Check out this video to help describe the talks we'll be having:
As Pastor of Oakley Church (Bill La Spada),
Please allow me to give a brief description of the purpose of this study as it relates to the vision God has placed on my heart for this body of believers;
In one of his videos, Francis Chan had posed a question that he had been asked; "What would your church look like if you removed Sunday services?"
This question touched my heart. I had already been searching scripture and praying to The Lord for clarity. Something just was not right about where we were as a church.
We had been a giving, loving, supportive and encouraging church for a long time, but something changed.
So I answered this question; "We are nothing without our Sunday services."
Similar to the shortest verse in scripture ("Jesus Wept" John 11:35), I wept.
I found that, as pastor my time was being spent in conversations that were anything but fruitful. We became more concerned with who we were in position than who we were trying to reach for Christ. I could feel the implosion as our focus was concerning our duties, positions and instruments.
Instead of seeking to make things better and more capable of ushering an atmosphere where The Holy Spirit of God would move freely, we were failing and missing the purpose behind the plans.
If Sunday was the only "important" day, then we had lost our focus on BEING the church!
Brady Shearer, CEO of Pro Church Tools, writes this motto: "Seize The 167".
There are 168 hours in a week. If we spend 1 hour a week in our Sunday Services (We would say the 166, as we spend closer to 2 hours), then how are we BEING the church outside in the 166?
"We are living in the largest communication shift in 500 years", why are we not reaching more people for Christ?
More About the basics of where we'll begin:
Our goals will focus on getting the message of the gospel to people so that their lives can be changed and redeemed!
This does NOT mean we will not be having gatherings and services at our facilities in the future.
On the contrary, we are simply keeping it real and biblical.
We are not against church services, large or small. We just want to come together for the right reasons as to not lose focus again.
We believe that church is us. And that it happens in us and through us during the entire week! We want that Sunday would be a day of celebration for all the other days that Christ has been made known through us! That Holy Spirit has been pouring out of us all week long as His body reaches the world in need!
It is our mission as a church body,
"To reach as many people as possible as soon as possible, showing them the love of Jesus and teaching them of His power."
- God Glorified
- Christ Magnified
- Disciples Multiplied
WE ARE EXCITED FOR THE MIRACLES TO COME, THE FAMILIES TO BE SAVED, THE ADDICTED TO BE FREED, THE OPPRESSED TO BE RELEASED INTO THE WILL OF GOD FOR THEIR LIVES!