'discipleship' Tagged Posts

'discipleship' Tagged Posts

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…

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…

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…

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…

Worship & Service and Discipleship

God has called us to worship Him and to serve Him. Though these may appear to be separate actions, the bibles shows us that they are closer then we think. Download Handout: PD 09 – Worship and Service WORSHIP: God has called us to worship Him. He has given us directions on what is acceptable worship and what is not. To worship God is to ascribe the proper worth to God, to magnify His worthiness of praise, or better, to…

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…

Scripture Memory and Discipleship

While reading Scripture is vitally important, oftentimes, we forget what we have read as soon as we have closed our Bibles.  The lost of art of meditating and memorizing Scripture is a key discipline in the life of the disciple. We must discipline our minds to have the words of the Bible accessible even when a copy of the Bible is not available. Download Handout – PD 06 – Scripture Memory and Discipleship The Power of Scripture Memory When Joshua was…

3 Reasons College Students Need the Church

Setting the Bar In high school, I read a book that changed my outlook on life. Alex and Brett Harris’ Do Hard Things was not just a book that helped motivate me, but it changed my goals in life. Even when the culture expects teenagers to sit at home and play video games after school and not care about much else, the book challenged teenagers not to waste their adolescent years but instead to be who God has called them to be. The…

SING

SING! by Keith and Kristyn Getty I recently read this gem by Keith and Kristyn Getty. After reading it, I felt this was something that I needed to share with our music ministry. I bought each member of our choir a copy of the book. Over an eight week period, we walked through this book together and talked about the principles and challenges that book presented. Over the next weeks, I will be posting what I shared in our time…

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…

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…

The Gift That Keeps On Giving…The Gift Of Sanctification

Every Christmas people spend a lot of time and frustration trying to find that “perfect” gift. Many find this experience to be a hard feat.  Can someone really find the “perfect” gift? A gift that will never wear out, not break, not fade, not rust, not need fixing, not tear up, not have to be returned, or re-gifted? Just thinking about finding that perfect gift can bring anxiousness. In keeping true to the reason for the season, we do have a…

December’s Focus: Discipleship

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…

Bridges and Community

What’s the purpose of a bridge? If you look at a definition, a bridge is a structure that carries a road, path, railroad, or canal across an obstacle like a ravine, ravine, road, or railroad. A bridge helps you get where you want to be if you are traveling. Think about bridges in your church – places which help people get from where they are to where they need to be or should be. Let’s take a look at four…

Catechism

A catechism (pronunciation: /ˈkætəˌkizəm/; from Greek: κατηχέω, “to teach orally”) Is a Catechism for me? Catechism sounds like a word used by the Catholic Church or some other denomination but not Baptist. I remember the first time I heard the word “Catechism,” a girl I worked with had grown up in the Catholic Church. She talked to me about her time in catechism classes. That was the extent of my understanding. It was something that kids in the Catholic school…

Biblical Blueprint

God has a plan for your home. In May 2017, I will preach a sermon series at Rocky Creek entitled “Biblical Blueprint.”  It’s all about family discipleship. While this topic started as a doctoral project, it quickly became a ministry centerpiece.  I have had more opportunities to preach on this topic than any other.  The concept hit a chord in a surprisingly loud manner. I had someone tell me that once you start thinking family discipleship, it starts popping out…