Welcome to Oceans Church
Transforming Grace is a collaborative gathering of local Churches encouraged to bridge the gap between the sacred and the secular by serving and loving their community. By an expression of faith and good works we are believing God for Transformation in individual lives, the local Church and to the community. We see this effectively accomplished by teaching and discipling Gods people to live out their faith in their sphere of influence as authentic disciples of Jesus Christ.
To see the Church educated, empowered and equipped to bring transformation to their local communities.
Engage - Educate - Empower
The Godhead, Father, Son and Holy Spirit work together in unity. On the eve of His death Jesus prayed the powerful prayer, “Father may all who believe in me be one so the world will know you sent me.” This final plea stands as the most authoritative strategic direction for the followers of Jesus. As we respond, the church - in all her rich diversity - will emerge as the attractive “city on a hill” potently demonstrating the authenticity of Jesus' claims.
The Armed Forces know the importance of intentional strategy, unity, teamwork, communication and military-like precision to bring down the enemy. If we, the Body of Christ could adopt the same principle we could defeat the enemy and bring transformation to our communities and cities.
Led by the Holy Spirit, such a movement could awaken a sleeping giant, bringing transformation to our Churches, generating huge excitement, advancing the cause of the Gospel and bringing Glory to our Mighty God.
What is urgently needed is that the Church have a huge vision, a love for God, a love for their neighbours and have the kind of daring faith to step out and be God’s answer in advancing the Kingdom of God.
The ministry of the local church must be holistic. It must minister to the whole person: spiritually, physically, socially, and mentally. Further, it must encompass their relationships with God, with others, and with creation, bringing change and transformation at every level, be it in Nations, Cities or Communities.
In summary: God’s nature and character are more clearly manifested in the world as the church lives out the Kingdom Life in Incarnational Community (Eph. 4:11-13).
Our world is moving at a rapid pace with the growth of secularism and other false world views. Fundamental truths are being removed en route, resulting in a completely relativistic society where everything is questioned. The Church is continually being criticised on the basis of bigotry and narrow mindedness. This is why it is so essential that the Church be equipped, empowered, unified, transformed by the biblical worldview and mobilised to create a movement of truth, mercy, hope and justice that can respond to our society’s questions, set the Church up for future generations that know how to deal with distortions of the truth that Satan uses to enslave individuals and nations.
People can sometimes make the mistake of thinking that Christianity is only about going to heaven when we die and that the Great Commission is only about converting people to Christianity. Eternity in heaven is part of salvation, but salvation has implications for our lives now. Jesus called us to make disciples, not just converts. Sharing the good news of eternal salvation is the first part of becoming a disciple, but making disciples also includes "teaching [people] to observe all that [Jesus] commanded" (Matthew 28:20).
The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,
because the Lord has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God,
to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion—to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes,
the oil of joy instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
a planting of the Lord
for the display of his splendor.