To be a church where we and our unchurched friends can encounter Jesus and learn to follow Him together.
We simply live to Encounter Jesus, Be Transformed by Him and Share His Love.
ENCOUNTER JESUS: A Jesus encounter changes everything! We facilitate weekly encounters with Jesus where we and our our unchurched friends can gather to worship Jesus, find authentic relationship with Him and be enriched by the bible’s teaching.
WORSHIP: We value vibrant, present, authentic worship encounters with Jesus!
When we gather as a family, we gather to actually meet with Jesus. He’s not just an idea or a worldview, but a living person with whom we can interact. Passionate songs, prayers and reflection are natural grateful responses considering the beauty of who He is and what He has done for us. As we express our love for Him, we experience His love poured out for us. When the scriptures encourage us to “love Him with all our heart and soul and mind” we expect our worship experience with him to touch every part of our lives… emotion, spirit and intellect.
BIBLE: We value rich, instructive encounters with Jesus through the scriptures!
When we gather, we encounter the truth about Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection as presented in the Bible, knowing that it saves us, empowers us and teaches us how to live like Him. Our teaching recognizes the authority of the scriptures as we aim to have our energies and activities reflect a wise, simple, and balanced approach to community life. We value the Bible basics and aren’t keen on getting caught up in foolish, off-centre controversies. We appreciate robust theological engagement. We also recognize the value of church history for its encouraging and humbling lessons.
BE TRANSFORMED: Community matters! We gather in vibrant “HomeChurches,” knowing that Jesus & His Spirit meet us in community and that growth and trans- formation come as we journey closely with one another. Fun, care, friendship, family!!!
COMMUNITY: We value transformation through life in community.
We gather in smaller groups or “Home Church” because we’re better together than apart. We believe that commitment to Jesus means a commitment to His family. The radical value on community evidenced by the early church flies in the face of our rugged western individualism and calls us together. God calls us to be open, honest and vulnerable in relationships because there is something of Him that we can not experience in isolation. We need Jesus as He loves us through others. We learn better when we're together! It is in this context that we grow and find our brokenness gently healed.
SPIRIT: We value the transforming work of the Holy Spirit.
We believe in God’s supernatural ability to work in our lives and welcome the expression of spiritual gifts when offered as authentic, humble service to the community. We are not looking for formulas, hype or a “holy-roller” cultural “charismatic’ experience, but rather the real deal of God’s love touching us in miraculous ways. Our ministry style is dialed-down, and we’ll always pause to give orientation for those who might not have experience with God working in these ways.
JOURNEY: We value transformation on the journey.
The journey of transformation is for everyone. There is no judgemental “us” and “them.” In fact, it is our shared need of Jesus and what he has done through his death and resurrection that unites us as a family. We all come as the humble broken who are wonderfully, wholly and amazingly loved by Jesus. We are walking in the “already, but not yet” of salvation where we live authentically as imperfect people are finding a new identity as his children and purpose as his followers. In Him, we HAVE BEEN and ARE BEING made whole. Teachability unites us as we are ALL learning to be lovingly led by Him. People of every age, ethnicity, class, or history can find a home at OVV.
SHARE HIS LOVE: Be a giver! We serve on teams that facilitate encounters with Jesus in spaces that are hospitable to our unchurched friends, reach out with compassion to those in need and give generously to support the mission of our church community!
HOSPITALITY: We value sharing His love by facilitating encounters with Jesus.
Our shared mission as a community is to invite people from every walk of life to Encounter Jesus, Be Transformed and Share His Love. That means creating dynamic hospitable environments. We ask everyone who is a part of our community to serve with us in that. We are humble facilitators of Sunday Morning and Home Church gatherings. We set up gear, lead songs, sweep floors, make coffee, teach kids, create media, greet newcomers and much much more! Many hands make light work! We want everyone to join in!
COMPASSION: We value sharing his love out of compassion for others.
We care about our friends, so we share Jesus with them. There are so many people we meet in our day to day that don’t yet know His amazing love. We want to be able to both share His story with our words and demonstrate His love in extremely practical ways. Our primary approach is relational as we look to equip every believer to invite their friends into the Jesus journey with us. Our secondary approach is programmatic as we develop programs and utilize partnerships to express Jesus love to the world. Philosophically, we aren’t sharing “from” and “to” but “with” and “among.” We are servants who humbly recognize our own brokenness and need.
GENEROSITY: We value sharing His love through financial generosity.
We believe that sharing our wealth, contrary to the prevailing cultural trend towards greed and accumulation, radically demonstrates the love of God. As we give funds to further our mission of inviting the “unreached” to Encounter Jesus, Be Transformed and Share His Love we are set free from our own bondage to material things and accurately reflect the amazing generosity of God. We have received freely, so we give freely!
Statement of Faith
God the King and the Holy Trinity
We believe that God is the Eternal king. He is an infinite, unchangeable Spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, goodness, justice, power and love. From all eternity He exists as the One Living and True God in three persons of one substance, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, equal in power and glory.
God the King: The Creator and Ruler of All Things
We believe that God's kingdom is everlasting. From His throne, through His Son, His eternal Word, God created, upholds and governs all that exists: The heavenly places, the angelic hosts, the universe, the earth, every living thing and human beings. God created all things very good.
Counterfeit Kingdom: Satan and Demonic Hosts
We believe that Satan, originally a great, good angel, rebelled against God, taking a host of angels with him. He was cast out of God's presence and, as an usurper of God's rule, established a counter-kingdom of darkness and evil on the earth.
The Kingdom in Creation, The Fall, and the Doctrine of Original Sin
We believe that God created mankind in His image, male and female, for the relationship with Himself and to govern the earth. Under the temptation of Satan, our original parents fell from grace, bringing sin, sickness and God's judgment of death to the earth. Through the fall, Satan and his demonic hosts gained access to God's good creation. Creation now experiences the consequences and effects of Adam's original sin. Human beings are born in sin, subject to God's judgment of death and captive to Satan's kingdom of darkness.
God's Providence, Kingdom Law and Covenants
We believe that God did not abandon His rule over earth which He continues to uphold by His providence. In order to bring redemption, God established covenants which revealed His grace to sinful people. In the covenant with Abraham, God bound Himself to His people Israel, promising to deliver them from bondage to sin and Satan and to bless all the nations through them.
We believe that as King, God later redeemed His people by His mighty acts from bondage in Egypt and established His covenant through Moses, revealing His perfect will and our obligation to fulfill it. The law's purpose is to order our fallen race and to make us conscious of our moral responsibility. By the work of God's Spirit, it convicts of our sin and God's righteous judgment against us and brings us to Christ alone for salvation.
We believe that when Israel rejected God's rule over her as King, God established the monarchy in Israel and made an unconditional covenant with David, promising that his heir would restore God's kingdom and reign over His people as Messiah forever.
Christ the Mediator and Eternal King
We believe that in the fullness of time, God honoured His covenants with Israel and His prophetic promises of salvation by sending His Son, Jesus, in to the world. Conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, as fully God and fully human in one person, He is humanity as God intended us to be. Jesus was anointed as God's Messiah and empowered by the Holy Spirit, inaugurating God's kingdom reign on earth, overpowering the reign of Satan by resisting temptation, preaching the good news of salvation, healing the sick, casting out demons and raising the dead. Gathering His disciples, He reconstituted God's people as His Church to be the instrument of His kingdom.
After dying for the sins of the world, Jesus was raised from the dead on the third day, fulfilling the covenant of blessing given to Abraham. In His sinless, perfect life, Jesus met the demands of the law and in His atoning death on the cross He took God's judgment for sin which we deserve as law-breakers. By His death on the cross He also disarmed the demonic powers. The covenant with David was fulfilled in Jesus's birth from David's house, His Messianic ministry, His glorious resurrection from the dead, His ascent into heaven and His present rule at the right hand of the Father. As God's Son and David's heir, He is the eternal Messiah-King, advancing God's reign throughout every generation and throughout the whole earth today.
The Ministry of the Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit was poured out on the Church at Pentecost in power, baptizing believers into the Body of Christ and releasing the gifts of the Spirit to them. The Spirit brings the permanent indwelling presence of God to us for spiritual worship, personal sanctification, building up the Church, gifting us for ministry, and driving back the kingdom of Satan by the evangelization of the world through proclaiming the word of Jesus and doing the works of Jesus.
We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Jesus Christ and that He is our abiding Helper, Teacher and Guide. We believe in the filling or the empowering of the Holy Spirit, often a conscious experience, for ministry today. We believe in the present ministry of the Spirit and in the exercise of all of the biblical gifts of the Spirit. We practice the laying on of hands for the empowering of the Spirit, for healing, and for recognition and empowering of those whom God has ordained to lead and serve the Church.
The Sufficiency of Scripture
We believe that the Holy Spirit inspired the human authors of Holy Scripture. We receive the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments as our final, absolute authority, the only infallible rule of faith and practice.
The Power of the Gospel over the Kingdom of Darkness
We believe that the whole world is under the domination of Satan and that all people are sinners by nature and choice. All people therefore are under God's just judgement. Through the preaching of the Good News of Jesus and the Kingdom of God and the work of the Holy Spirit, God regenerates, justifies, adopts and sanctifies through Jesus, by the Spirit, all who repent of their sins and trust in Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour. By this they are released from Satan's domain and enter into God's kingdom reign.
The Church: Instrument of the Kingdom
We believe in the one, holy, universal Church. All who repent of their sins and confess Jesus as Lord and Saviour are regenerated by the Holy Spirit and form the living Body of Christ, of which He is the head and of which we are all members.
Baptism and the Lord's Supper
We believe that Jesus Christ committed two ordinances to the Church: water baptism and the Lord's Supper. Both are available to all believers.
The Kingdom of God and the Final Judgement
We believe that God's kingdom has come in the ministry of our Lord Jesus Christ, that it continues to come in the ministry of the Spirit through the Church, and that it will be consummated in glorious, visible and triumphant appearing of Christ - His return to the earth as King. After Christ returns to reign, He will bring about the final defeat of Satan and all of his minions and works, the resurrection of the dead, the final judgment and the eternal blessing of the righteous and eternal conscious punishment of the wicked. Finally, God will be all in all and His kingdom, His rule and reign, will be fulfilled in the new heavens and the new earth, recreated by His mighty power, in which righteousness dwells and in which He will forever be worshipped.
We are a community of faith communities on the Canadian landscape, discerning our "step by step" journey as a faithful Christian presence in society, serving our neighbourhoods, civic spaces, indigenous lands and peoples, provinces, territories, nation, and world with the shared faith and resources God has entrusted to us.
We do it all in the name of Jesus.
Riffing on Jesus' description of faith community as a vine and branches, one of the earliest architects of its expression described Jesus' church as a body. There are many parts. There is much diversity. The discovery for us is not how we can all do the same things, but rather, where we fit. Here's one of Paul's thoughts in 2 Corinthians 10:13–18 from The Message:
We aren't making outrageous claims here. We're sticking to the limits of what God has set for us. But there can be no question that those limits reach to and include you. We're not moving into someone else's "territory." We were already there with you, weren't we? We were the first ones to get there with the Message of Christ, right? So how can there be any question of overstepping our bounds by writing or visiting you?
We're not barging in on the rightful work of others, interfering with their ministries, demanding a place in the sun with them. What we're hoping for is that as your lives grow in faith, you'll play a part within our expanding work. And we'll all still be within the limits God sets as we proclaim the Message in countries beyond Corinth. But we have no intention of moving in on what others have done and taking credit for it. "If you want to claim credit, claim it for God." What you say about yourself means nothing in God's work. It's what God says about you that makes the difference.
Simply put, this whole thing looks like communal obedience to Christ: saying "yes" to Him and then being faithful. "Let's just stay in our lane" is one way we say it. Being comfortable in our own skin allows us to play our part within the larger universal Church without pretense, competition or the need to perform. We love the whole church.
Statement of Faith - Scripture References
God the King and the Holy Trinity
Deuteronomy 33:27 • Isaiah 44:6 • Romans 1:20 • Psalm 95:3 • Isaiah 43:15 • Psalm 147:5 • Job 11:7-9 • James 1:17 • John 4:24 • Matthew 5:48 • Isaiah 6:3 • 1 Peter 1:15-16 • Psalm 104:24 • Proverbs 2:6 • Isaiah 28:29 • Exodus 33:19 • Psalm 31:19 • Psalm 33:5 • Psalm 89:14 • Isaiah 30:18 • Exodus 15:6 • Psalm 63:2 • 1 John 4:8 • Isaiah 43:13 • Isaiah 45:5 • 1 Corinthians 8:4 • Psalm 42:2 • Psalm 84:2 • Jeremiah 10:10 • John 1:18 • John 10:30 • John 14:9 • John 14:16-17 • John 14:26 • John 15:26 • 2 Corinthians 3:17-18 • John 1:1 • John 1:14 • 2 Corinthians 3:17 • Matthew 28:19-20 • 2 Corinthians 13:14 • Revelation 1:4 • Revelation 5:13 • Ephesians
God the King: The Creator and Ruler of all things
Psalm 45:6 • Psalm 145:13 • Daniel 4:3 • Psalm 93:1-2 • John 1:1-3 • 1 Corinthians 8:6 • Colossians 1:15-16 • Hebrews 1:1-2 • Genesis 1:1 • Psalm 95:3-5 • Colossians 1:17 • Hebrews 1:3 • Psalm 103:19 • Psalm 104:24-29 • Psalm 89:11 • Psalm 103:20-21 • Colossians 1:16-17 • Psalm 104:5 • Psalm 103:22 • Psalm 22:28 • Psalm 47:8 • Genesis 1:31
Counterfeit Kingdom: Satan and Demonic Hosts
Revelation 12:7-9 • 2 Corinthians 11:14 • Colossians 1:13-14 • Ephesians 6:12 • Mark 3:22-26 • Ephesians 2:1-2 • 1 John 5:19
The Kingdom in Creation, The Fall and The Doctrine of Original Sin
Genesis 1:26-27 • Genesis 1:26 • Genesis 3:1 • Revelation 12:9 • Genesis 3:8 • Romans 1:21 • Romans 5:12 • John 5:14 • 1 Corinthians 15:22 • John 8:44 • 1 John 5:19 • Romans 8:20-23 • Psalm 51:5 • Galatians 1:3-5 • Galatians 4:8-9 • Colossians 1:13
God’s Providence, Kingdom Law and Covenants
Psalm 24:1 • Psalm 96:10 • Isaiah 40:22 • Hebrews 1:3 • Romans 9:4 • Ephesians 2:12 • Genesis 17:3-8 • Genesis 12:2-3 • Genesis 15:4- 6 • Romans 4:3-5 • Romans 4:16 • Romans 4:20-25 • Galatians 3:6-9 • Galatians 3:13-14 • Exodus 15:3-18 • Exodus 19:3-6 • Exodus 24:3-4 • Exodus 24:7 • Romans 8:3-4 • Romans 8:12-14 • Deuteronomy 5:1-3 • Deuteronomy 30:15-18 • Galatians 3:23-25 • Psalm 25:8-10 • Romans 7:7 • John 15:26 • John 16:8-11 • 2 Corinthians 3:14-17 • Romans 7:13 • Galatians 3:19 • Galatians 3:21-22 • Romans 2:1- 11 • Galatians 3:24 • Philippians 3:8-9 • 1 Samuel 8:6-8 • 1 Samuel 8:21-22 • 1 Samuel 9:15-16 • 1 Samuel 10:1 • 1 Samuel 10:24 • 2 Samuel 7:11b-16 • Psalm 89:34-37 • Isaiah 9:6-7 • Isaiah 11:1-5 • Jeremiah 23:5-6 • Ezekiel 34:23
Christ the Mediator and Eternal King
Mark 1:15 • Galatians 4:4 • Romans 1:2-4 • John 1:14 • John 1:17-18 • Luke 1:30-35 • John 1:14 • Philippians 2:5-7 • Romans 5:19 • 1 Corinthians 15:22 • 1 Peter 2:22 • 2 Corinthians 5:21 • Romans 8:29 • Luke 3:21-22 • Luke 4:16-21 • Mark 1:14-15 • Luke 11:20 • Luke 17:20-21 • Luke 4:1-13 • Luke 4:43 • Luke 4:40 • Luke 4:41 • Luke 7:14-17 • Mark 1:16-17 • Mark 3:13-15 • Matthew 16:18 • Luke 9:1-2 • Luke 10:1-17 • John 1:29 • John 6:51 • 1 John 4:9-10 • Mark 8:31 • 1 Corinthians 15:3-5 • Galatians 3:13-14 • Acts 3:14-15 • Hebrews 4:15 • Romans 5:18-19 • 1 Peter 2:24 • Galatians 3:13 • 2 Corinthians 5:21 • Romans 1:18 • Romans 1:32 • Romans 2:12 • 2 Thessalonians 1:6-10 • Colossians 2:13-15 • Matthew 1:1 • Luke 1:68-72 • Luke 2:10-11 • Matthew 9:27 • Acts 2:24-28 • Acts 2:29-36 • Romans 1:1-4 • Hebrews 1:1-3 • 1 Corinthians 15:24-26 • Ephesians 1:19-23 • Revelation 5:5
The Ministry of the Holy Spirit
Acts 1:8 • Acts 2:1-4 • 1 Corinthians 12:13 • 1 Corinthians 12:4-7 • John 14:16-17 • Romans 12:1 • Ephesians 5:18-20 • Romans 8:3-4 • 1 Corinthians 14:12 • 1 Corinthians 14:26 • Romans 12:4-6 • Luke 11:20 • 1 John 3:8b • Ephesians 6:10-20 • John 14:12-13 • Romans 15:18-19 • 1 Corinthians 4:20 • Romans 8:9-10 • John 16:7 • John 14:26 • John 16:13-15 • Romans 8:14 • Luke 24:49 • Acts 4:31 • Acts 8:18-19 • Acts 19:1-2 • 1 Corinthians 2:4-5 • 2 Corinthians 4:7 • 2 Corinthians 6:4-7 • Joel 2:28-29 • Acts 2:15-17 • 1 Corinthians 12:7-11 • 1 Corinthians 14:1 • 1 Corinthians 14:5 • 1 Thessalonians 5:19-21 • Acts 8:14-17 • Acts 19:6 • Mark 1:41 • Luke 6:18b-19 • Mark 16:18 • Acts 13:1-3 • 1 Timothy 4:14 • 2 Timothy 1:6
The Sufficiency of Scripture
2 Timothy 3:16-17 • 2 Peter 1:20-21 • 1 Corinthians 2:12-13 • John 14:26 • Psalm 19:7-9 • Psalm 119:30 • Psalm 119:43 • Psalm 119:89 • Matthew 5:17-18 • John 3:34 • John 10:35 • 1 Thessalonians 2:13 • Revelation 22:6 • Luke 24:44 • 2 Peter 3:15-16 • Revelation 22:18-19 • Isaiah 40:8 • Matthew 24:35 • Matthew 7:21 • Matthew 7:24 • Luke 1:38 • James 1:22-25
The Power of the Gospel Over the Kingdom of Darkness
Luke 4:5-7 • 1 John 5:19 • 1 Corinthians 15:22 • Ephesians 2:1-3 • Romans 1:21-23 • Romans 1:32 • Romans 1:18 • Romans 2:5 • 2 Corinthians 5:10 • Ephesians 5:6 • Mark 1:14-15 • Acts 8:12 • Acts 28:31 • Ephesians 5:5 • John 16:7-11 • John 3:5-8 • 1 Peter 1:23 • Romans 5:1-2 • Romans 5:9 • Romans 8:15 • Galatians 4:6 • Ephesians 5:25 • Hebrews 13:12 • 1 Peter 1:1-2 • Acts 2:38 • Romans 10:9 • 1 John 4:13-15 • Colossians 1:13-14 • Philippians 3:20
The Church: Instrument of the Kingdom
John 17:20-21 • Ephesians 4:3-6 • 1 Corinthians 3:16-17 • Matthew 16:17-18 • 1 Corinthians 1:2 • Ephesians 2:18-19 • 1 Peter 2:9-10 • Titus 3:4-7 • Romans 12:4-5 • Ephesians 1:22 • Ephesians 5:23 • 1 Corinthians 12:27
Baptism and the Lord’s Supper
Matthew 28:19-20 • 1 Corinthians 11:23-26
The Kingdom of God and the Final Judgment
Daniel 7:13-14 • Matthew 4:23 • Matthew 12:28 • Matthew 6:10 • Matthew 10:7-8 • Matthew 24:14 • Mark 13:11 • John 15:26-27 • Romans 14:17-18 • Mark 13:26 • Acts 1:9-11 • 2 Thessalonians 2:8 • Revelation 19:11-16 • Matthew 25:31-32 • 1 Corinthians 15:23-25 • Revelation 20:10 • 1 Corinthians 15:51-52 • John 5:28-30 • Revelation 20:11-15 • Matthew 25:31-46 • 1 Corinthians 15:24-28 • 1 Timothy 6:13-16 • 2 Peter 3:13 • Revelation 21:5 • Revelation 21:27 • 1 Timothy 1:17 • Revelation 7:9-12