We want to grow in loving God through obedience, sacrifice and worship. That means we will try our best to listen and obey when we hear Him speak. It means we will give ourselves fully to Him, live for Him, and sacrifice for Him, even when it feels hard. One of the ways we will regularly express our love for Him in our gatherings is through singing intimate, engaging, heart-felt songs of worship that genuinely convey our hearts of love for Him.
We want to grow in loving others in a way that reflects God's great love for us: genuine, lavish, and selfless. It is definitely easier to love God than to love other human beings. God is perfect, people are not. Still Jesus told us that loving other people is equally important to loving God. He commands us to love all others, not just the ones we want to love. While this can be one of the hardest things we are ever called to do here on earth, it can also be one of the most powerful and wonderful things God can use us for.
Living it Out
All of this stuff sounds really nice, but it is useless if we do not live it out. At Oaks we want to be known as people who really live out the message of Jesus not just on Sundays, but in every moment of our day-to-day lives. We want to be an authentic community of God lovers and people lovers who live out the message of Jesus and the Bible in such a real way that others can experience the love and mercy of Jesus.