Gospel Story: We are a part of God’s story.
We are all a part of an intricate story that has God as its glorious author. The pages of Scripture tell the story of a beautiful creation, a tragic separation between God and man, the rescue of His people through Jesus, and the mission that the church is now sent to accomplish until Jesus returns. Because this story permeates every aspect of our life, we want this gospel (good news) story to permeate our sermons, music, gatherings, missional communities, conversations, and everything in between.
We often summarize the gospel with four words: Jesus in my place. Because Jesus was perfectly obedient, we can become perfectly righteous. Because Jesus died to pay the penalty of our sin, we can have life. Because Jesus defeated death and sin in His resurrection, we are no longer held captive to fear or temptation. This gospel changes everything about us and we could never outgrow it. The gospel is not just the front door of the Christian life, it is the entire house that we live our lives in!
Identity: We are Sons and Daughters in Christ.
Who are you? It is easy to point to our occupation, geographical location, social status, or roles as the label for our identity. These are poor substitutes for the Identity that God intended for you to have. God wants each of us to be restored to our true identity as Sons and Daughters through the work of Christ. We are not slaves to a religious system. We are not orphans left alone in the world. We are Sons and Daughters, children of God, no matter the career, social status, or label that the world gives us. The gospel gives us a new identity. This is why we believe the church is a hospital for sinners, not a beauty pageant for people that have it all together. We have been made new and continually being made new until we see Jesus face to face.
Mission: We live sent.
As the gospel grows deeper in disciples, it grows wider in the world. God has sent us on a mission to bring restoration through the Gospel. We get to be a public display of the kind of healing and rescue that only Jesus can bring. Because of what God has done for us, we seek to bless our neighbors and be a blessing to our communities. We seek to love others through word and deed. God has called us to be a light to our neighbors and the nations by loving everyone and making disciples. This means intentionally living with and loving those where we live, work, and play. Mission begins with the question: Who is close to me, but far from God?
Family: We are a family.
Some people think the church is “like” a family. We know that it is a family. When God made us each a new person, He also made us a new people. Our church is a family where we honor one another, assume the best, and sacrifice for one another’s needs. God has designed us to live in community with one another. We share our struggles and encourage one another. We mourn our tragedies and rejoice in our blessings together.
Generosity: It is more about what is in your heart, than what is in your hands.
Diversity: The Gospel is good news for all people.
We are committed to pursuing uncommon unity. The cross of Christ not only crushes the power of sin, it creates bridges. When Jesus returns, there will be people of every ethnicity, age, and economic status gathered around His throne. The Oaks is a church for all people. We seek to make people a priority, not preferences. We believe that the gospel is best displayed in a multi-ethnic church. We believe that the family of five, the single parent, and the college student all need Jesus. The gospel is good news for each person without exception. God has made us each unique in His plan, but united in His purpose.