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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, By Jake Hines

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…

What is the book of Leviticus about?

Over the next few weeks we will be reading through the book of Leviticus for our Bible Reading Plan.  Below are a couple of video resources from The Bible Project to help you understand this important book.  The two videos together last about 15 minutes, and hopefully they will help you understand the truths that God wanted to communicate to the Israelites and to us.  You can check out more videos on books and themes of the Bible from The…

The Grace of God

The grace of God is foundational for our salvation and our sanctification.  Without the grace of God, we have no basis for a relationship with Him. Incorrect Perception: The Chutes and Ladders God Chutes and Ladders is a game that seeks to defeat your opponents by being the first to reach the top square of the board.  You move higher by climbing ladders when you perform good deeds, but you slide lower on the chutes when you break rules.  Any…

Bible Reading Plan for Week on November 4

Last week we started the book of Leviticus, and we will continue reading through it this week.  Leviticus contains a great deal of law presented in historical format.  In the book of Leviticus God gives instruction for how His people should worship Him and obey Him.  As you read through Leviticus, examine your own worship and obedience to the Lord.  On Saturday and Sunday, we’ll focus on the Scriptures for our Gospel Groups and the Sunday sermon.  Please consider the…

As We Gather November 4th 2018

Sunday November 4th 2018 Scripture: Psalm 67:3-5 English Standard Version (ESV) 3 Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you! 4 Let the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you judge the peoples with equity and guide the nations upon earth. Selah 5 Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you! As we prepare for worship this week meditate on Psalm 67:3-5 Here is a link to the songs…

Can You Pray Too Long?

One of the main reasons people are intimidated to pray in public is due to a misunderstanding of prayer rhetoric.  While we claim to believe that all prayers are equal, we tend to establish a hierarchy of prayers due to the level of impressive, spiritual vocabulary utilized. Statements like these prove the point: “Man, that person sure knows how to pray.” “That prayer was really Spirit-filled.” “There’s no way I could pray like that!” While there can be some truths…

Bible Reading Plan for Week of Sunday, October 28

This week we will finish up the book of Exodus and start the book of Leviticus.  God is working through His chosen people to accomplish His purposes.  He is still working today and accomplishing His purposes.  On Saturday and Sunday, we’ll focus on the Scriptures for our Gospel Groups and the Sunday sermon.  Please consider the questions below regarding the Scriptures for our Gospel Groups. Sunday, October 28 – Mark 8:27-33 Monday, October 29 – Exodus 30-32 Tuesday, October 30…

As We Gather

Sunday October 28th 2018 Scripture: 1 Chronicles 16:26-29 For all the gods of the peoples are worthless idols, but the LORD made the heavens. 27Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and joy are in his place. 28Ascribe to the LORD, O families of the peoples, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength! 29Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; bring an offering and come before him! Worship the LORD in the splendor of holiness; As we prepare…