Chance encounters or divine appointments?

by John Eiselt

Most of us can think of a chance encounter that we’ve had at one time or another in our life.


By chance encounter, I’m referring to something that happened because we were in the right place at the right time. Perhaps we think of it as a stroke of luck, or even destiny. Maybe you met someone “famous” or won a prize of some sort. Even more meaningful and often life-changing are the types of encounters that involve a change in the trajectory of our lives or even more-so a change in the trajectory of someone else’s life.

Throughout the book of Acts there are countless examples of these “chance encounters” that prove to be divinely appointments. Moments and events brought about by the Holy Spirit moving and working in the lives of normal everyday humans like you and me.

This introduces a big question for us? How does God move in us through his Holy Spirit? What does it feel like, and how do we know when it’s happening?

This weekend we are diving into a story about a “chance encounter” turned divine appointment that will teach us three ways that we experience the Holy Spirit’s work within us and around us.

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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?

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Kathy Geire is one of twenty plus leaders who sacrificially give their time, energy, and resources to disciple students each Wednesday night. One unique thing about Kathy is that her kids, who have been through Five Oaks Students, have graduated and moved out of the house. She is still pouring into the next generation, even though she has already done the tough work of raising kids, and has even been doing this for over two years! Her commitment isn’t just to students, but also to the ministry as a whole as she is using her gifts to organize the youth closet space! (For long-term Five Oakers, we also remember Kathy serving as Children’s Ministry Director.) Five Oaks Students is blessed to have Kathy as well as the other leaders who weekly give of themselves to our students.

See the picture below from last Wednesday’s Student Ministry volunteer training event.