Oakleigh Community Church is a St Barnabas community that has really grown in the last 20 years since planting in early 2000's. Through a fresh experience of the Holy Spirit a new church has emerged.
Oakleigh Community Church has become an important part of the neighbourhood with a passion to see God at work amongst us. We are passionate about our faith, about the Bible and about God. We also believe that our church should be a community of love, fun and laughter. We are committed to seeing our lives transformed by an experience of the love of God and then sharing all that we have received with a hurting world desperately in need of Jesus’ love.
Our vision is to become a community that transforms the lives of thousands of individuals and then moves outward to see the world changed for Christ.
Leader of Oakleigh Community Church
Associate Minister at St Barnabas
To Win and Make Fully Devoted Followers of Jesus Christ. By Sharing Jesus’ Love Through Words and Actions
What we believe
Salvation is entirely a work of God’s grace and cannot be earned or deserved. It has been accomplished by the Lord Jesus Christ and is offered to all in the gospel. God in his love forgives sinners whom he calls, granting them repentance and faith. All who believe in Christ are justified by faith alone, adopted into the family of God and receive eternal life, which can never be lost.
ABOUT THE BIBLE.
God has revealed Himself in the Bible, which consists of the Old and the New Testaments alone. Every word was inspired by God through human authors so that the Bible as originally given is in its entirety the word of God, without error and fully reliable in fact and doctrine. The Bible alone speaks with final authority and is always sufficient for all matters of belief and practise.
ABOUT THE FUTURE.
The Lord Jesus Christ will return in glory. He will raise the dead and judge the world in righteousness. The wicked will be sent to eternal punishment and the righteous will be welcomed into a life of eternal joy in fellowship with God. God will make all things new and will be glorified forever
ABOUT THE HUMAN RACE.
All men and women, being created in the image of God, have inherent and equal dignity and worth. Their greatest purpose is to obey, worship and love God. As a result of the fall of our first parents, every aspect of human nature has been corrupted and all men and women are without spiritual life, guilty sinners and hostile to God. Every person is therefore under the just condemnation of God and needs to be born again, forgiven and reconciled to God in order to know and please him.
There is one God, who exists eternally in three distinct but equal persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. God is unchangeable in his holiness, justice, wisdom and love. He is the almighty Creator, Saviour and Judge who sustains and governs all things according to His sovereign will for His own glory.
ABOUT THE LORD JESUS.
The Lord Jesus Christ is fully God and fully man. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin, and lived a sinless life in obedience to the Father. He taught with authority and all his words are true. On the cross he died in the place of sinners, bearing God’s punishment for their sin, redeeming them by his blood. He rose from the dead and in his resurrection body ascended into heaven where he is exalted as Lord of all. He intercedes for his people in the presence of the Father.
ABOUT THE CHURCH.
The universal church is the body of which Christ is the head and to which all who are saved belong. It is made visible in local churches, which are congregations of believers who are committed to each other for the worship of God, the preaching of the Word, the administering of baptism and the lord’s supper, for pastoral care and discipline, and for evangelism. The unity of the body of Christ is expressed within and between churches by mutual love, care and encouragement. True fellowship between churches exists only where they are faithful to the Gospel’.
ABOUT BAPTISM AND THE LORD’S SUPPER.
Baptism and communion have been given to the Church by Christ as visible signs of the gospel. Baptism is a symbol of union with Christ and entry into his Church but does not impart spiritual life. Holy Communion is a commemoration of Christ’s sacrifice offered once for all and involves no change in the bread and wine. All its blessings are received by faith.
WHAT WE BELIEVE ABOUT THE HOLY SPIRIT.
The Holy Spirit has been sent from Heaven to glorify Christ and to apply his work of salvation. He convicts sinners, imparts spiritual life and gives a true understanding of the Scriptures. He indwells all believers bringing assurance of salvation and producing increasing likeness to Christ. He builds up the Church and empowers its members, with gifts of the Spirit, for worship, service and mission.
4 Marks of membership
What does it mean to be part of our church?
At Oakleigh we welcome all who want to make the journey of discovering God in their lives. An important part of that journey is being an active member of a church. We welcome all those who would like to make Oakleigh their ‘home’ church. As such we have identified four makes of membership, that describe what it means to be fully part of Oakleigh.
One relationship with God is one of our highest values, we pursue this not on our own but in community. This means being committed to joining together in worship and study of the Bible. So we ask all our members to commit to making Sunday worship at Oakleigh a priority in their lives.
To grow in our faith we need to live in open and accountable relationships, This level of commitment to each other cannot practically be done in our corporate Sunday worship, but in a place where we can have close friendships. It is in this context that we learn to love each other, love God and grow in wholeness. So we ask all our members to commit to maintaining open and accountable relationships by joining an Oakleigh small group.
We believe in the church not as an institution, but a community, a family, a body, where everyone has an essential part to placy. God gives each of us gifts and talents to serve one another and our wider community, And it is through serving that we grow more like Jesus and share His love with others, So we encourage all our members to commit to serving in a ministry at Oakleigh.
The giving of our money is the most tangible evidence of our commitment. If we think of ourselves as a member of Oakleigh we will consider it an honour and a joy to contribute financially to our shared ministry and mission. So we ask all our members to commit to regular planned, faithful and generous giving to Oakleigh.
St Barnabas Church
Oakleigh Community Church is a St Barnabas's community that has really grown in the last 20 years since planting in the early 2000's. Through a fresh experience of the Holy Spirit, a new church has emerged.
Our church adheres to all the values of the Evangelical Alliance, including on the below topic which is specifically mentioned due to the number of questions asked about it: Biblical & Pastoral Response to Same Sex Relationships.
Diocese of London
Church of England