What a person values most is revealed by his passions. If you hang out with us for a while we believe that our passions will be easy to recognize. Here’s what’s important to us:
We desire to cultivate growing affections for God as He has revealed Himself in Scripture as Father, Son, and Spirit. Exulting in the beauty, wonder, and perfection of His character is our greatest joy. This is expressed through our delight in worshiping Him on Sunday morning and by offering our lives to Him as living sacrifices everyday.
Jesus is the Gospel! We love the good news about Him and believe it is “the power of God for salvation” (Romans 1:16). The hope of the Gospel is the central message we proclaim and the lens through which we view life. It permeates all aspects of body life at River Oaks from our worship, to our marriages and families, small groups, prayer, and all teaching contexts.
Jesus Christ is the gospel. The good news is revealed in His birth, life, death, resurrection and ascension. Christ’s crucifixion is the heart of the gospel, His resurrection is the power of the gospel and His ascension is the glory of the gospel. Christ’s death is a substitutionary and propitiatory sacrifice to God for our sins. It satisfies the demands of God’s holy justice and appeases His holy wrath. It also demonstrates His mysterious love and reveals His amazing grace. Jesus Christ is the only mediator between God and man. There is no other name by which men must be saved. At the heart of all sound doctrine is the Cross of Jesus Christ and the infinite privilege that redeemed sinners have of glorifying God because of what He has accomplished. Therefore, we want all that takes place in our hearts, churches and ministries to proceed from and be related to the Cross. John 1:12, 3:16, 5:24, Acts 4:12, Romans 4:25, Ephesians 1:7-8, 13-14, Philippians 3:9-10
We love the body of believers God is forming at ROCC. Authentic community is most notable through our small groups and in our genuine desire to love and care for one another. This love overflows into service of our community in practical ways.
The adjective used to describe Jesus most often in the New Testament is the word translated “compassionate.” We desire to proclaim and demonstrate the good news of the gospel through compassionate service, both locally and globally.
The authoritative call to “go and make disciples” (Matthew 28:19-20) is one that we take very seriously. We encourage our families to do this as they go about their daily lives at home and in the community. We also strive to make disciples “to the ends of the earth” through our church partnership with Fountain of Hope Church in Kenya, as well as the other missionaries we support.