Oil City Community Alliance Church
Saturday, November 18, 2017
Pursuing Jesus Christ, building His kingdom, and proclaiming His offer of freedom, healing, and life!

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The Greatest Book

Sunday, February 07, 2016 Play this file. Play View Comments Comments (0)
We say that the Bible, both the Old and New Testaments, are our only rule of Christian faith and practice. However, the church today finds herself increasingly tempted to compromise this position in order to make Christianity more politically correct, and the results of this are and will be disastrous. 

Ministry of the Holy Spirit

Sunday, January 24, 2016 Play this file. Play View Comments Comments (0)
A lot of confusion abounds around the person and work of the Holy Spirit. Is the Spirit a he or an it? Does the Spirit only affect believers, or can unbelievers be affected by the ministry of the Spirit? These questions and more are directly addressed in the Alliance Statement of Faith. 

Life's Not Fair

Sunday, January 17, 2016 Play this file. Play View Comments Comments (0)
We all know life is not fair. But what should our response to that be? We need to stop focusing on our circumstances and instead keep our eyes on God, and remind ourselves that He is fair and just. 

Jesus - The God/Man

Sunday, January 10, 2016 Play this file. Play View Comments Comments (0)
Much of the claims we make about Jesus would be impossible if it were not for the fact that he was both God and man at the same time. This vital truth has come under attack over the centuries, but nevertheless the truth of Jesus as God and man has remained. 

Three Perfect Coequal Persons

Sunday, January 03, 2016 Play this file. Play View Comments Comments (0)
The idea of the trinity of the Godhead is mind boggling, even to the most spiritually mature Christian. It just does not seem natural that God could be three coequal persons all at the same time, but this is what the scriptures teach. So will we believe the scriptures, or will we try to reduce God to something less than he is? 

Began - Not Did

Sunday, December 27, 2015 Play this file. Play View Comments Comments (0)
In the beginning of the book of Acts Luke tells Theophilus, his original audience, that in his first book, the Gospel of Luke, he wrote about all that Jesus began to do and teach. This implied that Jesus was not done working and Luke was going to tell us more about Jesus ministry. However, the book of Acts is mostly about the Apostles and early church. What could this possibly mean? 

Crushing Blow To The Ego

Sunday, December 13, 2015 Play this file. Play View Comments Comments (0)
Why did God appoint a plant to grow up over Jonah and give him shade only to let a worm kill it the next day? The answer to this question reveals the heart of God and his desire to be merciful and gracious toward sinners, as well as his desire for us to do the same. So how will you and I respond? 

When My Enemies Are Blessed

Sunday, December 06, 2015 Play this file. Play View Comments Comments (0)
How do you react when an enemy of yours is blessed by God? The reaction you have, good or bad, says a lot more about your spiritual condition than that of your enemy. So how is it with your soul? 

Public Confession and Repentance

Sunday, November 29, 2015 Play this file. Play View Comments Comments (0)
Often times our own pride keeps us from openly confessing sin and repenting before the Lord. It is like we are afraid if we confess our sins that they will be our undoing, but God shows us through the book of Jonah that nothing could be further from the truth. When we openly confess and repent of our sins we can, and should, expect God to manifest blessing in our lives. 

What Defines Your Character?

Sunday, November 22, 2015 Play this file. Play View Comments Comments (0)
Pastor John challenges us from 1 Peter 3 to allow to God to define, shape, and grow our character by living in harmony with one another, loving one neighbor, being compassionate, and to be careful how we react to others. 

Committed To Follow

Sunday, November 15, 2015 Play this file. Play View Comments Comments (0)
Being a Christian who follows the Lord was never meant to be an easy thing. With our call to follow Christ comes great sacrifice as we work with all our energy to expand God's kingdom. Even though Jonah was a reluctant prophet, his ministry to the city of Nineveh wonderfully illustrates the substantial sacrifices we must make as men and women who follow the Lord. 

I Changed My Ways

Sunday, November 08, 2015 Play this file. Play View Comments Comments (0)
The idea of repentance is slippery and elusive. Is it simply changing ones mind about something, like agreeing with God that something sinful is actually sinful, or is there more to it? Jonah's example of repentance helps us as Christians to see what genuine repentance is and is not. 

Anatomy of a Confession

Sunday, November 01, 2015 Play this file. Play View Comments Comments (0)
No matter how hard we try, or how surrendered we are to walking in the Spirit, there is going to come a time when we sin against our God. So what does genuine confession and repentance look like? Jonah's prayer from the belly of the great fish can answer a lot of that question. 

Come Up Higher

Sunday, October 25, 2015 Play this file. Play View Comments Comments (0)
Paul King challenges us in his message to keep pursuing Jesus, no matter how far we are in our walk with Him. The highest calling in the Christian faith is to continually go deeper and come up higher, growing ever closer to our Savior. 

The Need To Defend God

Sunday, October 18, 2015 Play this file. Play View Comments Comments (0)
A miracle is a divine act beyond human replication, or even explanation. Yet for some reason we feel we have to explain how Jonah being swallowed by a fish could happen or we gloss it over. In the process we often miss out on what God was trying to say to Jonah and us through the miracle. 

Nobody Gets Left Behind!

Sunday, October 11, 2015 Play this file. Play View Comments Comments (0)
Jonah knew the great storm he was encountering with his ship mates was due to God’s discipline for his personal rebellion. In order for everyone involved to experience God’s grace and protection in the situation Jonah needed to enact a plan of repentance, but the others on board the ship had a different idea. They couldn’t let Jonah bear the brunt of it alone, or could they? 

An Honest Examination

Sunday, October 04, 2015 Play this file. Play View Comments Comments (0)
Many of us in the church have done well with keeping the tradition of the Lord's Supper, but have we followed the instructions and intent of what Christ asked us to do in remembrance of Him? Paul corrected a church who had remembered the tradition, but forgot the instruction he had left. Dave invites our church body to take a closer look into their own lives, and seek forgiveness, and reconciliation using this communion service to serve each other. 

Going Your Own Way

Sunday, September 27, 2015 Play this file. Play View Comments Comments (0)
There are times when God is practically screaming to get our attention, but our hearts are so stayed on a course we have already decided upon that we fail to hear him. It is in those times that God will often use other people to alert us to his call for us to return to him. Will we hear the call and turn, or will we continue to move away from the Lord? 

Jonah's Story

Sunday, September 20, 2015 Play this file. Play View Comments Comments (0)
Many people believe God is portrayed in the Old Testament as being full of wrath and destruction, while in the New Testament he is full of love and grace. How God could change so drastically is something they cannot reconcile. But does the Old Testament actually paint such a radically different picture of God? To answer that question we turn to the prophet Jonah's story. 

Becoming the Vision

Sunday, September 13, 2015 Play this file. Play View Comments Comments (0)
Discovering where God wants to lead you in life is one thing, but having the patience and endurance to see that vision come together is another thing entirely. God's plans for you, your family, your church, or your nation do not automatically happen. You must join God, actively follow him, in order to see his blessed plan come to fruition. 

What Do You Value?

Sunday, September 06, 2015 Play this file. Play View Comments Comments (0)
Do your personal values reflect the values of Jesus? Christians are tempted to answer this question with a hasty yes. However, Jesus taught a principle that will help us to determine to what level this is actually true. Are you willing to slow down and wrestle with this knowing what it reveals might be somewhat painful? 

Ship Shape Churches

Sunday, August 30, 2015 Play this file. Play View Comments Comments (0)
Like a carrier group in the Navy, churches are to be outward bound in an effort to complete their mission. However, in order for a church to be outward bound they must be ship shape. Is your church ship shape? 

Kingdom Priorities

Sunday, August 23, 2015 Play this file. Play View Comments Comments (0)
It is a pretty normal thing to set a high priority on pursuing the things we need and even things we simply want. Jesus, however, teaches us that there is a way to set our priorities in life that leads to every need we have being met without actually pursuing them directly. His way is rather intriguing, but does it actually work? 

Give Me My Inheritance!

Sunday, August 16, 2015 Play this file. Play View Comments Comments (0)
Our lives consist of more than our earthly possessions. However, many people fail to understand this, and at the end of their life they leave their only treasures here on earth for others to enjoy. So why not store up heavenly treasure instead, treasure can be enjoyed for all of eternity. 

Forward In Faith

Sunday, August 09, 2015 Play this file. Play View Comments Comments (0)
Pastor Cory shares with us what a life lived in service and holiness to God as an ambassador should look like, and that the end result should be continuous forward movement. 

A Strange Admonition

Sunday, August 02, 2015 Play this file. Play View Comments Comments (0)
The author of Hebrews closes the epistle with encouragement to follow and obey church leaders. This admonition seems so out of place in the culture of America where everyone is proud to be his or her own person. Yet this counter-cultural message still applies today. 

Read Between The Lines

Sunday, July 26, 2015 Play this file. Play View Comments Comments (0)
Most Christians believe they will probably have to make a clean break between themselves and old friends they had before Jesus came into their lives. However, the author of Hebrews does not warn Jewish Christians to stay away from sinners. Instead, they are warned about the dire need to break off unhealthy ties with the religious crowd. 

The Way Forward

Sunday, July 19, 2015 Play this file. Play View Comments Comments (0)
For those who embrace newer expressions of the church in America, we have a tendency to view what those who went before us did with indifference or even disdain. However, the author of Hebrews reminds us that we are standing on their shoulders and even encourages us to imitate their way of life. 

What is Proper Worship?

Sunday, July 12, 2015 Play this file. Play View Comments Comments (0)
 The author of Hebrews urges that the awesome holiness of God should well up in us a desire to worship him in a proper way. This is really no surprise, but what might surprise you is how the author describes proper worship and the conspicuous absence of a church service in that description.

Showing Love For Others

Sunday, July 05, 2015 Play this file. Play View Comments Comments (0)
  How do we truly show that we love and care for others around us? Pastor John preaches on ways to show love based out of 1 Peter 3:1-7.

Your Reaction to Paradise

Sunday, June 28, 2015 Play this file. Play View Comments Comments (0)
Our identity as Christians involves us ultimately living eternally with God in a paradise that he has created. How should that vital truth affect the way we live while sojourning on this earth? 

Submitting to Authority

Sunday, June 14, 2015 Play this file. Play View Comments Comments (0)
We are reminded to follow the commands to obey the government and to be submitted to their authority. 

Making Difficult Choices

Sunday, June 07, 2015 Play this file. Play View Comments Comments (0)
In this message each and every one of us is encouraged and reminded that Jesus is to be the cornerstone of our life. This is the greatest choice in life.

Modeled to Be Like Jesus

Sunday, May 31, 2015 Play this file. Play View Comments Comments (0)
The reality that we live in as Christians is that we are being molded into the image of Christ each and every day. The challenge is are we willing to submit to that molding or do we try to shape it ourselves.

We Are Envision!

Sunday, May 17, 2015 Play this file. Play View Comments Comments (1)
Pete Brokopp, Coordinator for Development for Envision Ministries, shares his heart for Africa and the rest of the world. Pete works to connect churches, organizations, and business with Envision sites around the world. He attended Nyack College and graduated with a degree in Urban Ministry from Alliance Theological Seminary. He 13 years as a missionary in West Africa. Currently he lives in York, PA with wife, Alice, and two children, Sammy and Charity.

Living in the Moment

Sunday, May 10, 2015 Play this file. Play View Comments Comments (0)
Have you heard the term YOLO (you only live once)? Terms like this embody the temptation for us to believe that we should make decisions by what is best for the moment, but God's word indicates that we should rethink this position carefully.

The Discipline of a Father

Sunday, May 03, 2015 Play this file. Play View Comments Comments (0)
God is our Father, and as a father he disciplines us out of his great love. Though we sometimes might prefer a friend to a father -- it is the father role that we most need.

Ready To Give Up

Sunday, April 26, 2015 Play this file. Play View Comments Comments (1)
When we think we can't take anymore that life has to throw at us the author of Hebrews encourages us to consider our situation compared to the suffering of Jesus. In light of that brutal death, we can and should go on.

Maybe We Should Run

Sunday, April 19, 2015 Play this file. Play View Comments Comments (0)
Day in and day out people plod through life, but something deep inside us tells us we were created for something better. Are you discontent with plodding? Are you ready to run?

When Bad Things Happen

Sunday, April 12, 2015 Play this file. Play View Comments Comments (0)
How could a loving God allow evil to happen, especially to his followers? While we may not always be able to answer why, we can know how to get through those times and overcome!

Not a Training Exercise

Sunday, April 05, 2015 Play this file. Play View Comments Comments (0)
Achieving God's purposes means taking faith-filled risks. During those "risky" times we don't get a dry run or a rehearsal, instead we simply have to step out in a faith that has been grounded in the history of God.

Defender of the Weak

Sunday, March 29, 2015 Play this file. Play View Comments Comments (0)
God is the defender of the weak, but what does it actually mean? Is this only a promise that he will defend people who are too helpless to defend themselves, or will he actually defend people who do have the strength of mind and body to defend themselves but choose not to?

Our Words Have Power

Sunday, March 22, 2015 Play this file. Play View Comments Comments (0)
Some people say that sticks and stones will break my bones but words can never hurt me, but is this actually true? Pastor Jerry explores the power of our words to bless or curse those around us and challenges us to be a blessing in every situation!

Maturing in the Faith

Sunday, March 15, 2015 Play this file. Play View Comments Comments (0)
We often look at Abraham's willingness to sacrifice Isaac as next to impossible for us to achieve, but we have to realize God asked this of Abraham after a lot of maturing in the faith. While we may not be being asked to give our child, God is trying to grow us into giants of the faith -- are you willing to let him?

Eyes on the Prize

Sunday, March 08, 2015 Play this file. Play View Comments Comments (0)
We get so easily distracted from our eternal mission with the problems and challenges of the here and now, but this is not the way we were created to live. We are just passing through this world, it isn't our home, so we shouldn't fight so hard for it.

What Will Your Legacy Be?

Sunday, March 01, 2015 Play this file. Play View Comments Comments (0)
When you come to the end of life, what will your legacy be? Ken Furl, from the National Office of the C&MA, challenges us to store up treasure in heaven instead of simply building bigger barns.

Impossible Promises

Sunday, February 22, 2015 Play this file. Play View Comments Comments (0)
How do you react when you hear someone speak a word from God in the form of an impossible promise? How should you react? How does your reaction effect whether or not God actually fulfills the promise? These important questions need answers.

Prepare Your Minds for Action

Sunday, February 15, 2015 Play this file. Play View Comments Comments (0)
The Christian life is not one of inaction and leisure. There is a cosmic battle for the souls of men and women, and we are called to engage in this battle in a God honoring way manifesting in personal holiness.

Hope: We All Need It

Sunday, February 08, 2015 Play this file. Play View Comments Comments (0)
Many people hope in many things, but as Christians our hope is supposed to be in something specific. Are you hoping in the triumphant return of Jesus?

Communion - A Celebration of Freedom

Sunday, February 01, 2015 Play this file. Play View Comments Comments (0)
Dave Ghrist takes time to explain the Christian practice of communion. Rather than approaching this special time with a sense of fear and dread, God wants us to come to the communion table to celebrate freedom. This is apparent in the many different ways the Lord portrayed freedom during this meal!

On Fire for the Lord

Sunday, January 25, 2015 Play this file. Play View Comments Comments (1)
The smallest breeze of fresh air can cause a fire to come roaring to life. The same is true for the wind of the Spirit when it involves our faith. Is your faith needing a fresh breeze to get you burning hot for Jesus again?

What's an Ark?

Sunday, January 18, 2015 Play this file. Play View Comments Comments (0)
Noah probably had questions when God asked him to build an ark, but did he allow those questions to stop him from obeying? How does this historical record help us to live out our faith today?

Picking Up the Spares

Sunday, January 11, 2015 Play this file. Play View Comments Comments (0)
Pastor Jerry utilizes an illustration about the game of bowling to help us understand what it means to walk by faith like Enoch did. Sometimes what God is calling us to do feels like we are intentionally trying to throw the ball in the gutter, but by faith we can make the shot.

Have I Become Cain?

Sunday, January 04, 2015 Play this file. Play View Comments Comments (0)
Is my sacrifice to God being given out of my first fruits, or am I bringing an offering to the Lord after I have seen that I have enough for myself first?

I Am Not Alone

Sunday, December 28, 2014 Play this file. Play View Comments Comments (0)
Pastor John Spriggs reminds us that In our struggle with loneliness, fear, and shame we often fail to realize that Jesus has promised he will never leave us alone.

The History of Creation

Sunday, December 21, 2014 Play this file. Play View Comments Comments (0)
Is it important to the Christian faith to believe in the biblical account of creation, or is evolution a viable alternative? You might be surprised at what the author of Hebrews says about this, and you might also be surprised to learn what it is costing those that do believe it!

Assurance and Conviction

Sunday, December 14, 2014 Play this file. Play View Comments Comments (0)
We often believe faith can and should be easy, but is that a biblical concept? Jesus did not promise Christians an easy path, but he did promise to give us strength to walk our path!

Those Who Have Gone Before

Sunday, December 07, 2014 Play this file. Play View Comments Comments (0)
Often times the best way to move forward in anything (e.g. faith, life, business) is to listen to those who have gone on before -- the people who have experienced the hard times and endured. 

What is Apostasy? Part 2

Sunday, November 30, 2014 Play this file. Play View Comments Comments (0)
Pastor Jerry concludes his answer to the question, "What is apostasy?" He does this by exploring Hebrews in light of the insightful comments of Dr. R. Kent Hughes and the First Great Awakening preacher, Jonathan Edwards.

What is Apostasy? Part 1

Sunday, November 23, 2014 Play this file. Play View Comments Comments (0)
The Bible warns against apostasy, even claiming there is no return from it. So what is apostasy, and is this something that should concern a believer? 

What's My Reaction?

Sunday, November 16, 2014 Play this file. Play View Comments Comments (0)
When we read tough passages in the Bible, especially those that challenge our thinking, we often attempt to make the passage fit our personal beliefs. This often has nothing to do with what God thinks or is trying to convey, but rather it has to do with what we are willing to accept. Our text for this week is one such passage. 

The Difference Confidence Makes

Sunday, November 09, 2014 Play this file. Play View Comments Comments (0)
Confidence makes an enormous difference in football, so why can it not do the same in our faith? According to the author of Hebrews, confidence does make a huge difference in our Christian walk.

Religious Hyperdrive

Sunday, November 02, 2014 Play this file. Play View Comments Comments (0)
Does "being perfect because your Heavenly Father is perfect" have you feeling a little overwhelmed? Are you certain you understood what Jesus was telling you when he said this?

Leaving the Past Behind

Sunday, October 26, 2014 Play this file. Play View Comments Comments (0)
Is your past threatening to drag you under? Do you feel boxed in by who you were before you became a Christian? Do you want to experience the freedom and healing that the cross of Christ has promised, but you have never been able to? This teaching might be one you need to hear.

Once And For All

Sunday, October 12, 2014 Play this file. Play View Comments Comments (0)
There is something special about the blood of Jesus -- the victory it brings in the life of a believer is nothing less than astounding.

Holy Places

Sunday, October 05, 2014 Play this file. Play View Comments Comments (0)
In many Christian traditions the building is seen as a beautifully sacred place. In some respects this has even happened in the Alliance; however, when we are honest we recognize that the building is not what Jesus died to sanctify...he died for us.

Last Will and Testament

Sunday, September 28, 2014 Play this file. Play View Comments Comments (0)
When we breath our last breath before stepping off this planet into eternity, we have one final moment to influence everyone we have ever come in contact with. Hebrews has some interesting things to say about this moment of time.

How do we seek God?

Sunday, September 21, 2014 Play this file. Play View Comments Comments (0)
When we are lost and in the valley where is God? We need to seek His face, Ask Him to indwell our lives, Listen to His voice and finally Celebrate what God is doing.

OCCA: A Vision for the Future

Sunday, September 14, 2014 Play this file. Play View Comments Comments (0)
Where is OCCA going as a church? What kind of church do we believe God wants us to become? Listen and find out.

The Fear of Failure

Sunday, September 07, 2014 Play this file. Play View Comments Comments (0)
Does Jesus want you to fear failing, or does he want you to operate in a confidence that your inevitable failures do not define you as a person?

Ritual or Reformation?

Sunday, August 31, 2014 Play this file. Play View Comments Comments (0)
Evangelical protestants don't engage in religious ritual...or do we? Is God interested in our ritual, or is he looking for something else altogether?

Shadow Things Part 2

Sunday, August 24, 2014 Play this file. Play View Comments Comments (0)
This week's message uses the illustration of splitting firewood to help us understand the difference between the Old Covenant and the New Covenant. Who knew firewood could be so instructive for a faith-filled life?

Shadow Things Part 1

Sunday, August 17, 2014 Play this file. Play View Comments Comments (0)
Ever watch a movie only to find out the book is so much better? You are not alone, and this phenomenon can teach us a lot about the differences between the old Mosaic covenant and the new covenant available through Jesus.

Do I Want Them Saved?

Sunday, August 10, 2014 Play this file. Play View Comments Comments (0)
Sometimes I think we are more afraid that lost people will make us dirty, rather than Jesus making them clean!

Treasure In Cracked Pots

Sunday, August 03, 2014 Play this file. Play View Comments Comments (0)
Special guest sparker, Dr. Wayne Spriggs, encourages us to give each other margin for failure and extra grace as we work in ministry together during the installation service of his son John as our new Associate Pastor.