In short, we are all about Jesus.
We believe local churches exist to make disciples, love cities, and plant churches that share the same vision.
We believe the local church is a community of regenerated believers who confess Jesus Christ as Lord. They have been reconciled to God and to one another, through the work of Jesus Christ, and are given a new life with God and one another. In obedience to the Bible they organize under qualified leadership, gather regularly for preaching and worship, observe baptism and Communion as biblical sacraments, are unified by the Holy Spirit, are disciplined for holiness, and scatter to fulfill the Great Commandment (to love God and man) and the Great Commission (to make disciples of all nations) as missionaries to the world for God’s glory and their joy.
We gather for worship every Sunday at 10:30am.
515 W Okmulgee Ave. Muskogee, OK 74401
Our Community Groups meet every week in each other’s homes.
In addition to gathering for worship every Sunday, we have Community Groups that typically meet at least once per week. If the local church is like a family, Sunday’s gathering is like a family reunion and Community Groups are like your immediate family. We get together to share a meal, pray, study the Bible, discuss the previous week’s sermon, and generally seek one another’s good. To get plugged in to a Community Group, come to a worship gathering, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call the church at (918) 348-1595.
We are devoted to fulfilling the great commission.
We seek to make disciples of Jesus, in obedience to his commands.
And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20
We believe a disciple is someone who has received a new identity from Jesus, by grace through faith, which leads to new activity for Jesus. The new identity we receive in Christ includes adoption into God’s family, forgiveness of sins, as well as being counted righteous before God. By God’s grace, this new identity leads to new activity. This new activity is summed up in one word: holiness. To be holy means to be set apart in obedience to God. This is the true aim of every Christian because the Holy Spirit works in them both to will and to work his good pleasure, though we all stumble in many ways. These blessings are received through faith in Jesus and his gospel, to the praise of God’s glorious grace.
We believe unbelievers need to hear the Gospel and be exhorted to turn from their sin and put their faith in Jesus alone so that they may be saved from their sin, escaping the wrath of God and becoming a citizen of heaven.
In addition, we believe Christians need to hear the Gospel and be exhorted in much the same way, because the Gospel is the fuel for the Christian life. As the Holy Spirit changes us we continually gaze at Jesus and his commands become a joy to obey. We believe ordinary means of grace such as prayer, Bible study, corporate worship, and being engaged in Christian community are vital for the life of a Christian.
We are devoted to loving cities.
As we seek to love God with all our heart, soul, and mind, we all also seek to love our neighbor.
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Matthew 22:37-39
We believe we should love our city through evangelism, prayer, and practical service. This includes engaging people with the Gospel outside of church gatherings, inviting people to worship gatherings and community groups, as well as being involved in various organizations that are already working to make Muskogee peaceful and prosperous. We are also open to starting new ministries when needed to better love our neighbors. We strive to always be seeking the peace and prosperity of the city as a whole (Jeremiah 29:4-11), as well as loving our neighbors individually (Luke 10:25-37).
We want to plant other gospel-centered churches.
We plant churches so that more people will be saved by Jesus as well as grow in love and service to both God and neighbor.
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Jesus, in Acts 1:8
We believe the promise of Acts 1:8 will be ultimately fulfilled by Jesus, through his church, as they obey the great commission. For Ekklesia Muskogee, planting churches is a natural extension of Jesus’ command for us to make disciples of all nations. Church planting is a priority for us. We believe the book of Acts shows this: the way the first Christians sought to fulfill the great commission (Matthew 28:19-20) was by planting churches that would preach the gospel, love God, love their neighbors, and seek to plant other churches. Through churches, people hear about Jesus, come to faith in him, worship God, experience true community, and become part of Jesus’ mission here on earth. By God’s grace, we are committed to what we believe is the same mission of the Apostles in the book of Acts: plant the gospel in different communities across the globe by planting churches.
We are Reformed Baptist in our beliefs.
We are a Reformed Baptist Church based in Muskogee, Oklahoma. Ekklesia Muskogee is a cooperating member of The Southern Baptist Convention, as well as The Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma. We agree with The Baptist Faith and Message as well as with The 1689 Second London Baptist Confession of Faith. We affirm The Five Solas of the Reformation as well as The Doctrines of Grace (otherwise known as the Five Points of Calvinism), and each of our Pastors would not be ashamed to be called a Calvinist. We are a church lead by Elders, of which there is a plurality (also called Pastors and Overseers in the Scriptures). Our mission is to make disciples, love cities, and plant churches.