Posts by Travis Agnew

Posts by Travis Agnew

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…

Psalms [Vol. 1] – Series Overview

For the summer of 2019, our sermon series will be Psalms [Vol. 1]. Here are some of the reasons we are doing a series on the psalms during the summer: The psalms teach us how to speak to God. The psalms cover every range of human emotions. This huge section of Scripture is often overlooked in preaching and teaching. Since each psalm is essentially independent of the others, it is a great summer series since people will be traveling more…

2019 Sermon Series

At Rocky Creek, we are almost halfway through the calendar year. So, why share a list of remaining 2019 sermon series? Since the Gospel of Mark took us an entire year to get through, I haven’t shared where we are going as a church after its conclusion on Easter. I want you to pray and prepare where we are going in the Word together. Here’s the listing: Mark [Following Jesus Immediately]– April 29, 2018 – April 28, 2019 – Verse…

How to Have an Effective Group

A Gospel Group connects disciples together who are committed to growing in the gospel and going with the gospel. Psalm 1 Acts 17:10-12 If we aren’t careful, certain practices or allowances can take place to run the dynamics of a group. Here are 6 group killers: Subjective Content If the Bible isn’t your textbook, you might find temporary encouragement but you will not find long-term sanctification. We don’t need to hear what the Bible means to you, we need to…

Ordination for Stephen Forrester

Since we have started our Entrust program, Rocky Creek has been blessed with some great pastoral residents and college interns. Stephen Forrester has served as a pastoral resident and has now completed our requirements for ordination. Stephen Forrester’s churchwide ordination will happen as a part of both English morning worship services on Sunday, May 19th. 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…

Equip Summer Workshops

One significant task of the local church is to equip the members for ministry. Considering the stage of our church and the state of our culture, there are certain focuses that are essential for our attention. That’s why we have created a series of Sunday night workshops during this summer. Equip Summer Workshops are designed to equip the saints for the work of the ministry (Eph. 4:12). We will gather in the Fellowship Hall on Sunday night at 6-7 PM.…

Return

After the Israelites spent decades in exile, they finally were able to return home. Due to comfort and convenience, some Israelites never returned. A remnant came back to the land to reestablish the nation and await the Messiah. Life In Exile Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther conclude the historical section of the Old Testament, and they highlight Israel’s return to their land. Some of the prophets speak to their return and the post-return problems. Rebuilding the Promised Land King Cyrus led…

Membership Matters [Series Overview]

This Sunday, it will be the first time in over a year when I will not start the sermon out this way: “I want to invite you to turn with me to the Gospel of Mark…” While I have loved what God taught our church family during that time, we are moving forward to exploring further truth in the Scriptures. After a year series through Mark’s Gospel, we are moving to a 5-week sermon series entitled, “Membership Matters.” Before the…

Exile

After the division of the kingdom into Israel and Judah, the nation continued to spiral out of control.  As sin increased, God sent prophets to warn the nations about impending punishment.  Their disregard led to their exile. 16 – Exile THE PURPOSE OF THE PROPHETS Prophecy does not simply mean foretelling the future. The primary job was to speak for God to their specific audience. In prophetical books, we hear from the prophet, but we rarely hear about the prophet.…