We believe God calls all people to respond personally to the truth of His word. We are fellow heirs of the Kingdom not because of our perfect understanding, but because of the perfect life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. We are brothers and sisters in Christ not because we agree on every possible matter, but because we share the same Father in heaven. Therefore, we embrace the following approach to teaching:
In essential beliefs — we have unity.
There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.
In non-essential beliefs — we have liberty.
Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters...Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To his own master, he stands or falls...So then each of us will give an account of himself to God...So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God.
In all our beliefs — we show love.
...If I hold in my mind not only all human knowledge but also the very secrets of God, and if I have the faith that can move mountains — but have no love, I amount to nothing at all.
(1 Corinthians 13:2)
Greenville Oaks is unified in our belief that the following seven concepts form a non-negotiable foundation for understanding the Gospel message and building our faith.
There is one God, the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He eternally exists in three co-equal persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. God the Father, out of love for His children, sent His Son Jesus Christ to become a man, live a sinless life, and offer Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross and rising from the dead. God the Holy Spirit is present in the world to make people aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides Christians with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth and guidance in doing what is right.
(Genesis 1:1,26-27; Romans 8; 2 Corinthians 13:14; John 1:1-5; Hebrews 4:14-15; John 16:7-13)
Salvation is a free gift of God. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. The death of Jesus on the cross is the only sufficient payment for our sins. This salvation is available for any who put their trust in Jesus as Savior, and is received through faith and expressed through confession, repentance and baptism. As we confess Jesus as our Lord and are buried through baptism into His death, God forgives our sins and raises us to walk a new life empowered by the Holy Spirit and promises that we will live eternally with Him in heaven.
(Romans 1:16-17, 3:23-24, 5:1, 6:3-8,23; Ephesians 2:8-9; John 3:16; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26-27; Acts 2:37-41; Matthew 28:19-20)
The church is the body of Christ on earth, empowered by the Holy Spirit to reach those separated from God and to mature the saved and help them become fully devoted followers of Christ. When we respond to the grace of God in faith, He adds us to His church, the body of Christ.
(Acts 2:41-47; Ephesians 4:1-16, 5:29-30)
Following are brief summaries of Greenville Oaks’ teaching and practice on a few key topics. While we are committed to the theological understandings we teach, we also humbly love, honor, and respect any follower of Jesus, within Greenville Oaks or other churches, who understands God’s will differently. Above all we seek to love each other even when our personal convictions are in conflict so that, as Jesus said, “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (John 13:35)
Baptism is presented in the New Testament as a beautiful reenactment of the death, burial, and resurrection of our Lord in a response of faith by those who place all their trust in their salvation being accomplished in the finished work of Jesus on the cross. Following the model we see in the Bible, we encourage all who have not been immersed as believers to do so.
Celebration of the Lord’s Supper
Believing it to be a powerful and cherished memorial to the sacrifice of our Savior, we offer communion every Sunday. We do not judge others who celebrate less or more frequently.
Musical Worship Style
Greenville Oaks offers worship services with a cappella singing and singing that is accompanied by a band. This gives more people the opportunity to worship in a way that most effectively engages their heart and mind.
Life of Worship
Worship assemblies are extremely important to our church family. We also recognize that worship is much more than what we do in the church building on Sunday morning. Our very lives are to be “sacrifices of praise.”
Priesthood of Believers
We encourage all our members to see themselves as ministers with gifts and talents that serve the church family and community.
Greenville Oaks values our association with Churches of Christ, other churches, and all Christians who call on Jesus as Lord. We do not report to any denominational district or national headquarters, nor do we embrace the overt or implicit control by any group of people or churches.
Creeds and Traditions
We seek to faithfully follow and apply the teaching we find in the New Testament to our place and time. We are humbly aware of how difficult it is to be free of outside influences and traditions.
Greenville Oaks is led by elders who have been selected by the congregation to serve as our leaders, along with the men and women on our ministry staff. A number of additional men and women lead various ministries.
Marriage and Human Sexuality
God designed marriage as a lifelong union between one man and one woman. Intimate sexual activity is a sacred gift of God and intended to be celebrated only between a man and a woman who are married to each other.
(Mark 10:6-9; 1 Corinthians 6:18; 7:2-5; Hebrews 13:4)
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