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We believe in the Bible because we believe Jesus. We love the Bible, because we love Jesus, and in its pages we meet him and hear him. We love the Bible, because the more we read it, the more we realize how layered, textured, accurate, contextual, and universal its stories, wisdom, and teachings are. We believe the Old and New Testaments are inspired and trustworthy. So, we love the Bible because it is unlike any other book – as one Christian said, “The Bible is alive, it speaks to me; it has feet, it runs after me; it has hands, it lays hold of me.”
Each week we seek to study the Bible and learn from Jesus. We have found that the more we learn and obey, the more we trust its wisdom above our own.
Pastor Andrew Ruth preached this sermon on June 29, 2016 at Oakland Presbyterian Church. It is part of a 6 part sermon series called, "Our P.S.A.L.M - Oakland's Core Values." We abbreviate the values with the acronym P.S.A.L.M. because they are our worship of God in action. P. = “We Prize Presence.” S. = “We Serve Hard.” A. = “We’re Always Growing.” L. = “We Leave Legacy.” M. reminds us that we are all about ONE MORE. We always want to reach ONE MORE person, family, and neighborhood, and we reach them one at a time. That every single, individual person matters to God and so they do to us, one at a time. www.oaklandpresbyterianchurch.org
Our P.S.A.L.M. - PullingTOGETHER Celebration Sunday - Why Not Us? Why Not Revival?
Preached by Andrew Ruth
For the first half of 2016, we embarked on PullingTOGETHER2016, a campaign to raise $800,000 to completely obliterate all Oakland debt and empty our hands so that we could be ready for whatever God asks us to do next. We have to date raised over $600,000, and so we wanted to celebrate. At the same time, PullingTOGETHER was never about money or debt, it was always about people and ministry. We feel like God is going to do something huge in the near future, and we will only be able to participate in God's Revival if we eliminate the burden of debt. For more information about PullingTOGETHER, our vision, and how you can participate, visit PullingTOGETHER.