Welcome to Oak City Church!
This past Sunday we officially changed our name to Oak City Church! This process has been about a year or so in the making (officially) and we are glad to have finally made the switch.
In light of the change, Jeff took some time this past Sunday to talk about our purpose and vision as a church. Simply put,
“Oak City Church exists to bring glory to God by making disciples of Jesus who are growing as a family of learners, lovers and givers and are sent to make more disciples.”
There are several reasons for this new name not the least of which is the fact that “Oak City Church” fits our mission statement well and is more accessible for folks new to the church. Because we have used the language of ‘growing’ as disciples, we’ve had images of trees prominent on our website and in our building for several years. Oak City Church allows us to tie in this theme of growth. It also carries the connotation of strength, permanence, and fruitfulness that we strive to live out as a church. Raleigh is the ‘City of Oaks’ and we have sought to be a blessing to our city from the beginning. This new name identifies us as being for our city.
Additionally, Isaiah 61 speaks of God’s people being ‘called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he may be glorified’ and bringing renewal and God’s kingdom to the earth. This has been our desire from the beginning and continues to be our desire – that God would use our church to bring glory to his name, and in doing so draw the people of Raleigh and surrounding areas to himself.
Discipleship has been a huge part of our language for years now. Growing together as disciples of Jesus Christ is a big part of what we are all about (note that this involves making new disciples as well 🙂 In many ways, the essence of discipleship is change. Mankind was made in God’s image for God’s glory. We were made so that people would look at us and think about him. But we rebelled against God and now that image of God in us is tarnished. For those who believe God is conforming us, molding us, changing us back to that image. This is the change we are after, knowing that it’s God who does the changing. Our goal is to be disciples and follow Christ.
We believe that as disciples, we are called together as Christ’s Family and striving to be Learners of God’s story and our place in it, Lovers of God and all he has created, Givers of all we have been given, and Sent to make more disciples. Everything that our church does is to this end.
We are incredibly excited about the future of Oak City Church and are happy that you have decided to be a part of our body here.