Proclaiming and Protecting the Truth

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Our passion at Olive Tree Christian Resources is to take full advantage of every opportunity to proclaim and protect the life-changing truths God has revealed to us in His Word, the Bible. Our prayer is that many will embrace the glorious truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ and, with the help of in-depth Bible teaching, grow in their faith and love for Him.

CURRENT STUDY: An exposition of the Gospel of John

We invite you to join us as Pastor Harrell unpacks this magnificent gospel that reveals Jesus as the Son of God. He said this, “Beloved, as we examine the words of this sacred volume, it is my prayer that the Spirit of God will produce within you a profound awareness of inner joy and increasing faith in our glorious Savior—so much so that you will be able to say with the psalmist, “God my exceeding joy” (Ps 43:4).


Preaching Distinctive

". . . we exist to equip the saints through expository preaching, teaching . . ."

Saints cannot be equipped for godly living and service apart from precise theology (Ephesians 4:11-16). This is the goal of expository preaching and teaching. The term "exposit" literally means to expound or explain in a detailed manner. Expository preaching is therefore a doctrinal proclamation of the Word of God derived from an exegetical process that is concerned only with the revelation of God, not the wisdom of man, and therefore carefully conveys the God-intended meaning of a text, passionately applying that meaning to the contemporary issues of life with an internal zeal and authority that cannot be extinguished.

Although this kind of preaching and teaching is rare in contemporary evangelicalism, since this was the method exemplified in the Bible (Neh. 8:8; Acts 7:2-53; 8:27-35; 20:26-27; Luke 4:16-22; 24:27, 32, 44-47), and since we have a divine mandate to "preach the Word" (2 Timothy 4:2), we believe that this is the God ordained method and we remain committed to it.

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"I hear that unsound and slight thoughts of the work of the Holy Spirit are entertained by many in these days, and that he is grieved thereby. I heard a man this week assert in a speech that ‘Influences are inseparably connected with all truths, so that if the truth be set forth sufficiently clear, accompanied with strong reasons and earnest persuasions it will prevail with all.’ If so, nothing more is wanted but that we be strong and eloquent speakers, persuasive, eloquent and clever; and we shall then overcome the world! Is there not here a want of perceiving the corruption, obstinacy, and spiritual deadness of man, and the consequent necessity of the Almighty Spirit to enlighten and overcome him?”
 
Welsh leader and preacher, John Elias, 1838

Who is Jesus Christ?
Who is Jesus Christ

A Spirit Empowered Testimony
John 15:26-27

Why the World Hates Christians
John 15:17-25

Christ's Love and Our Assurance
John 15:12-16