Shaped after the New Testament pattern
There are many ideas about what a church should be like. Sometimes church structures become so complicated that the essence of the New Testament pattern is obscured. At Oakwood Church, we want to put our best efforts into the core essentials of what a church should be doing. So when you attend a Sunday service you will experience prayer, expository preaching, and encouraging Christian fellowship. And throughout the week you’ll find opportunities to learn, connect, serve, and reach out.
We are intentionally simple. We welcome you to experience this with us.
Pastor David Sheppard
It’s not good for anyone to be alone – at least, not all the time. This is not mere opinion. After God created Adam, he declared that even though he had fellowship with Him, it wasn’t enough (Genesis 2:18). He created Eve to meet Adam’s need for human companionship. It’s God’s intent for us to share life with others.
It’s not that Adam was somehow flawed. The order of creation appears to be designed to, among other things, teach us that we need other people. And in itself, this is a good thing. It drives us to want to fit in, to belong somewhere, and thus avoid the perils of chronic isolation.
The problem is, because of sin, relationships are fractured. Selfishness and meanness are inherent to human nature. We include some and exclude others. Most everyone has experienced the pain of rejection and hatred.
This seems like a good place to reference the gospel, right? Something like, “Jesus came to save us from sin and selfishness, and put His love in us so we can build healthy relationships.” True, except that for a Christian, part of our calling is a life of rejection. Jesus said he came set family members against each other. We’re told we need to stop loving the world and all that’s in it. And we’re promised that if we behave in a godly way, we’ll be persecuted. Rejection is built-in to the Christian life.
In Clash of Cultures, we’ll look at what the Scripture says about living as exiles in the world. We’ll learn how a Christian should belong and not belong.
Come Together is a multi-generational event designed to integrate activity, music, fellowship and Bible study. Each Wednesday begins casually at 6:30 during which we hang out, drink some coffee, and catch up on the week’s events. At 7:00 we launch the activity / music / Bible study segment. Right now the adults are examining what the book of Titus reveals about how Christians should live in a rapidly changing culture. Our youth are learning what the Bible teaching about how to become a Christian, how to face the challenges life brings, and how to share the good news of Jesus with their friends. Whatever your age or family situation, there is a place here for you!