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18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
— Jesus, Matthew 28:18-30

The passage above is known to many Christians as “The Great Commission.” Jesus is telling the disciples they must go out and make disciples of those around them. Unfortunately, many Christians have treated this as the “The Great Suggestion” opposed to a Gospel mandate. Christians exist to point people back to Jesus Christ. As we compared this mandate to some of the latest church statistics, we found that a heart change was necessary for the glory of Christ and the future of Otley Church.

In Luke 15:3-7, Jesus tells a parable about a shepherd who leaves a flock 99 sheep to go out and find one lost sheep. The shepherd leaves because he is not willing to leave one lost sheep he could save. As a church we are shifting our focus as well. We are going to reach out and seek out the one who is lost.

The “All In” Challenge

24 Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 25 For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. 26 For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul?

— Jesus, Matthew 16:24-26

Jesus is not interested in us liking him, he is interested in us knowing, loving and following after him. In order to be a disciple, we have to put him above everything else in our lives. Yes. Everything. Not only does this include the “bad things” our sins, our hurts, and our hang-ups, but also some“good things” like our spouse, our families. If we are clinging to (and carrying) our cross(es), we are going to have to let go of something.

Here are some examples of what people have given up to be “All In”:

“All In” Testimonies

Pastor Mike

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Forrest's Story

Like many of our older members, Forrest was skeptical about what it meant for him to be all in. Typically they respond by saying, I can’t do anything or I don’t meet many non-believers. I (Mike) told him, that the most important thing we can do is to pray for us to be “All In” that we are willing to do whatever it takes to reach one more. After receiving his “All In” bracelet he put it on….and he used it as an opportunity to witness just a few days later.

While at Sunday dinner with family, someone asked about his bracelet. He proceeds to tell them all that he proudly signed the “All In” contract, recites Matthew 16:24, and talks about how we are trying to make disciples.

Being “All In” starts with sharing the Gospel with your family!

Jenni's Story

Jenni

Prepare Your Heart

Preparing our hearts is crucial to being “All In” so how do prepare your heart?

  1. Pray about it.

    We cannot underestimate the power of prayer. A commitment of this

  2. Read the Scriptures

Get Your Questions Answered

What is the Service Like? . . .

At Otley Church you can expect three things: prayer, praise, and proclamation (a message). The music can range from some of your old favorite hymns to some of the popular praise songs on the radio. The message/sermon will be biblically-based and applicable for our lives .

What Time Should I Arrive? . . .

Our services begin at 9:30. Some people arrive as early as 9:00, but we would recommend arriving around 9:10-9:15, especially if you have a child you would like to drop off at the nursery, or if you would like a cup of coffee.

How Long Are The Services? . . .

Generally the services last a little over an hour. If there is a special speaker or a special event (baptism, communion, etc) the service may run slightly longer.

What About the Offering. . .

If it is your first time at Otley Church, we do not expect you giving us anything. Your presence is a gift to us. The only thing we ask that you put in, is the red connection card which everyone fills out during the service. This allows us to follow up with you about your visit.

Is There Something For My Kids During the Service?. . .

For those who are too old to attend the nursery, Otley Church has a number of Activity Bags availalbe next to the Welcome center in the hallway behind the sanctuary. Included in the activity bags are coloring pages, crayons, books, and other activities. During the offering, children are dismissed to their Sunday School classes.

What Should I Wear? . . .

We worship in a relaxed setting. We ask that you wear what you feel comfortable in. You will see everything from a shirt and tie to shorts and a T-shirt. Come as you are!

Following the Service

 

Stop by the welcome center to pick up your gift

We'd like to thank you for stopping by and trying out our church. Simply ask the attendant at the Welcome Center and they will present you with a bag of goodies.

Enjoy a cup of coffee and a treat

Following the service we have a time of fellowship in the Fellowship Hall (which is straight through the 3 sets of double doors). If you don't like coffee there is also water or lemonade. Some prefer to drink their coffee and chat in the vestibule.

Consider a Bible Discovery Class

Teen and Adult Sunday School Classes begin at 11:00 am and run to 11:30. There are three classes offered for adults. The topics of these classes vary, but they will all be biblical and applicable to our lives in a contemporary world.  Discovery Hour for children is from 10:30-11:30.

Let us know about your experience.

We value you and your time. We want your experience at Otley Church to be wonderful. If your experience was anything less than satisfactory, please let us know and we will strive to improve for future guests. 

Come and see us again!