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Discipleship Strategy for Your Family

Within the family contains one of the greatest opportunities for discipleship and one of the greatest challenges for consistency. Your family members provide you the greatest opportunity to encourage and to discourage spiritual growth. When Jesus isn’t the centerpiece of the home, every inch of it is out of place. Let’s study Eph. 5:22-6:4 to see what Jesus at the center of the home looks like. All order in the family and submission among relationships all have one common head…

God’s Plan for Your Family

God’s plan for your family is not complex.  We make it that way, but it is truly simple.  This is the plan: God wants to reconcile the world to Himself through Christ-following parents who disciple their own children to multiply gospel transformation to all people.      In Gen. 12:1-3, we hear God’s plan for Abram. God blesses Abram in order that he would be a blessing to all people.  Blessed to be a blessing.  He actually said that all…

Jesus’ Prayer for His Church

When Jesus spoke of His Church, He spoke of a people and not a building (Matt. 16:18).  We are not called to come to church but to be the Church. In John 17, we get insight into how Jesus prayed for the universal Church and how that applies to each expression of a local church.  Our hearts should be comforted by the fact that – of all people – Jesus Christ has prayed for us as a church. The better…

God’s Favorite Style of Church

Every Christian has their favorite style of church.  We all tend to gravitate towards a type of church that meets our desired preferences.  Have you ever thought about God’s favorite style of church?

Pray Through Psalm 20

Praying through the psalms is a process that keeps your prayer life fresh and your prayer requests specific.  Using God’s Word, you can articulate your prayers keeping in line with God’s will.  As you read, you take a phrase and flesh out ways to pray that scriptural truth. Here’s an example of how you can use Psalm 20 to pray for you and our church. 20:1 May the Lord answer you in the day of trouble!     May the name of the God…

How to Study the Gospel of Mark

The Bible provides an incredible depiction of Jesus through four unique Gospels.  The Gospel of Mark emphasizes the need to follow Jesus immediately.  In order to study this book, let’s address the differences between the four Gospels and the unique nature of Mark’s Gospel.

Multiply Churches

The Multiply Initiative is our simple yet aggressive plan to multiply disciples.  As we make disciples within our own church, our prayer is that we will see growth in our church and in the churches we plant or replant. PD 15 – Multiply Churches Multiplication Values We believe a church multiplication model is a process that shows these important values: Biblical Faithfulness – The Great Commission expects us not to work to see how many attendees we have gathered but…

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…

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…

Overcoming Temptation

A critical element in discipleship is training someone how to overcome temptation.  While everyone is tempted, particular people are more prone to certain temptations than others. In order to overcome temptation, let’s identify Satan’s strategy, Jesus’ success, and our steps needed to succeed. Download Handout – PD 11 – Overcoming Temptation Satan’s Strategy Satan’s strategy is first seen in Genesis 3, and he doesn’t need to modify his steps since it continues to work. Initiation – Satan proactively approaches us to…

Silence, Solitude, and Sabbath

In our fast-paced society and our continuously-loud distractions, our eyes, ears, bodies, minds, hearts, and souls need margin. The disciplines of silence, solitude, and Sabbath are meant to provide renewal for the disciple. Download Handout – PD 10 – Silence Solitude and Sabbath Silence The spiritual discipline of silence is pursued to experience separation from constant noise and distraction. It is difficult to study the Bible, pray the Bible, or memorize the Bible among noise and interruptions. Unlike any other time…

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…

Fasting and Discipleship

Fasting is an important and yet overlooked spiritual discipline.  While most disciplines encourage people to do something, fasting encourages people to do without something. Fasting is the voluntary denial of physical food for spiritual purposes.  Download Handout – PD 08 – Fasting and Discipleship Understanding a Biblical Fast Fasting is not a sacred diet. Fasting is not a manipulative tactic. Fasting is not a mystical superstition. Fasting is denying the flesh to seek the spiritual. Fasting is valuing the feasting on…

Prayer and Discipleship

A personal prayer habit is vitally important in the life of a disciple maker.  Not only does it remind us of our dependence upon God for sanctification, but we must also model healthy prayer disciplines in our discipleship of others. We learn how to pray by praying. Download Handout – PD 07 – Prayer and Discipleship Reasons We Fail to Pray Lack of Faith – We are doers by default.  Relying on a God we cannot see with requests we…

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…