A Vision for the Church: Go

A Vision for the Church: Gather

The vision statement for Oak City Church reads, “a family of learners, lovers, and givers reaching our neighbors to know and follow Jesus.” How we do that is by gathering, growing, giving, and going. In this new series we are exploring each of those four ways, starting with gathering. In a culture where loneliness and isolation are becoming an epidemic, we look to the Gospel to learn how we were made for relationships and to be known.

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Conversations with Jesus, Week 10

For this conversation with Jesus, we are in the garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus prays and pleads with God to “let this cup pass from me.” In this conversation we are given a glimpse into how Christ dealt with stress, giving us an example to follow when stress weighs so heavily on us, we feel like we can’t take another step.

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Conversations With Jesus, Week 9

The story of the Prodigal Son is possibly the best-known parable from the gospels because we all have a longing to be loved by a father, and particularly our Father in heaven. The story is miles deep, though, in dealing with the variety of things going on in our hearts that keep us from relationship with him. And the story paints a picture of the gospel in a beautiful and unexpected way.

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Conversations With Jesus, Week 9

This week we looked at a Conversation With Jesus where he makes this point: what you believe about the future dictates how you act in the present. He is going to challenge us to evaluate what we really believe about him in light of how we are living our lives. Do we believe that our lives matter to him, and are we living in a way that matters for the kingdom?

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Conversations With Jesus, Week 8

Persistence is hard, but we know it’s necessary to be successful in any aspect of our lives. Prayer is hard, too, and not many of us would say we are good at it. In the conversation we’ll look at this Sunday, Jesus talks about why persistence is the key to an effective prayer life, and why an effective prayer life is so vital to becoming who God made us to be.

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