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Patrick Abendroth

Patrick AbendrothSenior Pastor of Omaha Bible Church

Pat is originally from Omaha and is a graduate of the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. It was during his time at UNL that Pat became a Christian. After earning his Masters degree from the Master’s Seminary in Southern California and serving in two college pastorates, Pat came to Omaha Bible Church as Senior Pastor. Pat and his wife Molly met at UNL and were married in 1991. They have five children, Jonathan, Natalie, Alexandra, Josiah and Owen.

Beyond his dynamic expository preaching ministry at Omaha Bible Church, the Lord has seen fit to use Pat through the radio ministry of Truth Matters, seminary lecturing, and speaking at various conferences in the U.S. and abroad. Pat is also the author of The Truth About Water Baptism.

On the lighter side, Pat is passionate about wakeboarding, motocross, and cruising the open road on his motorcycle.

The motivating factor in Pat’s life is: “To glorify Christ by proclaiming His most precious truth. I live for it!”

If you are interested in having Pat Abendroth speak at your church, conference, school, or retreat please contact him by calling the church offices at 402.573.1897. Many of Pat’s sermons are available to be heard online. You may also enjoy subscribing to the OBC podcast in iTunes.

For your encouragement, edification and to the glory of Christ, I have provided the audio links to some of my favorite sermons below.

Worship Matters

Worship Matters, Part 1

Worship Matters, Part 2

Worship Matters, Part 3

Worship Matters, Part 4

Worship Matters, Part 5

Justification

Justification (Part 1)

Justification (Part 2)

Sanctification

Sanctification

Gospel Fidelity – 2 Timothy

The Gospel is Everything (2 Timothy 1:1-2)

Gospel Fidelity, Part 1 (2 Timothy 1:3-18)

Gospel Fidelity, Part 2 (2 Timothy 1:3-18)

Gospel Fidelity, Part 3 (2 Timothy 1:3-18)

Gospel Mandates, Part 1 (2 Timothy 2:1-7)

Gospel Mandates, Part 2 (2 Timothy 2:1-7)

Motivations for Gospel Fidelity, Part 1 (2 Timothy 2:8-13)

Motivations for Gospel Fidelity, Part 2 (2 Timothy 2:8-13)

Coping with Gospel Infidelity, Part 1 (2 Timothy 2:14-26)

Coping with Gospel Infidelity, Part 2 (2 Timothy 2:14-26)

Spiritual Survival Tactics (2 Timothy 3:1-9)

Apostolic Encouragement, Part 1 (2 Timothy 3:10-17)

Apostolic Encouragement, Part 2 (2 Timothy 3:10-17)

Every Pastor’s Mandate, Part 1 (2 Timothy 4:1-8)

Every Pastor’s Mandate, Part 2 (2 Timothy 4:1-8)

The Priorities of the Dying Christian (2 Timothy 4:9-22)

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11 responses to “Patrick Abendroth

  1. keith

    February 27, 2008 at 9:06 pm

    It’s a shame you hold to the heresy of predestination. You seem to be straight-up and accurate, and a good preacher otherwise.

     
  2. barrydean

    February 28, 2008 at 11:16 am

    Keith,

    Thanks for stopping by. I am pleased to dialog with you about this. Which sermon are you referring to? If you are referring to Patrick Abendroth, he is the senior pastor of my local church. He is right on whenever he preaches about predestination because he preaches and teaches from scripture. I would have to totally disagree with your general statement that predestination is heresy. The bible teaches it in Romans 8, Romans 9:14-the end of the chapter, Ephesians 1 is all about predestination and election. I would like for you to read this document and listen to this sermon by John Piper about the subject and please re-think your attitude toward it. The link is below.

    Foreknown, Predestined, Conformed to Christ

     
  3. Really Robin

    February 28, 2008 at 12:58 pm

    Keith,

    Perhaps this teaching is outside the opinion or doctrine, or not in line with the teaching of your church (the Bible Dictionary definition of heresy), but it is not outside the doctrine of God’s word.

    You will find reference to God’s predestination and foreknowledge of His people. Jesus references us as His sheep. He says that all whom the Father gave Him will not perish or fall away.

    John 1:11-13 speaks on the rejection and acceptance of Christ.

    ‘He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, who were born not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.’ His own – the world; His own – the Jewish lineage; and those who received him – not by the will of man, but BY GOD.

    Romans 8:5-8 shows the folly of thinking man, in the flesh, can select God on their own.

    ‘For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace, because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so, and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.’

    So, while you may think you have chosen God, the Bible says otherwise. His chosen are drawn to Him through His use of the Holy Spirit. There is no way for a dead man to come to Christ on his own because he has no patience for hearing his need for Christ.

    This Romans passage, by the way, is the only place in the Bible where the will of man is referenced in regards to salvation.

    I pray you will read the article barrydean has linked for you.

    I am not suggesting you are not a believer, I am however suggesting you may be mistaken on how/why you are one.

     
  4. pastorsteve

    February 28, 2008 at 5:03 pm

    Hmmmmmmm…..
    the word election is in the bible “eklektos in the Greek” and the word predestined is in the Bible “prooridzo in the Greek”.
    So where is the heresy?
    Let’s see …
    predestined occurs before calling & before justification (see Romans 8:30).
    prooridzo – decide from the beginning, set aside beforehand

     
  5. keith

    February 28, 2008 at 8:17 pm

    I’m sorry, but when the Bible says that Christ died for ALL, I believe it was ALL. Not just some.

     
  6. barrydean

    February 29, 2008 at 10:04 am

    Keith,

    If you say that Christ died for all (which the bible in it’s context does not teach) then you are saying the following: Would you then say that the substitutionary death Christ died on behalf of our sin did not save those who have died denying Christ. And are also you saying that the mercy and grace of salvation given by the God the Father did not accomplish His own will when someone dies without believing?

    I would contend that Christ died for those whom the Father foreknew and had predesteined to be called and were justified according to His purpose.

    Ephesian 1:4 says that God the Father chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world. And in verse 5 – He predetermined us (those who would believe) for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ (meaning His atoning work) according to the purpose of His will.

     
  7. keith

    March 2, 2008 at 12:17 am

    The “world” doesn’t mean the “world”? Ok. Thanks for that huge bit of wisdom.

    Peter wrote that God wishes that we’d all repent. To me, that doesn’t sound like “some”. Of course, not all do repent. So, while God wishes for some things, it appears that sometimes it doesn’t happen. He gives us the choice to deny Him.

    I’m aware of the verses pertaining to election, but I am also aware that God wishes all would repent and be saved. So, we have seemingly contradictory verses.

    It is logical that since God calls us all to repent, and not all do, that He does in fact, give us a choice. What does “elect” mean in these verses? I don’t know. But I have no less reason to believe that you’re interpreting “elect” wrong than you have to believe that I’m reading “all” incorrectly.

    Having said that, I have no idea how you can comprehend a just and loving God that would create and predestine people to live and go to hell w/no chance whatsoever of salvation.

     
  8. barrydean

    March 2, 2008 at 9:15 am

    Keith,

    Once again I appreciate the dialog even though it has taken a turn toward sarcasm. I will address your last sentence.

    I comprehend a loving and just God by taking scripture in it’s context. Please don’t forget we all deserve to go to hell, God manifests His love, grace, and mercy buy electing some and not all. We all have chosen to rebel against God and choose hell. The Father grants those He would call to be saved by His grace, through faith in His son Jesus Christ. We all are responsible for our sin. Just because God does not elect someone, does not negate their responsibility for their sin. They will receive their JUST reward.

     
  9. keith

    March 2, 2008 at 5:41 pm

    I’m sorry, I don’t mean to disrespect you with sarcasm. I apologize for any offense taken at that point. In hindsight, my original comment about Pastor Abendroth could be taken as an insult as well. I’ve listened to several of Pastor Abendroth’s sermons, and aside from his calvinistic beliefs, I do consider him to be a straight-up, doctrinal teacher. I appreciate the fact that he teaches from the Bbile, on a much deeper level than most of the fluff that you get nowadays from preachers at other churches.

    Yes, we do all deserve hell for the sin that we do. The fact that we all need to pay the penalty for our sin proves the concept of a just and loving God. However, the idea that only some of us get the chance to repent and be saved? That flies in the face of love and justice. I don’t see that we can read in our own ideas to the passages mentioning elect and predestination to come to that conclusion.

     
  10. Randy Burner

    December 23, 2008 at 7:57 pm

    I like Pats 1 Timothy sermons and the Jude Series and the Ephesians 6.10 series.
    I was disappointed however to find that he takes the futuristic, dispenational view of Revelation. I instead read Revelation as a letter to the early church decribing the current situation (still current) in seven different ways. Not a Chronological prediction of the future.

    I see the time from Christ Rising through right now as the “tribulation”, the 144,000 is a symbol describing the church, as well as the two witnesses being a symbol describing the church. It says right in the beginning that it was “signified’ to John by the angel.

    So that tells me up front that if I see group of 144,000 of anybody, its a symbol, not an actual 144,000 of whatever it says. Same for the Two Witnesses. Its a symbol, and idea explaining something else.

    This is why I cant enjoy his Revelation series and I’m not going to bother listening to his Daniel teaching either, since people with this Hal lindsey view of Revelation usually mis understand Daniel as well.
    Still, I liked the other series I mentioned.

     
  11. Randy Burner

    December 23, 2008 at 8:07 pm

    Also I might add that Pat should take a closer look at that listing of twelve tribes for the 144,000.
    It is not a traditional listing of the actual tribes of Israel. It’s obviously a symbolic list. If you know your Old Testament, you will see that theres no way that it could be an actual listing of ethnic Israelites.

    No ill will is intened, however, on my part. Just pointing out why I cant follow or take to heart any of your Revelation sermons.
    I want to be adamant about the fact that I still believe he loves the lord and is as christian as they come. His views of Revelation and Old Testament prophecy have no bearing on that whatsoever, and I enjoy his other sermons immensly.
    God Bless!

     

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