Posts by Travis Agnew (Page 6)

Posts by Travis Agnew (Page 6)

3 Key Areas for the Church Volunteer

Churches struggle with recruiting and retaining volunteers.  While it is challenging enough to recruit a sufficient amount of people to meet the needs, there is another problem that comes when you get them: What expectations do you have of the church’s volunteers?   I’m not talking about what time they show up and what job they perform.  I’m talking about the role that character and integrity plays as they representJesus and the church. If you struggle with recruiting enough volunteers,…

Preparing a Church Budget

Our church leadership is currently walking through the budget preparation time.  Since there are many new folks around here, I wanted you to know our mindset as we prepare the budget for the upcoming year.  Before you receive it, a substantial amount of time and a significant amount of people have prayed, talked, and worked hard to prepare it.  So, this post is a way to allow you to understand the process. While there are many logistical tasks to be…

Connect with Indian Upstate Fellowship

At Rocky Creek, we believe that Jesus is building a multi-ethnic Church that will one day come together from all tribes, nations, and tongues. That’s why we take seriously the call to share the whole gospel with all people. While we have local and global mission partnerships literally all over the world, some of our partnerships meet on our campus. In addition to English and Spanish worship services, we also host a church that reaches out to the Indian community…

The Importance of Context

When it comes to reading Scripture, context is key.   Too much of our current biblical study focuses on isolated verses and neglects the context of which the verses were originally written. As we study Scripture, we must acknowledge the reader’s context and identify the author’s context. Download Handout – Session 3 – The Importance of Context The Reader’s Context Preconceived Notions Preunderstanding is the dangerous collection of preconceived notions that we bring to the text before actually studying the text…

The Word Reading Plan [Week 5]

The Word Bible reading plan is a chronological 100-day guide that focuses on 50 pivotal Old Testament readings and 50 pivotal New Testament readings.  As we go through “The Word” series, our Sunday sermons will focus on the passage for that day.  During the week, our church will be reading through the rest of the passages to gain a fuller understanding of the grand narrative of Scripture. In addition, we have a Bible study for adults and students on Wednesdays…

My Brothers, the Overcomers

The Overcomers were one of the main reasons our family felt drawn to Rocky Creek. If you don’t know who the Overcomers are, they are a 27-week, addiction recovery program with a twelve-step, Christian-based curriculum. The program offers group and individual counseling, Bible study, devotional services, classroom instruction, and seminars. Rocky Creek has a partnership with the Overcomers (a Miracle Hill Ministry).  As a part of their recovery, the men attend Rocky Creek for worship and for our Equip courses on…

The Interpretation of Translation

In the 2nd week of our Hermeneutics course, we learned about “The Interpretation of Translation.”  The Bible in our possession has divisions of testaments, books, chapters and verses.  66 books are included and many religious books were left out.  In addition, the Bible was composed in 3 different languages, and a reading in English means that someone has already began the process of hermeneutics without us really thinking about it. Download Handout – Session 2 – The Interpretation of Translation The…

The Word Reading Plan [Week 4]

The Word Bible reading plan is a chronological 100-day guide that focuses on 50 pivotal Old Testament readings and 50 pivotal New Testament readings.  As we go through “The Word” series, our Sunday sermons will focus on the passage for that day.  During the week, our church will be reading through the rest of the passages to gain a fuller understanding of the grand narrative of Scripture. In addition, we have a Bible study for adults and students on Wednesdays…

September’s Focus: Curriculum

It’s a new month and that means it’s time for a new focus for the leadership at Rocky Creek.  Each month, we are focusing on a specific area to really develop as a church body.  Just to catch you up, here’s what we have been focusing on at Rocky Creek: January: Pastor – I am so thankful you allowed me to be your pastor! February: Website – The staff did a wonderful job at overhauling the website and the content…

Don’t Be THAT Parent At Sporting Events

Sports can have a good place as long as they don’t take God’s place. Main Points 1 Timothy 4:7-8; 1 Cor. 9:25-27 Sports can have a good place as long as they don’t take God’s place. Give eternal pursuits more effort than you give temporal pursuits. What you say and how you say it reveal what you love and how you love it.  (Matt. 12:34)

The Word Reading Plan [Week 3]

The Word Bible reading plan is a chronological 100-day guide that focuses on 50 pivotal Old Testament readings and 50 pivotal New Testament readings.  As we go through “The Word” series, our Sunday sermons will focus on the passage for that day.  During the week, our church will be reading through the rest of the passages to gain a fuller understanding of the grand narrative of Scripture. In addition, we have a Bible study for adults and students on Wednesdays…

Remove Divorce From Your Vocabulary

In certain situations, divorce may be permitted but it is never promoted. Main Points Matt. 19:8 – Moses permitted divorce Eph. 5:32 In certain situations, divorce may be permitted but it is never promoted. 1. Study God’s Word for Direction 2. Pray with Your Spouse 3. Seek Biblical Counsel What do you have to lose by one session with a pastoral counselor?

The Task of Hermeneutics

These are the notes from our 1st hermeneutics course through Equip. Download Handout – Session 1 – Hermeneutics HERMENEUTICS SESSION 1: THE TASK OF HERMENEUTICS Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.  -2 Tim. 2:15 BOOKS: 40 Questions About Interpreting the Bible by Robert L. Plummer (Kregel, 2010)  Grasping God’s Word by J. Scott Duvall and J. Daniel Hays. Revised (Zondervan, 2012)…

The Word Reading Plan [Week 2]

The Word Bible reading plan is a chronological 100-day guide that focuses on 50 pivotal Old Testament readings and 50 pivotal New Testament readings.  As we go through “The Word” series, our Sunday sermons will focus on the passage for that day.  During the week, our church will be reading through the rest of the passages to gain a fuller understanding of the grand narrative of Scripture. In addition, we have a Bible study for adults and students on Wednesdays…

Update from Waypoint [August 2017]

We had an incredible time at Waypoint on August 20, 2017. If you were unable to join us at Waypoint, we got to celebrate what Jesus is doing in our church. We heard great mission updates, student testimonies, deacon ordination, and vision casting for the future. We also provided some important documents to keep you updated.  If you missed them, you can download them here: RC 2017-2018 Calendar 2017-2018 List of Deacons Volunteer Report – Sept 2017-2018  

Be Disciplined Before You Discipline

Parents must discipline themselves before they discipline their children. Main Points Eph. 6:4 – Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. Parents are called to disciple their children. Parents are also called to discipline their children. Parents must discipline themselves before they discipline their children. Hostile parents produce hostile children.