Who We Are
Oxboro exists to move all people closer to Christ.
That's why we believe God put us in Bloomington, Minnesota.
So let's unpack that a little. Starting at the end and moving backwards.
Christ - We believe that Jesus Christ was the Son of God, who lived and died and came back from the dead as proof that what he said was true and that we can live forever if we have faith in Him.
Move...closer - Because Jesus was God's son (and God himself), following him as closely as we humanly can just makes sense. And we've found that it makes this life easier and better--for us and the people around us.
All people - Jesus loves and accepts sinners. All sinners. Regardless of what we've done, where we were born, the color of our skin, how much money we make, or anything else. And so, we want to be like Him and accept and love everyone.
What do we believe?
We believe there are some basic parts of the Christian faith that aren't negotiable--like Jesus being God. We also know that good Christians disagree on some points of doctrine, and we don't want to get hung up on those.
"In essentials, unity. In non-essentials, charity. In all things, Jesus Christ." -- Chrysostom
So here, in a nutshell, is what we believe:
- God created all things and He exists in three equally divine persons--Father, Son and Holy Spirit
- The Bible, as it was first written, is God's word and is completely true, accurate, and reliable
- Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin (Mary), lived a perfect life, was crucified, then rose from the dead as he promised
- The Holy Spirit lives in believers, helping us strive for godliness
- Accepting Jesus Christ is the only way for us to be freed from our sins
- Water baptism and the Lord's Supper are important parts of the faith, but not a way to be free from sin
- Jesus is coming again soon
- When He comes or when we die, we will go to heaven or hell
If you want all the theological details, check out the:
What does it mean to be Evangelical Free?
Our congregation is one of about 1,490 churches affiliated as part of the Evangelical Free Church of America (EFCA). For short, our denomination is often known as "The Free Church."
Evangelical refers to our desire to evangelize or get out the word about Jesus Christ and what a difference He's made in our lives and can make in the lives of others and that the Scriptures are the inspired, inerrant, authoritative and sufficient Word of God.
Free refers to the fact that all churches in the EFCA are free to govern themselves as they see fit. There are certain beliefs we all hold in common, and those are important to us. But the way individual churches function is up to each church.
Want to find out more? Check out the EFCA Website.