OACS STANDARDS of CONDUCT and BEHAVIOR

OACS STANDARDS of CONDUCT and BEHAVIOR

OACS is a 'Christ' based, Christian social outlet where Christ's followers can come together and celebrate life together through various events, outings, activities and Biblical studies. However in today's society we found it necessary to develop a 'Code of Conduct', a set of guidelines if you will. The world is watching us and our walk with the Lord. These guidelines will help remind us 'whose' we are. COLOSSIANS 1:10 says: “that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.”

We expect everyone to adhere to the following Scripture-based guidelines regarding conduct and behavior at any OACS sponsored or advertised event.


RESPECT FOR OTHERS

Respect the boundaries of each other. Men and women should respect the fact that ‘No’ means ‘no’!

o So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets. Matt 7:12 NIV

o Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. Eph 4:2-3 NIV

o Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. Eph 4:32 NIV

GOSSIP & TALE-BEARING

Our gatherings are safe places where you will feel loved and valued. We encourage our members to support each other and build each other up. We caution against the temptation to engage in gossip. Spreading rumors about the personal or private affairs of others, backbiting, tale-bearing, and slander are corruptions of the Spirit of Truth within us, and destroys the fellowship that bonds us together in the body of Christ.

o Rescue me, O Lord, from evil men; protect me from men of violence, who devise evil plans in their hearts and stir up war every day. They make their tongues as sharp as a serpent's; the poison of vipers is on their lips. Ps 140:1-3 NIV

o A gossip betrays a confidence; so avoid a man who talks too much. Prov 20:19

o The entire law is summed up in a single command: "Love your neighbor as yourself." If you keep on biting and devouring each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other. Gal 5:14-15 NIV

o Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. 1 Thess 5:11 NIV

o Brothers, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against his brother or judges him speaks against the law and judges it. When you judge the law, you are not keeping it, but sitting in judgment on it. There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the one who is able to save and destroy. But you — who are you to judge your neighbor? James 4:11-12 NIV


LANGUAGE

Rude, crude, derogatory comments, profanity and racial slurs will not be tolerated in our group.

o Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. Eph 4:29 NIV

o But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. Col 3:8-9 NIV


DRESS CODE

We should dress to glorify God. Don’t dress to tempt your brother or sister.

o I also want women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or expensive clothes, but with good deeds, appropriate for women who profess to worship God. 1 Tim 2:9-10 NIV

o Do not cause anyone to stumble, whether Jews, Greeks or the church of God— even as I try to please everybody in every way. For I am not seeking my own good but the good of many, so that they may be saved. 1 Cor 10:32-33 NIV


DRUNKENESS / INTOXICATION

Drinking is a personal choice. Scripture does not forbid drinking but it does say to avoid drunkenness.

o Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy. Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the sinful nature. Rom 13:13-14 NIV

o Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit. Eph 5:18-19 NIV


SEXUAL IMMORALITY

The Bible is clear that we are to abstain from sexual immorality.

o Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a man commits are outside his body, but he who sins sexually sins against his own body. Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body. 1 CO 6:18-20 NIV

o It is God's will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; that each of you should learn to control his own body in a way that is holy and honorable, not in passionate lust like the heathen, who do not know God; and that in this matter no one should wrong his brother or take advantage of him. The Lord will punish men for all such sins, as we have already told you and warned you. For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life. Therefore, he who rejects this instruction does not reject man but God, who gives you his Holy Spirit. 1 Thes 4:3-8 NIV


FOR OUT OF TOWN TRIPS AND EVENTS

Same sex roommates are required for accommodations on overnight trips and events. Unmarried couples must not room together on any OACS overnight trips to avoid any hint or appearance of immorality. A signed Pledge of agreement to abide by the standards of conduct and behavior is required to attend OACS overnight trips.

o But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God's holy people. Eph 5:3-4 NIV

o Abstain from all appearance of evil. 1 Thess 5:22 KJV


ILLEGAL ACTIVITY

Illegal use of drugs, stealing or any form of illegal activity is strictly prohibited at any of our events.

o Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good, to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and to show true humility toward all men. Titus 3:1-2 NIV

o Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. Rom 13:1-5 NIV

o Submit yourselves for the Lord's sake to every authority instituted among men: whether to the king, as the supreme authority, or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right. 1 Peter 2:13-14 NIV


FIGHTING

This should be a no brainer! Let’s love on one another, even our enemies. No violence or fighting.

o Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Eph 4:31 NIV

o The violence of the wicked will drag them away, for they refuse to do what is right. Prov 21:7 NIV

o "But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. If someone strikes you on one cheek, turn to him the other also. Luke 6:27-29 NIV


GAMBLING

If you consider gambling, prayerfully consider Christ’s costs and sacrifice. As good stewards, be responsible with the resources entrusted to you.

Jesus came so we may have life in abundance: John 10:10 – The thief comes only to steal, and kill, and destroy; I came that they might have life, and might have it abundantly. Poverty is described in Deut 28:45-48 – All these curses shall come upon you…because you did not obey the voice of the Lord your God…Because you did not serve the Lord your God with joy and gladness of heart, for the abundance of everything, therefore you shall serve your enemies, whom the Lord will send against you, in hunger, in thirst, in nakedness, and in need of everything…” This verse shows us the opposite of abundance is poverty which is described as hunger, thirst, nakedness, and in need of everything. Jesus had the riches of Heaven but instead he took our poverty upon Himself. As He hung upon the cross, He was hungry but had no food. He was thirsty but had no drink. He was naked as the guards had taken His clothing. He was in need of everything even being buried in a borrowed tomb. By taking our poverty to the cross, in exchange Jesus offers us His abundance. In receiving His abundance, we have an obligation be wise and responsible with it, knowing the price that was paid. We are in possession of a costly gift that should not be squandered.

SEXUALLY SUGGESTIVE DANCING

We like to dance! We encourage dancing. It’s Biblical. Ecclesiastes 3:1 & 4 says, There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven: a time to mourn and a time to dance, NIV. But we will not tolerate sexually suggestive, ‘dirty’ dancing at our events.

o But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God's holy people. Eph 5:3-4 NIV

o Abstain from all appearance of evil. 1 Thess 5:22 KJV

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