Posts from September 2017 (Page 3)

Posts from September 2017 (Page 3)

What Good Is A Dying Church Anyway?

STARTING: REPLANTING A CHURCH What happens when a church’s membership becomes too small? The people want to do great things for the Lord, but not enough money or hands are available to accomplish those worthy goals. This was the dilemma for Oak Grove Church in Spartanburg in 2015. They were down to 40 members, most of whom were senior adults. Finding themselves without a pastor, they called church planting strategist James Nugent to serve as interim. Not far away, Hub…

Changing Lives Through Baptist Collegiate Ministries

Baptist Collegiate Ministries (BCM) Baptist Collegiate Ministries (BCM) across South Carolina saw a collective 337 students give their lives to Christ during this past school year. According to Collegiate Ministry Group Director Ken Owens, of the South Carolina Baptist Convention, these 17 ministries (17 different campus BCM groups) have been intentional in their focus on evangelism and outreach; and they are seeing tremendous campus response. “We are being intentional to share the hope of the gospel with every life on…

Tackling Poverty by Helping Children Read

SHARING: HEART4SCHOOLS Homelessness, poverty, imprisonment: these are big issues that affect people in South Carolina. How can these be eliminated? These big problems are often the result of a lack of education. If a child cannot read, he is at-risk to become a statistic as an adult. Research has shown, however, that getting a child on reading level by third grade is often an indication of success. South Carolina Baptist churches are reaching out to schools in their communities to…

Church Planting in the Upstate

Reconcile Community Church reaching into West Greenville, SC Several years ago the North American Mission Board decided to channel its funds for church planting into several of the most spiritually lost areas where there were decidedly too few churches to be able to make an impact.  These are called SEND Cities, and Rocky Creek is currently participating with two SEND City Church Plants in the Boston, Massachusetts area. However, here in South Carolina, even though there are many churches around,…

A Swahili Language Church In Spartanburg, SC

SENDING: REACHING THE NATIONS IN SOUTH CAROLINA When Charles Kenya left his home in Kenya to come to Iowa in 2001 on a mission trip, he had no idea of the great plans that God had for his future.  In 2002 the Kenya family moved to South Carolina.  In May 2016, discussions began about the growing number of Swahili-speaking refugees who needed a church in the area. Over a period of just a few months the Neema Kiswahili Baptist Church…

John 13:1-15 and Matthew 26:26-30 for Gospel Groups September 17-23

Read the passages this week and think about these questions John 13:1-15 Matthew 26:26-30 Philippians 2:1-11   Why did Jesus wash the disciples’ feet? Is there a difference between serving and being a servant? Do you serve others by doing menial tasks for them? How can you be a servant in your home, church, community, workplace? Why is the Lord’s Supper important? Are you looking forward to and praying for God’s kingdom?

The Interpretation of Translation

In the 2nd week of our Hermeneutics course, we learned about “The Interpretation of Translation.”  The Bible in our possession has divisions of testaments, books, chapters and verses.  66 books are included and many religious books were left out.  In addition, the Bible was composed in 3 different languages, and a reading in English means that someone has already began the process of hermeneutics without us really thinking about it. Download Handout – Session 2 – The Interpretation of Translation The…

Praying for SC State Missionaries and the Janie Chapman Offering

Your Gifts for Janie Chapman In Colossians 4:2-4, Paul is concluding his letter to the church at Colossae. Written from Rome where he is imprisoned, he encourages steadfast prayer, sharing the gospel, and proclaiming Jesus Christ. Just as the Colossians received direction from Paul’s words, so are his words a challenge for South Carolina Baptists today as we pray for our state, proclaim the gospel to the lost, and permeate our state with opportunities to know God’s love. Continue steadfastly…

September 10-16 Missions Prayer Newsletter

This week, September 10-16 we would like for you to pray for these two Mission Partners. You can download the whole September Missions Prayer Newsletter here: September 2017 Skeeter Powell – David’s Table, Greenville, SC – skeeter.powell@gmail.com Prayers: The first club meeting for the school year is 9/11 at Rocky Creek. Much has been planned and prepared but much still needs to be done, including transportation issues and meals. We are praying for new volunteers to come love on our friends…

The Word Reading Plan [Week 4]

The Word Bible reading plan is a chronological 100-day guide that focuses on 50 pivotal Old Testament readings and 50 pivotal New Testament readings.  As we go through “The Word” series, our Sunday sermons will focus on the passage for that day.  During the week, our church will be reading through the rest of the passages to gain a fuller understanding of the grand narrative of Scripture. In addition, we have a Bible study for adults and students on Wednesdays…

What Is the Janie Chapman Offering?

Your contributions to the Janie Chapman Offering for State Missions, Missions Education, and Great Commission Living help to support many different ministries throughout the state, and the world. Each day next week there will be a post on the RC website about a different way the Janie Chapman Offering is used.  Each post will have 2 questions to allow you to think about the ministry, and 2 prayers that will help you pray for God’s work. On Sunday, September 17,…

David’s Table Meals and Volunteer Opportunities

David’s Table and E210 And Mephibosheth lived in Jerusalem, because he always ate at the king’s table, and he was crippled in both feet. 2 Samuel 9:13 Starting September 11, the David’s Table and E210 groups will start meeting at Rocky Creek again.  They will meet every Monday until December 4 and we need some groups to help prepare and serve a meal for approximately 80 people.  The sign up list can be accessed at the link below (MealTrain.com) David’s…