What We Believe

"What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us." - A.W. Tozer

The Mission

The mission of Oxlip Church is the same mission Jesus gave his followers: Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

The Vision

The vision of Oxlip Church is create a community of authentic believers and to witness a community transformed by the life changing reality of the gospel, as people come to know Jesus as their Lord and Savior. 

Statement of Faith

The following are the core beliefs of Oxlip Church based on the foundational truths taught in the bible. All of our teaching and ministry is rooted in and flows out of these biblical doctrines.


We believe in one God, Creator of all things, holy, infinitely perfect, and eternally existing in a loving unity of three equally divine Persons: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  
Having limitless knowledge and sovereign power, God has graciously purposed from eternity to redeem a people for Himself and to make all things new for His own glory.

The Bible

We believe that God has spoken in the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, through the words of human authors.  
As the verbally inspired Word of God, the Bible is without error in the original writings, the complete revelation of His will for salvation, and the ultimate authority by which every realm of human knowledge and endeavor should be judged.  
Therefore, it is to be believed in all that it teaches, obeyed in all that it requires, and trusted in all that it promises.

The Human Condition

We believe that God created Adam and Eve in His image, but they sinned when tempted by Satan.  In union with Adam, human beings are sinners by nature and by choice, alienated from God, and under His wrath.  Only through God’s saving work in Jesus Christ can we be rescued, reconciled, and renewed.

Jesus Christ

We believe that Jesus Christ is God incarnate, fully God and fully man, one Person in two natures.  Jesus, heaven and promised Messiah-was conceived through the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary, He lived a sinless life, was crucified under Pontius Pilate, arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God the Father as our High Priest and Advocate.

The Work of Christ

We believe that Jesus Christ, as our representative and substitute, shed His blood on the cross as the perfect, all-sufficient sacrifice for our sins.  His atoning death and victorious resurrection constitute the only ground for salvation.

The Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit, in all that He does,
glorifies the Lord Jesus Christ.  
He convicts the world of its guilt.  
He regenerates sinners, and in Him they are baptized into
 union with Christ and adopted as heirs in the family of God.
 He also indwells, illuminates, guides, equips, and empowers
believers for Christ-like living and service.

The Church

We believe that the true church comprises all who have been
 justified by God’s grace through faith alone in Christ alone.  
They are united by the Holy Spirit in the body of Christ, of which He is the Head.  
The true church is manifest in local churches, whose
membership should be composed only of believers.  
The Lord Jesus mandated two ordinances:  baptism and the Lord’s Supper,
which visibly and tangibly express the gospel.
 Though they are not the means of salvation, when celebrated by
the church in genuine faith, these ordinances confirm and nourish the believer.

Christian Living

We believe that God’s justifying grace must not be separated
from His sanctifying power and purpose.  
God commands us to love Him supremely and others sacrificially,
and to live out our faith with care for one another, compassion toward
the poor and justice for the oppressed.  
With God’s Word, the Spirit’s power, and fervent prayer in Christ’s name,
we are to combat the spiritual forces of evil.  
In obedience to Christ’s commission, we are to make disciples among all people,
always bearing witness to the gospel in word and deed.

Christ's Return

We believe in the personal, bodily, and glorious
 return of our Lord Jesus Christ.  
The coming of Christ, at a time known only to God,
demands constant expectancy and, as our blessed hope,
 motivates the believer to godly living, sacrificial service, and energetic mission.

Response and Eternal Destiny

We believe that God commands everyone everywhere to
believe the gospel by turning to Him in repentance and receiving the Lord Jesus Christ.
 We believe that God will raise the dead bodily and judge the world,
assigning the unbeliever to condemnation and eternal conscious
punishment and the believer to eternal blessedness and joy
with the Lord in the new heaven and the new earth, to the praise of
His glorious grace.  Amen.

Where it began...

As seen from County Road 5, the original Oxlip Evangelical Free Church building was the joining of two smaller Swedish Mission churches from the turn of the 20th Century. An addition was put on in 1980, which became the new center for worship and fellowship. The latest addition in 2013, provided handicap access and extra space. Oxlip EFC still consists of a group of hard-working, down-to-earth people who rely on their faith in God for the day-to-day challenges of life.
Oxlip Church is the country church with a congregation size that helps you feel welcome and "at home". Come, join us. We would be happy to share a cup of coffee with you.

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