Posts from 2018 (Page 2)

Posts from 2018 (Page 2)

Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions

The Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions Every year around Christmas, Southern Baptist Churches, like Rocky Creek, take time to focus on the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions.  In the 1800’s, a missionary named Lottie Moon (her real name was Charlotte Digges Moon) wrote letters from China to churches in the US pleading to send funds for more missionaries.  Lottie died from malnutrition because she gave away her food to the starving people around her in China.…

The Difference a Study Bible Can Make in Prison

A few months ago, our staff received a letter from prison from an individual with a simple request: he wanted a study Bible.  Since I had been given some extras from someone, we put it in the mail and honestly forgot about it. Weeks later, I received a letter that floored me.  His gratitude was overwhelming, but his perspective was convicting. When was the last time you were this grateful for having a copy of God’s Word? The Letter August…

The Omniscience of God

How much does God know?  Is God’s understanding increasing as the centuries progress?  The attribute regarding God’s capacity for knowledge is foundationally important to how we approach Him. Incorrect Perception: The Undergraduate God As students begin their college careers, many are still unsure regarding their desired outcome.  Beginning with general electives, they begin to sort through new information and slowly narrow a focus in order to declare a major.  At the point of completion, most graduates are informed by graduate…

Bible Reading Plan for Week of November 25

Keep reading in the book of Numbers this week and see how the experiences of two generations in the life of Israel are chronicled.  Numbers 1-14 tells about the generation that participated in the Exodus from Egypt, but they refused to trust God and enter the Land.  After the death of the first generation, the second generation, makes preparations to obtain what God has promised.  On Saturday and Sunday, we’ll focus on the Scriptures for our Gospel Groups and the…

Don’t Go Broke This Christmas

Welcome to Christmas.  Tis the season to be broke. In the midst of the holiday pressures, I wanted to make sure that you don’t start the upcoming year in a bad, indebted way.  Here are some financial tips to survive the Christmas season: Make a Christmas budget. Here’s how we do it.  We establish how much money we have saved or can spend during the holidays.  We set a limit.  Before looking at our shopping list, we decide how much we…

As We Gather

Sunday November 25th 2018 Scripture: 1 Peter 1:12 It was revealed to them that they were serving not themselves but you, in the things that have now been announced to you through those who preached the good news to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven, things into which angels long to look. Here is a link to the songs we will be singing this week. Sermon: When My Pride Is Disguised as Your Problem Mark 9:30-41 As Jesus proceeded…

The Book of Numbers

Today in the Bible Reading Plan we start reading the book of Numbers.  Over the next couple of weeks we will read through this book and see how God moved His chosen people to the edge of the Promised Land.  It’s a tale of two generations and how the nation of Israel “had to go through the painful process of testing and maturation.”  Go had to teach His people the consequences of irresponsible decisions, and they spent 40 years in…

Fleeing Youthful Lusts Isn’t Enough

Fleeing youthful lusts isn’t enough. I use to think it was. In college, I wanted to live a pure life, so I found some verses to memorize.  One verse I always heard people reference was 2 Tim. 2:22: “Now flee from youthful lusts…” And so I tried to do that.  Lust can mean a host of things.  While it is primarily used to describe a sexual craving, it also means “to feel a strong desire for something.” You can have a…

The Church’s Front Door

After working for a few days in Senegal, I asked our translator if he wanted to go to his church on Sunday.  The villages we were working in had no local church (yet), and I wanted our translator to have the opportunity to see his physical and spiritual family, while at the same time, I wanted our team to be a part of a church body in that country. He gladly accepted the change of plans, and we made preparations…

Bible Reading Plan for Week of November 18

This week we will finish up the book of Leviticus and start the books of Numbers.   Before going into the Promised Land the Israelites took stock of their military.  The names and numbers may not be the most exciting thing to read in Scripture, but “it helps to remember that these were real people who were about to do something very bold and very important – take over the land God promised them.”  The book also contains key rules…

As We Gather

Sunday November 18th 2018 Scripture: Isaiah 25:9 It will be said on that day, “Behold, this is our God; we have waited for him, that he might save us. This is the Lord; we have waited for him; let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.” Listen to this weeks here. Sermon: Three Horrible Words to Say to Jesus [Mark 9:14-29] – When a man brought his son to Jesus for deliverance, he uttered three words that should never…

How Long Does It Take to Read Each Book of the Bible?

Bible intake is essential to Christian discipleship (2 Tim. 3:16-17; Josh. 1:8; Rom. 15:4; Heb. 4:12). If you don’t have a plan, you will find your Bible reading sporadic.  Don’t read the Bible like a yearbook (looking in the back for pages that apply to you) or a fortune cookie (hoping that the random passage will be God’s answer for you today).  The Bible has a beginning, middle, and end.  Each book has a logical train of thought.  God designed it that way.…

How To Bless A Missionary

Jake Hines is a student at North Greenville University who is serving currently at Rocky Creek Baptist as the children’s intern. Jake served this summer with the IMB as an international missionary in France and is seeking God’s direction for his future plans as a missionary.  Here is an article Jake wrote to help us bless our missionaries. I had the blessing of spending last summer in Southern Europe alongside some incredible missionaries. I learned an important lesson throughout my…

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…