What we do
Love Grow Serve - These three words describe who we are at Oak Grove.
LOVE: The Bible tells us that we are to love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength and to love our neighbors as ourself. We endeavor to do these two things, love God and love others, to the best of our ability. We don’t always get it perfect but we are committed to doing our best. We express our love to God through daily surrender and worship.
GROW: To grow is to become more like Christ everyday. This is achieved through daily Bible reading and prayer, connecting with others in small group Bible studies, mentoring, and accountability groups. We also grow in faith by learning to trust in God in the small and big challenges we face daily.
SERVE: God has uniquely gifted each of us with our personalities, talents and spiritual gifts and He wants to use these for His glory and the development of the church. We realize that to serve is to follow the leading and promptings of Christ, to put others first and to make ourselves available to God as we GO and make disciples.
We invite you to join us as we Love, Grow and Serve together. If you have questions about how you can get plugged in at Oak Grove, please give us a call at the office at 254-836-1628.
What we believe
There is only one God. This God exists and has always existed as three Persons—Father, Son, and Spirit. The Father, Son, and Spirit are not merely three manifestations or roles of one Person, but are three eternally-coexistent and eternally-distinct Persons. Yet each Person shares the same nature, essence, or being; in other words, each is God. Among God’s attributes are complete power, complete knowledge of all things (including knowledge of all future occurrences), and the ability to immediately affect His will at any place.
Genesis 1:1, 26, 27, 3:22; Psalms 90:2; Matthew 28:19; I Peter 1:2; II Corinthians 13:14; Luke 3:21,22; John 1:1-5, Isaiah 46:9,10
God the Father
The Father created and reigns over all that is seen and unseen. He is God. He is spirit, not physical, and therefore does not have a body. He is the Father of all who have faith in Jesus Christ.
Genesis 1:1, 26, 27, 3:22; John 4, Col 1:3-14; Galatians 4:6; John 14:1-17
God the Son
Jesus Christ is the only and eternal Son of God. All things were created through Him. He is God. He is eternally-begotten of the Father. He is not created, but is co-eternal with the Father and the Spirit. He was born of the Virgin Mary, thereby becoming fully human in both body and soul, while remaining fully God—giving up none of His divine attributes. Thus, He has both a sinless and complete human nature and a complete divine nature, and yet He is one person. Untainted by the sin of Adam, He lived a life without sin. His death on the cross was as a substitution and a payment for the sins of the world. He was buried, and on the third day after His death, He was resurrected in a physical, yet glorified body. He ascended into Heaven and will return again to judge the living and the dead.
Matthew 1:22, 23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5, 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14, 15; I Corinthians 15:3, 4; Romans 1:3, 4; Acts 1:9-11; I Timothy 6:14, 15; Titus 2:13
God the Spirit
The Holy Spirit is the eternal Spirit of God. He is God. He is not created, but is co-eternal with the Father and the Son. He indwells all who have faith in Jesus Christ. In addition to drawing believers to the faith, He cultivates Christian character in their lives and indwells the Church, bestowing spiritual gifts to believers for the Church’s growth.
II Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13, 14:16, 17; Acts 1:8; I Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; Ephesians 1:13, 5:18; Galatians 5:25
The Bible is the self-revelation of God to humankind and is thus the word of God. It was written by human authors under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Both the Old and New Testament point to Jesus Christ and are true without any mixture of error. The canon of protestant scripture is accepted to be the completed Bible.
II Timothy 1:13, 3:16; II Peter 1:20, 21; 3:16; Psalms 119:105, 160, 12:6; Proverbs 30:5; Luke 24:25-27
Humanity is the highest creation of God, the object of His love. God made humanity in His own image, and gave them dominion over creation. Humans were created by God without sin, yet fell into sin because of Adam’s rebellion. As a result of Adam’s sin, humans inherit a nature that is (1) guilty of Adam’s original sin (2) unable and unwilling to come to God, and (3) guilty of personal sins, which are the fruit of this depraved nature. Thus all of fallen humanity is guilty before God. A person’s fallen condition is remedied only by the Holy Spirit’s drawing that person to faith in Jesus Christ. Those who have faith in Jesus Christ are forgiven and adopted as children of God, and will spend eternity with Him.
Genesis 1:27; Psalms 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6; 59:1, 2; Romans 3:23; 5:12-21
Salvation is God’s redemption of a person from sin. It is offered to humankind through Jesus Christ. Salvation is the free gift of God. It is through faith in Jesus Christ (which is trusting in Christ’s completed work on the cross as the only sufficient payment for sin). Salvation includes (1) the work of the Holy Spirit to draw a person to Jesus Christ, (2) justification, one’s being forgiven and given the positive righteousness of Christ, (3) sanctification, the lifelong process by which the Holy Spirit transforms one’s character to be like Christ’s, and (4) glorification, which will be brought about when believers are bodily-resurrected to be forever with God. Those who do not receive salvation through faith in Jesus Christ will be eternally separated from God in Hell. Because God gives us eternal life through Jesus Christ, the believer is secure in his/her salvation for eternity. Salvation cannot be lost. It is maintained by the grace and power of God, not man.
Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8, 9; John 14:6, 1:12; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1; John 10:29; II Timothy 1:12; Hebrews 7:25, 10:10, 14; I Peter 1:3-5; John 3:16, 2:25, 5:11-13; Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:15; 1 Corinthians 15:35-55; Daniel 12:2
How we connect
We all need community. The Church is about people living life together and helping one another through mutual encouragement and love. The Christian life was never meant to be lived alone in isolation. We need one another. We identify three levels of community at Oak Grove:
The weekly worship service – the largest group
Small group Bible study – Sunday morning and Wednesday night
An accountability group of 2 to 3 people.
Each level of community is necessary to develop into fully mature disciples of Jesus Christ. Our desire is to see the weekly attender get plugged in to a small group and the small group member to connect with 1 or 2 others in accountability relationships. If you are looking for community, start with our Sunday worship services and then look for a small group to get involved.