The 411

Here’s what you need to know to get the most out of our worship service.


The Story of God So Far

God creates humanity in his image, for a relationship. All he creates is good. 

Humanity rebels against the good and loving Creator God, separating themselves from him and his leadership. Chaos and destruction is unleashed by humanity against itself, but God begins his pursuit of humanity, a mission and plan to rescue us and to restore his entire creation.

As part of his rescue plan, God chooses a man named Abraham to become the father of a new nation, Israel. His descendants, however, find themselves enslaved by the Egyptians. 

God raises Moses to lead an exodus out of Egypt and take the Israelites to the Promised Land. Through a series of plagues and a miraculous escape through the Red Sea, Israel is delivered from slavery and ends up in the wilderness between Egypt and the Promised Land.

In the wilderness God establishes the laws that will govern Israel in the Promised Land, and he leads them to build a portable temple (the tabernacle) whereby he will once again live among his people. 

Sadly, God's people rebel repeatedly and end up living in the wilderness for 40 years, but God continues to provide for them and train them.

Joshua, Moses’ successor, leads God's people into the Promised Land where they war against and defeat most of the inhabitants. God graciously empowers and leads them. 

But after the death of Joshua, a generation rises up that turns from God and a cycle begins, a cycle of rebellion, defeat at the hands of their enemies, crying out to God, and God delivering them through military rulers called judges. 

God’s people eventually ask for king and God gives them a king, Saul. Saul’s kingship is a failure, but through his successor, King David, God begins a new chapter in the story, promising David a son who will reign forever. 

Everyone thinks it will be his son Solomon, under whose leadership the temple is built in Jerusalem to replace the tabernacle. But Solomon’s life ends in failure and the kingdom divides in two—Israel to the north and Judah to the south. Both kingdoms are ruled by a series of deeply flawed kings, but prophets speak the word of God to Israel, call God’s people back to himself, and offer hope of a Davidic king who will make things right.


Communion

We take Communion during the first song after the sermon as part of our Response. When you are ready, go to a table at the front or in the back. Dip the bread in the cup. (You do not have to be a member, but Communion is for people who have put their faith in Christ.)

Communion is gluten-free at ALL stations EXCEPT once per month when small group leaders distribute communion in front. Rear stations are always gluten-free.

The Candles

The Candles are a prayer station. As you light a candle, pray for someone you know who needs the light of Christ in their life.

TITHES & OFFERINGS

Most people who call Five Oaks their home give online. We have Offering Boxes for weekend giving by the doors. We also ask everyone to deposit their Communication Cards in the Offering Boxes. 

When we give in response to God’s grace, we grow spiritually. The Bible tells us that giving is spiritual practice that reminds us that God owns it all and we are his stewards. It is also one of the ways we join him in his mission.