What to expect?
When you come to River Oaks, we want you to feel at home among the serene, park-like setting of our grounds, as well as the friendly faces inside our walls. You might even enjoy a cup of Joe on your way into one of our two Sunday morning services.
We’re a jeans kind of place. And that coffee? It’s made with beans from local coffee roasters to help you get a good start to your day. With a cup in hand you will make your way from our Lobby to the Worship Center. The positive music videos and information-packed slides will help you prepare for a one-hour time of song and message, while letting you know what’s going on at River Oaks.
Once our AMAZING Worship Team plugs in, we invite you to stand and sing as we open our hearts and refocus our attention toward the One who came to save us – Jesus. Following this time of singing you will be challenged and refined by one of our teaching team pastors with a relevant 35-minute message.
So, won’t you be our guest? Give us a try, and please stop by the Information Center in the Lobby to introduce yourself or ask any questions you might have. We welcome you to call River Oaks your church family, and want you to feel the love each time you’re with us.
A special note about young children: If you have young children, it would probably make the most sense to enter through the east entrance, which leads directly into KidsWorld. Otherwise, enter through our main entrance at the center of the building.
Our Doctrinal Statement:
We believe in one God, Creator of all things, holy, infinitely perfect, and eternally existing in a loving unity of three equally divine Persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Having limitless knowledge and sovereign power, God has graciously purposed from eternity to redeem a people for Himself and to make all things new for His own glory.
We believe that God has spoken in the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, through the words of human authors. As the verbally inspired Word of God, the Bible is without error in the original writings, the complete revelation of His will for salvation, and the ultimate authority by which every realm of human knowledge and endeavor should be judged. Therefore, it is to be believed in all that it teaches, obeyed in all that it requires, and trusted in all that it promises.
We believe that God created Adam and Eve in His image, but they sinned when tempted by Satan. In union with Adam, human beings are sinners by nature and by choice, alienated from God, and under His wrath. Only through God’s saving work in Jesus Christ can we be rescued, reconciled and renewed.
We believe that Jesus Christ is God incarnate, fully God and fully man, one Person in two natures. Jesus-Israel’s promised Messiah-was conceived through the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He lived a sinless life, was crucified under Pontius Pilate, arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father as our High Priest and Advocate.
We believe that Jesus Christ, as our representative and substitute, shed His blood on the cross as the perfect, all-sufficient sacrifice for our sins. His atoning death and victorious resurrection constitute the only ground for salvation.
We believe that the Holy Spirit, in all that He does, glorifies the Lord Jesus Christ. He convicts the world of its guilt. He regenerates sinners, and in Him they are baptized into union with Christ and adopted as heirs in the family of God. He also indwells, illuminates, guides, equips and empowers believers for Christ-like living and service.
We believe that the true Church comprises all who have been justified by God’s grace through faith alone in Christ alone. They are united by the Holy Spirit in the body of Christ, of which He is the Head. The true Church is manifest in local Churches, whose membership should be composed only of believers. The Lord Jesus mandated two ordinances: baptism and the Lord’s Supper, which visibly and tangibly express the gospel. Though they are not the means of salvation, when celebrated by the Church in genuine faith, these ordinances confirm and nourish the believer.
We believe that God’s justifying grace must not be separated from His sanctifying power and purpose. God commands us to love Him supremely and others sacrificially, and to live out our faith with care for one another, compassion toward the poor and justice for the oppressed. With God’s Word, the Spirit’s power, and fervent prayer in Christ’s name, we are to combat the spiritual forces of evil. In obedience to Christ’s commission, we are to make disciples among all people, always bearing witness to the gospel in word and deed.
We believe in the personal, bodily and premillennial return of our Lord Jesus Christ. The coming of Christ, at a time known only to God, demands constant expectancy and, as our blessed hope, motivates the believer to godly living, sacrificial service and energetic mission.
We believe that God commands everyone everywhere to believe the gospel by turning to Him in repentance and receiving the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe that God will raise the dead bodily and judge the world, assigning the unbeliever to condemnation and eternal conscious punishment and the believer to eternal blessedness and joy with the Lord in the new heaven and the new earth, to the praise of His glorious grace.
According to Jesus’ final words before returning to heaven, he commanded his disciples to “go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.” (Matthew 28:19) Thus, as a church committed to making fully devoted followers of Christ, we urge every one who claims Christ as Savior and Lord to be baptized.
Baptism is not what saves a person, but is the act by which one confesses before others that he or she is a follower of Christ. Salvation is the act where a person, realizing that his or her sins have offended a holy God, accepts Jesus’ payment on the cross for their sin and asks him to be their Savior and Lord. The difference between baptism and salvation is like the difference between a wedding and a wedding ring. It is at the wedding ceremony that a couple make vows to one another and become husband and wife. The rings they wear communicate to others that they are married and committed to one another. Salvation is equivalent to the wedding ceremony where a person begins their relationship with God; baptism is the ring which publicly communicates relationship.
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not of works, so that no one can boast.” Eph. 2:8-9
Everyone who attends River Oaks Community Church is invited to explore becoming a member. Membership is a way of officially identifying yourself with our body of believers. Members are those who have felt led by God to make River Oaks their church home; and, who are ready to move beyond being a regular or occasional attendee to a deeper level of commitment in discipleship and involvement. Your membership also provides opportunity to have a voice in voting for such things as budget, pastoral staff, etc.
Benefits of membership:
- Voting privileges on significant items.
- Mutual accountability between member and church leadership
- Participation in Elder/Deacon selection and pastoral hiring.
- Eligibility for serving in key leadership roles (Elder, Deacon, or ministry leader).
- Affirmation of one’s commitment to becoming a “fully devoted follower of Christ,” and in turn, affirms the commitment of River Oaks’ leadership to assist in that pursuit.
- Demonstrates commitment and accountability to the local church.
- Invites participation at “members only” meeting with River Oaks Elders and Senior leadership.
Requirements for membership include a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, attendance at a membership class, a completed application with a written testimony, and a willingness to serve within the church and to be an active part of a small group.Become a Member!
Elders are men who shall:
- Shepherd the flock (Acts 20:28ff, I Peter 5:1-3)
- Lead through example (I Peter 5:3)
- Teach and exhort (I Timothy 3:2, Titus 1:9)
- Refute those who contradict truth (Acts 20:29-31, Titus 1:9)
- Manage the Church of God (I Timothy 3:5, I Timothy 5:7)
- Pray for the sick (James 5:14)
- Manage the Deacons, Ministry Staff Coordinators, Ministry Staff, any other paid or non paid staff and employees, and all operations of the church and body (I Timothy 3:5, I Timothy 5:7, and I Timothy generally)
2017 Elder Board:
Role Of Deacons: (Acts 6:2-3)
Deacons are men and women who serve under the direction of the Elders, undertaking those areas of service necessary for the church’s functioning that would otherwise prohibit the Elders and other leaders (Teaching Elder and staff) from performing their Biblical responsibilities.
While no specific, ongoing, roles are mentioned in Scripture, the following areas would normally be delegated to the Deacons:
- Other roles as assigned by the Elders.