Category Archives: Westerville Bible Church

News from OBF Churches, September 30, 2014

Here is a roundup of news from some Ohio Bible Fellowship churches for prayer and encouragement—

Bible Community Church, Mentor, OH

  • Pray for us as we seek to calm down some programs and just try to sit at Jesus’ feet together and listen.  Things are busy, but we need to soak where soaking is needed.
  • Pray for interim pastor Mike Goldfuss to have wisdom as to what to preach.
  • Pray for the pulpit committee to have wisdom in choosing the next pastor of BCC.
  • Pray for us to have a desire to learn Christ better and deeper.
  • In our SS hour, we are doing a study on the “50 fruits of pride.” We have seen 12 in 4 weeks.  From comments that I’ve heard, we are touching things where we need to recognize our pride, confess it, look to Christ for His strength, and practice humility.  Someone asked if they get an A if they find all 50 in their life.  🙂

Greencastle Bible Church, Pastors Charles Flesher, Paul Martin, and Joel McAllister

  • October 19 will be “Protect and Serve” Sunday
  • During the evening service of October 26 we will have a special service welcoming Joel McAllister and his family

Westerville Bible Church, Pastors Paul Hamilton and Mark Perry

  • Continuing praying for outreach efforts, including the mentoring ministry on Thursdays
  • We concluded our annual missions conference last week, with the Mike Goldfuss and Joe Nicholson families. Sermons are available here.

Ohio Bible FellowshipFall Conference at Calvary Baptist in Willard and Bucyrus Bible Church

  • Pray for those ministering and those hearing God’s Word
  • Pray for safety traveling
  • Pray this would be an instructive, challenging, and encouraging conference

Peniel Bible Camp

News from OBF Churches, August 27, 2014

Here is this week’s roundup of news from some Ohio Bible Fellowship churches for prayer and encouragement—

Bible Community Church, Mentor, OH

  • Pray for wisdom and direction as they seek a new pastor. Missionary Mike Goldfuss is serving as interim pastor.
  • Pray for Mentor Christian School, a ministry of BCC, as they begin a new school year

Orwell Bible Church, Pastor Dan Greenfield

Westerville Bible Church, Pastors Paul Hamilton and Mark Perry

  • Pray for outreach efforts, including their mentoring ministry on Thursdays
  • Annual missionary conference is September 24–28, with the Mike Goldfuss (Mexico) and Joe Nicholson (Wales) families ministering.

Peniel Bible Camp

  • Ladies’ Retreat, September 12–13
  • Men’s Retreat, September 19–20
  • Couples’ Retreat, October 3–4

News from OBF Churches, March 26, 2014

Here is this week’s roundup of news from some Ohio Bible Fellowship churches for prayer and encouragement—

Bucyrus Bible Church, Pastor David Layton

  • Pray for the spread of the Word in our area
  • Pray that believers would be faithful to the Lord and committed to the church
  • David works at a local school; pray for a good testimony and open doors for ministry

Eastside Community Bible Church, Pastor Nathaniel Pringle

This week, we are finishing the new space and plan to meet there on Sunday. Please pray for the following as we make these final preparations:

  • Smooth coverage of the last minute details
  • Chairs to arrive on time
  • Continued grace for serving among our members
  • Continued ability to do things none of us have done before!
  • An encouraging and blessed initial service in our new church

Middlefield Bible Church, Pastor John Howard

  • Pray for Pastor Howard as he goes on visitation on Thursday evenings.
  • The Middlefield area has the fourth largest Amish community in the world. Pray that they would repent of relying on their self-righteousness and trust in Jesus Christ alone for salvation.

Morrow Bible Church, Pastors Marvin Gassman and Stephen Howard

  • We held evangelistic meetings March 16-19 with Mark Kittrell preaching. Pray for fruit from the Word of God.

Orwell Bible Church, Pastor Dan Greenfield

  • We praise the Lord that Orwell Village has agreed to extend water and sewer services to our property. Pray that the Lord would help us as we work through this process.

Westerville Bible Church, Pastors Paul Hamilton and Mark Perry

  • WBC is attempting to launch a new ministry geared to parents and students.   We will be offering a free tutoring service with intent to give a clear witness to the parents as their children are receiving academic assistance.   Presently we are passing out information cards to local businesses and hope to get permission to post these cards in local schools.
  • Graydon Cox continues to have a Bible study with a neighbor family and at a nursing home.
  • Roger Vogel holds a Bible study at a condo in Columbus on Tuesdays.

The Spring Conference of the Ohio Bible Fellowship is April 11-12—

  • Hosted by Fayette Bible Church, Washington Court House
  • Speaker is Evangelist Mike Manor
  • Conference Theme: “Reaching Our Communities for Christ”
  • Two Ladies’ Sessions with Mrs. Lynn Garren
  • Special session on charismaticism by Pastor Mark Perry
  • 10 rooms are blocked off at the Holiday Inn & Express for $92.99 plus tax (normal rate is $104.99). You must make your reservation by April 1.
  • Housing with church families is available

News from OBF Churches, March 12, 2014

Here is this week’s roundup of news from some Ohio Bible Fellowship churches for prayer and encouragement—

Eastside Community Bible Church, Cincinnati, Pastor Nathaniel Pringle

  • We had 28 folks, all regulars, on Sunday. I think this is the first time that we’ve had the majority of our regular attenders at the same time!
  • We passed our rough inspection and only need to hang and finish the drywall to get final approval and our occupancy permit.
  • Please pray for one of the ladies in our church. Thursday will be the one year mark of her husband’s death.
  • The Lord is granting a good spirit among the people as we work through decisions and prepare to move into the space. Pray for continued unity and enthusiasm as we transition.

Morrow Bible Church, Pastors Marvin Gassman and Stephen Howard

Peniel Bible Camp

  • Praise:  Sale of a piece of unneeded electrical equipment for over $3,000.  This will be used towards the Program Director’s House.
  • Prayer:  We’re hosting a work team from Beth Haven Baptist Church (Simpsonville, SC) this week. If you’d like to join them in hanging dry wall, completing the basement of the VanderSchel’s new home, or working on a ceiling project in the lake front cabins, please let us know. We’d be happy to house you and feed you during your stay. To get more information, please contact pdirector@obf.net.

Westerville Bible Church, Pastors Paul Hamilton and Mark Perry

  • WBC is attempting to launch a new ministry geared to parents and students.   We will be offering a free tutoring service with intent to give a clear witness to the parents as their children are receiving academic assistance.   Presently we are passing out information cards to local businesses and hope to get permission to post these cards in local schools.
  • Graydon Cox has a Bible study with a neighbor family, including a recording for a daughter in Zanesville, met on Sunday, March 2. He also had a Bible class at the Country View Nursing and Rehab Center, near Sunbury, on March 4.
  • Roger Vogel holds a Bible study at a condo in Columbus on Tuesdays.

Sermons from March 9, 2014

Believer’s Baptism

This article was the basis for Pastor Mark Perry’s Family Bible Forum at Westerville Bible Church this past Sunday.

Like communion, believer’s baptism is commanded of every believer and administered by the church. While communion reminds us of Jesus’ death, baptism emphasizes his resurrection and our union with him, being raised to “walk in newness of life” (Rom 6:4).

Believer’s baptism is a time for every believer to focus on his relationship with Jesus Christ.

  • Believer’s baptism is an ordinance (commanded by Jesus Christ): “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Matt 28:19).
  • Believer’s baptism is for believers: baptism follows becoming a disciple of Jesus Christ (Matt 28:19), as the book of Acts abundantly records (Acts 2:41; 8:12, 36; 9:18; 10:47–48; 16:14–15, 33; 18:8; 19:5).
  • Believer’s baptism is a symbol: it is a physical picture of the spiritual reality of a believer’s spiritual union with Christ at conversion.

Believer’s baptism is matter of obedience and identification.

  • Because Christ commanded His disciples to be baptized (Matt 28:19), believers gladly obey Him by submitting to water baptism.
  • Because every believer has been baptized by the Holy Spirit into the Body of Christ (1 Cor 12:13), he is united with Christ. Water baptism is a public testimony of the believer’s individual identification with Christ.

Believer’s baptism publicly declares identification with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection.

  • Baptism is a memorial of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ in His atoning work (Rom 6:3–4). It is a reminder of the believer’s salvation from the penalty of sin—those who are “in Christ” enjoy forgiveness of sin because of the death of Christ.
  • Baptism is a symbol of the believer’s union with Christ in his death, burial, and resurrection (Rom 6:4; Col 2:12). It is a picture of the believer’s victory in his struggle against sin in his daily life—those who are “in Christ” are no longer enslaved to sin because they are living a new life in Christ (2 Cor 5:17).
  • Baptism is a prophecy of the believer’s bodily resurrection: just as Christ rose from the dead, so we shall also rise (Rom 6:5; Col 2:12; 3:1, 4). It is a promise of the believer’s future freedom from the presence and effects of sin—those who are “in Christ” will one day receive perfect bodies that are free from sin.

News from OBF Churches, February 25, 2014

Here is this week’s roundup of news from some Ohio Bible Fellowship churches for prayer and encouragement—

Eastside Community Bible Church, Cincinnati, Pastor Nathaniel Pringle

  • Praise the Lord for great services this Sunday with Bryan Bell and family, executive director of Grace Dental and Medical Missions.
  • We praise the Lord for a very good start this weekend on preparing our new space for occupancy. Floors are nearly prepped, and some walls have been started!
  • One of our ladies will be starting some evangelistic Bible studies. Pray for the success of the gospel.
  • Pray that we will be prepared for and effective in outreach as the weather begins to turns warmer.
  • We will be going through the new member class “Foundations” with some of our people in the next few weeks. Pray this will be a profitable study and give the necessary understanding regarding what membership means

Fayette Bible Church, Pastor Tony Garren

  • Our Young at Heart Group will be having a Valentine Banquet on Feb 22. The Brian Holloway family will minister to us (Brian teaches music in our school).
  • We are also replacing and updating our heating and air condition units so that we can monitor them through internet and hopefully save some money.
  • March 23 we will have the Shepherds Home ministry in our evening service.

Greencastle Bible Church, Pastors Charles Flesher and Paul Martin

  • On March 2 during the evening service we will have a Peniel Bible Camp rally with Izaac VanderSchel, the OBF camp program director
  • We will have our annual Winter Banquet during the evening service of March 9

Middlefield Bible Church, Pastor John Howard

  • The Lord has given good opportunities for gospel witness lately. Please pray for fruit from these efforts.

Morrow Bible Church, Pastors Marvin Gassman and Stephen Howard

Orwell Bible Church, Pastor Dan Greenfield

  • We will have a mid-winter fellowship this coming Friday at the Colebrook Community Center from 6–9 p.m. Pray for good fellowship and opportunities to minister the gospel to unbelievers.
  • On March 5 our building committee will be meeting with officials from Orwell Village to request water and sewer services. As our property is not in the village this would be a huge help and blessing; please pray for this provision.

Westerville Bible Church, Pastors Paul Hamilton and Mark Perry

  • Please continue in prayer for the Westerville Area Academic Assistance, our free tutoring ministry to area students. Cards. A final approval for our addition to a website list needs to be granted. Cards are available to pass out and post in public places.
  • Patti Perry had surgery last week; pray for continued for healing.

Sermons from February 23, 2014

News from OBF Churches, January 27, 2014

Here is this week’s roundup of news from some Ohio Bible Fellowship churches for prayer and encouragement—

Eastside Community Bible Church, Pastor Nathaniel Pringle

  • Praise the Lord for visitors in recent services, 29 in attendance
  • Our congregational meeting went very well last week and I have followed up individually with all but one family (thinking I will hear from them today). There is a strong unity toward moving forward with the lease. The owner is finalizing a few details with the county in preparation. Probably will sign the lease in the next week or two.
  • Chairs will be needed for meeting at the new location, with an estimated cost of about $3000. Contact Pastor Pringle for more information.

Greencastle Bible Church, Pastors Charles Flesher and Paul Martin

  • Continue to pray for Pastor and Linda Flesher during her struggle with cancer.
  • Sunday night, February 16 we will have our annual Winter Banquet during the evening service.

Morrow Bible Church, Pastors Marvin Gassman and Stephen Howard

Orwell Bible Church, Pastor Dan Greenfield

  • We recently purchased land for a future church building. Pray for wisdom and provision (you can see a picture of it in relation to Orwell here).
  • Our theme for this year is “Following Christ and Filling His House,” based on Luke 9:23 and 14:23.

Westerville Bible Church, Pastors Paul Hamilton and Mark Perry

  • Pray for fruit from our Monday evening classes on the gospel, “God’s Answers to Your Questions
  • WBC will begin a free tutoring ministry on Thursday evenings; pray for opportunities to share the gospel through this

Sermons from January 26, 2014