About Burr Oak
We Live, We Love,
We pursue living a life filled with Joy, Peace & Love. Our desire is that all people know that they are greatly loved. We focus on helping to facilitate a better quality of life for people. God is the source of Joy, Peace & Love. When we honestly seek Him then He will fill us spiritually with His Joy, Peace & Love. We also discover that the desires of His heart are actually the true deep desires of our heart.
Serving people with the right mindset and attitude makes all the difference in the world to the people we serve. People in need deserve to be treated with dignity & respect. Our opportunities to come along side of people in their lives are enriching and fulfilling. People know how much we care by how we treat them.
We are very outreach & missions minded. We support missionaries in Poland, Peru & the United States. We help facilitate opportunities in Northeast Indiana for people in need in various ways. We have a big heart to be advocates for people worldwide who are slaves in Human Trafficking. We support awareness campaigns & many organizations working to free people & bring justice to their oppressors.
WE BELIEVE that the Bible is God's infallible Word, written by individuals who were divinely and uniquely inspired, and that it is our final authority in all matters of faith and practice. We affirm our belief in the verbal (to the very words) and plenary (to every word) inspiration of the Scriptures in their original autographs. (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21; 1 Thessalonians 2:13).
WE BELIEVE in one God, who is self-existent, eternal, and infinite. We believe that He, while being the same in essence, has revealed Himself as three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 45:5-6; 1 Corinthians 8:4; Matthew 28:19; John 10:30; 14:9; 2 Corinthians 3:17).
WE BELIEVE in God the Father, Creator of heaven and earth, perfect in holiness, infinite in wisdom and measureless in power. We rejoice that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of people, that He hears and answers prayer, and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ. (Genesis 1:1; Isaiah 6:3; Jeremiah 10:6,12; Isaiah 40:25-26; 1 Peter 3:12; John 1:12-13; Romans 6:23).
WE BELIEVE in Jesus Christ, God's only begotten Son, born of a virgin, sinless in His life, who atoned for the sins of the world by His death on the cross. We believe in His bodily resurrection, His Ascension into heaven, His High Priestly intercession for His people and His return to the world according to His promise. (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23; Hebrews 4:15; Romans 5:8-9; 1 Peter 2:24; 1 Corinthians 15:3-7; Acts 1:9-11; Hebrews 7:25; John 14:1-3).
WE BELIEVE in the Holy Spirit of God, who came to convict the world of sin, and to regenerate, sanctify, comfort and seal forever those who believe in Jesus Christ. (John 14:16-17, 26; 16:7-11; Titus 3:5-6; Ephesians 1:13; 4:30).
WE BELIEVE that all people are sinners by nature and by choice, but that "God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life." We believe there is no other way to eternal salvation than through Jesus Christ. We believe in salvation by grace through faith alone. Good deeds are an evidence of salvation, not a requirement for salvation. Man can do nothing in his fallen state to earn salvation. (Romans 3:10-12, 22-24; John 3:16; John 14:6; Acts 4:12; Ephesians 2:8-10).
WE BELIEVE that the local church is composed of regenerated, baptized believers, voluntarily united together for the purpose of evangelism, equipping each other for service to Christ, tending to one another's needs and the worship of God. (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 2:41-42; 1 Corinthians 12:12-13; Ephesians 4:11-16; Hebrews 10:24-25; 13:15-16).
WE BELIEVE in the following Biblical principles: The competency of the individual in direct approach to God, the priesthood of all believers, the symbolic ordinances of believer's baptism and the Lord's Supper, the autonomy of the local church, and a world-wide program of missionary endeavor in obedience to the final command of our Lord. (1 Peter 2:4-5; Matthew 28:19; 1 Corinthians 11:23-29; Acts 1:8).
Mark serves as Lead Pastor for Burr Oak. He has over 40 years of leadership experience. (yes, he started when he was 5 yrs old) His focus has always been to lead people to Jesus. He believes having a relationship with Jesus changes a person's life experience, into eternity.
Ben serves as Associate Pastor for Burr Oak. He is Pastor for our Youth Ministries (6-12 grade). He is exceptional in caring for people. He has a heart of gold. He believes in leading by example. His desire to come along side of people in need is a natural attribute. His smile says it all.