The opening services of Oasis Church at Lakewood (The Church At Lakewood) were held in the spring of 1979 in the chapel of New Tacoma Cemetery. The ground-breaking ceremony was held on October 3, 1982 at our present location.
The founding pastor of The Church at Lakewood was Don McCauley. He, along with 30 others, desired to begin a Spirit-filled church in Lakewood. They began meeting as a home Bible study group. Over time they met in the chapel, John Dower School and in the fall of 1983 they held services in their new building.
Through the years the church has enjoyed the ministry of five Senior Pastors; Don McCauley, John Vertefeuille, Mark Nordtvedt, David Zetterberg and Stephen Owen. Under their various ministries the church has grown and has had an impact on the community of Lakewood.
1. About God
We believe there is one God. He has eternally existed in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. (Genesis 1:26-27; 3:22; Matthew 28:19; Luke 3:21-22; 1 Peter 1:2; 2 Corinthians 13:14)
A. The Father
We believe that God the Father is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He breathed into man the very breathe of life. Because of sin, mankind's relationship with the Father has been broken. Because of the Father's intense love for His creation, He has made a way for the relationship to be restored. The price was the death of His one and only Son, Jesus Christ. (Genesis 1:1; 2:7; Isaiah 40; Hebrews 11:3; John 3:16; Romans 3:23)
B. The Son
We believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He was born of a virgin, performed many miracles, lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all by dying on the cross. He arose boldly from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to heaven and will bodily return again to the earth as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. (Matthew 1:22-23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5; 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14,15; 1 Corinthians 15:3,4; Romans 1:3,4; 1 Timothy 6:14-15; Acts 1:9-11)
C. The Holy Spirit
We believe the Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son as God. He was sent to the earth to indwell the believers. He is present in the world to make mankind aware of our need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every believer to provide power for living, understanding of spiritual truths, and guidance in doing what is right. He also provides spiritual gifts to help us serve God and minister to others. (2 Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13; 14:16-17; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12; 3:16; Ephesians 1:13; 5:1; Galatians 5:25)
2. About The Bible
We believe the Bible is Gods word to mankind. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian
3. About Mankind
We believe that man was made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. We are the supreme objects of God's creation. Although mankind has tremendous potential for good, we are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called sin. This attitude separates us from God. (Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6; 59:1,2; Romans 3:23)
4. About Salvation
We believe that salvation is a gift from God to mankind. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God's offer of forgiveness, can we be saved from sin's penalty. We must believe in Jesus Christ, turn from our sin, and accept the gift of salvation by faith. (Romans 6:23; 5:1; Ephesians 2:8-9; John 14:6; 1:12; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26)
5. About Eternity
We believe that we were all created to spiritually exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or in union with God through forgiveness and salvation. The place of eternal separation from God is called Hell. The place of eternal union with God is called Heaven. (John 3:16; Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:15; Matthew 25:41; Revelation 21:27)
6. About The Church
We believe that the church is to be Christ's Body on earth. Its primary functions are teaching, discipling, praying, worshipping, fellowshipping and the continual spreading of the Good News of Jesus Christ. The church is made up of individual believers committed to God and to each other. We share in the hope of the bodily rapture at the return of Christ. (1 Corinthians 12:12-27;15:50-57; Romans 12:4,5; Acts 2:42-47; 1 Thessalonians 4:17; Matthew 28:18-20)