WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU VISIT
Those of us who make up the Oak Forest church family do not claim perfection in any sense of the word. However, we are doing our best to become more like Jesus. We want to reflect His light to our community and the world. We are committed to allowing His Word to guide us in everything we do including our worship, our relationships and how we live our lives every day. Our goal is to live what we believe, that "church" is not about us, it is about Him.
The church revealed in the New Testament met on the first day of every week (Acts 20:7) to remember Jesus' sacrifice, His resurrection, His burial, to worship God, and to encourage one another through song, prayer, and admonition. In their worship, they followed the teachings of Jesus. These teachings were passed on by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit to the apostles (Acts 2:42). These acts of worship are simple and God-given. We strive, on every first day of the week, to be followers of Christ by obeying His simple commands for how He wishes to be worshipped. We seek to follow the Biblical example of worship and that example alone. We want to worship the way God wants. Our doors are always open and we invite any and all to join us. Many ask, "What does your worship look like?" Well, this is what you would see:
- Congregational a cappella singing that magnifies our faith in God, Christ, and the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16; 1 Corinthians 14:15; Hebrews 15:15; Philippians 4:6). We sing as a group of believers. We sing praises to God. The whole congregation sings and all are encouraged to participate. It doesn't matter if you have a good voice or can read music. It never did. It has always been about the heart of the one worshipping. We sing because He commanded that we should.
- Prayers offered to God through Jesus, consisting of praise, thanksgiving, confession, and requests (Ephesians 5:20 and 6:18; Romans 12:12; 2 Corinthians 1:11). We go before the throne of God, in Jesus' name, and bring praise, thanksgiving, and intercessions to Him. He is the Great Physician and knows our every need. What a great honor to be able to go before the Creator of the Universe.
- Preaching from God's Word (2 Timothy 4:2; Romans 10:14-15; 1 Corinthians 1:23). Each week we enjoy a sermon/lesson from God's Word. We come together to be encouraged, challenged, and exhorted toward a deeper faith, a stronger walk, and a more meaningful relationship with Jesus. You will also find an opportunity to respond to God's message during the invitation song at the end of the lesson. Responses may include requests for prayer (James 5:16), a public confession of loyalty to Christ (Matthew 10:32-33), repentance of your sins determining a change in one's lifestyle to reflect commitment to Christ (Luke 13:3; Acts 17:30), or a desire to become a child of God through baptism (Acts 2:38; Romans 6:3-7; Acts 8:34-39; Mark 16:16)
- Sharing with other Christians in the remembrance of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ through the Lord's Supper (Matthew 26:24-30; Acts 20:7; 1 Corinthians 11:23-29). As He commanded, we remember Jesus' death every first day of the week. We do this because Jesus wanted us to remember. Throughout history, mankind has constantly forgotten all that God has done for them. We do not want to forget His sacrifice, His death, and His most incredible resurrection.
- Time to consider the blessings of God, along with an opportunity to give monetarily. (1 Corinthians 16:1-2; 2 Corinthians 8 & 9). We give because He gave everything. Everything we own is a blessing from God. We are just temporary stewards of these material possessions. We give because we are blessed! Guests are not expected to participate, but are welcomed should they choose to do so.
Wednesday Evening Devotional & Bible Study
Every Wednesday night has been set aside for a mid-week devotional and Bible study for the whole church and visitors. You can expect the following schedule:
- Bible classes are available for all ages. This time is used to study God's Word, and to encourage each other in our daily walk with God. Classes are 40 minutes.
- As a group, we meet in the auditorium for a devotional, which consists of singing praises to God, a devotional thought, an invitation, and prayer (10 minutes).
- "Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; and let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more, as you see the Day approaching". (Hebrews 10:23-25)
"Exalt God, Equip Believers, Encourage Others, and Evangelize Community & World"