Discipleship

Discipleship

Overview of Mark [Read Scripture Video]

Watch this Read Scripture video on the book of Mark, which breaks down the literary design of the book and its flow of thought. Mark demonstrates that Jesus is Israel’s Messiah who inaugurates God’s kingdom through his suffering, death, and resurrection. Spanish Subtitles Para nuestros miembros que hablan español, aquí hay un video con subtítulos en español.

Bible Reading Plan for Week of April 22

This week we will continue reading the book of Romans.  Continue to read it prayerfully and ask God to change you.  May He transform us by the renewing of our minds (12:2).  Because of our position in Christ and what He has done, let us live appropriately.   May we live in a manner that is worthy of Christ and seek to magnify Him in all we do.  On Saturday and Sunday, we’ll focus on the Scriptures for our Gospel…

Why Preach Through Mark?

I am preparing to preach through the Gospel of Mark at our church.  As I prepared the series, it is going to take 1 year to preach through this Gospel.  While there are 4 Gospels in the New Testament (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John – same story but told from different perspectives), I have chosen to preach through this one for a few different reasons. Greatest Example – To become disciple-makers, we need to study the life of the original…

Multiply Yourself

The Multiply Initiative is our simple yet aggressive plan to multiply disciples.  While we can multiply programs, events, services, and churches, the heart of strategy plan is when disciples begin to multiply themselves. If a new Christian simply replicated your life, would you be pleased with his or her maturity? PD 14 – Multiply Yourself Gathering Disciples Jesus first called disciples (Mark 1:14-20) and eventually transformed them into apostles (Mark 3:13-19).  These students became the sent out ones.  Here were…

Bible Reading Plan for Week of April 15

This week we will begin reading the book of Romans.  “The book of Romans is considered by many as the ultimate hallmark of Paul’s letters to the churches, with some scholars suggesting that every major revival in church history has been preceded by the faithful preaching of it.”  Read prayerfully and ask God to revive you as you meditate on the truths of this book.  On Saturday and Sunday, we’ll focus on the Scriptures for our Gospel Groups and the…

Seminary Courses for 2018

The Equip Network seeks to empower local churches and ministry organizations to take an active role in the theological education of their students. With our partnership with Southeastern, a degree-seeking student will be able to earn up to 36 hours of practical graduate-level, seminary (through Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary) or collegiate credits (through the College at Southeastern) and practical ministry experience. While a student cannot fulfill all degree requirements at Rocky Creek, we will serve as a satellite campus where…

Multiply Disciples

The Multiply Initiative is our simple yet aggressive plan to multiply disciples.  Our church is an established church with almost two centuries of discipleship work.  As we go forward during this time, we wanted to simplify our strategy as a church and clarify our expectations for our covenant members. PD 13 – Multiply Disciples The Great Commission Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the…

Bible Reading Plan for Week of April 8

This week we will look at some key passages from the Pastoral Epistles.  In reading 1 and 2 Timothy and Titus we find significant themes regarding pastors.  God gives pastors to His church to lead His people in obedience to His Word, and He calls on Christians to pray for and support the pastors He has given to lead us in our mission of making disciples.  On Saturday and Sunday, we’ll focus on the Scriptures for our Gospel Groups and…

April Parenting Principle #4

Principle: Recognizing what you are unable to do is essential to good parenting. Many parents have been there before. Your child is acting up in the grocery store, and you feel the embarrassment of blood rush to your face. In an act of discipline and punishment, you either grab or yell at your child, probably not softly but maybe even harsh and angry. You retreat to thoughts of punishment, better discipline, and better parenting because we have to help them…

Bible Reading Plan for Week of April 1

Although we read through the book of 1 John a few weeks ago, we will be reading through this book again.  Repetition is a good thing.  The book of 1 John deals with several recurring themes.  As you read through this book notice the topics of love, obedience, and truth continue to pop up.  For believers, these three elements should characterize our lives.  Are the things John says evident in your life?  Hopefully, the answer is “yes” and  we pass…

SING….The radical witness when congregations…. Sing!

The radical witness when congregations…. sing! Psalm 66:2 Sing the glory of his name; make his praise glorious. Glorious worship is exuberant, never half-hearted. It is attractive, not off-putting. It is awesome, never sentimental. It is brilliant not careless. It point to God, not to the speaker….. There is nothing more evangelistic, nothing that will win the world more than glorious worship. [The Song Jesus, Tim Keller, May 22 Psalm devotion] SINGING TOGETHER IS ALEAYS A WITNESS The church is…

New Ministry at Perry Correctional Institution

Here is an exciting new Ministry that is opening up at the Perry Correctional Institution.  It is a One-on-One Christian Mentoring program.  Each inmate is assigned one mentor who has some similar interests and hobbies.  The mentor will be able to meet with the inmate twice a month for about 60-90 minutes, as well as a possibility to participate in any significant life experiences the inmate experiences. Here are the most important things for you to know: WHEN:  Saturday, March 31,…

Pursuing Accountability

Scripture is clear that God will hold us accountable (Romans 14:12). If we are fearful of judgment from another sinful person, how much more should we fear accountability from a holy God?God graciously reminds us that apart from him we can do nothing. And one great means of that reminder are the brothers and sisters he puts in our lives. God reminds us that apart from him we can do nothing. One great means of that reminder are the brothers…

Bible Reading Plan For Week of March 25

This time between Palm Sunday and Easter is referred to as the Passion Week or Holy Week.  This name represents the passion with which Jesus willingly went to the cross. He did this to pay for your sins—the sins of all of His people.  As you read this week think about what Jesus suffered on your behalf.  Remember how, as the Lamb of God, he became the sufficient substitute for your sins.  On Saturday and Sunday, we’ll focus on the…

SING:… with the local church

Sing with the local church 1 Peter 2:4–5 [4] As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, [5] you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. (ESV) We are are the church being built together by God to stand forever. Jonathan Edwards once said: The best most perfect…

Upcoming Study – The Divine Mentor

Do you need a mentor to help you with marriage, ministry, parenting, school, or just life in general?  Ultimately, God is our “Divine Mentor”, but in His Word He has given us many other mentors who can help us throughout our lives, as well. During this 8 week study (Wednesdays April 11-May 30 from 6:30-7:30pm in room 342) we will read Wayne Cordeiro’s book, The Divine Mentor, and we will put its truths into practice.  The goal is not for…