SEVEN KEY BELIEFS WE HAVE AT THE CHURCH OF OAKLAND

GOD

We Believe GOD is the Creator and Ruler of all things. We worship one GOD in Three Personalities, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. GOD is Eternal, Perfect, Holy and the sole object and aim of our worship and living. It is in GOD we live, move and exist.

JESUS CHRIST

We Believe Jesus Christ is the Son of GOD, is equally GOD and came to earth to provide the way of salvation for us through His death on the cross and His resurrection. His sinless life showed us the heart of GOD. Jesus is in Heaven and will return for His Church made up of those who have called upon Him for salvation. Jesus Christ’s coming to save us is what we call the “Good News” or the “Gospel.

THE HOLY SPIRIT

We Believe the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of GOD, is equally GOD, has spoken through the Scriptures and makes us aware that we need a Savior in Jesus. The Holy Spirit compels, fills, seals, instructs, gifts and directs Believers in daily Christian living. The explosive power of the Spirit gives us new life in GOD through His Son Jesus.

THE BIBLE

We Believe the Bible is the Word of GOD. Though written by inspired human beings, its authorship, intent and revelation come from the Holy Spirit of GOD. It is GOD’s Word without error and teaches us what it means to live for GOD.

SALVATION

We Believe salvation is GOD’s gift given to us by way of Christ’s death on the cross and resurrection from the grave. We can do nothing to earn salvation; we must accept in faith the free gift GOD gives us in salvation. Through salvation we have eternal life that begins when we confess Jesus as Savior and carries us into GOD’s eternal presence. We cannot keep ourselves saved by our own efforts; rather, the grace of GOD saves us and keeps us saved.

THE SAVIOR

We Believe everyone is born as a sinner in need of a Savior. By accepting Jesus Christ as our Savior we are freed from the penalty and punishment of sin and will one day be saved from the presence of sin. We are all works in progress, but through the Word of GOD and GOD’s Spirit we are cleansed every day.

THE CHURCH

We Believe the Church is the Body of Christ. It is through the Church we learn, grow, share, worship encourage and support the spreading of the Gospel. We believe there are two ordinances in the Church; baptism by immersion in water after accepting Jesus as Savior and participation in the Lord’s Supper or Communion, a meal of bread and fruit of the vine that remembers the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ.