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Gerald Murphy (’13) had one goal in mind for the campus of Ohio Christian University as he spoke during Fall 2019 Revival Week, and that was to have an encounter with Christ.

Murphy, a graduate of Ohio Christian, encouraged students to let go of their former selves and take on their new identity as sons and daughters of God. In order to take on this new identity, Murphy said that one must first stop self-identifying as a sinner saved by grace. “If you continue to call yourself a sinner,” he said, “you’re going to keep acting like one.”

Next, one must stop relying on their own actions or things outside of Christ to save them. “It wasn’t what you did that saved you, Jesus did that by dying on the cross,” Murphy said.

Lastly, Murphy explained that Christians must stop waiting for their insecurity to be gone before committing to following Jesus. “You’re going to give yourself to something. Why not give it to the One who made life?” he asked.

As a child of God, it is important to seek out and cling to His presence. “Whatever you get excited about, find out if God’s presence is really greater,” he said, referencing Psalm 84:10. If believers make the presence of God the most important factor in their lives, they can have a greater impact. “It wasn’t the shout that made the walls of Jericho fall,” Murphy said. “It was the presence of God that went before them.”

Murphy challenged students to remember they have an amazing opportunity to show Jesus to the people around them. It is the prayer of Ohio Christian that the events of Revival Week will continue to help students grow stronger in faith, causing a change in the community around them, as they develop into world-impacting servant leaders.

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Promoting Transformational Change

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Published: December 17, 2019

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Students Serve Alongside WGM in Uganda

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Published: October 16, 2019

At the end of May, a team from Ohio Christian University traveled to Uganda to serve alongside World Gospel Mission missionaries already working in the area. This trip would best be described as a vision trip rather than the typical mission work some may think of. The team got to see many different ministries the missionaries are working with as well as support them through fellowship and prayer. During the two weeks the team was abroad, they worked with a wide range of ministries, one of which is known as the Dignity project, providing women and girls with reusable feminine products...
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Ohio Christian Encouraged Student-Athletes to ADVANCE

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Published: October 16, 2019

The ADVANCE Mid-State League 2019 Leadership Summit on Sept 10 was a major success with over 450 students and coaches from Mid-State League member schools in attendance. The purpose of the event was to develop student-athletes into effective leaders within their teams and the broader community. Athletic Director David Bireline said, "to build this relationship between our university and the Mid-State League is very exciting for us as an athletic department. So many people played a role in making it happen, and we hope we can continue this relationship in the years to come." Ohio...
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Student Leadership Commissioning

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Published: August 19, 2019

A day before the majority of students were set to return, Ohio Christian University held a commissioning ceremony for students serving in leadership roles this semester. The event was meant to build unity among student leaders and prepare them to face challenges as a team. Director of Student Engagement Eric Fehr said, “It’s really important that our student leaders think of themselves as on a larger team with larger over-arching goals than just being an RA or on the Student Involvement Council [SIC] team. It is our hope that as various student leaders face challenges and difficulties...
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A day before the majority of students were set to return, Ohio Christian University held a commissioning ceremony for students serving in leadership roles this semester. The event was meant to build unity among student leaders and prepare them to face challenges as a team. Director of Student Engagement Eric Fehr said, “It’s really important that our student leaders think of themselves as on ... Read More
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Ohio Christian Hosts Youth Explosion

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Published: July 29, 2019

Ohio Christian University was happy to host the Youth Explosion camp on July 25 through 28. The camp was organized by the Marion Christian Center’s Youth Ministry. The event was meant to provide the opportunity to experience God in a real and impactful way. “This year, the theme is that God made them special and how to discover their gifts and talents to glorify Him” said Marion Christian Center Lead Pastor Perry Payne. Each day of camp kicked off with a student led devotional going over the Beatitudes of Jesus followed by real life breakout sessions. After lunch, students...
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Mount of Praise Recognizes OCU

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Published: June 24, 2019

The Churches of Christ and Christian Union (CCCU) set aside a special night on June 22 to recognize the ministry of Ohio Christian University. The night was part of CCCU’s 102nd annual camp meeting, Mount of Praise. OCU’s history is closely tied to CCCU, as it was born out of a Mount of Praise camp meeting over 70 years ago. For many years after the college met on the camp ground as the Mount of Praise Bible College, which was later changed to Circleville Bible College. As time passed and the college grew, it changed its name once more to Ohio Christian University in 2007. Dr. Jon...
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Archived Articles

Graduate Profile: Matt and Megan Harshbarger Team Up at Cornerstone Church

Published: November 18, 2019

In 2014 Matt and Megan Harshbarger graduated from OCU with degrees in Worship Leadership.  Today they serve together at Cornerstone Church in Akron, Ohio.  Matt is the Worship and Production Arts Director, and Megan is the Worship and Creative Arts Director. Megan produces and directs all services and special events, coordinating and co-leading worship teams at Cornerstone’s Mogadore and Portage Lakes campuses.  Matt guides and directs worship and production teams for weekend services and special events.  Together they support Senior Pastor Brenda Young and Mogadore Campus Lead Pastor...
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In 2014 Matt and Megan Harshbarger graduated from OCU with degrees in Worship Leadership.  Today they serve together at Cornerstone Church in Akron, Ohio.  Matt is the Worship and Production Arts Director, and Megan is the Worship and Creative Arts Director. Megan produces and directs all services and special events, coordinating and co-leading worship teams at Cornerstone’s Mogadore and ... Read More
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Student Profile: Tyler Forney Is Learning Service over Self

Tyler Forney Leading SOS Project

Published: August 27, 2019

Building safer houses, constructing new roofs, and laboring in Tennessee’s hot summer sun isn’t routine for OCU Junior Tyler Forney. What is routine is witnessing about Jesus, having a heart for Youth Ministry, and placing others' needs above his for the glory of God. Choosing to spend his summer with Service Over Self (SOS) in Memphis, Tyler, along with 40 other young adults, spread the Good News to middle and high school students and learned to be an SOS team leader. An avid OCU community member, Tyler appears happy-go-lucky, working for SAC, serving as a hall chaplain, and walking...
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Building safer houses, constructing new roofs, and laboring in Tennessee’s hot summer sun isn’t routine for OCU Junior Tyler Forney. What is routine is witnessing about Jesus, having a heart for Youth Ministry, and placing others' needs above his for the glory of God. Choosing to spend his summer with Service Over Self (SOS) in Memphis, Tyler, along with 40 other young adults, spread the ... Read More
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Rev. David Dean, Graduate

Graduate Profile: Rev. David Dean

Rev. David Dean, Graduate

Published: August 27, 2019

Upon graduation in Theology from Ohio Christian University, David Dean entered Olivet Nazarene University’s Church Management program and earned his Master's degree. Since then David has been an evangelist in many churches, camps, and colleges, as well as a servant in mission fields for 25 years. Since 2015, Rev. Dean is serving as OCU’s Director of Church Relations and Executive Director of the Toler Leadership Institutes. He is also the appointed Chairman of the Commission on Evangelism and Discipleship for Churches of Christ in Christian Union. Previously, David was Senior Pastor...
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University Recognized as a Top 20 Online Bachelor's of Ministry Degree Program

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Published: November 18, 2019

Press Release from OnlineSchoolsCenter.com: Ohio Christian University has been named a Top 20 Online Bachelor's of Ministry Degree recipient for 2019.  Students in Ohio Christian University’s online Bachelor of Leadership and Ministry program have many opportunities to direct the flow of their education through a concentration that is most suitable to their needs, and to work closely with a diverse group of peers and professors. For those interested in earning the Master’s degree, OCU also offers an impressive Master of Arts in Ministry program, with its own concentration options, to...
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Press Release from OnlineSchoolsCenter.com: Ohio Christian University has been named a Top 20 Online Bachelor's of Ministry Degree recipient for 2019.  Students in Ohio Christian University’s online Bachelor of Leadership and Ministry program have many opportunities to direct the flow of their education through a concentration that is most suitable to their needs, and to work closely with a ... Read More
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