WHAT WE BELIEVE
When it comes to doctrine, culture, traditions, politics, preferences, etc., The Oaks takes a “closed-hand / open-hand” approach.
The Closed Hand: hangs onto the non-negotiable tenets of the Christian faith: sin is the problem, Jesus is the answer, the Bible is true, Hell is hot, Heaven is real, Jesus is coming again.
The Open Hand: allows for differences when it comes to secondary matters; we gladly allow for freedom, for wisdom, and knowledge to guide where the Bible is silent. The open hand fosters unity among the diversity of expressions found in the Oaks family.
Our goal is always love and concern for our friends so that we don’t enjoy our freedom at the expense of their faith. In this way, we are seeking to simultaneously search for biblical truth, obey the Bibles’ commands, to learn and apply sound doctrine, to love our Christian brothers and sisters, to avoid unnecessary divisions, and to give away the Good News freely.
Basic Beliefs that we believe are essential (closed hand):
- that the Scriptures are divinely inspired, true, authoritative, and sufficient (Ps. 19:7-11; 2 Tim. 3:16: 1 Pt. 1:25; 2 Pt.. 1:19-21).
- that there is only one truly and living God (Deut. 6:4; Gen. 1:1; Is. 43:3,15; 1 Tim. 1:17; 2:5).
- that the eternal God reveals Himself as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Gen. 1;26; Ps. 45:6-7; Matt. 28:17-20).
- that Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God, was born of a virgin and is both fully God and fully human (Matt. 1:20; Luke 2:52; John 1).
- that all humanity (excluding Jesus) by birth, choice, and action are sinners (Gen. 3; Rom. 3:23; 5:6, 8, 12; Col. 1:21; Eph. 2:1-3). that
deserved penalty for sin is death, both physical and spiritual (Gen. 3:19; Rom. 5:12; 6:23).
- that Jesus Christ physically died as a substitute to pay the penalty of sin (John 1:29; 10:1-18; 1 Cor. 15:1-4 1 Pt. 3:18).
- that Jesus Christ physically rose from the dead (Matt. 28:1-20; Mark 16:1-8; Luke 24).
- that Jesus physically ascended into heaven and will one day physically return (Jan. 14:3; Acts 1:11; 1 Thess. 4:16; Rev. 1:7).
- that there will be a future resurrection of the dead. Those who trust in Jesus Christ alone will be raised to eternal reward and those
who reject Jesus will be raised to eternal punishment (Matt. 25:31-46; John 5:28-29).
- that only by trusting in the person and work of Jesus Christ alone can I be reconciled to God and experience true life and joy (John 3:16- 18; Acts 4:12; Rom. 3:21-26).
- that baptism is by immersion after one has trusted in Jesus (Matt. 3:13-17; Rom. 6:3-5).
- that the family is ordained by God as the foundational institution of human society (Gen. 1:26-27; Eph. 5; Rom. 1:18-32).