Posts from 2018

Posts from 2018

The Mercy of God

“God does not show mercy by accident or weakness, but always with utter intentionality and strength.” – David Mathis Understanding mercy is vital for understanding our need for Jesus and the grace that He gives. Understanding Mercy Grace is getting what you don’t deserve. Mercy is not getting what we deserve. Mercy is part of God’s goodness. (Ex. 33:19) Mercy is often shown where people are in misery or distress. (Lamentations 3:22-23)   Mercy not only tells us about God,…

Bible Reading Plan for Week of November 11

We are continuing to work our way through the many laws of Leviticus.  Don’t quit and don’t give up!  “God’s holiness, mankind’s sinfulness, sacrifice, and God’s presence in the sanctuary are the book’s most common themes.”  See the holy character of God and how we should pursue holiness, by God’s means.  This should cause us to remember Christ and what He gave to us on the cross.  On Saturday and Sunday, we’ll focus on the Scriptures for our Gospel Groups…

November Missions Prayer Newsletter

In this issue of the Missions Prayer Newsletter, you can read about and pray for: A number of people who are very close to starting a relationship with Jesus. An opportunity to help Miracle Hill Ministries. Lives that have been impacted by Christ. Download the November Missions Prayer Newsletter below November 2018 Missions Prayer Newsletter

Bring A Turkey To Church Day – November 11

This Sunday, November 11, is our annual Bring A Turkey To Church Day, to support Miracle Hill Ministries. Every year around Thanksgiving, Miracle Hill Ministries prepares and serves turkey to hundreds and hundreds of people.  Their goal is to collect and prepare 500 turkeys which they then serve to all 9 of their Upstate Shelters, to many of their Foster Families, as well as hosting a Community Dinner on Tuesday, November 20.  Over the past years, Rocky Creek has helped to…

Piedmont Women’s Center Help Needed

Piedmont Women’s Center Grove Road Construction Project      There is an immediate need for some help at the new Piedmont Women’s Center Grove Road Center.  So much has been happening at the construction site and there is a need now for some cleanup.  They would like to have this done before Thursday, November 15.      Each room and window sill needs to be vacuumed and then mop the floors.  Most of the rooms are small and they have…

As We Gather

Sunday November 11th 2018 Scripture: Ephesians 2:4-5 But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, 5even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved Here is a link to the songs we will be singing this week. Sermon: Turning a Catalyst into a Monument [Mark 9:2-13] – Jesus allowed some of His disciples to experience His transfiguration, but it caused them to…

Jesus Is for Your Marriage

Jesus was never married, but he created marriage.  So, when he speaks on the issue, we should listen.  A group of jealous religious leaders were always in opposition to Jesus – seeking a way to expose him and trap him with his words.  They once asked him when it was lawful to divorce a spouse.  In that moment, Jesus unashamedly clarifies that people were created as either distinctly male or distinctly female, and God’s design from the beginning has always…

What is the book of Leviticus about?

Over the next few weeks we will be reading through the book of Leviticus for our Bible Reading Plan.  Below are a couple of video resources from The Bible Project to help you understand this important book.  The two videos together last about 15 minutes, and hopefully they will help you understand the truths that God wanted to communicate to the Israelites and to us.  You can check out more videos on books and themes of the Bible from The…

The Grace of God

The grace of God is foundational for our salvation and our sanctification.  Without the grace of God, we have no basis for a relationship with Him. Incorrect Perception: The Chutes and Ladders God Chutes and Ladders is a game that seeks to defeat your opponents by being the first to reach the top square of the board.  You move higher by climbing ladders when you perform good deeds, but you slide lower on the chutes when you break rules.  Any…

Bible Reading Plan for Week on November 4

Last week we started the book of Leviticus, and we will continue reading through it this week.  Leviticus contains a great deal of law presented in historical format.  In the book of Leviticus God gives instruction for how His people should worship Him and obey Him.  As you read through Leviticus, examine your own worship and obedience to the Lord.  On Saturday and Sunday, we’ll focus on the Scriptures for our Gospel Groups and the Sunday sermon.  Please consider the…

As We Gather November 4th 2018

Sunday November 4th 2018 Scripture: Psalm 67:3-5 English Standard Version (ESV) 3 Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you! 4 Let the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you judge the peoples with equity and guide the nations upon earth. Selah 5 Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you! As we prepare for worship this week meditate on Psalm 67:3-5 Here is a link to the songs…

Can You Pray Too Long?

One of the main reasons people are intimidated to pray in public is due to a misunderstanding of prayer rhetoric.  While we claim to believe that all prayers are equal, we tend to establish a hierarchy of prayers due to the level of impressive, spiritual vocabulary utilized. Statements like these prove the point: “Man, that person sure knows how to pray.” “That prayer was really Spirit-filled.” “There’s no way I could pray like that!” While there can be some truths…

Bible Reading Plan for Week of Sunday, October 28

This week we will finish up the book of Exodus and start the book of Leviticus.  God is working through His chosen people to accomplish His purposes.  He is still working today and accomplishing His purposes.  On Saturday and Sunday, we’ll focus on the Scriptures for our Gospel Groups and the Sunday sermon.  Please consider the questions below regarding the Scriptures for our Gospel Groups. Sunday, October 28 – Mark 8:27-33 Monday, October 29 – Exodus 30-32 Tuesday, October 30…

As We Gather

Sunday October 28th 2018 Scripture: 1 Chronicles 16:26-29 For all the gods of the peoples are worthless idols, but the LORD made the heavens. 27Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and joy are in his place. 28Ascribe to the LORD, O families of the peoples, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength! 29Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; bring an offering and come before him! Worship the LORD in the splendor of holiness; As we prepare…

Prisoner of Your Own Appetite

I often hear people talk about how their lives are so full of pain and drama.  Sometimes those people can’t help – certain things have been done to them.  In other cases, it is the own person’s fault. Sometimes, we can’t blame God, the Devil, or other people for our situation – it’s our fault. I read this illustration years ago in Joshua Harris’ book, Sex Is Not the Problem (Lust Is). Thomas Costain’s history, The Three Edwards, described the…

He Just Needed Jesus

Hear how Jesus is changing this family. Years of praying. A co-worker’s invitation. Jesus is still in the business of changing lives.  This is Dusty and Owen’s story of receiving the gospel.

The Immutability of God

In a world that is constantly changing, is there anything that remains consistent?  How are we to view God in a rapidly shifting world? Incorrect Perception: The Upgraded God We live in a world of constant updates and revisions.  The groundbreaking technological gadget is obsolete in mere months due to ever-changing upgrades.  What once seemed sufficient becomes obsolete quickly.  Books require revisions, software require updates, devices require enhancements, homes require renovations, and standards require revisions.  We live in a world…

Bible Reading Plan for Week of October 21

God has heard the cries of His people and He has rescued them from Egyptian slavery.  He has shown His power and grace through the 10 plagues and the crossing of the Red Sea.  Now God will continue to show His power and grace as the Israelites travel through the wilderness to come to the Promised Land.  As you continue reading in Exodus, think about God’s power and grace that have been demonstrated in your own life.  On Saturday and…

As We Gather – Sunday October 21st 2018

Sunday October 21st 2018 Scripture: 1 John 5:4 For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world our faith. As you prepare for our Sunday gathering take time to pray for leadership and the others who will be involved in the service. This week is special in that we will be taking communion together and observing  baptism in both services. Click here to listen to the songs we…

Upward Basketball and Cheerleading 2019

Registration for the 2019 Upward Basketball and Cheerleading Season is underway.  Boys and girls in K5 to 6th grade are invited to participate.  All of the practices (one hour one day a week) and games (one hour on Saturday)  will be held at Rocky Creek.  The first practices will be the week of January 7 (one hour on either Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, or Friday) and then teams will also have a practice on Saturday, January 12.  The practices will continue…