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, but God begins his pursuit of humanity, a mission to redeem and reconcile with humanity. A plan to rescue you and me.
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 gives the laws that will govern them in the Promised Land and he leads them to build a portable temple (the tabernacle) where he will once again live among his people.
Sadly, the people rebel against God and Moses 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 of rebellion, defeat at the hands of their enemies, crying out to God, and God delivering them through military rulers called judges begins. The book of Judges chronicles the darkest age in Israel’s history so far.
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.
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 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.