Passion for God, Compassion for People

Commandment 6 – Do Not Murder

Each life is valuable to God and therefore valuable to us As we return to our study of the ten commandments in our “More Than Suggestions” sermon series, we need to keep some things in mind. God gave these commandments to people that he loved. These commandments were given from a foundation of relationship. God wants what is best for His people…

Transforming Faith

Jesus invites each of us to sit in the faith chair Easter is a day of celebration for those who have put their faith in the resurrection of our savior Jesus Christ. For the Christian, every day is a day to celebrate, know the love of Jesus and experience the hope of eternal life. As Jesus was hanging on a cross that…

Triumph and Tears

What we worship and what we weep over influences the attitudes and actions of our life The triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem inspires the people to worship and celebrate Jesus as the Messiah and king. The religious leaders are unhappy with this demonstration of worship towards Jesus and tell Jesus to tell the crowd to stop. Jesus responds with a powerful…

Next Steps To Grow

As a branch, nurture and protect your connection to the vine of Jesus In this series, we have talked about living out our mission at Oakwood – Passion for God, Compassion for People. We have encouraged you to be praying for one person to accept Christ as their Savior during this season of Easter. We have discussed the importance of prayer, how…

Gospel Conversations

Imitate how Jesus handled a gospel conversation Talking to someone about Jesus can be very intimidating. We may have been praying for that person and even looking for an opportunity to talk with them about Jesus. However, we wonder how we will move the conversation towards the topic of God. We wonder how that person will respond if we do. We don’t…

Overcoming Fear and Excuses

Live Boldly in the Face of Fear It can be a scary prospect to be bold and share our faith. Thoughts such as, “I don’t know how.” “What if I mess up?” “What if I lose friends?” stop us from sharing our faith and living boldly. We can look to Daniel 3 and get a clear vision of Gods glory and His power…

Compelled to Pray

Embrace the practice and promise of prayer Prayer is a principle and priority demonstrated throughout scripture. Jesus modeled prayer and we can see the vital role it played in His life and ministry. As we prepare for Easter, we are praying for people to find salvation in Jesus Christ.  We hope to see lives transformed by the grace of God through the…

Each One Reach One

Our passion for God is revealed as we demonstrate compassion to people Oakwood has adopted a biblical mission statement that calls us to love God with all that we are and to love our neighbors as ourselves. This mission statement is built upon the Great Commandment from Matthew 22:37-40 and the Great Commission from Matthew 28:18-20. These passages outline a beautiful way…

Honor Your Parents

We can give the gift of honor to our parents whether they deserve it or not Honor is a gift we give to someone else. We can show honor to people in a variety of ways. God has decided that we are to honor our parents. Giving honor is not based on the other person as much as it is based on…

Keeping the Sabbath

Sabbath rest will nourish so we can flourish As we look at commandment four, we will see that God desires His people do life in healthy rhythms. Out of His love for us God encouraged and modeled the practice of Sabbath rest. This rest is much more than just taking a break or a day off. It looks different than a vacation or…