangelical Theology Changing?” Christian Life, March 1956, p. 17). A contemporary example of evangelical acceptance of evolutionary biological processes is Tim Keller (pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian in New York City [Presbyterian Church of America] and co-founder of The Gospel Coalition).

Therefore, we, the members and delegates of the Ohio Bible Fellowship, meeting in our Winter Conference on January 8–9, 2016, at Westerville Bible Church, in Westerville, Ohio, express our whole-hearted acceptance of the biblical account of origins. We reject any understanding of origins that incorporates evolutionary teaching or that does not accept the days of Genesis 1–2 as literal, solar days. When Darwin’s birthday is celebrated and observed during the weekend of February 12, let us use this opportunity to declare the truth of Scripture and urge men and women to trust in the Word of God and the Word made flesh. We urge any professing Christians who try to accommodate evolutionary schemes to repent of such and instead believe the Scriptural doctrine of creationism. We furthermore urge churches and ministries to incorporate in their doctrinal confessions a clear statement of origins for their unity, maturity, protection, and growth.

Biblical Creationism BULLETIN INSERT

Addenda

Spring 2015 OBF Conference

Dear OBF members and friends,
You and your church are invited to the 2015 Spring Ohio Bible Fellowship Conference hosted by Greencastle Bible Church on April 17-18, 2015.
Speakers
Dr Steve PettitOur speaker will be Dr. Steve Pettit, president of Bob Jones University. Pettit received a BS in Business Administration from The Citadel in 1978 and a MA in Pastoral Studies from BJU in 1980. Prior to being elected BJU president, he served for 29 years in evangelism, conducting over 800 campaigns throughout the United States and preaching in over 21 countries. Additionally, Pettit has served in various other roles including director of a college student outreach ministry, camp director, and youth pastor. He and his wife, Terri, have four children.
Crystal McAllister, wife of Pastor Joel McAllister (Greencastle Bible Church), will speak to the ladies on Friday, and Tricia Richardson, missionary to China, will speak on Saturday.
Schedule
Friday, April 17
1:30 P.M.             Welcome and prayer
2:00 P.M.             Men’s Business Meeting/Ladies’ Session with Crystal McAllister
3:30 P.M.             Fellowship Break
4:00 P.M.             Dr. Steve Pettit
5:00 P.M.             Dinner at the church
7:00 P.M.             Dr. Steve Pettit
Saturday, April 18
8:30 A.M.             Prayer
9:00 A.M.             Dr. Steve Pettit
10:00 A.M.          Fellowship Break
10:30 A.M.          Men’s Business Meeting/Ladies’ Session with Tricia Richardson
11:30 A.M.          Q&A with Dr. Pettit
12:30 P.M.           Dismissal
Flyers
A flyer is available here to promote the conference at your church.
Meals & Lodging
Greencastle Bible Church will be providing dinner on Friday night at the church.
Contact Pastor Charles Flesher at cflesher @ insight.rr.com or (614) 209-4556 if you have questions about lodging. Some lodging is available with church families, and you are also welcome to make reservations at an area hotel. Best Western, 6323 Prentis School Place, Canal Winchester, OH is a nice place to stay with a free breakfast. Several rooms are available at a discounted rate (available until April 13). Mention the conference for a special rate.
The fellowship of God’s people in prayer and encouragement from God’s Word provides needed refreshment. I hope you will plan to attend.

2015 Ohio Bible Fellowship Pastors’ Conference

This year’s year’s  Ohio Bible Fellowship Pastors’ Conference at Peniel Bible Camp is June 22-24.

pastorminnickOur keynote speaker is Dr. Mark Minnick, pastor of the Mount Calvary Baptist Church in Greenville, SC.

Dr. Minnick will develop the theme of “The Pastor’s Heart” over several messages.

In addition to these you will also hear messages on the following:

Check in begins Monday at 11:00, followed by lunch at noon. The conference ends Wednesday with lunch.

Our annual Pastors’ Conference is ALWAYS a great opportunity to be encouraged and challenged from the Word of God, by each other’s fellowship, through mutual prayer, in brotherly conversations, and the blessing of men singing together.

A flyer for the conference is available here, and you can register online here.

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Eastside Community Bible Church March 2015 Update

Here is a quick update from Nathaniel Pringle, OBF member and church planter through the Ohio Bible Mission, working to establish Eastside Community Bible Church in the Cincinnati area–

  • We’ve had several inquiries and visits the past couple weeks. That always is encouraging!
  • The Lord is opening opportunities for significant discipleship with several people.
  • We are preparing a direct mailing in the next week or so. Please pray for the details to come together smoothly.
  • Our series in Matthew has given ample opportunities for clear gospel presentations and some lost people have been hearing these.
  • The warmer weather provides more time to get out in the community with people as well as distribute information about the church. Pray for faithfulness in all these opportunities.
  • The Lord answered a huge prayer request and provided our family with a minivan. We are very thankful for the opportunity to demonstrate to our girls that God does indeed answer prayer—including their prayers!
  • We need strength and wisdom as we prepare for a three day Bible Club (June 24-26) and the outreach at the fair (end of July) this summer
  • Very thankful for the weekly opportunity to disciple Quintin, the Realtor who sold us our house. It is amazing to see God open his eyes each week to the truth. Pray that he will choose to lead his family to our church so they all can be fed each week!
  • Please pray for Thomas, a UC student the Father seems to be drawing to Himself. I have had numerous opportunities to give him straightforward gospel presentations.
  • The next few weeks will be very busy as Katie is coordinating the wedding for Brittni Gordon (and Brett Stowe). Brittni is Phil and Lori’s oldest daughter. Pray for grace and strength and a Christ-honoring ceremony.

Thank you for your prayers and support! God continues to work in our lives as we seek to faithfully discharge the responsibilities He entrusts to us. We look forward to enjoying fellowship with many of you in April!

Winter OBF Conference, January 9-10, 2015

You and your church are invited to the 2015 Winter Ohio Bible Fellowship Conference hosted by Eastside Community Bible Church on January 9–10, 2015. The theme for the conference is “Biblical Unity: Divine Desire and Design.” 

Speakers

Pastor_VincentOur speaker will be Dr. Robert Vincent, Pastor of Education and Outreach at Mount Calvary Baptist Church, Greenville, SC. Dr. Vincent holds a PhD in Church History from Bob Jones University and has been serving at Mount Calvary Baptist Church since 1999. His primary areas of present ministry include overseeing local evangelism ministries, Sunday school ministries and producing curricula for adult classes, a ministerial internship program, and a church bookstore. He and his wife, Jeanne, are blessed with six children.

Mrs. Trisha Greenfield (Orwell Bible Church) will speak to the ladies on Friday at 2:30 p.m.

Schedule

Friday, January 9
Welcome and Prayer………………………………. 1:30 p.m.
Fellowship Break……………………………………. 2:00 p.m.
Business Meeting…………………………………… 2:30 p.m.
Ladies Session w/Trish Greenfield……………… 2:30 p.m.
General Session 1…………………………………… 3:45 p.m.
Dinner at Local Restaurants………………………. 5:00 p.m.
General Session 2…………………………………… 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, January 10
Prayer Fellowship……………………………………. 8:30 a.m.
General Session 3…………………………………….. 9:00 a.m.
Fellowship Break……………………………………. 10:00 a.m.
General Session 4…………………………………… 10:30 a.m.
Question and Answer Session…………………… 11:30 a.m.
Dismissal/Box Lunch……………………………….. 12:30 p.m. 

Flyers

Download and print the conference flyer here to promote the conference at your church.

Accommodations

Special arrangements have been made with several area hotels. Mention the OBF conference for a discount if reserved in advance. There is a link to a map of the church and hotels listed below.

Location Name/Link Rate Contact Notes
Exit 59 Homewood Suites $105 / night (Normally $139) – Best value and deepest discount
Reserve by 1/2/2015
Mention OBF for discount
513-248-4663 – Most convenient (5 min. from the church)
– Nicest facilities (Suite rooms), completely renovated in the last year- Wi-fi, pool, Breakfast included
– This is where ECBC met until they moved to their new facility. They continue to have an excellent relationship with the staff here.
– Provides ease of access to and from the church
– You will not have to deal with much traffic and all the restaurants are a stone’s throw away.
Exit 57 Holiday Inn Express $94.36 (two beds)  $86.36 (single King bed)
Reserve by 1/2/2015
Mention OBF for discount
513-831-7829 – Exit is two miles north of the church exit (10 min. from the church)
– Recently updated
– Wi-fi, pool, breakfast included
– Fairly easy access, walk to Bob Evans, Roosters. Mexican place across the street, Chipolte, IHOP, close by. Looks like a nice place.
Exit 65 Best Western Clermont Rate: $76.46 / night
Reserve by 1/5/2015
Mention OBF for discount
513-528-7702 – Exit is 8 miles south of church exit (plan for 15 min. to the church)
– Updating, seems fairly nice
– Wi-fi, breakfast included
– Looks to be a decent hotel. Rooms open to the outside. You will have to drive through a construction zone on 275 to get back and forth to the church. Usually traffic is fine, but can get backed up. Lots of restaurants close by.
Exit 63 A number of hotels Possibly some good rates – Very heavy construction
– Exit is normally backed up

I hope you will make your plans now to attend. Each of us needs to take time for fellowship with others in ministry and be under the ministry of the Word ourselves.  I’m also looking forward to seeing what God has provided for Eastside Community Bible Church. I know you’ll benefit and be blessed by coming.

Stephen Howard
Publicity Chairman
Ohio Bible Fellowship

Eastside Community Bible Church December 2014 Update

Here is a quick update from Nathaniel Pringle, OBF member and church planter through the Ohio Bible Mission, working to establish Eastside Community Bible Church in the Cincinnati area–

  • Praise the Lord for a good Christmas program. We had four guests and it was a good opportunity for our church to work together.
  • Pray that the flyers that went out will pique peoples’ interest in the church.
  • Thankful for some Bible study and counseling opportunities. People are finding us via the website.
  • Pray for the continued spiritual growth of our people and increased understanding of the Word of God.
  • All three girls and Katie were sick in succession over the course of the last two weeks. Thankful for their recovery.
  • Praise the Lord for a young man that has begun attending. He recently has come back to following the Lord.
  • Pray for another young man from UC who comes regularly but is unsaved.
  • Pray for continued boldness to proclaim Christ to those with whom we interact.

Thank you for praying. God continues to do great things here for His glory.

OBF News–Special Service for Pastor Marvin Gassman

gassmansAt the end of this year Pastor Marvin Gassman, who started Morrow Bible Church, will be stepping down as Senior Pastor. Current Assistant Pastor Stephen Howard will become the new Senior Pastor.

On Sunday, December 14, Morrow Bible Church will take time during the morning service (10:45 am) to thank the Lord for Pastor and Mrs. Gassman’s ministry and honor them for their years of service. A potluck dinner will follow the service. Others are welcome to join the church for this special occasion.

The church is located at 423 County Road 204, Centerburg, Ohio 43011.

Eastside Community Bible Church November 2014 Update

Here is a quick update from Nathaniel Pringle, OBF member and church planter through the Ohio Bible Mission, working to establish Eastside Community Bible Church in the Cincinnati area–

  • We are thankful for a handful of contacts made through the coffee outreach on Mondays. We are getting some regulars.
  • The Lord has given us the opportunity to minister each week to a young man who is unsaved. Pray that he will find healing in Christ.
  • Pray for our Monday evening Bible Study. We are meeting with a couple men who know the Lord, but have a growing appetite for Scripture (they attend a Christian church in the area).
  • Pray for our Christmas program/outreach on December 14.
  • We are thankful for good health heading into the holiday season. We will be hosting several people, including family, for Thanksgiving.

Thank you for your prayers and support. We still stand amazed at the privilege to preach the Word and serve the Lord here in Cincinnati!