Oconee River Church
2370 Hog Mountain Road, Watkinsville, Georgia 30677
Making Christ Known
It is important to us to be a church where Christ is present and connected to His people, alive in our hearts, our thoughts and our actions. We believe that our public worship is a time to proclaim and witness to God’s making Himself present and known and wanting to live in and among His people.
We believe that God’s intent is not simply to make Himself present and connected to us, but to change us into people who demonstrate His compassion and care for others. We believe that the church exists to reveal this love of Christ and that His love should be practiced toward one another in the church, and expressed in authentic ways to those who are outside the church.
We believe that the best witness to the person of Jesus Christ is to teach and to live out his forgiving and transforming love revealed in Christ’s death, resurrection, and working of His Spirit in our midst.
Staying Connected to God
a. Through study of Scripture. It is important that we be a church that is authentically biblical. We understand the Bible to be an anthology with different writers speaking to different audiences in different contexts. We believe that each of these authors, inspired by the Holy Spirit, should be studied for their particular message and that in our coming to understand the original context of the sacred message we can best make known their message for people today. Our intent is not that we should all think alike or act alike, but that our common ground is a desire to grow in Christ ourselves while helping others to find their connection with Him.
b. Through prayer: prayer is an essential component of staying connected to Christ. We encourage not only private prayer but corporate prayer as we seek to be the type people readily known for offering prayer support.
c. Through worship: Taking time to place ourselves as those who give thanks to God and who gather for public proclamation of His word and actions is the strongest public statement of who we are as a congregation.
d. Through Christian action: We believe that God wants to transform and empower our lives to do His works of ministry not only in the church but in our communities. We believe that as Christ changes our desires to conform to His that we will respond by taking actions to make His love evident to others. We will encourage people to use their gifts and abilities to make His love known, each according to his or her means. It also means supporting those agencies that are providing basic physical needs as well as supporting the greater ministry connections within our denomination, her missionaries and evangelists and teachers who are bringing about the transformation of people into the character of Christ.