We are having such an awesome move of God at Oasis Church right now! I love my church. So let me tell you a little bit about it.
Oasis is more than a building to me. It’s my community. It’s my family. We started attending Oasis when we would visit Florida on vacation. At that time, over twenty years ago, it was a brand new baby church, just a band of Jesus followers, trying to seek and do the will of God. The church was actually founded out of revelation. Pastor Gary had journeyed to the Holy Land, seeking God’s Will, and came home with the charge to begin a church. My aunt and uncle, who moved to Florida before the rest of us, found the church just after its founding, and our hearts have been entwined in the work ever since.
I was married at Oasis, and even though I live a good forty-five minutes away and have visited other churches, none have felt like home. Plainly put, regardless of where we live – and I believe we live smack dab where God wants us to be – we will continue to drive to Ormond Beach and past many churches…not because they aren’t wonderful churches. But because that’s not where I’m supposed to be.
Paul uses the analogy of the body to explain this phenomenon in I Corinthians 12, and I’ve found it to be so true. We are all a body part, and we all serve a certain purpose. When we try to put on the mantle of some other part that doesn’t fit – when we try to be the mouth, when we are supposed to be the collarbone – things don’t work, they don’t feel natural. There is a certain sense of peace which comes when you’ve arrived home. Don’t you agree? It’s as though you are going with a flow, instead of against it.
It’s not a popular stance. My husband, to be honest, doesn’t attend with my children and me. He doesn’t see the value in church attendance. People, at church, in my neighborhood, etc, look at me like I’m just this side of crazy for driving all that way. But what can I say? It is the place where we are at home. It is our family. It is where we fit. Isn’t that worth a drive?
I’m praying that we would move closer to Ormond at some point. I feel a kinship with the people, a call to serve. But there is a reason we are still here. And by God’s grace, we will continue to seek God’s will as we serve in our community, where ever that is.
So, ANYWAY – all of this to say that I love this church. And God is moving in astounding ways! We went through a period a while back when we tried to, well, gain synergy (such a peace, love, and beads word) by partnering with another church. Simply put, it wasn’t a good fit. While there were practical reasons for the experiment, it’s tough to say whether it was the right move, because it definitely didn’t work out.
HOWEVER – in a “right there on the page, right in front of your face for all the world to see” way – God is super making all things work together for our good (Romans 8:28)! In the short time since we’ve become an independent church once more, He has shown us amazing favor in the logistics of re-establishing Oasis. And with it, we’ve sensed an awesome move and anointing (God’s spirit present in our midst.) I think as we try to remain humble and contrite, and stay out-of-the-way, and as each of us tries to prefer one another and bring our gifts to honor Him, He’s honoring that work. We’ve gotten in step, I think.
Is it perfect? Of course not. Man’s involved, so there will be bumps and bruises and missteps. The enemy will threaten as we try to build toward unity. But once more, it’s a place of healing and love, of acceptance of the person so Jesus can do the work. There’s joy, there’s peace, there’s support. There’s community. There’s momentum.
I encourage you to find such a place. If you are a believer, I guarantee that you are called to community – to the encouragement, to the messiness, to the support and growing pains. Find yours and step in. God’s not looking to hide it from you.
As for Oasis, this oasis in the desert, this place of healing…what God begins, man will never end. I’m thankful to use my gifts to be a teeny tiny part of the Kingdom on earth.
If you are looking for a church in the Ormond Beach area and would like to visit with us, please check out the Oasis Church website for more information.