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Welcome to the Neighborhood!

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During a busy time of transition, we are so glad you have taken the time to visit our website! We hope to become acquainted soon! Let us briefly introduce to you ourselves and our Savior Jesus. 

 

Who is The Church of the Open Bible?

We are not a building or an address, we are a people. A group of people that have called upon Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. When Jesus was on this earth He said “I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:18). The Church of the Open Bible is a local gathering of people that is part of that church that Jesus promised to build.

 

Here are some questions you may have about us:

What are you all about? We exist to honor God by making and maturing disciples who together are becoming like the Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 28:19-20). As believers and followers of the Lord Jesus Christ, we desire to live and proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ as revealed in the Bible. Our church desires to equip believers to grow in grace by loving God, loving others, and communicating the truth of the Word of God. (Acts 2:47, John 17:20-23, Ephesians 4:11-12) 

What denomination are you? We are an independent church seeking to follow Jesus by giving careful attention to God’s Word the Bible. You can learn more about what we believe here.

Who leads the church? Our church is led by elders, which includes our pastor as the primary teacher. These biblically qualified men are responsible for the spiritual well-being of our church family. You can learn more about these men here.

What are church gatherings like? Everything we do centers around seeking the Lord in His Word the Bible. This means our music (whether new or old) is saturated in the truths of the Bible. It also means that we give attention to Scripture reading and Scripture focused prayers. Sermons are expositions seeking to explain what the Bible says and what that means for our lives. During our main worship service there are just under 200 in attendance.

When do you meet? Below are our regular public gatherings. More information can be found on our Service Schedule page.  We also have periodic in home gatherings, informal breakfast groups and bible studies in the community that have started because of a desire for God in His Word.

Sunday

  • Sunday School @ 9:30 a.m. (September - May)
  • Morning Worship @ 10:30 a.m. 
  • Evening Service @ 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday

  • Adult Prayer & Bible Study @ 7:00 p.m.
  • Youth Ministries @ 7:00 p.m

Is there child-care? Yes, our infant and toddler nurseries are staffed by multiple screened members that care for our children on a rotational basis enabling parents to focus in on God in His Word during worship.

What about children’s ministries? The most important way we seek to minster to our children is by equipping parents to raise their children listening to Jesus and living for him in all of life. In regular gatherings we have Kids Club and youth group on Wednesday evening, age graded Sunday School classes and Children’s Church during the 10:30 am service on Sundays. There are also regular Kids Craft and Kids Night Out events.

What is church life like? In one word we are family brought together by Jesus. We are not all the same, but we all have the same Savior and we love to do things together because of our common bond in Him. Beyond regular weekly gatherings, we seek to grow together as a spiritual family through various events (cookouts, cooking contests, monthly food fellowships after the Sunday evening service etc.) To see that we do something other than eating together take a look at our Church Calendar.

What is your history? Established in 1884 you can summarize our history with the words of Lamentations 3:22-23: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. You can read more about Our History.

 

Who is Jesus?

That is another way of asking this question: What is the gospel? The word “gospel” means good news and the Bible is clear that Jesus Himself is the good news (Mark 1:1; 1:14-15). Who is Jesus and what is the gospel are two questions getting at the same issue.

The core message of Christianity is the gospel of Jesus Christ.  The gospel is the good news in the Bible that communicates how a holy God made a way for sinful mankind to be restored in a relationship with him (1 Cor. 15:1-4).

The following is a summary answer to these questions. You can read an expanded and illustrated answer to the question “What is the Gospel?”.

  1. God’s Purpose: Honor and Serve Him God created man to honor, to serve, and to fellowship with him (Rev. 4:11; 1 Cor. 10:31; Ps. 16:11).
  2. Mankind’s Problem: Sin Man chose to sin against God rather than serve him (Romans 3:23; 1 John 3:4). We sin by doing what God has commanded us not to do or by not doing what God has told us to do.
  3. Sin’s Penalty: Death When man chose to disobey God, the result was death (Romans 6:23). The basic meaning of death is separation. The Bible teaches that there are three types of death, or separation that result from sin. Spiritual death separates a person from the life of God (Ephesians 2:1). Physical death separates a person’s soul from his or her body (Hebrews 9:27). Eternal death separates a person, both soul and body, from God forever in Hell (Revelation 20:15).
  4. Then how can we ever have eternal life? Throughout history individuals have tried many ways to gain or earn eternal life, but every attempt has been unsuccessful (Proverbs 14:12; Titus 3:5a; Ephesians 2:8-9).
  5. Christ’s Payment: Our Sinless Substitute Jesus Christ, God’s sinless son, was sent by the Father to pay the penalty for our sins by dying on the cross in our place (Romans 5:8; 1 Peter 3:18a).
  6. Our Pardon: Turn and Trust How do we cross the bridge to eternal life?  We must receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior (John 14:6). In order to receive Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, you must repent of your sins and put your trust in Jesus Christ alone as the only hope of eternal life (Act 3:19; 16:31a; Romans 10:13).
  7. God’s Promise: Eternal Life Jesus Christ said, “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.” John 5:24. This verse has one promise with three parts for the one who believes:
  • Has eternal life
  • Does not come into condemnation
  • Has passed out of death into life        

You need to ask yourself . . .

Do you need to receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior now?

To do so you must...

  • Admit that you have sinned against God and ask Him for forgiveness.
  • Believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is the Son of God Who died for you on the cross, rose from the dead, and is Lord.
  • Call upon Jesus Christ to be your Lord and Savior.

 

If you visit with us on a Sunday, we would like to give you as a gift a small book that goes into more detail answering the question “Who is Jesus?”

Service Times

Sunday
Sunday School @ 9:30 a.m.
(meets September - May)
Morning Worship @ 10:30 a.m.
Evening Service @ 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday
Adult Prayer & Bible Study @ 7:00 p.m.
Youth Ministries @ 7:00 p.m

Directions

We are conveniently located just three miles from the I-93/I-95 interchange at 3 Winn Street, Burlington, MA 01803.