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
Ask for someone’s opinion on almost any subject and they’re likely to reply with “I feel that…” And it’s become more than just a figure of speech. Our culture has changed – from valuing beliefs arrived at through careful analysis to opinions based on how something makes us feel. Just try challenging someone to defend their ideas. It’s very likely you’ll be met with another popular feeling – outrage! Or try to give a reasonable defense for your beliefs. In many cases, the response won’t be a thoughtful comeback, but rather ridicule and attack.
The trouble is, it’s impossible to construct a coherent worldview based on emotion alone. Being passionate about something doesn’t render it true. Furthermore, feelings often cloud judgment, making it difficult to even consider whether or not we’re right.
Understanding the interplay between intellect and emotions is especially important to our relationship with God. Overemphasis on the mind produces arrogant, unfeeling Christians. Overemphasis on emotions produces uninformed, unstable Christians. In Mind and Heart, we’ll consider what the Bible teaches about the right balance between faith and feelings.
(We’re on summer break. We’ll start again in September)
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 Job reveals about suffering and hardship and God’s purposes in those things. Students are learning what the Bible teaching about how to become a Christian, and how to share that great news with their friends. Whatever your age or family situation, there is a place here for you!