Illiterate and Misguided

I use prayer cards in my personal devotions. It's an idea I got from one of the best books I've ever read on prayer, A Praying Life by Paul Miller. One of those cards is focused on Five Oaks. I don't list immediate needs on it. I don't need to write those down. I have four big prayers. One is for the people who walk through our doors and stay. I pray that they develop a biblical worldview and biblical literacy within three years of joining our church family. I pray this almost every day.

I don't need to review the statistics. Most people today lack a strong, spiritual foundation, including those sitting in churches who are simply hoping for a shot of spiritual adrenaline to keep them going for the next week. They are mostly biblically illiterate and misguided for lack of a biblical worldview. It's why I developed the Story of God series and now the Story of God small group for people who missed the series or were unable to fully engage at that time. And it's why we're offering Five Oaks U courses that help us take the message deep into our hearts and into our lives.

Will you pray with me for this? Will you encourage others to engage in their own spiritual growth? Are you modeling it for others?

Five Oaks U: "Spiritual Parenting"

Check out this promo video and read the description below.

Spiritual Parenting

It’s hard enough to train kids to behave, but good behavior isn’t what Jesus calls for in the Bible. He wants hearts and souls that are shaped in vibrant faith and love toward
God and others. How can parents cultivate this in their children? Spiritual Parenting is a six-part DVD series that empowers parents to be the primary nurturers of their children’s faith and teach them how to create a home environment that God can use to work in their children’s lives. Your family can be transformed when you learn how to create space for God-encounters in everyday life.

  • Dates: Six Weeks - Sundays, Sept. 25, Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
  • Time: 9:30am
  • Location: Woodbury Campus
  • Instructor: Dave Runion and Nicole Schwarz
  • Cost: $15 per household
  • Registration: Register by linking here


Dave Runion has been at Five Oaks for approximately ten years and have served as volunteers in multiple capacities. As a Children’s Ministries teacher, small group leader and small group coach he has loved seeing kids and adults grow in their faith. He has been married to Emmy for 13 years. They have 3 children, Grace, Micah and Joey. As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Dave gets the honor of walking alongside individuals and families through life’s journey. Co-teaching with David is Nicole Schwarz who is also a long time Five Oaks member who is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.