Preserve Unity

12 Years of Teaching at OEFC

Psalm 133
Matthew Raley (04/03/11)

Each one of us was born into a life of conflict. Peace is not normal in the world nor is the absence of conflict normal in the life of a church. This sermon answers the question, “What does it mean for God’s people to be unified?” This sermon was delivered to a combined service of OEFC and Pastor Raley’s new ministry, Grace Brethren Church in Chico, CA.

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Defend Individuality

12 Years of Teaching at OEFC

Ephesians 4:15-16
Matthew Raley (03/20/11)

One of the most subtle ways a church declines is by requiring conformity. Individuality serves the purposes of Christ. In this sermon we’ll see that the solution to the inevitable problems of individuality is not conformity, but to teach each part to function properly.

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Innovate In Ministry

12 Years of Teaching at OEFC

Acts 6.1-7

Matthew Raley (3-13-11)

God never changes, his word never changes, and the necessity of the new birth in Christ by the power of the Spirit never changes. But, in this sermon we’ll hear why the methods of ministry must change.

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Focus On God In Christ

12 Years of Teaching at OEFC

1 John 1.1-4

Matthew Raley (3-6-11)

The critical issue in a church’s life is whether it will be focused on God or on people. In this sermon we’ll hear how a focus on God in Christ puts everything in the right perspective and we’ll learn the subtleties that can shift our focus to people.

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Act On the Word

12 Years of Teaching At OEFC

James 1.22-25

Matthew Raley (2-27-11)

As I prepare to leave OEFC for Grace Brethren Church in Chico, CA, I will impart five principles in my remaining messages to summarize my teaching here. In this sermon we study what it means to be doers of the Word and not hearers only.

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The God Who Raises the Dead

When You Are Alone With Christ

2 Corinthians 1.8-11

Matthew Raley (2-6-11)

There are points of desperation so severe that you don’t know what to pray. This is the desperation Paul talks about in 2 Corinthians 1:8. “[W]e were so utterly burdened beyond our strength that we despaired of life itself.” In this sermon we’ll learn that our hope in this kind of desperation is that God will deliver us.

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Finding Hope In Suffering

When You Are Alone With Christ

2 Corinthians 1.3-7

Matthew Raley (1-30-11)

What is the purpose of suffering? How do we bear up under it? In this sermon we see Paul’s teaching that the only value you bring to ministry is what God has given you through suffering.

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