Words from the Pastor
Welcome! We are delighted you have chosen to visit our church’s website. I hope that you will find our webpage helpful in learning more about Oak City Missionary Baptist Church. I would like to give you a little information regarding who we are, and what we believe, as a covenanted body of believers.
At Oak City Baptist, we are striving to fulfill the Great Commission, as recorded in Matthew 28:18-20, 18 And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age (NASB).” We are seeking to do this by loving God, loving one another, and by demonstrating love to those in our community who are not a part of our fellowship. Individually, our members demonstrate their love for the people of this community by being salt and light in their daily activities. Corporately, our members participate in mission projects and outreach through our church’s local WMU (Women on Mission) and Baptist Men organizations. As a part of the Southern Baptist Convention and the Baptist State Convention of NC, we financially support state, North American, and international missionaries.
Furthermore, as an autonomous local church, we hold to the following beliefs: God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three persons: the Father, the Son, and Holy Spirit. Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father, and has eternally existed. Jesus became fully man by being born as baby here on earth. He lived a sinless human life, and offered himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He physically arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended into Heaven to sit at the Father’s right hand. He will return again to earth, at the Father’s appointed time, to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords for all eternity. The Bible is God’s Word to us. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Being inspired by God, it has salvation for its end, and contains truth without any mixture of error. Salvation is God’s free and gracious gift to us, but we must accept it. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting Jesus Christ, as God’s offer of forgiveness, can anyone be saved from sin’s penalty. In repentance, when we turn from our sinful life, toward Jesus, we are saved by grace through faith. Eternal life begins, and the Holy Spirit indwells every believer the very moment they surrender their life to Jesus Christ. Biblical Baptism is (1) only for believers after conversion, and (2) being completely immersed under the water. Jesus was immersed, and all baptisms in the New Testament were by immersion. Baptism has no saving power, but is an act of obedience symbolizing (1) the believer’s faith in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, (2) the believer’s death to sin, and resurrection to walk as a new person in Christ, and (3) the believer’s assurance that even after bodily death, the soul will live for eternity with Jesus Christ our Lord.
At Oak City Baptist, you won’t find a large intimidating congregation. I think you will find us to be a welcoming and unintimidating church family. Our Sunday morning worship services average 50 in attendance. We strive for our worship to be centered on the expositional preaching of God’s Word. I pray that you would find the messages challenging, yet uplifting. We try to offer a blended style of worship music, from traditional hymns to more contemporary selections. Other opportunities for spiritual growth include Sunday School for children, young adults, mixed adults, and senior adults (our nursery is also available during corporate meeting times). Also, on Sundays, we have a less formal evening service dedicated primarily to Bible study. Our mid-week prayer service is held on Wednesday nights, preceded by a fellowship meal in the fellowship hall. Additionally, Children in Action, for grades 1 – 6, is held in conjunction with the prayer service.
If you are currently seeking a place to worship, and desire to join with a body of like-minded believers, please consider visiting during one of our weekly services. I pray God would allow us the opportunity to serve you, and I pray for His grace and peace upon your life!
Lyle R. Brackin