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Milestones & Ordinances
Joining Oak Hills Church does not have its “privileges,” it really has its responsibilities. Annually signing your name on a covenant form that says “you can count on me this year, I’m in. I’m here to serve, to give, to be accountable with my Christian life and to see the mission of the church move forward” can change your life.
The ordinance of baptism by immersion in water (not sprinkling) is commanded in the Scriptures (Mark 16:16). All who repent and believe in Jesus Christ as personal Savior and Lord are to be so baptized. This act of baptism symbolically declares to everyone that the old sinful life and lifestyle of the baptized believer died with Christ at salvation and a new spiritual being has been raised with Christ (in His resurrection) to live a new life. (Matthew 28:19; Mark 16:16, Acts 10:47-48; Romans 6:4) We offer baptism periodically during special services.
The Bible says that children are a heritage and a reward from the Lord (Psalm 127:3). God has given parents the tremendous responsibility of raising their children in the ways of the Lord (Ephesians 6:4). He entrusts parents with the responsibility of establishing a foundation built upon Jesus Christ early in the lives of children. In view of this responsibility, Oak Hills Church believes baby dedications are actually family dedications. Christian parents are to do all they can to “set apart” their child to God until that child can make his or her own choice regarding a relationship with Jesus Christ. Parents make a vow to raise their child in God’s ways and not their own.
God takes marriage seriously; it's a sacred covenant not to be taken lightly. Oak Hills also takes marriage seriously. We offer pre-marital counseling and recommend it begin one year in advance. It is an honor for Oak Hills and its Pastors to be a part of your wedding ceremony and we are committed to making it a meaningful and joyous time in your lives. If you are interested in being married at Oak Hills Church and by one of our Pastors, please contact the church office 651-289-1570.
We believe divine healing from God is an integral part of the gospel and deliverance from sickness is provided in the Atonement (Christ’s suffering and death for our reconciliation with God). Even today, God miraculously intervenes in the lives of hurting people suffering from emotional, spiritual and physical pain. Though we cannot explain why some are healed while others are not, God knows all and does all things well according to a purpose only He knows. The fact that some are not healed does not destroy the fact that God can and does heal. We believe neither the laying on of hands nor anointing with oil is indispensable for healing, for often in Scripture healing takes place without either. But at times, the touch of a praying person and the application of oil are an encouragement to faith, and such a practice is enjoined by Scripture (James 5:14-16). We have a special emphasis on prayer for healing with anointing with oil on a monthly basis at our weekend services.
The Lord’s Supper or Communion, consisting of bread and the fruit of the vine, is a memorial of Christ’s suffering and death (1 Corinthians 11:26). In eating and drinking the symbols of Christ’s suffering and death, the believer expresses his awareness that through salvation he (1) has been made right with God, and (2) shares the divine nature of eternal life through our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Peter 1:4). The ordinance also looks forward to Christ’s second coming (1 Corinthians 11:26) for it is a reminder to proclaim the Lord’s death “until He comes!” We offer open communion on a monthly basis.
Statement Of Beliefs
We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testament to be the verbally inspired word of God, the final authority for faith and life, infallible and God-breathed (II Tim 3:16, 17; II Peter 1:20,21; Matt 5:18; John 16;12,13).
We believe in one Triune God, eternally existing in three persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit-co-eternal in being, co-eternal in nature, co-equal in power and glory, having the same attributes and perfections (Deut. 6:4; II Cor. 13:14).
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God became man without ceasing to be God, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit, and born of the Virgin Mary, in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful man (John 1:1,2,14; Luke 1:35). We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through His death on the cross as a representative, vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice; and that our justification is made sure by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead (Romans 3:24; I Peter 2:24; Eph. 1:7; I Peter 1:3-5). We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended into heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God where as High Priest, He fulfills the ministry of representative, intercessor, and advocate (Acts 1:9, 10; Hebrews 7:25, Hebrews 9:24; Romans 8:34; I John 2:1-2).
We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, but that through Adam’s sin the race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God. Man has a radical pervasiveness to sin, and of himself is utterly unable to remedy his lost condition (Genesis 1:26, 27; Rom 3:22, 23, 5:12; Eph 2:1-3, 12). We also believe that humanity is created in the image of God and in that has intrinsic value. This is seen in the reality of Jesus Christ’s incarnation, becoming a man, and his willingness to die for humanity.
We believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, whose precious blood was shed on Calvary for the forgiveness of our sins (Eph 2:8-10; John 1:12; Eph 1:7; I Peter 1:18-19).
We believe and practice two ordinances – (1) water baptism by immersion after repenting of ones sins and receiving Christ’s gift of salvation, and (2) holy communion (the Lord’s Supper) as a symbolic remembrance of Christ’s suffering and death for our salvation. We recognize believer’s baptism and the Lord’s Supper as scriptural means of testimony for the church in this age (Matt. 28:19, 20; Acts 2:41, 42; Acts 18:8; I Cor. 11:23-26).
We believe that the baptism in the Holy Spirit is a special experience following salvation where additional power for life and ministry are given by God to the believer, just as in New Testament times. We believe that the initial physical evidence of the baptism in the Holy Spirit is the ‘speaking in tongues’ as experienced on the Day of Pentecost and referenced throughout Acts and the Epistles (Acts 2:4; 8:12-17; 10:44-46; 15:7-9). This miraculous and spiritually profitable practice includes the ability to have non-cognitive communication with God by means of speaking in tongues and is given first for personal edification (I Corinthians 14:4), and when interpreted, for public edification (I Cor. 14:13, 26, 27).
We believe that sanctification initially occurs when a person identifies with Christ, and accepts in faith His sacrificial death and victorious resurrection. Sanctification continues as a progressive lifelong process of separating from evil and identifying with things that are good, upright, and pure and becoming more fully devoted to Christ (Rom 12:1-2; 1 Thess. 5:23; Heb 13:12).
We believe that the church, which is the body and espoused bride of Christ, is a spiritual organism made up of all born-again persons of this present age (Eph 1:22,23; 5:25-27; I Cor. 12:12-14; II Cor. 11:2). We believe that the establishment and continuance of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament scriptures (Acts 14:27, 18:22, 20:17, I Timothy 3:1-3, Titus 1:5-11). The Church has a Mission to seek and save all who are lost in sin and to build a unified body of believers fully devoted to Jesus Christ (Luke 19:10; Eph 4:12).
We believe that God is sovereign in the bestowing of spiritual gifts. It is, however, the believer’s responsibility to attempt to develop their God-given spiritual gift(s). We believe it is the privilege and responsibility of every believer to minister according to the gift(s) and grace of God given to him/her (Romans 12:1-8; I Cor. 12; I Peter 4:10-11).
We believe that divine healing of the sick is a privilege for all believers and is provided for in Christ’s atonement (His sacrificial death on the cross for our sins). We believe that God does hear and answer the prayer f faith, in accordance with His own will, for the sick and afflicted (Isaiah (53:4-5; Luke 4:18-19; James 5:14-17; I John 5:14-15).
We believe in the ‘blessed hope’, the personal, imminent coming of the Lord Jesus Christ for His redeemed followed by the visible return of Christ with His saints to reign on the earth 1000 years (U Thes. 4:13-18; Zech. 14:4-11; Rev. 19:11-16, 20:1-6; I Thes. 1:10, 5:9; Rev. 3:10; Rev 20:1-6). Anyone whose name is written in the Book of Life (salvation) will be spared from eternal punishment and will look forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness will dwell and reign forever (Mett, 25:46; II Peter 3:13; Rev. 20:11-15; Rev. 21-22).