What We Believe
We're people who care deeply about following Jesus and caring for others. As part of the Evangelical Free Church of America (EFCA), we believe God designed the church to be a family of Jesus Christ's disciples who are mission-focused and gospel-centered.
A community that loves Jesus and lives to make His love known.
This vision statement, created in 2022, reflects Oakwood's desire to be outward focused by helping others and living our lives in ways that people would see Jesus through us. We are committed to serving, making disciples, praying and growing.
Statement of Faith
Our statement of faith binds us together as a church family and affirms what we believe is rooted in the Word of God.
We believe in one God, Creator of all things, holy, infinitely perfect, and eternally existing in a loving unity of three equally divine Persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Having limitless knowledge and sovereign power, God has graciously purposed from eternity to redeem a people for Himself and to make all things new for His own glory.
We believe that God has spoken in the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, through the words of human authors. As the verbally inspired Word of God, the Bible is without error in the original writings, the complete revelation of His will for salvation, and the ultimate authority by which every realm of human knowledge and endeavor should be judged. Therefore, it is to be believed in all that it teaches, obeyed in all that it requires, and trusted in all that it promises.
The Human Condition
We believe that God created Adam and Eve in His image, but they sinned when tempted by Satan. In union with Adam, human beings are sinners by nature and by choice, alienated from God, and under His wrath. Only through God’s saving work in Jesus Christ can we be rescued, reconciled and renewed.
We believe that Jesus Christ is God incarnate, fully God and fully man, one Person in two natures. Jesus-Israel’s promised Messiah-was conceived through the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He lived a sinless life, was crucified under Pontius Pilate, arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father as our High Priest and Advocate.
The Work of Christ
We believe that Jesus Christ, as our representative and substitute, shed His blood on the cross as the perfect, all-sufficient sacrifice for our sins. His atoning death and victorious resurrection constitute the only ground for salvation.
The Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit, in all that He does, glorifies the Lord Jesus Christ. He convicts the world of its guilt. He regenerates sinners, and in Him they are baptized into union with Christ and adopted as heirs in the family of God. He also indwells, illuminates, guides, equips and empowers believers for Christ-like living and service.
We believe that the true church comprises all who have been justified by God’s grace through faith alone in Christ alone. They are united by the Holy Spirit in the body of Christ, of which He is the Head. The true church is manifest in local churches, whose membership should be composed only of believers. The Lord Jesus mandated two ordinances, baptism and the Lord’s Supper, which visibly and tangibly express the gospel. Though they are not the means of salvation, when celebrated by the church in genuine faith, these ordinances confirm and nourish the believer.
We believe that God’s justifying grace must not be separated from His sanctifying power and purpose. God commands us to love Him supremely and others sacrificially, and to live out our faith with care for one another, compassion toward the poor and justice for the oppressed. With God’s Word, the Spirit’s power, and fervent prayer in Christ’s name, we are to combat the spiritual forces of evil. In obedience to Christ’s commission, we are to make disciples among all people, always bearing witness to the gospel in word and deed.
We believe in the personal, bodily and premillennial return of our Lord Jesus Christ. The coming of Christ, at a time known only to God, demands constant expectancy and, as our blessed hope, motivates the believer to godly living, sacrificial service and energetic mission.
Response and Eternal Destiny
We believe that God commands everyone everywhere to believe the gospel by turning to Him in repentance and receiving the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe that God will raise the dead bodily and judge the world, assigning the unbeliever to condemnation and eternal conscious punishment and the believer to eternal blessedness and joy with the Lord in the new heaven and the new earth, to the praise of His glorious grace. Amen.
Are you ready to follow Jesus?
The Bible teaches us that, from the beginning, God's plan was perfection. He created everything to live in harmony. Man rebelled against this perfection and sin entered the world. Jesus, who is God, came to rescue his people through His life, death and resurrection. Declaring faith in Jesus alone allows us to have a restored relationship with God. We suggest a prayer like this:
“Dear Lord Jesus,
I know I am a sinner, and I ask for your forgiveness. I believe you died for my sins and rose from the dead to restore my relationship with God. I trust and follow you as my Lord and Savior and I ask you to guide my life and help me to do your will. In your name, amen.”
Interested in baptism?
Baptism is a tangible picture of loving and believing in Jesus. By being publicly baptized, we are identifying with Jesus, His message and His people. Jesus calls His people, those who have trusted Him as their Savior and want to live for Him, to be baptized.
We reserve baptism for those who have intentionally placed their faith in Jesus Christ and are active followers of His. Given this, we don't baptize infants; rather, we highly encourage parents to participate in Child Dedication. At the point that children give their lives to Jesus, we delight in baptizing them.
If you are interested in baptism, please contact the church office at or 262-367-1212.