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Welcome to the SOPC webpage. Thank you for checking us out and please feel free to drop me an email ( ) with any questions. My name is Lance Lewis and I’ve been blessed to serve as the pastor of Soaring Oaks since July of 2013. SOPC exists to make active followers of Jesus Christ of people from all backgrounds beginning here in Elk Grove, northern California and throughout the world. An active follower of Christ is one whose life revolves around the consistent heartfelt worship of the living God, a diligent walk of obedience before the living God and an active witness of the gospel of the living God in Jesus Christ.

 

As you browse through our site please take some time to consider the following commitments that speak to those things that are important to us and to which we hope to highlight as we pursue the calling and mission of our glorious risen Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. Also be sure to check out our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/158239717701057/ to keep up to date with upcoming church events.

 

SOPC Commitments.   

 

Soaring Oaks Presbyterian Church is distinctive in its commitments as a local body embracing what we believe to be Biblical truths lived out in the life of the church. The following are distinctive commitments which reflect the goals of the church:

 

Commitment to the Word of God.  This involves a commitment to careful expository preaching, cultivating an environment in which the Word of God permeates all aspects of church life and theological thinking if coveted and cultivated.

 

Commitment to authentic, biblical holiness. Christ called His followers to a kind of holiness that consists of so much more than following religious rules or being satisfied with a few surface changes to our lives. It’s a robust, humble and attractive holiness grounded in the message of the gospel that proclaims that in Christ we’re deeply and dearly loved, valued, accepted and delighted in by the one, true and living God. It’s the truth of the gospel that propels us to live in the power of the Spirit so that we can deal with our issues, foster genuine change and pursue with zeal Christ’s command to really love each other just as He loves us.

 

Commitment to the Ordinary Means of Grace.  This rises from a deep commitment that the Scriptures speak of clearly regarding the nature of the church’s life and worship.  While the sociological dimensions of the church cannot be ignored, she primarily takes her marching orders from Scripture itself which reveals that God intends the church to be nourished by the ordinary means of grace (i.e., the Word of God, prayer, sacraments, fellowship and discipline). God has not promised to bless anything else.

 

Commitment to Multi-Cultural Ministry.  This involves a current and continual goal that is intentional in the pursuit of the diverse cultures that is not optional but ecclesiological in mandate. The Scripture makes it clear that God’s purpose for the church includes outreach and inclusion of diverse ethnic groups into local churches. John’s vision of “a great multitude... From all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the lamb” does not orient the church towards separate but equal communities of faith on earth but the practice of the very diversity we will experience in heaven. This must be viewed as a theological necessity.

 

Commitment to Missions.  Every church is called to aggressively pursue the great commission and disobedient unless she does. While each gospel uniquely expresses this, the book of Acts reveals that the strategy adopted by the early church was that of planting churches committed to “the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.” Therefore a church committed to fulfilling the great commission will be committed to global church planting beginning in its Jerusalem and moving outward to its Judea, Samaria and the end of the earth.

 

Commitment to Ongoing Reformation.  Confessional churches, while tenaciously committed to the tenants of the Reformation, also recognize that the church is always reforming. Therefore, while churches struggle to remain true to her theological commitments those commitments must always address new questions and manifest it in contemporary forms. This also means that wise reformation churches will value traditional forms of worship from the past while seeking to be sensitive to the changing contemporary context.