Our beliefs are based on the clear teachings of scripture and our intention is to keep Christ and his message as the focal point of our unity and theology. Where the Bible is not clear we won’t be dogmatic, but adhere to the historical Christian dictum: “In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; in all things, charity.”

We believe in one God, eternally existing in three distinct persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

We believe God created and sustains all things and is at work in the world to redeem all of creation.

We believe that God is holy and abounding in love and all that is good, beautiful and true have their origin in him.

We believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, fully human and fully divine, conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He lived, taught, died on the cross for our sins and bodily rose again for our redemption and ascended into heaven.

We believe in the gift of the Holy Spirit at conversion: indwelling, guiding, convicting and strengthening us to live and bear fruit in the Kingdom of God.

We believe that the Bible is the inspired word of God and is our authority in faith and action as well as revealing the story of God and his on-going redemption of humanity.

We believe that all people have fallen and sinned and become estranged from God. The result of our sin is the pain, suffering, and alienation that have entered all of creation.

We believe that it is through faith in Christ alone that we are rescued, both now and for eternity.

We believe in the present reality and power of the Kingdom of God and that we have been invited to enter its safety and sufficiency as we join with God in his work in the world.

We believe in the dignity and worth of all people, created in the very image of God, and of God’s deep desire for each man, woman and child to be reconciled and in relationship with him.

We believe in the universal church as the fellowship of believers and as the body of Christ sent to the world to reveal the Kingdom of God. This is lived out through the local church, which eagerly invites others to join them in following Jesus.

We practice the sacraments of Baptism and Communion that were established by Jesus, believing that they are more than symbolic and that in some mysterious way Christ is real and present with us when we celebrate them.

We believe all who put their faith in Jesus are called to be his disciples and to experience spiritual transformation into the character of Jesus Christ. Our intentional effort is required to pursue this change in cooperation with the action of the Holy Spirit.

We believe that sin and suffering will not have the last word but anticipate Jesus’ return to set the world right and irrevocably establish his eternal kingdom of love and justice.

Baptism

Baptism is a celebration of what God has done in the life of a Christ follower. Matthew 28:19-20 teaches us that followers of Christ are to be baptized and that it is one of the first steps in this life-long journey of discipleship.

At Oak Hills, we recognize that people come from many different church backgrounds, some of which practice infant baptism. While we want to attempt to honor that experience, we also want to attempt to tie our baptism services as closely as possible to the biblical tradition.

In the bible, men and women were baptized following their belief in Jesus. Following the biblical example, soon after a person has decided to receive Christ into their life, they are encouraged to be baptized.

Membership

At Oak Hills, learning to live more fully in the Kingdom of God is what it’s all about. And that’s why membership at Oak Hills isn’t about joining a church; it’s about intentional steps toward spiritual growth. For many, the membership process is a practical step individuals can take to turn their desire for spiritual growth and transformation into reality.

We’ve developed a unique approach at Oak Hills where membership is linked to discipleship. Membership is not an all-inclusive process of spiritual formation; it’s a place to begin. Going through the membership process will introduce you to a few of the “how-to’s” to spiritual growth. Our desire is that after completing the membership process, a person has a better idea of how to live in the reality of the Kingdom of God.

Members of Oak Hills Church are essentially women and men committed to cooperating with the Holy Spirit to become more fully formed in Him. Pursuing membership is an individual choice. Whether or not you are interested in becoming a member, we encourage you to participate in the life of our church and continue to learn how to live in the reality of God’s Kingdom. Our Discover Oak Hills and Spiritual Formation classes provide people the opportunity to move a step or two in that direction.