And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20
We believe that the Great Commission requires multiplication. Therefore we’re committed to seeing disciples make disciples and churches plant churches.
Church at the Oaks is the third church in a family of churches called The Well Network. Our vision is to plant 16 churches in college cities across the southeast by 2026. Every three years every church in our network aims to send out a new church.
We are centered on the Gospel. That means that everything we do is done for the sake of the Gospel. That we are fixed on the person of Jesus and His saving work on the cross. We have come to believe what John 3:16-17 says…“that God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through Him.” Our teaching, our worship, our groups, and our ministry should all be directly centered on and around Christ.
We’ve started a new church in a college town on purpose – we think there is insane potential in the next generations. People with the potential to be kingdom shapers, disciple-makers, and leaders. Our job and mission then is to invest in them, coach them, and send them out well. We are committed to being a church where each of us believes in the kingdom potential of those coming up behind us so much that we’re willing to pour our lives into them, engage them with the gospel, disciple them, equip them to lead, and send them out to change the world.
This one means that whatever we do – we do it all for the glory of God, TOGETHER. The church is a body and every part of it matters. Oaks will not be a church where a few carry the load. We’re all engaged, working as a team. Joining Oaks means finding your place on the team and locking arms with us to strive after the Great Commission.
In light of the Gospel and in light of the mission God’s given us, we are called to lay down our lives for those around us. Not in a superficial or light way, but in every way, faithfully leveraging our lives for the kingdom of God. Christians, we’re called to faithfully use whatever God’s given us for the sake of the kingdom. We are a people who strive to give of ourselves with the same generosity that Christ gave of Himself. In our time, in our talents, and in our resources, we give our first and our best to the Lord.
The Great Commission requires multiplication…of disciples, of groups, and of churches. This one reminds us that every disciple of Jesus is sent to share Christ with others. That every group must actively work to multiply itself so that new people may be engaged. Everyone who serves should be training someone else to do what they’ve been doing to serve so that we can send out teams of people to start reproducing these efforts in new churches.
We are not called to stationary, stagnant faith. Instead, we are people actively, intentionally, seeking to grow to be more and more like Jesus. Our faith doesn’t end with extensive knowledge or the latest sermon. We should always seek the Lord, His Word, and learn deeper how to imitate Christ.
In Luke 15 Jesus describes a shepherd leaving the 99 sheep behind to go in search of the 1 who is lost. We’ve all been that one who was lost. And your Creator…. He moved heaven and earth to come after you because of the great love which He has for you, a sinner. So we, as imitators of Christ, want to keep chasing after the one who is still out there. We are for those who are far off, who may not have it all together. We are for the broken, the sinful, the distant, and the skeptical. Like Christ we lay our lives down for the one who doesn’t know Christ. We lay down our preferences, our comfort, our time, our money, and our privilege. Just like Christ did for us. In all that we do as a church, we will stay focused on going back out into the world to engage those who are still without hope in Christ.