Blog (Page 24)

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Considering Baptism?

Are you ready for the next step?  Are you considering baptism? Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. It is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer’s faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Savior, the believer’s death to sin, the burial of the old life, and the resurrection to walk in newness of life in Christ Jesus. It is a testimony to his faith…

Psalm 136 – July 23

Read the passages this week and think about these questions Psalm 136 Psalm 135 Deuteronomy 26:1-11   In a quick glance at Psalm 136, what sticks out? Why do you think the psalmist repeats the phrase, “for his steadfast love endures forever”? List 4 ways that you know God loves you. What does giving thanks reveal? Why is it so important? For what can you give thanks? What were the Israelites to remember and give thanks for? How is Psalm…

Why We Memorize & How We Memorize

For years, I have told people the importance of memorizing Scripture, but I have never taught people how to memorize Scripture.  I want to help you know why we memorize Scripture and how we memorize Scripture. We must discipline our minds to have the Bible accessible even when the Bible is not available. Scripture memory is a powerful tool.  While you don’t know what you will encounter tomorrow, God’s Word has wisdom for all situations.  Will we be prepared when…

July 16 – 22 Missions Prayer List

This week, July 16-22 we would like for you to pray for these two Mission Partners. You can download the whole July Missions Prayer Newsletter here: MPN July 2017 Kristi Giddens – Joyful Ornaments, Greenville, SC – kristigiddens@lctllc.com Prayers: In June we had an opportunity to give a baby shower for our new friend and volunteer. What a praise that God is growing this ministry and women are serving together and sharing Christ with others. Please pray for our leadership team…

Why the Gospel Project is Important

In an article entitled “8 Ways to Miss the Point of Small Group”, Kristen Wetherell states that the goal of groups should be “fellowship and encouragement around God’s Word.”  However, sometimes our groups don’t hit this goal, and she list 8 ways in which we miss the target. The Gospel Project curriculum which we will start using at Rocky Creek in September will not necessarily solve all the issues that Wetherell lists, but let me list some positives which will encourage…

Preparing For Sunday Worship.

How do you prepare for worship on Sundays?  Like any event or task, proper preparation leads to a good experience. A good cook makes sure that they have all the necessary ingredients before they begin preparing a meal. An athlete prepares for an event way before the event takes place so when it is time to compete they are warming up. When you head out on vacation, you plan for what you need for that week. We must also prepare…

Hear Adeola’s Story

I had the privilege of meeting Adeola Adelere when she was a freshman in college.  Since that first encounter, she has become a dear friend and a part of our extended family. She has accepted God’s call to serve with the International Mission Board as a Journeyman missionary to Africa.  As she is collecting prayer partners for her journey, she has asked the Rocky Creek family to pray over her and for her as she goes. Come hear Adeola’s story…

Sharing the Gospel Using John 3:16

The following is a recap of GROW from this past Sunday night. John 3:16 is probably the most famous verse in the Bible and it presents the Gospel very clearly.  By using this one verse you can share with someone what the whole Bible is about. In the context of John 3, Nicodemus, a Pharisee, comes to Jesus at night and wants to know more about God.  There is a discussion about being born again and what this means.  Jesus tells…

Psalm 19 – July 16

Read the passages this week and think about these questions Psalm 19 Genesis 1 Romans 1:18-25   What can the works of God’s hand (creation) tell us about God Himself? What are synonyms for the Bible, the Word of God? How is the Word of God described and what does it do? What is the Word of God better than? Are you treasuring the Word of God more than wealth and fine food? What are the benefits of reading and…

July 9 – 15 Missions Prayer List

This week, July 9-15 we would like for you to pray for these two Mission Partners. You can download the whole July Missions Prayer Newsletter here: MPN July 2017 Jennie Beaudine – Miracle Hill Ministry, Greenville SC  – jbeaudine@miraclehill.org Prayers: Pray for MHM as Reid Lehman steps back into the lead as Dr. Norton leaves. We need to hire several counselors for Renewal and for the Greenville Rescue Mission, plus there are several open positions at the Thrift Stores. Pray that…

Gospel Project – new curriculum for September 2017

This September we will start using a new Bible study curriculum at Rocky Creek.  Well, not really new, but new to Rocky Creek.  We wanted to find a curriculum that taught the Word of God and which allowed preschoolers, children, students, adults, and senior adults to study the same passage of Scripture each week.  We wanted a curriculum that was easy to use and had some online resources.  We found our answer in the Gospel Project from LifeWay. The Gospel Project has been published…

July’s Focus: Calendar

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…

Psalm 95 – July 9

Read the passages this week and think about these questions Psalm 95 John 10:1-18 Exodus 17:1-7 Numbers 20:1-13; 27:12-14 Deuteronomy 32:48-52 Hebrews 3:1-7, 15; 4:3-7   Who should capture our focus, attention, and affections?  What does God want us to do? Why should we worship God?  Are you listening to God’s voice with a “soft” heart? Why is history important? Why is obedience to God important? Use Psalm 95:2-7 as a prayer to God

July 2-9 Missions Prayer List

This week, July 2-9 we would like for you to pray for these two Mission Partners. You can download the whole July Missions Prayer Newsletter here: MPN July 2017 Berkeley Gomez – Campus Outreach, San Diego – berkeley.bagwell@gmail.com Prayers: Pray that the 34 students in the Leadership Project would get the hours they need at their jobs so they can pay their bills. A few students have not gotten many hours and are lacking in their financial support. Pray for the…