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BELIEFS

Each November we retreat as a church to New Life Ranch

Each November we retreat as a church to New Life Ranch

 

BELIEFS

God

We believe God is the creator and ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three personalities---God the father, God the son and God the Holy Spirit.

Jesus Christ

We believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He came to earth and lived a perfect life, as God and man. Through his death, burial, and resurrection we can claim eternal life, freedom from sin, and access to God. Through faith in Jesus Christ we become children of God.

Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit is a gift from God and lives in the heart of each believer. The Holy Spirit's power is to help each Christian to understand and accomplish God's will. He is our comforter that provides peace in times of loss, grief and despair. The Holy Spirit works through the Bible and the body of believers to guide us, reveal God's plan for us and bring Glory to our heavenly Father.

God's Word

We believe that the Bible is God's word to us. Human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit wrote the Bible. It is the supreme source for Christian beliefs and living. It is the only written authoritative voice of God on the earth.

Baptism

We believe that baptism is a part of the salvation experience. We believe in the practice of baptism by immersion in water.

Salvation

We believe that all mankind is sinful and falls short of God’s glory. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by following Jesus Christ can we enjoy the benefits of salvation.

Communion

We believe in observing the Communion as a way of celebrating what Jesus did for us on the cross and anticipating His return.

Love

Our faith in God is displayed in our love for each other.

 

VALUES

God’s Mission

Matthew 28:18-20

God desires for all people to be saved, Jesus told us to make disciples. So we will do anything short of sin to reach people who do not know Christ.

 

Power Under

Mark 10:42-45

Christ’s life and ministry is our model for decisions and practices. We will not lord over people but put power under people.

 

Unity and Diversity

John 17:20-23; cf. Romans 14:17-19

We will be the answer to the prayer of Jesus that diverse people can lovingly disagree and function as one body.

 

Partnership

Matthew 5:16

God partners with humanity, and so we reflect His nature when we partner in gracious and helpful ways close and far away. So we are willing to partner with anyone who does not oppose our values but wants to shine light in a dark world.

 

Family

Mark 2:7; 3:34

We will welcome all into our family because Christ welcomed all, but we will also challenge people to grow in Christ as the Holy Spirit and Scripture lead us.

 

HERITAGE

We are historically a Stone-Campbell Restoration Movement Church of Christ. Our local church began in 1969 as East Tulsa Church of Christ, was for many years named Garnett Church of Christ, and in 2016 is being relaunched as The Journey. Nearly fifty years later we remain in East Tulsa, because we believe a church in East Tulsa is still needed that welcomes all people into Christ-centered life. A key idea in our church history is "In matters of belief, we have unity. In matters of opinion, we have diversity. In all things we have charity."

 

Observance of Communion

In our attempt to reflect the practices of the earliest church, The Journey observes Communion at least once each Sunday.

 

Bible Study

We are committed to providing a variety of opportunities and resources for the study and application of Scripture as a means of encouraging our growth toward Christlikeness.

 

Leadership

While men fill positions of shepherds and lead minister, we encourage members, both male and female, to use their gifts and talents to glorify God and to build up the body.

 

Shepherd Leaders

The three terms used in the New Testament referring to church leaders are translated: shepherd, elder, overseer. The Journey leadership is focused on the goal of shepherding, mentoring, and equipping people. Oversight of church affairs resides with the shepherds in the interest of ensuring the spiritual well being of people.

 

Church Autonomy

Our church is part of the body of Christ worldwide yet has local leaders with no outside governing body.

 

Music

We will practice a blended approach to our worship services by including both a cappella (singing without instruments) and instrumental music, while still maintaining the voice as the loudest instrument.