Our Mission: Transformed
At Oliver Creek our mission is to be a church where people are transformed into the image of Jesus Christ.
This thread runs through every single book and letter of the New Testament. This is God's plan for his people from eternity past (Rom 8:29), now in the present (2 Cor 3:18), and, ultimately, in the future (1 John 3:2; 1 Cor 15:49).
What does it mean to be transformed into the image of Jesus Christ? It means we're made into people who glorify the Father, love one another, and bless the world.
GLORIFY The Father
God is glorious, and he made us to reflect his glory like lights in the world. In Christ, he is transforming us to be living sacrifices, so we are called to worship God not just in an assembly together but in all of our lives (Rom 12:1-2). Our mission to glorify the Father means that our aim is to live together in holiness as we carry out our vocation in the world.
LOVE ONE ANOTHER
God is love, and he made us to love one another. In Christ, he has shared his love with us by adopting us into his diverse, multi-dimensional family, so we are called to humbly use our gifts to serve and to shape one another (Rom 12:3-13). Our mission to love one another means that our aim is to live together in community as we carry out our service to one another.
BLESS THE WORLD
God is the source of blessing, and he made us to bless the world. In Christ, we have received all spiritual blessings, so we are called to engage the world with the gospel of the kingdom of God as ambassadors of reconciliation (Rom 12:13-13:10). Our mission to bless the world means that our aim is to live together in justice as we carry out the gospel to the world.
THE transforming GRACES
How does this transformation happen? Only by God's grace. At Oliver Creek, we challenge each member to seek God's grace in the normal rhythms and routines of life. We have six habits - drawn from the life of Christ and the history of the church - which we encourage each member to practice in solitude, in community, and with the world.
We call these habits the transforming GRACES.
Reflect on the Word.
Ask deeper questions.
Commune with God.
Serve your neighbor