OAKRIDGE BIBLE CHAPEL

Good Fruit Needs a Godly Root

This week on the podcast, Andrew and Josiah flesh-out some of the potential implications from Sunday’s message on Romans 12–15, a text that seems particularly timely. 

While there are many potential reasons for division, frustration, and isolation today—e.g., Do masks actually work? When must the church disobey the government? Should Christians risk their physical health to nourish their spiritual health?—God calls his people to sacrificially serve one another (Romans 12:3–8),  love one another (12:9–13:14), and accept one another (14:1–15:13). These are church-unifying, body-building, nutrient-rich fruit that, according to the apostle Paul, can only grow and flourish off of a healthy root (12:1–2).

But what does it look like to offer our bodies as living and holy sacrifices? What does it mean to have our minds transformed? How do we tend the root in order to grow the fruit!? All this is on the docket for discussion.

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Josiah has served the Oakridge Bible Chapel family as one of its elders and one of its pastoral staff members since September 2018, before which he ministered as an associate pastor to a local congregation in the Canadian prairies. Josiah's desire is to be used by God to help equip the church for ministry, both while gathered (edification) and while scattered (evangelization). He is married to Patricia, and together they have four children—Jonah, Henry, Nathaniel, and Josephine.

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Andrew is the Associate Pastor at Oakridge Bible Chapel. He grew up in a Christian home, and spent time serving in churches of varying sizes and denominations before landing at Oakridge with his wife in 2017. He likes to verbally process theological issues he finds challenging and is always ready to learn something new. He has a passion for teaching the Bible, and seeking to explain confusing passages in a clear way, preferably with a good illustration or two.

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