Posts by Travis Agnew (Page 2)

Posts by Travis Agnew (Page 2)

Help Puerto Rico

Overwhelmed with what you have seen on the news this hurricane season? I have been to, but I have hope in God and opportunities to help! Here is a great guide on how to help in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria from our partners at the North America Mission Board: The widespread devastation of the islands is unheard of. Government leaders have never experienced this before, and clarifying the exact needs is difficult. We are respectful of the government’s leadership;…

The Meaning of a Text

As we continue in our hermeneutics study, it is important to discuss how we determine the meaning of a text. Who Controls the Meaning? Who controls the meaning of a biblical text?  There are two options: Authorial Intent: Meaning is determined by the intention of the author. Reader Response: Meaning is determined by the reader or by a community of readers. The author of any text is the ultimate authority of its meaning. We wouldn’t believe we could read a…

The Word Reading Plan [Week 6]

The Word Bible reading plan is a chronological 100-day guide that focuses on 50 pivotal Old Testament readings and 50 pivotal New Testament readings.  As we go through “The Word” series, our Sunday sermons will focus on the passage for that day.  During the week, our church will be reading through the rest of the passages to gain a fuller understanding of the grand narrative of Scripture. In addition, we have a Bible study for adults and students on Wednesdays…

3 Key Areas for the Church Volunteer

Churches struggle with recruiting and retaining volunteers.  While it is challenging enough to recruit a sufficient amount of people to meet the needs, there is another problem that comes when you get them: What expectations do you have of the church’s volunteers?   I’m not talking about what time they show up and what job they perform.  I’m talking about the role that character and integrity plays as they representJesus and the church. If you struggle with recruiting enough volunteers,…

Preparing a Church Budget

Our church leadership is currently walking through the budget preparation time.  Since there are many new folks around here, I wanted you to know our mindset as we prepare the budget for the upcoming year.  Before you receive it, a substantial amount of time and a significant amount of people have prayed, talked, and worked hard to prepare it.  So, this post is a way to allow you to understand the process. While there are many logistical tasks to be…

Connect with Indian Upstate Fellowship

At Rocky Creek, we believe that Jesus is building a multi-ethnic Church that will one day come together from all tribes, nations, and tongues. That’s why we take seriously the call to share the whole gospel with all people. While we have local and global mission partnerships literally all over the world, some of our partnerships meet on our campus. In addition to English and Spanish worship services, we also host a church that reaches out to the Indian community…

The Importance of Context

When it comes to reading Scripture, context is key.   Too much of our current biblical study focuses on isolated verses and neglects the context of which the verses were originally written. As we study Scripture, we must acknowledge the reader’s context and identify the author’s context. Notes from session 3 of hermeneutics: The Reader’s Context Preconceived Notions Preunderstanding is the dangerous collection of preconceived notions that we bring to the text before actually studying the text itself. Preunderstanding includes…

The Word Reading Plan [Week 5]

The Word Bible reading plan is a chronological 100-day guide that focuses on 50 pivotal Old Testament readings and 50 pivotal New Testament readings.  As we go through “The Word” series, our Sunday sermons will focus on the passage for that day.  During the week, our church will be reading through the rest of the passages to gain a fuller understanding of the grand narrative of Scripture. In addition, we have a Bible study for adults and students on Wednesdays…

My Brothers, the Overcomers

The Overcomers were one of the main reasons our family felt drawn to Rocky Creek. If you don’t know who the Overcomers are, they are a 27-week, addiction recovery program with a twelve-step, Christian-based curriculum. The program offers group and individual counseling, Bible study, devotional services, classroom instruction, and seminars. Rocky Creek has a partnership with the Overcomers (a Miracle Hill Ministry).  As a part of their recovery, the men attend Rocky Creek for worship and for our Equip courses on…

The Interpretation of Translation

In the 2nd week of our Hermeneutics course, we learned about “The Interpretation of Translation.”  The Bible in our possession has divisions of testaments, books, chapters and verses.  66 books are included and many religious books were left out.  In addition, the Bible was composed in 3 different languages, and a reading in English means that someone has already began the process of hermeneutics without us really thinking about it. Here are some notes from week 2. The Bible is:…

The Word Reading Plan [Week 4]

The Word Bible reading plan is a chronological 100-day guide that focuses on 50 pivotal Old Testament readings and 50 pivotal New Testament readings.  As we go through “The Word” series, our Sunday sermons will focus on the passage for that day.  During the week, our church will be reading through the rest of the passages to gain a fuller understanding of the grand narrative of Scripture. In addition, we have a Bible study for adults and students on Wednesdays…

September’s Focus: Curriculum

It’s a new month and that means it’s time for a new focus for the leadership at Rocky Creek.  Each month, we are focusing on a specific area to really develop as a church body.  Just to catch you up, here’s what we have been focusing on at Rocky Creek: January: Pastor – I am so thankful you allowed me to be your pastor! February: Website – The staff did a wonderful job at overhauling the website and the content…