We are the Body of Christ called to be Jesus in every neighborhood in our city and beyond.
We believe the Church exists to extend the presence, the purpose and power of Jesus on earth. The Bible calls this the Gospel, or “Good News.” We like to call it God’s Grand Story.
We sum up God’s Grand Story into one sentence: It is God saying, "I want to give you a way to come back to me, so that we can do life together." We believe God’s Grand Story is a story of love and redemption. We trust God when he tells us he has been pursuing us ever since the Garden of Eden, where mankind chose a life apart from him. We believe God when he tells us there is no other way to find an eternal life of hope, peace, and purpose, except through a relationship with Jesus Christ. Jesus made that kind of life possible through his death and sacrifice on the cross. We come into that life by trusting in him in faith and accepting his free gift of salvation. Because we now belong to him, we follow him in baptism. But that’s not all. The great news of the Good News is that once we accept Christ’s invitation to join his story, we become part of the Church – the Body of Christ. As his Body we are empowered by the Holy Spirit to continue the work of Jesus - to be Jesus to the world around us.
So this brings you to the most important question you can ever ask yourself, "Have I received Christ’s gift on the cross, and have I decided to follow him in my life?" We are here to help you get an answer if you don’t know or you are not sure. Don’t end this day without having certainty about this most important question. If you have questions about what has been shared, please speak with one of our ministers today by reaching out to us via email or call 210.698.6868.
If you are a Christ follower, you may wonder how the Good News shapes how we equip and encourage people to share the God's Grand Story with others. God has a placed unique opportunities around us to love our neighbors in our neighborhood, at work, at school, through our kids' sports, and even at the grocery store. We are committed to caring for people when we come together to worship and wherever we are in our community. Benny and Dee are a wonderful picture of what this looks like, read their story below.
Benny and Dee will never forget how they were able to be Jesus to a neighbor facing a difficult situation. Cindy and Ron Stone were looking for a home in San Antonio five years ago, church bells rang in the distance as they visited one particular house in an Alamo Ranch neighborhood. Ron mentioned to Cindy that the bells must be a sign. They soon moved into the neighborhood not realizing that they would find comforting help from Christian neighbors during a painful tragedy. But God knew.
Cindy was at work when she received the call from a neighbor — Ron, her husband, was having a stroke. He was rushed to the hospital and soon entered into a coma. Since that heartbreaking day of loss, neighbors have cared for Cindy by doing everything from giving her a shoulder to cry on, putting salt in the water softener, and hanging Christmas lights.
Benny and Dee were Cindy’s neighbor and they were especially instrumental in helping her through her loss. Cindy found courage and help from the family of Christ during a great time of need. “My neighbors have been the hands and feet of Jesus. There’s no better description of what they’ve been to me than that. God’s love and the love of Christ just really shines through them.”
Benny and Dee made themselves available to share the love of Christ with a neighbor and they brought comfort and courage to a hurting heart. But that is not all they do to share the love of Christ, they are also serving with the Children's team during our Sunday service where they teach children about Christ's love and how they can love their neighbors too.
At Oak Hills, we desire for the Gospel to drive everything we do. And the Good News of the Gospel compels us to show Christ's love to our neighbors wherever we cross paths. Our understanding of the Good News is what shapes how we live: We are the Body of Christ called to be Jesus in every neighborhood in our city and beyond.