Posts by Travis Agnew

Posts by Travis Agnew

Strengthening Doctrine

Are you confident in the fundamentals of your faith? Maybe the better question is, do you believe what you believe? As a follower of Jesus, you have a set of doctrinal beliefs that come along with the territory. Biblical Christianity is blatant on topics in which the culture will struggle to accept. In Session 4 of Distinctive Discipleship, we are going to hone in on 1-2 doctrinal concepts that you need to study next. CONSIDER Wayne Grudem is a Christian…

Confronting Disobedience

There is a sin or a few sins that easily entangle you. While we all can struggle with every possible sin imaginable, there are certain sins with which we regularly drift. In Session 3 of Distinctive Discipleship, we are going to narrow down a list of sins to the 1-3 areas which are critical for you to address right now. CONSIDER If you had to compile a list of the top 10 sins devastating our culture right now, what sins…

Discovering Delight

SESSION 2 – DISCOVERING DELIGHT Session 2 of Distinctive Discipleship is all about discovering delight. If we can truly comprehend that the fullness of God dwelt in Christ (Col. 1:19), and now the fullness of Christ dwells in us (Col. 1:27), it should cause us to become overwhelmed with a joy that energizes our desire to take advantage of that blessed nearness. [VIDEO UPLOADED ON MONDAY] CONSIDER Each of us has things in our lives we embrace doing and other…

Evaluating Distinction

Generalized approaches can never adequately address distinct disciples. In order to see legitimate discipleship take place in your life and in the lives of those around you, we cannot depend upon widespread methods hoping to address the specific needs of everyone. [Note: Audio is distorted but audible through recording.] CONSIDER Answer these following questions: Who first introduced you to Jesus? How many years have you been following Jesus? Do you have a hopeful turn to come about soon in your…

Distinctive Discipleship [Series Overview]

On August 18, we begin an 8-week sermon series called Distinctive Discipleship. This has been a 20-month process of prayer, study, and practice to help craft a plan for how we truly make disciples in our church and beyond. I cannot overstate this hope of mine: I do not plan on this being a sermon series we engage with for 2 months and then move on to something else. I believe that if we utilize these biblical principles, we can…

How to Work as Worship

While jobs can bring stress, weariness, and drama, it can also provide Kingdom opportunities. Learn how to reinstate your work as a platform for worship and mission. Relearn Work isn’t a consequence of sin – frustration with work is (Gen. 3:17-19). God is a Creator, and He desires us to cultivate that Creation for good things. We should pray that God would establish the work of our hands through work (Ps. 90:17). Reorient Making money is a good thing. While…

How to Protect Your Home from Technology

While technology has incredible benefits, it also brings dangerous possibilities. Learn how you can protect yourself and your family from unwise technological usage. “All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be enslaved by anything (1 Cor. 6:12). Incredible Benefits Relationship Strengthener – Technology allows us to connect quickly when distance separates us. Safety Provider – Technology provides health awareness and security information to protect us…

How to Find Your Spiritual Gifts

Every Christian has been endowed by the Spirit with gifts to edify the church. Learn how you can discover and deploy the spiritual gifts which you have been given. A spiritual gift is given by the Holy Spirit in order to serve the church. No one gift is better than the others. Your best type of service will always be found in the utilization of the gifts God has given you specifically. Spiritually-gifted service is better than guilt-ridden volunteerism. Scripture…

Ordination for Bryce Staggs

Since we have started our Entrust program, Rocky Creek has been blessed with some great pastoral residents and college interns. Bryce Staggs has served as a pastoral resident and has now completed our requirements for ordination. Bryce Staggs’ churchwide ordination will happen as a part of both English morning worship services on Sunday, July 21st. After continuing pastoral training and serving in different capacities, our pastoral staff served as an ordination council in which we sought to affirm what God…

How to Help Orphans

Believers are called to find some way to assist orphans. Learn how your family could help through adoption, foster care, respite care, or financial assistance. Why is adoption important? God eagerly adopted us into His family. In love, He predestined us for adoption to Himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of His will (Eph. 1:5). To redeem those who were under the Law, so that we might receive adoption as sons (Gal. 4:5). See what kind…

How to Survive Depression

Many people are overwhelmed due to a personal or a loved one’s depression. Learn how to seek biblical wisdom and helpful assistance during times of anxiety or depression.  INTRODUCTION Many people suffer from depression. “It is common for spiritually mature men and women who feel depressed to think that they are doing something wrong. After all, Scripture is filled with words of joy and happy hearts. When they aren’t feeling happy, they feel that they must be missing something or…

10 Things You Might Not Know About the Psalms

Let’s go a little deeper into the makeup of this wonderful portion of the Bible known as the Psalms. The following info is gathered from Holman Old Testament Commentary: Psalms 1-75. Here are 10 things you might not know about the Psalms: The Book of Psalms is the original hymnbook. Psalm comes from a Greek word meaning “the plucking of strings” indicating that this Scripture was originally accompanied by stringed instruments for the purpose of worship (2). The Book of Psalms is…