Our mission at Oakland Evangelical Free Church is to connect the disconnected to Jesus through authentic relationships.
Jesus is at the center of everything we do.
But how do I connect to Jesus?
First, we are called to recognize that we are sinners. Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” The church is for sinners, not the righteous. Even after we come to faith in Jesus, we struggle with sin. The difference is that He comes alongside us to help us grow.
Second, we recognize that sin leads to death, but God’s gift leads to life. Romans 6:23 says, ” For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” This verse teaches that our sins bring us spiritual death. But eternal life in Jesus Christ is a free gift. We need only to believe: “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved.” (Acts 16:31)
Third, we recognize that Christ died for our sins: Romans 5:8, “God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Here again we see that cleaning our lives up is not a prerequisite for believing in Jesus. We believe, and He helps us find meaning and purpose in our lives.
Finally, we need to confess Jesus and believe in him to be saved: Romans 10:9, “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”
When you are saved you are connected to Jesus, but that is just the start of a great adventure of growing in Christ! Our goal is to make mature disciples (students) of Jesus in the context of authentic relationships.
Our prayer is that you will find a true connection with Jesus here. We look forward to growing with you!