At Oak Grove, you will hear the word “gospel” repeatedly. That's because it is the most important truth that we can know and experience. The gospel is not merely a message that needs to be shared with non-Christians, but also with Christians. It is not something that mature Christians move on from, but rather something that they move deeper into.
The Apostle Paul defined the word “gospel” in 1st Corinthians 15:3-4 when he wrote, “Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures” (ESV).
The word “gospel” literally means “good news.” It is the good news of God taking on flesh through the person Jesus Christ and rescuing mankind by His perfect life that we could never live, His substitutionary death that we deserved, and the resurrection that now gives us true life through His Spirit. While the gospel can be stated in a sentence, it is also the grand narrative that is told throughout the entire Bible from Genesis to Revelation. The gospel is the glorious story of how God is reconciling the whole world back to Himself through the life, death and resurrection of His Son Jesus Christ. It is personal, yet cosmic. It is simple, yet infinite.
A Summary of Our Beliefs
We believe that the Bible was supernaturally inspired by God so that all its words are the written true revelation of God, it is therefore inerrant and authoritative in all matters.
We believe there is only one true God, Creator of heaven and earth, who eternally exists in three distinct persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. All things exist for His glory.
God the Father
We believe the Father the source of all that God is and does. He is the designer of creation, the speaker of revelation, the author of redemption, and the sovereign of history.
God the Son (Jesus)
We believe that Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God, was born of a virgin, and is both fully God and fully human. Jesus came to give His life to pay the penalty of sin. He physically rose from the dead, ascended into heaven, and will one day physically return.
God the Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit is the giver of all life. He is the agent of inspiration and the new birth; He restrains sin and Satan; and He indwells and sanctifies all believers.
We believe that Adam, the first man, willfully disobeyed God, bringing sin and death into the world. As a result, all persons are sinners from conception, which is evidenced in their willful acts of sin. The deserved penalty for sin is both physical and spiritual death.
We believe that Jesus Christ died as the sacrificial substitute to pay the penalty for sin. Three days after His death, Jesus Christ physically rose from the dead, ascended into heaven where He now intercedes for believers.
We believe that only through faith in the person and work of Jesus Christ and repentance from sin can one be reconciled to God and experience true life and joy, now and in eternity.
A New Testament church of the Lord Jesus Christ is a local body of baptized believers who are associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the gospel and seeking to extend the gospel to the ends of the earth. This church is an autonomous body. The New Testament speaks also of the church as the body of Christ, which includes all of the redeemed of all the ages.
The Last Things
God, in His own time and in His own way, will bring the world to its appropriate end. Jesus Christ will return personally and visibly, the dead will be raised; and Christ will judge all men in righteousness. The unrighteous will be consigned to Hell. "The righteous" will receive their reward and will dwell forever in Heaven with the Lord.
For a more detailed explanation of what we believe you can CLICK HERE to view the Baptist Faith & Message 2000.