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Graduate Milestones

It is graduation time! It’s a time to honor, celebrate, and reflect on your child’s successes. It is your child’s time to shine. They have completed a milestone for sure. They have worked hard, made grades, finished projects, played on multiple sports teams, served on academic clubs, been a part of school activities, and have made a ton of memories and experiences. Many of those experiences have taught them lessons, many they cherish and some they wish not to repeat.…

Principles of Giving

By Alex Gore (NGU Student) The Principles of Biblical Giving: Three Principles. In II Corinthians 8 and 9, Paul gives three principles of cheerful giving and lists the qualities of a good steward. Paul challenges the Church at Corinth to give generously like the churches did in Macedonia that gave out of their joy. Here are the three principles: Give first to God and then to others (2 Cor. 8:5 esv). When you observe both the Old and New Testament…

Pray Through Psalm 20

Praying through the psalms is a process that keeps your prayer life fresh and your prayer requests specific.  Using God’s Word, you can articulate your prayers keeping in line with God’s will.  As you read, you take a phrase and flesh out ways to pray that scriptural truth. Here’s an example of how you can use Psalm 20 to pray for you and our church. 20:1 May the Lord answer you in the day of trouble!     May the name of the God…

Bible Reading Plan for Week of May 20

This week we will continue reading through the book of Hebrews to discover that Jesus is better than…  Therefore, we should live by faith in Him.  We should have much encouragement from being in Christ since He is the author and perfecter of our faith.  We should also take great comfort and gain encouragement from saints that lived by faith before us.  These truths should help us depend on Christ for everything we need.    On Saturday and Sunday, we’ll…

May Parenting Principle #5

Principle: If you are not resting as a parent in your identity in Christ, you will look for identity in your children.  Sometimes we may not think about it, but as Paul Tripp says, we “do it every single day.”  He further says, “Your parenting is always shaped by where you look for identity.” Our parenting will reveal where we find our identity. This post will highlight some of the struggles that we as parents go through as we seek…

6 Game-Changers for Small Group Leaders

A post by Alex Gore ( NGU Student) Taking Small Groups To another level Small Groups are essential to building the body of Christ up. Any church that runs small groups uses them as a way to connect people, build people up, or both. With the way churches use small groups in mind, there are some essential components to ensure your small group operates effectively and to ensure that you reach the potential that you would like for your specific…

Glasses for Ecuador Mission Trip

In July 2018 Rocky Creek will send a team to Ecuador to work with Iglesia Bautista Nueva Vida.  We are praying that people see Jesus for who He really is and desire to follow Him as disciples.  We are collecting reading glasses through June 17, 2018 in order to distribute to people in Ecuador.  Please place glasses with strength 1.25 to 2.00 in the box outside the chapel.  Monetary donations for this trip are being collected as well.  Any contributions…

Bible Reading Plan for Week of May 13

This week we will start reading through the book of Hebrews.  The author encourages those who have stepped out of Judaism into Christianity to keep pursuing Christ.  Jesus is better than the Judaic system and anything else.  Basically, Jesus is much better than…  The believers should continue to mature in their faith and not revert back in order to escape persecution.  On Saturday we’ll prepare for our Gospel Groups and take a little break in the middle of Hebrews to…

Prepared For Battle

by Shawn Piedrahita (NGU Student) In Ephesians 6, Paul implores the Ephesian Christians to “put on the full armor of God so that you can stand against the tactics of the Devil” (6:11). Though spoken to the Ephesian church, Paul’s wisdom still applies to modern-day Christian as a call to arms against “the spiritual forces of evil” (6:12). The Belt of Truth: In John 14:6, Jesus states “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to…

May 2018 Missions Prayer Newsletter

This month in the May issue of the Missions Prayer Newsletter, you can read about and pray for: The Greenville Baptist Association’s Week of Prayer and how Rocky Creek is partnered with the GBA to help create access to the Gospel; New lives in Christ and people being baptized; Student ministries that are not just impacting students, but using students to impact the world; Several mission trips that are coming up in the next few months. Praise God for how…

Walking In The Spirit

  A Post By Emily Phillips, NGU Student. What does it mean to walk by the Spirit? In Galatians 5, Paul talks about what it means to keep in step with the Spirit. Paul tells us how to live by the Spirit: reject the desires of the flesh and practice the fruits of the Spirit. Paul says is in verse 16: “But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh”. We are…

Biblical Patterns

Studying the Bible can be a daunting task.  The sheer size and amount of content can appear overwhelming to students who desire to know more.  While gleaning insights from individual passages is important, it is also important to understand the biblical patterns and how all of the content fits together. Download Handout – Biblical Patterns Stats on the Bible The Bible is 1 narrative composed of 2 testaments made up of 66 books. The Old Testament has 39 books and the…

Bible Reading Plan for Week of May 6

This week we will read through the book of Ephesians.  Paul writes this epistle to the church and gives believers doctrinal and practical insights into the christian faith.  Chapters 1-3 talk about the position of the christian, and chapters 4-6 talk about the practices of the christian.  Gain a proper understanding of who you are “in Christ” and then live in the reality of this truth.  Remind yourself that being a christian means being called to the battle ground, not…

Help Needed at PWC Grove Road Center

PWC needs 2 – 3 people to help this Friday, May 4, during the day.  These volunteers will help cover up doors and windows with plywood.  You need to know how to operate a Skilsaw and a drill-screwdriver.  This work will drastically reduce the possibility of theft of equipment and resources that would cost the PWC construction project money.  If you would be willing to help, please contact David Williams (david@rockycreekonline.org) or 288-1323 by Wednesday evening so we can let…

How to Study the Gospel of Mark

The Bible provides an incredible depiction of Jesus through four unique Gospels.  The Gospel of Mark emphasizes the need to follow Jesus immediately.  In order to study this book, let’s address the differences between the four Gospels and the unique nature of Mark’s Gospel.

Bible Reading Plan for Week of April 29

This week we will read through the book of Galatians.  Paul writes this epistle to the church to encourage believers to walk by faith.  Do not give up your “voyage of faith and chart a course based on works…Galatians is a vigorous attack against the gospel of works, and a defense of the gospel of faith.”  As you read, remind yourself of the gospel and how you should respond accordingly.  The law is not for us to try to perfectly…