“Becoming Like Jesus. Expanding God’s Kingdom.”
We want to become like Jesus and help others do the same thing. We recognize that we have not been asked to do this in isolation or in our own strength. Instead, we have been given the body of Christ and God’s very own Spirit to enable us to be the people that He has called us to be in our families, jobs, and community. God has called us to develop disciples that find, experience, and ultimately, become like Christ.
God's kingdom has come, and yet it is still coming. Jesus has brought His Kingdom to earth and yet we wait with anticipation for Him to come again with its full power and glory. We look to expand the rule and reign of God's Kingdom into all of our lives and all of our community both here and now. We do this by being Jesus to others and adopting his life for ourselves. We invite you to journey with us as we become and do all that God has for us.
1. Doing as Jesus did (Discipline)
We believe that a person cannot become like Jesus without doing the actual things that Jesus did. This is why we are deeply committed to living lives marked by spiritual disciplines and contemplative spirituality. It is through these disciplines that our souls are shaped and formed to become more and more like Christ.
2. Thinking as Jesus Thought (Freedom)
We believe that “doing” flows out of “being”. Once a person begins to think as Jesus thinks, their actions will soon reinforce that belief. This is why we must learn how to think about ourselves, others, and our own lives the same way that God does.
3. Loving as Jesus Loved (Community/Outreach)
We believe that the mission of the church is to continue the ministry of Christ to our world and community. We do that by loving others and by introducing them to the life that Jesus offers to each one of us. We do not love others to get something from them, but to be someone to them. This is why we prioritize outreach and community in everything that we do.
We are a community in Unity
We are a church that seeks to "make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace." (Ephesians 4.3) We recognize that there are many things in church life that can divide people, but we also recognize that through our cooperation with the Holy Spirit, we can help form a community that reflects God's love for all people. This is not just for our sake, though, but for the sake of those outside the church. As we mature in this oneness, we give the world evidence of God's love for them. (John 17.23)
1. We Form to Transform
We do not assemble to attend church, but to become more like Christ. As a community, we are intentional to both create and become disciples who enter into the abundant life that Jesus offers.
2. We Relate to Create
We develop people, not programs. It is through relationship that we pour into the lives of others so they are empowered to serve their family, church, and community.
3. We Gather to Scatter
We recognize the importance of bearing witness to Christ in our city by embracing a mission-focused mindset.
4. We Expect the Unexpected
We embrace the miraculous gifts of the Spirit, while also seeking to learn how to live in the tension and mystery that comes along with it.
5. We Contribute not Consume
We actively look for ways to serve the needs in our church and community. Our first concern is to find a way to contribute, not find out what's in it for us.
The people who make up Oasis Church come from various church and theological backgrounds. As Aimee Semple McPherson said, "In essentials-unity; in non-essentials-liberty; and in all things-charity".
As a whole, though, our church is rooted within historic Christian orthodoxy, and affirms The Apostles’ and Nicene Creeds.
The Apostles’ Creed:
"I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth; And in Jesus Christ His only Son our Lord; Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, Born of the Virgin Mary, Suffered under Pontius Pilate, Was crucified, died, and buried; He descended into hell; The third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, And sits on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; From there He shall come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in The Holy Spirit; The holy catholic* Church; The communion of saints; The forgiveness of sins; The resurrection of the body; And the life everlasting. Amen."
*catholic meaning ‘universal’
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