Our vision is to see people fully committed to Christ, fully formed in God’s purpose, fully connected in community, and fully engaged in ministry.
Out of small acorns grow mighty oaks. Rooted Oak Church is committed to the mission of Jesus Christ in the total spiritual development of every believer through small home-church connections, biblical literacy, discipleship training, community and missions outreach.
WHAT WE BELIEVE
THE HOLY BIBLE
The Holy Bible, and only the Bible, is the authoritative Word of God. It alone is the final
authority in determining all doctrinal truths. In its original writing, it is inspired, infallible
and inerrant (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Proverbs 30:5; Romans 16:25-26).
1. The word of God is inspired (Ex. 34:27; 2 Kgs. 17:13; Acts 28:25; 1 Cor. 2:13; 1 Th. 2:13; 2
Tim. 3:15-17; Heb. 1:1; 2 Pet. 1:20-21; 3:2)
2. The word of God is perfect and true (Deu. 8:3; 32:4; Ps. 18:30; 33:4; 119:160; Pr. 30:5; Matt.
24:35; 2 Pet. 1:21; 2 Tim. 3:16-17)
3. The word of God is powerful (Jn. 8:31-32; 2 Tim. 3:15-17; Heb. 4:12)
4. The word of God is everlasting (Ps. 33:11; 111:7; 117:2; 119:160; Isa. 40:8; Matt.
24:35; Mk. 13:31; 1 Pet. 1:25)
There is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. These three are
co-equal and co-eternal. One God, but three persons (non-Oneness). There is one particular passage
that illustrates this truth, where all members of the Godhead were acting individually within the
same event (Matt. 3:13-17). All members of the Godhead “attended” this event, and all presented in
an individual and unique manner, yet were all individually divine. (I John 5:7; Genesis 1:26;
Matthew 3:16-17, 28:19; Luke 1:35; Isaiah 9:6; Hebrews 3:7-11). Another example of the Trinity in
operation is illustrated in the
1. God the Father created all that exists (Gen. 1:1)
2. The Holy Spirit created all that exists (Gen. 1:2)
3. The pre-incarnate Christ created all that exists (Jn. 1:1-3)
Jesus Christ is God the Son, the second person of the Trinity. On earth, Jesus was 100% God and
100% man. He is the only man ever to have lived a sinless life. He was born of a virgin, lived a
sinless life, performed miracles, died on the cross for mankind and thus, atoned for our sins
through the shedding of His blood. He rose from the dead on the third day according to the
Scriptures, ascended to the right hand of the Father, and will return again in power and glory
(John 1:1,14, 20:28; 1 Timothy 3:16; Isaiah 9:6; Philippians 2:5-6; 1
1. Jesus was born of a virgin (Isa. 7:14; 9:6-7; Matt. 1:20-23)
2. Jesus was fully man (Jn. 8:39-40; Philip. 2:5-8; 1 Tim. 2:5-7; 1 Jn. 4:2-3)
3. Jesus died on the cross as the sinless sacrifice for humanity’s sin (Jn. 3:16-17; Rm. 3:25;
6:10; Eph. 5:2; Heb. 9:12, 26; 10:12; 1 Pet. 3:18; 1 Jn. 2:2)
4. Jesus was buried in a rich man’s tomb (Matt. 57:27-61; Mk. 15:42-47; Lk. 23:50-56; Jn.
5. Jesus rose again in three literal days (Matt. 16:21; 17:23; 20:19; 28:1-15; Mk. 16:1-8; Lk.
9:22; 18:33; 24:1-12, 46; Jn. 20:1-10; Acts 10:40; 1 Cor. 15:4)
6. Jesus was witnessed alive by hundreds after His resurrection (Matt. 28:1-4; Lk. 24; Jn.
20:1-9; Acts 1:21-22; 2-4; 2:23-24; 31-32; 13:29-39; 1 Cor. 15:1-8)
7. Jesus is now sitting at the right hand of the Father, making intercession for the saints (Mk.
14:62; 16:19; Lk. 22:69; Acts 2:33; 5:31; 7:55-56; 10:12; 12:2; Rm. 8:34; Eph. 1:20; Col. 3:1; Heb.
1:3; 8:1; 1 Pet. 3:21-22)
8. Jesus will return (Matt. 24; 25:31; Mk. 13:32-37; Lk. 21:25-38; Acts 1:9-11; Eph.
4:30; Philip. 1:6; Heb. 10:24-25; Rev. 1:7-8; 20:20; 22:12-13)
9. Jesus gives his own inheritance and everlasting life to those who believe in him (Jn. 3:16;
10. Jesus’ deity is certain. There are dozens and dozens of passages and verses in the Bible which
prove Jesus’ deity. For the sake of brevity, only a few are chosen (Matt.
2:11; 9:1-8; 14:33; 28:9; Lk. 5:20-21; Jn. 8:58; 9:35-38; Heb. 1:6)
Jesus Christ was conceived by God the Father, through the Holy Spirit (the third person of the
Trinity) in the virgin Mary's womb; therefore, He is the Son of God (Matthew 1:18, 25;
Luke 1:35; Isaiah 7:14; 9:6-7; Matthew 1:18, 20-25; Luke 1:27-35).
Man was created good and upright, but by voluntary transgression he fell into sin; and now his only hope of redemption is in Jesus Christ, the Son of God (Gen. 1:26-31, 3:1-7; Romans 5:12-21).
1. People were created in God’s spiritual image, and are equal in value (Gen. 1:26-27)
2. People fell into sin together and therefore all share in the corruption and consequences of
sin (Gen. 3; Rom. 5:12; 1 Cor. 15:21)
3. People are the object of God’s plan of redemption (Gen. 3:15, 21; Jn. 3:16-18; Rom. 10:13; 1 Cor. 15:50-58; Eph. 1:7-23; 2 Tim. 1:9)
For anyone to know God, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential. Regeneration simply means that humans who were once spiritually dead because of sin are now made spiritually alive in Jesus Christ. We are now regenerated into a new, spiritually alive being (Jn. 3:5-8; 2 Cor. 5:17; Eph. 2:1; Col. 2:13; Titus 3:5).
We are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ; His death, burial, and resurrection. Salvation
is a gift from God, not a result of our good works or of any human efforts. Jesus Christ is the
only means of salvation provided to all people on earth, as no one else offers salvation as that
offered by Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:8-9; Galatians 2:16, 3:8; Titus 3:5; Romans 10:9-10; Acts 16:31; Hebrews 9:22).
1. Jesus is the Savior of the human soul (Jn. 3:16; 1 Th. 5:23; Heb. 10:39, 3 Jn. 1:2)
2. Jesus is the Savior of the human mind (Lk. 24:45; Rm. 8:6; 1 Cor. 2:16; Eph. 4:17, 23; Heb.
3. Jesus is the Savior of the human heart (Mat. 5:8; Acts 15:8-9; Gal. 4:6; Eph. 3:14-17; Col. 3:15; 1 Th. 2:4; 3:11-13; 2 Th. 3:5; Heb. 10:22; 13:9; 1 Pet. 3:15; 2 Pet. 1:19; Rev. 2:23)
4. Jesus is the Savior of the human will (Mk. 3:35; Jn. 7:17; 9:31; Rm. 7:7-25; 12:2; 1 Th. 4:3; Jas. 4:13-15; 1 Pet. 2:15; 4:19; 1 Jn. 2:17)
5. Jesus is the Savior of the human body (1 Cor. 6:13, 19-20; 15:35-58; Col. 3:1-5)
6. Jesus is the Savior of the world (Lk. 19:10; Jn. 3:16-17; 1 Tim. 1:15; 1 Jn. 4:14)
BAPTISM IN THE HOLY SPIRIT
Given at Pentecost, it is the promise of the Father, sent by Jesus after His Ascension, to empower
the church to preach the Gospel throughout the whole earth (Joel 2:28-29; Matthew 3:11; Mark 16:17; Acts 1:5, 2:1-4, 17, 38-39, 8:14-17, 10:38, 44-47, 11:15-17, 19:1-6).
1. The Holy Spirit indwells all believers (Lk. 11:13; Jn. 14:6; Acts 2:38; 5:32; Rm. 8:15; 1 Cor. 12:13; Gal. 3:13-14; 4:6; Eph. 1:13-14)
2. The Holy Spirit enables and equips believers for ministry with special gifts, chosen and bestowed by Him (1 Cor. 12-14)
3. The Holy Spirit enables and equips believers for righteous and holy living (Gal. 5:16)
4. The Holy Spirit is the guarantee, or pledge, for the salvation of the human soul (2 Cor. 1:21-22; Eph. 1:14; 4:30)
THE GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Holy Spirit is manifested through a variety of spiritual gifts to build and sanctify the
church, demonstrate the validity of the resurrection, and confirm the power of the Gospel. The
Bible lists many unique gifts, and the gifts may occur in various combinations, which are in
perpetual operation and vital for ministry success. All believers are commanded to earnestly desire
the manifestation of the gifts in their lives. These gifts always operate in harmony with the
Scriptures and should never be used in violation of Biblical parameters (Hebrews 2:4; Romans 1:11, 12 :4-8; Ephesians 4:16; 2 Timothy 1:5-16, 4:14; 1 Corinthians 12:1-31, 14:1-40; 1 Peter 4:10).
The institution of marriage is sacred in the eyes of Jesus Christ. There is no wonder the first
miracle Jesus performed was at a wedding. Marriage forms the foundation for the growth of the
family unit where children will ultimately be raised for the purpose of creating a positive impact
upon our hurting world and providing successive generations with a meaningful and spiritual model
of the great love between Jesus and His bride (the Church):
1. Marriage is to be between one biological man and one biological woman (Gen. 1:26-28; 2:24-25)
2. Marriage is to be worked out and lived between one biological man and one biological woman (1 Cor. 7:2-5; 13; Eph. 5:25-33)
3. Marriage is to be an intimate endeavor between one biological man and one biological woman
(the entire Song of Solomon…even though Solomon disobeyed God’s directive to have only one wife)
4. Marriage is to be a committed relationship between one biological man and one biological woman
(Ex. 20:14; Lev. 20:10; Deu. 5:18; Mal. 2:14-15)
5. Marriage is to be modeled after the perfect monogamous union of Christ and His bride, a metaphoric union between one biological man and one biological woman (John 3:29; 2 Cor. 11:2; Rev. 19:7)
GOD'S WILL FOR PROVISION
It is the Father's will for believers to become whole, healthy and successful in all areas of life. This does not mean that God promises perfect health and immense wealth to all people, but desires that His people attain the true riches of the Kingdom of Heaven. We must all seek the Kingdom of Heaven first (Matthew 6:33), and then watch the provision of God poured out in our lives. His provision may take many forms, and each Christian must be ready to accept His provision in whatever form it takes. The promise of God’s prevision extends to the following according to Scripture:
1. Spiritual (John 3:3-11; 2 Corinthians 5:17-21; Romans 10:9-10).
2. Mental and Emotional (2 Timothy 1:7, 2:11; Philippians 4:7-8; Romans 12:2; Isaiah 26:3).
3. Physical (Isaiah 53:4-5; Matthew 8:17; 1 Peter 2:24).
4. Financial (Joshua 1:8; Malachi 3:10-11; Luke 6:38; 2 Corinthians 9:6-10; Deuteronomy 28:1-14; Psalm 34:10, 84:11; Philippians 4:19).
GOD'S TOTAL CARE FOR YOUR LIFE
Mat 6:25-34 “For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is life not more than food, and the body more than clothing? (26) “Look at the birds of the sky, that they do not sow, nor reap, nor gather crops into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more important than they? (27) “And which of you by worrying can add a single day to his life’s span? (28) “And why are you worried about clothing? Notice how the lilies of the field grow; they do not labor nor do they spin thread for cloth, (29) yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. (30) “But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith! (31) “Do not worry then, saying, ‘What are we to eat?’ or ‘What are we to drink?’ or ‘What are we to wear for clothing?’ (32) “For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. (33) “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be provided to you. (34) “So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.