IT’S ALL ABOUT JESUS ✝
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” Hebrews 13:8
He’s the Unchanging Person. Yesterday. Today. Forever. The same Jesus who formed the earth and all its life with His words…the same Jesus who walked the earth and ate food with sinners and healed broken people…the same Jesus who never once sinned, but was executed as the worst of all sinners and died for yours…the same Jesus who conquered death and the grave so you can live forever in an unbroken body…the same Jesus that sits at the right hand of the Father praying for you…the same Jesus who will return one day to rule and reign over all things and everyone as King of Kings and Lord of Lords…it’s all about Him. He loves you with an undying love and he wants nothing more than to be your Lord and Savior. And He hasn’t changed. He is still all of the above and so much more. So at OCF, its all about Jesus. Without apology, he is the most important fact you will ever learn about our church. He is our absolute absolute.
WHO ARE WE?
Oakleaf Christian Fellowship is a church in the Southwest part of Jacksonville. We started in 2004. Since day one, we have attempted to be a family of followers of Jesus Christ who seek to reach out to our community.
We are a non-denominational church with a modern style of music in our worship services. Dress is usually more casual, and all are invited.
Ok, that’s the bare facts. But we’re much more than the bare facts.
We have a core Bible verse: 1 Thessalonians 2:8 “Because we loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well.”
A church is a connected group of people…not a building, and not only a worship service on Sunday morning. That is why at OCF we strive to talk as much about ways to connect throughout the week as our Sunday morning worship service. Don’t get us wrong…we believe there is great importance in gathering every Sunday morning to worship God together. However, most of our life is lived Monday through Saturday…outside the four walls of the church building. So, our aim is to follow God all of the time, and not just on Sunday mornings. One more thing, Jesus really wants a relationship with you. He loves you and He will pursue you to the ends of the earth. But, He won’t force himself on you. And neither will we. So, you are free to come and check out our church without fear that we will stalk you for the rest of your life. Just know that we will always be promoting a brand of Christianity that involves being connected to others in ways that go beyond our simple Sunday morning gathering.
We are part of a greater community of churches and missionaries called the Malachi Network. This is a group of like minded people seeking to make the name of the Lord “great among the nations.” (Malachi 1:11) CLICK HERE for more info on the Malachi Network
SUNDAY MORNING 10:00 AM:
Childcare for infants and toddlers is provided for the entire service. Children (K-6th grade), stay with their parents during the worship music, and are released later in the service. CLICK HERE for more information on Childcare.
THE GATHERING PRAYER SERVICE:
(First Wednesday of the Month 7:00pm)
On the first Wednesday of each month we hold a special service designed for believers to spend their time together in worship, prayer, and time of healing. Childcare (nursery and preschool) is provided.
Oakleaf Christian Fellowship is a Christian Church that worships Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.
1 Thessalonians 2:8
“Because we loved you so much, we were delighted to share with
you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well.”
WORSHIP – Correctly responding to Jesus
DISCIPLESHIP – Helping each other become more like Jesus
MISSION – Sharing Jesus with the world
We affirm that in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments God has given us an authoritative disclosure of his character and will, his redemptive acts and their meaning, and his mandate for mission.
We affirm that the biblical gospel is God’s enduring message to our world, and we determine to defend, proclaim and embody it.
We affirm that human beings, though created in the image of God, are sinful and guilty, and lost without Christ, and that this truth is a necessary preliminary to the gospel.
We affirm that the Jesus of history and the Christ of glory are the same person, and that this Jesus Christ is absolutely unique, for he alone is God incarnate, our sin-bearer, the conqueror of death and the coming judge.
We affirm that on the cross Jesus Christ took our place, bore our sins and died our death; and that for this reason alone God freely forgives those who are brought to repentance and faith.
We affirm that other religions and ideologies are not alternative paths to God, and that human spirituality, if unredeemed by Christ, leads not to God but to judgment, for Christ is the only way.
We affirm that we must demonstrate God’s love visibly by caring for those who are deprived of justice, dignity, food and shelter.
We affirm that the proclamation of God’s kingdom of justice and peace demands the denunciation of all injustice and oppression, both personal and structural; we will not shrink from this prophetic witness.
We affirm that the Holy Spirit’s witness to Christ is indispensable to evangelism, and that without this supernatural work neither new birth nor new life is possible.
We affirm that spiritual warfare demands spiritual weapons, and that we must both preach the word in the power of the Spirit, and pray constantly that we may enter into Christ’s victory over the principalities and powers of evil.
We affirm that God has committed to the whole church and every member of it the task of making Christ known throughout the world; we long to see all lay and ordained persons mobilized and trained for this task.
We affirm that we who claim to be members of the Body of Christ must transcend within our fellowship the barriers of race, gender and class.
We affirm that the gifts of the Spirit are distributed to all God’s people, women and men, and that their partnership in evangelization must be welcomed for the common good.
We affirm that we who proclaim the gospel must exemplify it in a life of holiness and love; otherwise our testimony loses its credibility.
We affirm that every Christian congregation must turn itself outward to its local community in evangelistic witness and compassionate service.
We affirm the urgent need for churches, mission agencies and other Christian organizations to cooperate in evangelism and social action, repudiating competition and avoiding duplication.
We affirm our duty to study the society in which we live, in order to understand its structures, values and needs, and so develop an appropriate strategy of mission.
We affirm that world evangelization is urgent and that the reaching of unreached peoples is possible. So we resolve during the last decade of the twentieth century to give ourselves to these tasks with fresh determination.
We affirm our solidarity with those who suffer for the gospel, and will seek to prepare ourselves for the same possibility. We will also work for religious and political freedom everywhere.
We affirm that God is calling the whole church to take the whole gospel to the whole world. So we determine to proclaim it faithfully, urgently and sacrificially until he comes.
This text was borrowed from the Manila Manifesto which was a list of affirmations made by Christian Leaders from many nations across the world. These leaders gathered together as part of the Lausanne Movement. This movement has also resulted in the creation of a document called the Lausanne Covenant which we also affirm.