Our Beliefs:

Lives Centered On the Gospel

THE GOSPEL

At Oak Grove, you will hear the word “gospel” repeatedly. That's because it is the most important truth that we can know & 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.” To understand why it's "good news," you have to understand the bad news. The bad news is that we are all born sinners. That's why the Bible tells us, "all have sinned & fall short of the glory of God" (Rom. 3:23). Because that's who we are, we are separated from a relationship with God, & destined toward an eternity without Him. But here's the good news: God came to rescue us! The gospel is the good news of God taking on flesh in the person Jesus,  living a life we could never live (one of perfection), dying in our place for our sin, & rising again three days later. Now, throug faith in Jesus, we can be forgiven, saved, made the sons & daughters of God, & have our lives & eternities forever changed.


The gospel is 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


The Bible

We believe the Bible is the inspired inerrant Word of God, written by human authors under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the ultimate source of truth for Christian beliefs and living.


The Trinity

We believe there is only one true God, Creator of heaven & earth, who eternally exists in three distinct persons: Father, Son, & Holy Spirit. We believe that all things were created by Him & for Him.


God the Father

We believe the Father is the source of all that God is & does. He is the designer of creation, the speaker of revelation, the author of redemption, & the sovereign of history.


God the Son (Jesus)

We believe that Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God, was born of a virgin, & is both fully God & fully human. Jesus came to give His life to pay the penalty of sin. He physically rose from the dead, ascended into heaven, & 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 & the new birth that results from faith in Jesus. He restrains sin & Satan. He indwells & sanctifies all believers.


Sin

We believe people were created in the image of God & in perfect relationship with God. However, due to Adam's sinful disobedience,  that image has been marred & humanity is alienated from God, as every person is born a sinner. 


Jesus' Sacrifice

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. After His resurrection, Jesus ascended into heaven where He now intercedes for believers.


Salvation

We believe that because of our sinful nature we all fall short of God’s perfect standard, & are incapable of gaining a right relationship with God through our own efforts. However, God solved this problem by sending His Son, Jesus; who, having lived a perfect life, willingly died in our place for our sin so that we might be saved from the punishment we're due. If we turn from our sins & trust in Jesus as Lord we will be saved (set free from the power of sin, & adopted as sons & daughters of God with the promise of eternal life with God).  We are saved by God's grace alone, through faith alone, in Jesus Christ alone.


The Last Things

God, in His own time & in His own way, will bring the world to its appropriate end. Jesus Christ will return personally & visibly, the dead will be raised, & Christ will judge all men in righteousness & truth. Those who reject Jesus will be condemned to eternal punishment in hell. Those who have put their faith in Jesus will receive their reward & live forever with Him in His eternal kingdom.


For a more detailed explanation of what we believe, you can CLICK HERE to view the

Baptist Faith & Message 2000.