At Ottawa Bible Church, we love God and we love His Word. Because of these truths, we also love people. Our desire is to advance the Gospel within Ottawa and around Franklin County, and we believe that we can do this through a variety of ways. We gather. We worship. We preach. We love. We equip. We send out. Then, we repeat.
A normal Sunday at OBC looks like beginning the morning with a more spacious 8:00 am service in the sanctuary, followed by a churchwide breakfast at 9:00 am (biscuits, gravy, eggs, etc) in our Activity Center. Our breakfast ministry is designed to create an informal space for relationships to be built and for kids to play. Following this we begin our larger sanctuary service at 10:00 am. Due to covid-19, we understand that not everyone is ready to enter a building for worship yet, so we also offer an outdoor, drive-in, parking-lot service in partnership with KOFO (103.7 fm/1220 am) from 8:30 am to 9:00 am. Our pastor preaches from a platform outside and those attending can tune in via radio.
We have established guest parking for you in our parking lot right up front near our main nursery entrance and is noted by signage. It’s here that we would love to be the first ones to meet and welcome you to OBC. First time guests, please visit us in our front foyer to receive a free gift. We also have “YES” cards to fill out in the pews to help us get to know you, or answer any questions you might have. These can also be turned in as you’re leaving the foyer to receive your gift.
We have nursery and Sunday School classes for our Sanctuary Service. Check-in is marked by a huge sign on the west side of the main church building which says “Nursery Below”, and takes about 1 minute for first time guests. We will write out a name tag for all kids and collect important information from parents. We’ve tried to keep it fast, safe, and simple!
As for teens, we hold a belief that they are not “the future of the church”, but are currently a part of the church if they have placed their faith in Jesus to save. Thus, we encourage teens to attend Sunday School and the main services with us to be equipped for godly living in the world to come. Aside from Sundays, we also offer Sunday night Community Youth Group in the Activity Center on our church grounds at 6:00 pm.
Our praise team will lead us in 3-5 Gospel centered songs. The focus of worship at Ottawa Bible worship services is not about creating a moment of feeling, but rather a moment of truth that is centered on who Jesus is and what He accomplished. We enjoy singing praises to God and sing about who He has revealed Himself to be in the Bible.
A pastor will talk much about Jesus from the Bible, who He is, what He’s done, and how He actively changes our lives today. The centerpiece for every message is that the Bible would use the pastor to preach its message, not the pastor using the Bible to preach his agenda. We often preach from the NASB version. If you do not have a Bible, we would love to freely provide one for you so that you can follow along.
After 60-70 minutes the service will conclude. Most people hang around afterward for continued fellowship and discussion.