Posts from April 2018

Posts from April 2018

Help Needed at PWC Grove Road Center

PWC needs 2 – 3 people to help this Friday, May 4, during the day.  These volunteers will help cover up doors and windows with plywood.  You need to know how to operate a Skilsaw and a drill-screwdriver.  This work will drastically reduce the possibility of theft of equipment and resources that would cost the PWC construction project money.  If you would be willing to help, please contact David Williams (david@rockycreekonline.org) or 288-1323 by Wednesday evening so we can let…

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.

Bible Reading Plan for Week of April 29

This week we will read through the book of Galatians.  Paul writes this epistle to the church to encourage believers to walk by faith.  Do not give up your “voyage of faith and chart a course based on works…Galatians is a vigorous attack against the gospel of works, and a defense of the gospel of faith.”  As you read, remind yourself of the gospel and how you should respond accordingly.  The law is not for us to try to perfectly…

The Gospel of Mark [Sermon Series Overview]

I chose to preach through the Gospel of Mark because of the book’s two main focuses: Christology Discipleship Our world is in need of a higher view of both of these concepts.  We need to know who Jesus is and we need to know what discipleship is.

Why Studying Mark Is Important

Planning sermon series regarding direction, content, and schedule can be a daunting task.  When I decided that I wanted to study a Gospel and focus on discipleship, I chose Mark because of the focus.  As I drafted out potential sermons, I first came up with 48 sermons and tried to reduce the number but felt like our church family would miss out if I did.

Playground Demolition Day

Saturday, May 12, is demolition and clean up day at the Rocky Creek playground.  We need to remove the mulch, fencing, and current playground equipment to be ready for a playground makeover.  Later in May we’ll have new equipment, turf, and fencing installed. We’ll start at 8:00am on May 12.  Food and drinks will be provided. Please contact Keith Westcott, keith@rockycreekonline.org, or 864-288-1323, if you are able to help May 12.  If you can’t come right at 8:00am, join us…

The Gospel According to Mark [Video]

One of the earliest official accounts of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. Mark addresses the basic questions of whether Jesus was the true Messiah for whom Israel had been waiting. And if so, what kind of Messianic king was he if he suffered and died?

Rocky Creek Collegiates Engaged in Missions

In a world where people often downplay the role of the millennials in our society, Rocky Creek is blessed to celebrate our millennials being on mission this summer. This year, we launched a new college initiative and gave the collegiates a place to both grow in their faith and to serve through the body of Christ. Rocky Creek provided “College Commit” as a way for students who are local during the school year to “commit” to Rocky Creek as their…

Who Was Mark?

John Mark wrote the Gospel in the New Testament that we commonly refer to as Mark.  While he is mentioned in the New Testament in a few spots, what do we really know about the man who wrote what was probably the first Gospel written?

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.

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…

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…

Serve at the Soup Kitchen

The Project Host Soup Kitchen offers a balanced, nutritious meal each day in a safe, clean and caring environment to all who are hungry. They serve approximately 130 of our less fortunate neighbors six days a week.  Meals are offered to anyone who comes through the door, no questions asked.  For some, it is the only meal they will receive on any given day; for others, the meals help alleviate difficult decisions, such as whether to pay the energy bill…

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…

Miracles and Missions Family Mission Trip Recap

The best way for children to learn to minister to others is by watching their parents minister to others. Our Rocky Creek children’s families joined with our Miracle Hill Ministries missions partner in ministering to the upstate the week of April 4-8. Projects included working with the Miracle Hill Boy’s Home as we helped with outside spring work projects, working with the Miracle Hill Children’s Home as we hosted one-day Vacation Bible School opportunities complete with crafts and recreation, and…

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…
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