Is Church Membership right for Me?
Church Membership allows you to vote at general meetings and to have more of a say in the direction of the ministry. Instead of being on the sidelines, you become an active part of the legal aspects of the body.
What is required?
To become a Member of The Oasis, you must have been attending the church for a minimum of three (3) months, accept the doctrinal standards of our Statement of Fundamental and Essential Truths (show below), and be regular financial supporters of the assembly.
To start the application process, please read the information inside each of the tabs below, and then fill out the Membership Application form to the right.
- A believing community providing a safe haven for people seeking God.
- To inspire, equip, train, develop, and release people to be all that God has called them to be.
- In all situations and circumstances we will seek to
- Come to church to meet with God
- Seek wisdom in everything we do
- Treat others with the same love that we want to be loved with
- Embrace everyone as part of the church family and be open to developing relationships with others
- Show compassion to one another in all situations
- Act with integrity by maintaining biblically based high moral standards
5.1 HOLY SCRIPTURES: All Scripture is given by inspiration of God (2 Tim. 3:16,17) by which we understand the whole Bible to be inspired in the sense that holy men of God were moved by the Holy Spirit to write the whole words of Scripture (2 Pet. 1:20,21). Divine inspiration extends equally and fully to all parts of the original writings. The whole Bible in the original is, therefore, without error and, as such, is infallible, absolutely supreme and sufficient in authority in all matters of faith and practice (Psa. 119:160a; Matt. 5:17,18).
5.2 THE GODHEAD: The Godhead exists eternally in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are one God, having the same nature and attributes and are worthy of the same homage, confidence, and obedience (Matt. 3:16,17; 28:19; 2 Cor. 13:14).
- 5.2.1 THE FATHER: The Father exists eternally as the Creator of heaven and earth, the Giver of the Law, to whom all things will be subjected, so that He may be all in all (Gen. 1:1; 1 Cor. 15:28).
- 5.2.2 THE SON: The Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal and only begotten Son of the Father, is true God and true man (John 1:1,14; 10:30; 17; Phil. 2:6,7; Heb. 1:8). He was conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary (Luke 1:26-35), and by His sinless life, miracles, and teaching, gave full revelation of the Father (John 12:49; Acts 2:22; 2 Cor. 5:21; Heb. 7:26). He died upon the cross, the Just for the unjust, as a substitution sacrifice (Rom. 5:6,8; 1 Cor. 15:3; 1 Pet. 3:18). He rose from the dead (Matt. 28:6; 1 Cor. 15:4,20). He is now at the right hand of the Majesty on high as our great High Priest (Acts 1:9-11; 2:33; Heb. 8:1). He will come again to establish His kingdom in righteousness and peace (Matt. 25:31).
- 5.2.3 THE HOLY SPIRIT: The Holy Spirit is also God, performing actions and possessing the attributes of Deity (Acts 5:3,4). His personality is shown by the fact that He has personal characteristics and that individuals may relate to Him as a person (John 16:13-14).
- 5.3.1 CLASSIFICATION: Angels were created as intelligent and powerful beings to do the will of God and worship Him. However, Satan, the originator of sin, fell through pride and was followed by those angels who rebelled against God. These fallen angels are active in opposing the purposes of God. Those who remained faithful continue before the throne of God and serve as ministering spirits.
- 5.3.2 THE BELIEVER AND DEMONS: Demons attempt to thwart God’s purposes; however, in Christ, the believer may have complete liberty from the influence of demons. He cannot be possessed by them because his body is the temple of the Holy Spirit in which Christ dwells as Lord.
- 5.5.1 THE ATONEMENT OF CHRIST: Salvation has been provided for all men through the sacrifice of Christ upon the cross (Isa. 53:4,5; Matt. 8:16b,17). It is the only perfect redemption and substitution atonement for all the sins of the world both original and actual. His atoning work has been proven by His resurrection from the dead (Acts 2:36; Rom. 4:25; 1 Cor. 15:14,17,20; Heb. 10:12; 1 John 2:2). Those who repent and believe in Christ are born again of the Holy Spirit and receive eternal life (Acts 20:21; 1 Pet. 1:23,25). Furthermore, in the atonement, divine healing was provided for all believers (Isa. 53:4,5; Matt. 8:16b,17).
- 5.5.2 REPENTANCE AND FAITH: Man can be born again only through faith in Christ. Repentance, a vital part of believing, is a complete change of mind wrought by the Holy Spirit, turning a person to God from sin.
- 5.5.3 REGENERATION is a creatie work of the Holy Spirit by which man is born again and receives spiritual life.
- 5.5.4 JUSTIFICATION is a judicial act of God by which the sinner is declared righteous solely on the basis of his acceptance of Christ as Saviour.
5.6 THE CHRISTIAN EXPERIENCE
- 5.6.1 ASSURANCE of salvation is the privilege of all who are born again by the Holy Spirit through faith in Christ (John 10:27-29; Rom. 8:35-39), resulting in love, gratitude, and obedience toward God.
- 5.6.2 SANCTIFICATION is dedication to God and separation from evil (2 Cor. 6:14; 7:1). In experience it is both instantaneous (John 17:17,19; Heb. 10:10,14) and progressive (1 Thess. 5:23; 2 Tim. 2:19-22; 1 Pet. 1:14-16). It is produced in the life of the believer by his appropriation of the power of Christ’s blood and risen life through the person of the Holy Spirit (Rom. 6:11,13,14,18); He draws the believer’s attention to Christ, teaches him through the Word, and produces the character of Christ within him (1 Cor. 13; Gal. 5:22,23; 2 Pet. 1:3-4). Believers who sin must repent and seek forgiveness through faith in the cleansing blood of Jesus Christ (1 John 1:9; 2:1-2).
- 5.6.3 BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT is an experience in which the believer yields control of himself to the Holy Spirit (Matt. 3:11; Acts 1:5; Eph. 5:18). Through this he comes to know Christ in a more intimate way (John 16:13-15), and receives power to witness and grow spiritually (Acts 2:1-4; 9-17,39; 1 Cor. 14:18). Believers should earnestly seek the baptism of the Holy Spirit according to the command of our Lord Jesus Christ (Luke 24:49; Acts 1:4,8). The initial evidence of the baptism of the Holy Spirit is speaking in other tongues as the Spirit gives utterance (2 Cor. 3:18; Acts 1:8). This experience is distinct from, and subsequent to, the experience of the new birth (Acts 8:12-17; 10:44-46).
- 5.6.4 THE GIFTS OF THE SPIRIT are supernatural abilities given by God through the exercising of which believers are enabled to minister effectively and directly in particular situations (1 Cor. 12:4-11). They serve the dual function of building up the church, and of demonstrating the presence of God within His church (1 Cor. 12:7; 14:12; 24-25).
- 5.6.5 DIVINE HEALING provided in the Atonement of Christ (Matt. 8:16,17) is the privilege of all believers. Prayer for the sick and gifts of healing are encouraged and practised (1 Cor. 12:28-30; James 5:14).
- 5.7.1 THE UNIVERSAL CHURCH: All who are born again are members of the universal church, which is the Body and Bride of Christ.
- 5.7.2 THE LOCAL CHURCH
- 18.104.22.168 PURPOSE: The local church is a body of believers in Christ who have joined together to function as a part of the universal church. The local church is ordained by God and provides a context in which believers corporately worship God, observe the ordinances of the church, are instructed in the faith and are equipped for the evangelization of the world.
- 22.214.171.124 ORDINANCES
- 126.96.36.199.1 THE LORD’S SUPPER is a symbol, memorial, and proclamation of the suffering and death of our Lord Jesus Christ. This ordinance of communion is to be participated in by believers until Christ’s return.
- 188.8.131.52.2 WATER BAPTISM signifies the believer’s identification with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection and is practices by immersion.
- 184.108.40.206 MINISTRY: A divinely called and ordained ministry is the provision of the Lord to give leadership to the church as it fulfills its purposes.
5.8 THE END OF TIME
- 5.8.1 THE PRESENT STATE OF THE DEAD: At death the souls of believers pass immediately into the presence of Christ, and these remain in constant bliss until the resurrection of the glorified body. The souls of unbelievers remain after death conscious of condemnation until the final bodily resurrection and judgment of the unjust.
- 5.8.2 THE RAPTURE, the blessed hope of the church, is the imminent coming of the Lord in the air to receive to Himself His own, both the living who shall be transformed, and the dead in Christ who shall be resurrected (1 Cor. 15:51-57; Phil. 3:20-21; 1 Thess. 4:13-18; Titus 2:13). This event takes place before the wrath of God is poured out during the tribulation. Believers then will appear before the judgment seat of Christ to be judged according to faithfulness in Christian service (Rom. 14:10-12; 1 Cor. 3:11-15; 2 Cor. 5:9-10).
- 5.8.3 THE TRIBULATION will be a time of judgment on the whole earth (Matt. 24:15,21-22; 1 Thess. 5:1-3). During this period the Antichrist will emerge to offer false hope to the nations (2 Thess. 2:3-12; Rev. 13:11-18).
- 5.8.4 THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST is the return of Christ to earth in power and great glory will conclude the great tribulation with the victory at Armageddon (Matt. 24:27,30; Luke 17:24,26-30), the defeat of Antichrist and the binding of Satan (Rev. 16:12-16; 17:8; 12-14; 19:11-20). Christ will introduce the millennial age (Psa. 2:6-12; Dan. 2:44-45; Luke 22:29-30; Rev. 3:21; 20:6), restore Israel to her own land, lift the curse which now rests upon the whole creation, and bring the whole world to the knowledge of God (Isa. 1:24-27; 2:1-4; Zech 14:3,4,9; Rom. 8:19-23; Rev. 22:3).
- 5.8.5 THE FINAL JUDGMENT will be a judgment in which unbelieving dead will be raised and judged at the great white throne, according to their works (Dan. 7:9-10; John 12:48; Rom. 2:2,6,11,16; Rev. 14:9-11; 20:11-15). The beast and false prophet, the devil and his angels, and whoever is not found in the Book of Life, shall be cast into the lake of fire, not to annihilation, but to everlasting punishment, which is the second death (Matt. 25:41b; Jude 6; Rev. 20:10,15; 21:8).
- 5.8.6 THE ETERNAL STATE OF THE RIGHTEOUS will be the time in which the righteous share the glory of God in the new heaven and the new earth for eternity (Matt. 13:43; John 17:24; 2 Pet. 3:13; Heb. 11:10; Rev. 21:1-2,10,22-23).
- 5.9.1 MARRIAGE AND THE FAMILY: Marriage is a provision of God wherein one man and one woman to the exclusion of all others enters into a lifelong relationship through a marriage ceremony that is recognized by the church and legally sanctioned by the state. Marriage establishes a “one-flesh” relationship that goes beyond a physical union and is more than either a temporary relationship of convenience intended to provide personal pleasure or a contract that binds two people together in a legal partnership. Marriage establishes an emotional and spiritual oneness that enables both partners to respond to the spiritual, physical, and social needs of the other. It provides the biblical context for the procreation of children. Marriage is is to be an exclusive relationship that is maintained by purity. It is intended by God to be a permanent relationship. It is witness to the world of the relationship between Christ and His church. Marriage requires commitment of love, perseverance, and faith. Because of its sanctity and permanence, marriage should be treated with seriousness and entered into only after counsel and prayer for God’s guidance. Christians should marry only those who are believers. An individual who becomes a believer after marriage should remain with his/her partner in peace, and should give witness to the gospel in the home. The Bible holds family life as a position of trust and responsibility. The home is a stabilizing force in society, a place of nurture, counsel, and safety for children. Marriage can only be broken by pornela, which is understood as marital unfaithfulness involving adultery, homosexuality, or incest. While the Scriptures give evidence that the marriage vow and “one-flesh” union are broken by such acts and therefore recognize the breaking of the marriage relationship, the Scriptures do recommend that the most desirable option would be reconciliation.
We believe the Bible to be the inspired and only infallible and authoritative Word of God. We believe that there is One God, eternally existent in three persons: God the Father, the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His bodily resurrection, in His Ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal future return to this earth in power and glory to rule over the nations.
We believe that regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely for personal salvation. We believe that the redemptive work of Christ on the cross provides healing of the human body in answer to believing prayer. We believe that the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, according to Acts 2:4, is given to believers who ask for it. We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is able to live a Godly life. We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost, the one to everlasting life and the other to everlasting damnation.
(as set out in the local constitution of Local Church Constitution of The PAOC)
(Article 6, Section 6.1)
- Persons desiring to become members of this church shall give credible profession of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as Saviour. They shall give evidence of compliance with the biblical standard of Christian practice and manifest spiritual growth by giving evidence of the fruit of the Spirit: “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control”. (Galations 5:22,23 NIV).
- They shall refrain from “acts of the sinful nature: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery, idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like”. (Galations 5:19-21 NIV)Sexual immorality shall be interpreted to mean common-law marital relationships, pre-marital and extra-marital sexual relationships (I Corinthians 6:15-18; 7:1,2; I Thessalonians 4:3-8; Hebrews 13:4); and all forms of homosexual activity, along with other practices deemed inexcusable for Christian conduct, and which place a person under God’s judgement. (Romans 1:26-2:11)
- They shall indicate a desire to live in harmony with this body of believers, shall accept the doctrinal standards as set forth in the Statement of Fundamental and Essential Truths, and shall be regular financial supporters of this church.