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Upward Basketball and Cheer News

The latest Upward Basketball and Cheer season has already begun, and we have 279 children in grades K5 through 6th participating. This gives us an excellent opportunity to teach the gospel, not only to the children, but also their family and friends that come to see them play and cheer. The Apostle Paul said this in 1 Corinthians 3: “I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.” The Upward ministry gives us the opportunity to both plant and…

The Generation Z (part 1 of 4)

The Z’s….. It’s not a Sleeping Giant. Who are the Z’s and how can the church reach this distracted generation? Each new generation of people gains a new name and exhibits certain characteristics. For instance, the Baby-Boomer generation is named after the group of people who was born between 1946-1964. They received this name because birth rates spiked after WWII, therefore their generation was deemed that title by sociologists. They also have certain characteristics that represent them, though not everyone…

Time Management and Personal Discipleship

We talk about making disciples, but do we make the time to do it?  In this series of lessons, we must address time management as it relates to personal discipleship. Download Handout – PD 02 – Time Management and Personal Discipleship The Best Use of the Time Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the…

Bible Reading Plan for Week of January 14

The book of Proverbs is filled with much wisdom and practical insights. These concise statements that convey truth give us guidelines for how to live.  This week we’ll start reading through Proverbs to gain wisdom about discipline, family, self-control, the tongue, marriage, and finances.  On Saturday and Sunday, we’ll focus on the Scriptures for our Gospel Groups and the Sunday sermon.  Please consider the questions below regarding the Scriptures for our Gospel Groups. Sunday, January 14 – Colossians 1:1 – 4:18 Monday, January 15 – Proverbs 1:1…

Help Needed For Heritage Baptist Church

Heritage Baptist Church, one of our local Mission Partners, is working to open a counseling center in a few weeks.  God has provided the counselors, but now they need some furniture to make the center more useful. Here is their wish list: 3 Love seats or Small Couches 6 Arm Chairs 3 End Tables 1 Coffee Table If you have some of these items and would be willing to donate them, contact David Williams at Rocky Creek.  

Investing in the Next Generation of Worship Leaders

Over the next several months Rocky Creek has the privilege to host the Campus Bands from North Greenville University, Anderson University, and Charleston Southern University. The bands will be leading our morning worship services. This is an excellent opportunity for us to invest in the next generation of Worship Leaders. Take time now to pray for these students and their ministry. On the Sundays that these students are leading take a moment to encourage them as well. January 14th the…

Staff Responsibilities

Rocky Creek is blessed with an incredible staff. I am daily encouraged by this team’s integrity, godliness, and diligence as they serve this church family.  In recent months, we have spent some time together studying how each of us is gifted, how we work together as a team, and also how we could better organize and clarify our responsibilities. In the section below, you can read a summarized version of our staff’s ministry responsibilities.  While the main responsibilities of each…

Defining Discipleship

We talk about making disciples, but do we know how to do it?  In this series of lessons on Personal Discipleship, let’s pray that we start obeying the biblical mandate regarding discipleship. Before we can make a disciple, we need to figure out what one looks like. Download Handout – PD 01 – Defining Discipleship What Is a Disciple? Definition In its simplest form, “disciple” means “learner.” “Disciple” was not a unique spiritual term during Jesus’ day.  It was used to…

Lottie Moon Christmas Offering Total

Thank you Rocky Creek for the financial gifts you gave for the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering.  When we counted the offering from the December 31 worship service, our Final Total for Lottie Moon was $38,050.84.  We will be sending that check to the International Mission Board very soon.  This is the second highest amount that Rocky Creek has given to Lottie Moon to support International Missions.  Thank you to everyone who contributed.

Bible Reading Plan for Week of January 7

This week we will look at the Old Testament book of Esther.  Although God is not mentioned specifically in this book, you can see His sovereignty displayed in the events.  God controls all of history, and He protects His people.  We’ll read through this book during the week, and then on Saturday and Sunday, we’ll focus on the Scriptures for our Gospel Groups and the Sunday sermon.  Please consider the questions below regarding the Scriptures for our Gospel Groups. Sunday, January…

January Missions Prayer Newsletter

The January 2018 Missions Prayer Newsletter is available at the church or you can download a version here January 2018 Missions Prayer Newsletter. In this issue you will be able to pray for two young ladies in Africa who have finished their training and are ready to follow Christ in their mission work; a family who is learning Spanish to begin a new chapter in their ministry; a tent revival in Ecuador; and a youth retreat the same weekend as our…

Colossians Overview

On Sunday, we begin a sermon series through the Book of Colossians verse by verse.  I am so excited to spend three months walking through this wonderful text on what biblical discipleship looks like within the context of a local church. This video explores the main ideas and flow of thought through the Book of Colossians. The Bible Project is a non-profit creating animated videos that explain the narrative of the Bible. These videos are free to use for personal…

Bible Reading Plan for Week of December 31

One year is ending and another year is beginning.  During the next few months Pastor Travis will be preaching through Colossians.  We’ll read through this book during the week to prepare us for this study, and then on Saturday and Sunday, we’ll focus on the Scriptures for our Gospel Groups and review the book of Colossians for the Sunday sermon.  Please consider the questions below regarding the Scriptures for our Gospel Groups. Sunday, December 31 – 1 Samuel 7:1-17 Monday, January…

Ladies Wednesday Night Bible Study

Steadfast Love – A study of Psalm 107 (Learn to Trust Jesus in Each Season of Life) There are times when worship overflows effortlessly from a heart full of gratitude and praise. And there are times when God seems far and we feel we have nothing to offer. We are tired, thirsty, and caught in the waves of a tumultuous sea. But this is when God shows us His steadfast love. Psalm 107 is a call to worship. It reminds…

Lottie Moon Prayer Focus – Day 8

This is the last prayer focus for the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering.  For the past eight Wednesdays, we have posted this prayer focus to encourage our Church Family to pray for International Missions, to educate our Family about the great work that the International Mission Board and our International Missionaries are doing, and to motivate our Family to financially support the LMCO to help further the work of those missionaries.  Today, IMB President, David Platt reminds us why prayer is…

Personal Discipleship Course for Spring 2018

Personal Discipleship is our Spring 2018 Equip course offered on Sunday nights. The course is an introduction to the biblical principles of personal spiritual growth and disciple-making. PARTICIPANTS If you are a degree-seeking participant through Southeastern Seminary or dual-enrollment through the College at Southeastern, you will need to register through the school and then inform them of taking the course at the Rocky Creek extension.  You can download the Degree Syllabus here – Personal Discipleship and Disciple-Making – Spring 2018.…