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First, we are Christians which distinguishes us from other world religions and cults. We adhere to the following summary of Christian doctrine: We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God. We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory. We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful people, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential. We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life. We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation. We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ. Click here for our full doctrinal statement.  

Second, we are Baptists and hold to Baptist distinctives: We believe in the priesthood of all believers We believe in a regenerated church membership We believe in the symbolic ordinances of believer’s Baptism by immersion and the Lord's Supper We believe each church is autonomous and must be free from any ecclesiastical or political authority We believe in the absolute separation of church and state We believe in a world-wide program of missionary endeavor in obedience to our Lord We believe in salvation by grace alone 

Third, we are Missional: We believe that our church must be faithful to the content of unchanging Biblical doctrine (Jude 3). We believe that our church must be faithful to the continually changing context of the culture(s) in which they minister (1 Corinthians 9:19-23). We believe that our mission is to bring people into church so that they can be trained to go out into their culture as effective missionaries. We also believe that our mission is to train and send effective missionaries to other cultures and support them with prayer and resources. We believe in cooperating with other churches who are faithful to the gospel in order to fulfill our mission. 

Fourth, we are Sovereign Grace (Reformed) in our view of salvation: We believe that God created the heavens, the earth.

What does Oakwood Baptist Church not believe?

We frequently get questions about emerging theological controversies. To help clarify our beliefs we believe it may also be helpful to declare what we do not believe. In stating what we are not, we do not seek to attack those who disagree with us, but rather distinguish ourselves so that all who considering worshiping with us are aware of who we are, as well as who we are not. We are not liberals who embrace culture without discernment and compromise the distinctives of the gospel, but rather Christians who believe the truths of the Bible are eternal and therefore fitting for every time, place, and people. We are not fundamentalists who retreat from cultural involvement and transformation, but rather missionaries who are faithful both to the content of Scripture and context of ministry. We are not isolationists and seek to partner with like-minded Christians from various churches, denominations and organizations in planting church-planting churches. We are not hyper-Calvinists who get mired down in secondary matters, but rather pray, evangelize, and do good works because we believe that the sovereign plan of God is accomplished through us, His people. We are not eschatological Theonomists or Classic Dispensationalists (e.g. Scofield) and believe that divisive and dogmatic certainty surrounding particular details of Jesus Second Coming are unprofitable speculation, because the timing and exact details of His return are unclear to us. We are not egalitarians and do believe that men should head their homes and male elders/pastors should lead their churches with masculine love like Jesus Christ. We are not Open Theists and believe in the sovereignty and foreknowledge of God in all things. We are not religious relativists and do believe that there is no salvation apart from faith in Jesus Christ alone. We are not nationalists seeking to simply improve one nation but instead ambassadors of the King of Kings commissioned to proclaim and demonstrate the coming of His kingdom to all nations of the earth. We are not moralists seeking to help people live good lives, but instead evangelists laboring that people would become new creations in Christ. We are not relativists and do gladly embrace Scripture as our highest authority above such things as culture, experience, philosophy, and other forms of revelation. We are not Universalists and do believe that many people will spend eternity in the torments of hell as the Bible teaches. We are not naturalists and do believe that Satan and demons are real enemies at work in this world and subject to God. We are not rationalists and do believe that not everything can be known but that God calls us to live by faith with mystery and partial knowledge regarding many things. We are not evangelical feminists and do believe that God reveals Himself as a Father and is to be honored by the names He reveals to us without apology. We are not embarrassed by the bloody death of Jesus Christ and do believe He died as a substitute for the sins of His people in selfless love. We are not ashamed and do proclaim a loving gospel of grace which sounds like foolishness and offensiveness to the unrepentant while also saving multitudes with ears to hear good news. We are not polemicists who believe that it is our task to combat every false teaching but are passionate about preserving the integrity of the gospel of Jesus Christ. .