First we'd like to share that at Oak Life everyone is welcome. Yes, we mean everyone!
We're a new church that loves community and being a part of our neighborhoods in and near Oakland/Berkeley. Basically, we’re a group of people trying our best to follow Jesus and not get in his way. We’d love to hang out with you and learn your story.
We’re called Oak Life Church because a strong tree is a great metaphor for the life we want to lead. The meaning behind it is drawn from John 15:5 and, as we continue to grow in our connectedness to God, we hope to develop a rhythm of life that has deep roots and wide branches.
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God calls us to be engaged in every aspect of the life we’re given, while also affirming our specific strengths and callings. Oak Life recognizes that there are unique values we’re passionate about as a church, which inform and frame what we do.
Peace and Justice
We identified the core beliefs of our church as part of the historic Christian community, with foundations in the Hebrew Bible and Ancient Near East. We know that there’s room for questions, discussion, and learning when it comes to these statements. That's why the old saying, “In essentials unity, in non-essentials liberty, in all things charity”, is a great help to us. For us, our essential is pretty simple, Oak Life is oriented around Jesus of the Bible. From there we've got some guiding beliefs that help us form and grow:
We believe that there is one God, the Creator of the universe, and that this God is good, wise, powerful, loving, and holy. We believe that this God loves creation and that human beings, who were created in God’s own image, have a responsibility to it. Gen 1, Acts 17:24-28
We also believe that humanity rejected God’s authority, and that this is the cause of all evil, pain, suffering and death in the world. We believe that that this rejection of God’s ways created a separation between God and humanity. Isaiah 53:6; Romans 3:23; 6:23
We believe that this separation was unacceptable to God. We believe that God came into our world, and that it is through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, God redeems men and women, children and elderly, rich and poor alike – ultimately for eternal communion with God. John 3:16; Romans 5:8; I Corinthians 1:18; John 11:25
We believe that it was God's desire to communicate this love to us, and that has been done so in the Bible - our highest source of authority. We believe that the Bible is true - and that in it we learn not only of God's redemptive work through Christ, but also of God's way of life through the Holy Spirit. II Peter 1:20-21; II Timothy 3:16-17
We believe, therefore, that this one God exists, mysteriously, in three persons - the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. We believe that this God alone is worthy of all our worship, our highest adoration, and our life-long service. Genesis 1:26; John 1:1; 14:26
We believe that God has called us, the church to be sent into our world to join in God’s mission of redemption and reconciliation, and that this includes bringing humanity and all of creation into a restored relationship with God. This is the gospel: that God has redeemed and is redeeming our reality through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. 2 Corinthians 5:11-21
Leadership and Sending Churches
Chris Scott serves as Lead Pastor, organizing and facilitating within our community. Chris also serves alongside and under the Oak Life Leadership Team, a diverse and rotating group of community members who help lead the church spiritually and practically. There are many parts to one body, and we believe that a community is healthiest when everyone is involved and participating.
As a new church, we have two other established communities serving as sending churches, offering accountability, direction, support, and friendship. CrossWinds Church in Dublin, CA, is our main partner and sending church, and Northland Village Church in Los Angeles has been a huge help to us. Check out the backstory of Oak Life at our old blog.