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What are Epistles?

Have you ever wondered what the “epistles” are? We have heard people talk about them in church, but have we ever stopped to understand what they are?  Essentially, the epistles are personal letters written to churches and individuals. Elmer Towns says, “While they follow the typical form of first-century letters in the Roman world, they uniquely express Christian truth.”  These authors wrote to express great truths of the Christian faith. They also wrote to explain how a Christian should exhibit…

“Game On” Vacation Bible School Leader Draft Is Open

The 2018 NFL draft will take place in April at the AT&T Stadium, but there is a more important draft happening right here at Rocky Creek with the drafting of teams for this summer’s VBS. Check your calendars and hold June 10-14 open so you can be part of GAME ON! https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/vbs2016/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/29144507/VBS-2018-LEADER-recruitment.mp4 Here’s what we need to know: Which team do you want to coach? Who do you want to have as your assistant coaches? (If you are you willing…

February Missions Prayer Newsletter

This month in the February Missions Prayer Newsletter, in addition to the information above about West Africa, you can read about several people who came to understand the sacrificial love of Jesus Christ; several of our international missionaries who were able to participate in missionary conferences and be encouraged; and several campus ministries that have impacted their campuses for Christ.  As you read through the newsletter, take time to pray for these mission partners. Click here to download the February…

Upstate Sportsman Banquet Featuring Shaw Grigsby

The Upstate Sportsman’s Banquet will be held Thursday night March 8 at 7pm at Dream Cars of the Carolinas in Simpsonville, SC. Come enjoy a great barbecue dinner and, after dinner, hear Bass Master Elite Angler/Fishing Show Host, Shaw Grigsby. During the meal time, we will have a Q & A with local turkey hunting legend/Outdoors Our Way, Wyman Kellett. You’ll also have a chance to win some great door prizes. Click Here To Get More Information And To Buy…

February Parenting Principle #2

February Parenting Principle Principle # 2:  God never calls you to a task without giving you what you need to do it. He never sends you without going with you.  Parents often times feel discouraged, not equipped, and to be honest, unable to fulfill the task required of parenting.  This thinking will often times distract us to overlook things that are very important, namely that God gave us our particular children, and they are His gift to us on loan…

Reaching The Z’s (part 4 of 4)

REACHING THE Z’S ( Tips on Reaching them) Jim Burns from HomeWord Center for Youth and Family at Azusa Pacific university has some advice and ideas for us. Understand Them: As Burns notes, you can’t reach the Z’s unless you understand them and their world. He takes his cue from Paul in Acts 17:22-31, addressing the Greeks at Mars Hill. “He talked to them in their language,” says Burns. “We have to do the same with Generation Z. We’ve got to…

The Generation Z (part 3 of 4)

6-10 TRAITS OF Z NATION      What do we need to know about the kids in Generation Z?   They’re pretty independent.Gen Xers, repeatedly warned about “helicopter parenting,” have reacted by giving their kids—Z’s—plenty of space. This hands-off parenting has yielded both pros and cons. They’re aware of a troubled planet.Most Z’s have grown up since 9/11 and have only known a world where terrorist attacks are the norm. Additionally, they’ve lived through the Great Recession, and they’ve seen their parents,…

January Parenting Principle #1

January Parenting Principle    Principle #1: Nothing is more important in your life than being one of God’s tools to form a human soul. Many books and articles have been written about the subject of parenting. In fact, there are whole sections in bookstores focused solely on that topic.  Biblical parenting is much more than a topic, book, tips, and even strategies. We use those things to help us, but its more than that. Biblical parenting is a calling. God…

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…

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…

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.

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…

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…

Lottie Moon Prayer Focus – Day 7

Today, we are close to the end of the “week of prayer” that we have spread over these last two months and today our focus is on how God has worked throughout the entire world and ways He has eternally impacted people.  Watch the video and pray for these missionaries. Our Rocky Creek family have given well to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering, but we still have two more Sundays that we will collect for the offering.  If you have…