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Church Planting in the Upstate

Reconcile Community Church reaching into West Greenville, SC Several years ago the North American Mission Board decided to channel its funds for church planting into several of the most spiritually lost areas where there were decidedly too few churches to be able to make an impact.  These are called SEND Cities, and Rocky Creek is currently participating with two SEND City Church Plants in the Boston, Massachusetts area. However, here in South Carolina, even though there are many churches around,…

A Swahili Language Church In Spartanburg, SC

SENDING: REACHING THE NATIONS IN SOUTH CAROLINA When Charles Kenya left his home in Kenya to come to Iowa in 2001 on a mission trip, he had no idea of the great plans that God had for his future.  In 2002 the Kenya family moved to South Carolina.  In May 2016, discussions began about the growing number of Swahili-speaking refugees who needed a church in the area. Over a period of just a few months the Neema Kiswahili Baptist Church…

John 13:1-15 and Matthew 26:26-30 for Gospel Groups September 17-23

Read the passages this week and think about these questions John 13:1-15 Matthew 26:26-30 Philippians 2:1-11   Why did Jesus wash the disciples’ feet? Is there a difference between serving and being a servant? Do you serve others by doing menial tasks for them? How can you be a servant in your home, church, community, workplace? Why is the Lord’s Supper important? Are you looking forward to and praying for God’s kingdom?

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. Download Handout – Session 2 – The Interpretation of Translation The…

Praying for SC State Missionaries and the Janie Chapman Offering

Your Gifts for Janie Chapman In Colossians 4:2-4, Paul is concluding his letter to the church at Colossae. Written from Rome where he is imprisoned, he encourages steadfast prayer, sharing the gospel, and proclaiming Jesus Christ. Just as the Colossians received direction from Paul’s words, so are his words a challenge for South Carolina Baptists today as we pray for our state, proclaim the gospel to the lost, and permeate our state with opportunities to know God’s love. Continue steadfastly…

September 10-16 Missions Prayer Newsletter

This week, September 10-16 we would like for you to pray for these two Mission Partners. You can download the whole September Missions Prayer Newsletter here: September 2017 Skeeter Powell – David’s Table, Greenville, SC – skeeter.powell@gmail.com Prayers: The first club meeting for the school year is 9/11 at Rocky Creek. Much has been planned and prepared but much still needs to be done, including transportation issues and meals. We are praying for new volunteers to come love on our friends…

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…

What Is the Janie Chapman Offering?

Your contributions to the Janie Chapman Offering for State Missions, Missions Education, and Great Commission Living help to support many different ministries throughout the state, and the world. Each day next week there will be a post on the RC website about a different way the Janie Chapman Offering is used.  Each post will have 2 questions to allow you to think about the ministry, and 2 prayers that will help you pray for God’s work. On Sunday, September 17,…

David’s Table Meals and Volunteer Opportunities

David’s Table and E210 And Mephibosheth lived in Jerusalem, because he always ate at the king’s table, and he was crippled in both feet. 2 Samuel 9:13 Starting September 11, the David’s Table and E210 groups will start meeting at Rocky Creek again.  They will meet every Monday until December 4 and we need some groups to help prepare and serve a meal for approximately 80 people.  The sign up list can be accessed at the link below (MealTrain.com) David’s…

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…

Don’t Be THAT Parent At Sporting Events

Sports can have a good place as long as they don’t take God’s place. Main Points 1 Timothy 4:7-8; 1 Cor. 9:25-27 Sports can have a good place as long as they don’t take God’s place. Give eternal pursuits more effort than you give temporal pursuits. What you say and how you say it reveal what you love and how you love it.  (Matt. 12:34)

Matthew 21:1-17 for Gospel Groups September 10-16

Read the passages this week and think about these questions Matthew 21:1-17 Mark 11:1-19 Luke 19:29-48   What does knowing Jesus fulfills OT prophecies do to your faith? What is the disciples’ response to Jesus’ request? Are you obedient to what Jesus asks you to do? How did you demonstrate obedience this past week? Do we see people in our city who need a REDEEMER? Why do you think Jesus was upset with what was happening in the temple? Have…

The Word Reading Plan [Week 3]

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 3-9 Missions Prayer List

This week, September 3-9 we would like for you to pray for these two Mission Partners. You can download the whole September Missions Prayer Newsletter here: September 2017 Jennie Beaudine – Miracle Hill Ministry, Greenville SC  – jbeaudine@miraclehill.org Prayers: We are praying for 10 new people to step into ministry with Miracle Hill through volunteering, donating or mentoring our men or women. Pray for the foster care program, the workers, children and families. Pray they do not grow weary of doing…

Disaster Relief Help for Hurricane Harvey Victims – Updated

Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief Efforts After making multiple landfalls in Texas, and now in Louisiana, Hurricane Harvey may become the most costly national disaster in the US history.  As of Monday morning the hurricane has already dropped 11 trillion gallons of rain over South Texas.  More than 300,000 customers are without power, 62 counties are already designated as disaster areas from the 132 mph wind gusts and the enormous amounts of rain (over 4 feet of rain in many locations).…

Remove Divorce From Your Vocabulary

In certain situations, divorce may be permitted but it is never promoted. Main Points Matt. 19:8 – Moses permitted divorce Eph. 5:32 In certain situations, divorce may be permitted but it is never promoted. 1. Study God’s Word for Direction 2. Pray with Your Spouse 3. Seek Biblical Counsel What do you have to lose by one session with a pastoral counselor?