Who We Are
"That they may be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he may be glorified." - Isaiah 61:3
The Oaks began in 2007 with a simple vision to see the gospel of Jesus Christ transform the hearts and lives of people in Middletown and the surrounding communities. The gospel is the good news that "while we were still sinners, Christ died for us." Jesus came to live the life that we are supposed to live and died the death that we deserve to die, and through faith we are given His righteousness and adopted into the family of God. As the truth of the gospel sinks deeper into our hearts, it results in a community of believers who love Jesus, one another and the world around them.
We invite you to come and see for yourself! We gather together weekly for worship at our Sunday services and meet in smaller community groups throughout the week. The Oaks is an ever growing community of people from different backgrounds and stages of life who are brought together by their faith in Jesus Christ.
At The Oaks, we seek to live out five identities that mark us as a church.
Worshipers - We are worshipers of God who have responded to His call to worship by living for His glory. We gather weekly as a church to worship Him corporately, but worship is not simply limited to Sunday mornings. Everything we do is an act of worship, pleasing to God because of Christ’s death and resurrection. (Romans 12:1, John 4:23-24, Hebrews 10:1)
Family - Through Jesus Christ, we are adopted by God our Father. We are children of God and brothers and sisters in Christ who love and care for one another. We encourage commitment to the family through church membership and seek to live out this identity in our community groups. (Genesis 12:1-3, John 1:12-13, Romans 12:10-16)
Learners - As disciples of Christ, we learn from Jesus and proactively seek our own development and the development of others. We don't have it all figured out, and we strive to foster a culture of humility and teachability at The Oaks. (Romans 12:2, Matthew 28:18-20, Ephesians 4:11-13, 2 Timothy 2:2)
Servants - Jesus came "not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many." Because in humility Christ served us by giving His life for us, so we also serve others with our lives. Every follower of Christ has been given spiritual gifts and opportunities to serve, and we seek to use what God has given us to serve those inside and outside the church. (Mark 10:35-45, John 13:1-17, Philippians 2:1-11, 1 Peter 2:16)
Missionaries - We are missionaries sent by Jesus into the world to proclaim the good news of Jesus to our family, friends, co-workers and neighbors. As missionaries we build meaningful relationships, introduce others into community and share the gospel. (John 20:21, Colossians 4:5-6, 2 Corinthians 5:17-21)
The Oaks is not affiliated with a denomination, but we also don't want to go at this alone. Additionally, it is our desire to see multiple churches planted around the Cincinnati Dayton area and beyond. We are members of the Sojourn Network, a network of churches committing to seeing the gospel advance through church planting. This network provides valuable coaching, training, and partnership with other churches. Visit the Sojourn Network website for more information.