Oasis Community:    Rest for Your Soul
                                         Released to Serve

Mission Statement:

Inviting people to join the journey of becoming increasingly devoted to God. We will think and act in the best interest of others, loving them holistically, within the context of a safe and authentic community. Our desire is to connect people to community, to God and to ministry.

Matt 11:28-30, Jesus’ words as translated in The Message:
Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and rightly.

Living our lives requires energy and perseverance. Life presents us with trials, tribulations and loss. We need rejuvenation of a particular kind, the kind that breathes life into our souls. Jesus invites us to come to him to find rest for our souls.

Jesus’ invitation to come to him to find rest for our souls indicates the source of true Christian spirituality. We need to be connected to Jesus. Jesus’ talk of his gentle and humble spirit, easy yoke and light load stands in stark contrast to the arrogant, self-righteous attitude of the Pharisees and their burdensome, heavy and soul-strangulating rules. Jesus practiced true and undefiled religion; the Pharisees practiced religiosity. Religiosity does not equal spirituality. Religiosity withers and dries up one’s soul, causing one to continually seek to please God through more and more effort, rather than to enjoy God in relationship. Christ is the source of Christian spirituality. He is life-giving, refreshing and thirst-quenching. He is an Oasis in the midst of the dry desert and its extreme desert heat. When our souls find rest in Jesus, like the old hymn says, “It is well, it is well, it is well with my soul.” When we are refreshed with Christ’s living water, then we find ourselves ready and released to serve.

Just as Jesus is an Oasis, providing rest for souls, we, too, want to be an Oasis. At Oasis Community, we want to invite you to encounter Jesus and thereby find real rest for your soul. We invite you to meet, get to know and join a community of fellow travelers as we seek to become increasingly devoted to God. Following God amidst the struggles of life is no easy task. We need each other to gain perspective and to navigate successfully the challenges before us.

We encourage you to pursue the passions God gives you. We want you to follow his direction for your life. Discover a community that will encourage you to serve God and others, while recognizing your own limits and maintaining your own spiritual and emotional health!

We invite people to our Oasis, a place to come to Jesus, to find rest for their souls and to find themselves released to serve.