What Is a Gospel Community?
A Gospel Community is a collective of people committed to applying the gospel inwardly and outwardly together. They are brought together through the gospel in unity, desiring to help one another grow in the gospel to maturity, while seeking opportunities for the gospel to be multiplied among people who don't know him. We believe that you will most fully experience what it means to be part of Oak Hill as you engage in one of these communities, and you will have the opportunity to experience:
- Relational Discipleship and Care: This is our primary goal for our gospel communities. We read scripture and respond to it in worshipful prayer. We discuss Sunday's sermon, focusing on how we are applying God's word to everyday life, stirring one another up to love and good deeds. We hold one another accountable and pray for one another, building meaningful relationships with Jesus at the center. Our Gospel Communities also the front line of care when a physical need arises in the church. This focus on "Relational Discipleship and Care" then gives way to three sub-goals:
- Intergenerational Investment: All of our GCs are intended to be “intergenerational.” This provides the opportunity for the church to truly be the “family of families,” and for adults, teens, and children alike to receive critical gospel-centered wisdom from others in different stages of life (see Titus 2).
- Leadership Development: Gospel Communities are a primary way we develop leaders at Oak Hill. We seek to actively equip and coach each GC leader, and we also have them identify an apprentice so that they are ready to multiply a new GC once they have grown to a certain size. We also seek to practice “shared leadership” within each group, asking different members to lead out in the various aspects of GC life under the guidance of the main GC leader.
- Gospel Advancement: Jesus said, "By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another" (John 13:35 ESV). Gospel community displays the gospel to a lost and dying world. All of our GCs work to support one another in the evangelistic opportunities God has laid before us. We pray and partner for the advancement of the gospel in the community around us.
While each group meets on a specific night every other week, we strive for even more regular interraction in one another's lives to accomplish these goals. This is not a program, it is a lifestyle, and we would love for you to join us in this pursuit to truly be the family of families that is Christ's church.
So Where Should I Turn for Additional Information?
You can start by looking at our Locations page to review the listing of Gospel Communities. Each group leader would be glad to communicate with you. Feel free click on email link and ask the leader for more details about the group. For general questions you may call the church office at 717-786-4559.