Jesus has invited us to enjoy him
& to live our lives for the joy of others.
We believe God is working in the world redeeming a people for himself, renewing us to be fully formed into his image, reconciling us to live as a diverse family, and is sending us out to join him as he restores all things to embody his kingdom on earth as it is in heaven.
Following the way of Jesus is about realigning everything about our lives to participate with God in this work in us and around us. We also believe that we will not coast toward growth & change, but much like a vine will not grow with a trellis, or structure, we need a framework to serve as an intentional aim & structure that holds our lives together around Jesus and his life in us.
At The Oaks, we use this simple guide of 4 questions
to identify our current reality & to establish tangible goals to pursue next steps of faithfulness together.
cultivating our relationship with god
How am I daily growing in the grace of God?
Cultivating our relationship with Self
How am I humbly pursuing change by the Spirit of God?
Cultivating our relationship with others
How am I intentionally living all of life with the family of God?
Cultivating our relationship with our world
How am I sacrificially leveraging my unique calling on mission with God?
What does it mean to “follow” Jesus?
We hear the language “follower of Jesus” all the time, but what does it mean to be a disciple, or apprentice, of Jesus? Put simply, it means you reorganize your life around three goals—
1. Be with Jesus
2. Become like Jesus
3. Join what Jesus is doing
That’s it. But that’s an entire life's pursuit. It is not just an event on a Sunday, but a “way” of life in community around the teachings of Jesus. To live this way means we need to be changed, from the inside out. Is this kind of deep, authentic radical change of character possible? Really? Even in the chaos of the modern, digital, urban world? The answer is: absolutely yes. Through teaching, practice, community, and the Holy Spirit, we can recover our humanity in apprenticeship to Jesus.