This is Us

We are the church, whether we are gathered or scattered--each one of us, a part of the body of Christ, wherever we go, whatever we do.

So, where can you find us, and what are we doing?


Did you know that 40% of the Heads of State in the World studied in the United States as International Students, and that 80% are never invited into an American home? That’s why it’s so important that Five Oaks families have hosted  Chinese students at Easter time the last several years. Harold and Karie Ennulat were one of those families this year. They found that, in other cultures, it’s OK to bring along extra guests, but they had a wonderful time showing hospitality to their new friends from China.

How to Become a "Better Person"

Two or three years ago, for the first time ever, becoming a better person became the number 1 New Year’s resolution, topping the reigning champ, which was of course, losing weight.


Losing weight had been the top vote getter for 10 years, usually getting 80% of the votes! That’s quite a turn around, which actually makes me question the accuracy of the poll.

But it does at the very least indicate that a lot of people want to be good. Most of us want to be better than we are.

Do you want to be a better person? I don’t think it’s just a New Year’s thing.

Maybe you wouldn’t quite use those words. If you’re a follower of Jesus, you might say, “I want to grow spiritually” or “I want be more like Christ,” but the idea is there, right? You and I want to be better than we are.

This weekend we’re talking about personal change and how it happens.

The Bible boils down personal growth and spiritual formation to two basic ideas: growing in love (of God and neighbor) and becoming more like Christ (reflecting Christ’s character in our lives).

So, how does personal growth happen? Galatians 5 tells us. Not comprehensively, but many of the basics are found in this foundational passage.

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