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6 Game-Changers for Small Group Leaders

A post by Alex Gore ( NGU Student) Taking Small Groups To another level Small Groups are essential to building the body of Christ up. Any church that runs small groups uses them as a way to connect people, build people up, or both. With the way churches use small groups in mind, there are some essential components to ensure your small group operates effectively and to ensure that you reach the potential that you would like for your specific…

Bible Reading Plan for Week of May 13

This week we will start reading through the book of Hebrews.  The author encourages those who have stepped out of Judaism into Christianity to keep pursuing Christ.  Jesus is better than the Judaic system and anything else.  Basically, Jesus is much better than…  The believers should continue to mature in their faith and not revert back in order to escape persecution.  On Saturday we’ll prepare for our Gospel Groups and take a little break in the middle of Hebrews to…

Prepared For Battle

by Shawn Piedrahita (NGU Student) In Ephesians 6, Paul implores the Ephesian Christians to “put on the full armor of God so that you can stand against the tactics of the Devil” (6:11). Though spoken to the Ephesian church, Paul’s wisdom still applies to modern-day Christian as a call to arms against “the spiritual forces of evil” (6:12). The Belt of Truth: In John 14:6, Jesus states “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to…

May 2018 Missions Prayer Newsletter

This month in the May issue of the Missions Prayer Newsletter, you can read about and pray for: The Greenville Baptist Association’s Week of Prayer and how Rocky Creek is partnered with the GBA to help create access to the Gospel; New lives in Christ and people being baptized; Student ministries that are not just impacting students, but using students to impact the world; Several mission trips that are coming up in the next few months. Praise God for how…

Walking In The Spirit

  A Post By Emily Phillips, NGU Student. What does it mean to walk by the Spirit? In Galatians 5, Paul talks about what it means to keep in step with the Spirit. Paul tells us how to live by the Spirit: reject the desires of the flesh and practice the fruits of the Spirit. Paul says is in verse 16: “But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh”. We are…

Biblical Patterns

Studying the Bible can be a daunting task.  The sheer size and amount of content can appear overwhelming to students who desire to know more.  While gleaning insights from individual passages is important, it is also important to understand the biblical patterns and how all of the content fits together. Download Handout – Biblical Patterns Stats on the Bible The Bible is 1 narrative composed of 2 testaments made up of 66 books. The Old Testament has 39 books and the…

Bible Reading Plan for Week of May 6

This week we will read through the book of Ephesians.  Paul writes this epistle to the church and gives believers doctrinal and practical insights into the christian faith.  Chapters 1-3 talk about the position of the christian, and chapters 4-6 talk about the practices of the christian.  Gain a proper understanding of who you are “in Christ” and then live in the reality of this truth.  Remind yourself that being a christian means being called to the battle ground, not…

Help Needed at PWC Grove Road Center

PWC needs 2 – 3 people to help this Friday, May 4, during the day.  These volunteers will help cover up doors and windows with plywood.  You need to know how to operate a Skilsaw and a drill-screwdriver.  This work will drastically reduce the possibility of theft of equipment and resources that would cost the PWC construction project money.  If you would be willing to help, please contact David Williams (david@rockycreekonline.org) or 288-1323 by Wednesday evening so we can let…

How to Study the Gospel of Mark

The Bible provides an incredible depiction of Jesus through four unique Gospels.  The Gospel of Mark emphasizes the need to follow Jesus immediately.  In order to study this book, let’s address the differences between the four Gospels and the unique nature of Mark’s Gospel.

Bible Reading Plan for Week of April 29

This week we will read through the book of Galatians.  Paul writes this epistle to the church to encourage believers to walk by faith.  Do not give up your “voyage of faith and chart a course based on works…Galatians is a vigorous attack against the gospel of works, and a defense of the gospel of faith.”  As you read, remind yourself of the gospel and how you should respond accordingly.  The law is not for us to try to perfectly…

The Gospel of Mark [Sermon Series Overview]

I chose to preach through the Gospel of Mark because of the book’s two main focuses: Christology Discipleship Our world is in need of a higher view of both of these concepts.  We need to know who Jesus is and we need to know what discipleship is.

Why Studying Mark Is Important

Planning sermon series regarding direction, content, and schedule can be a daunting task.  When I decided that I wanted to study a Gospel and focus on discipleship, I chose Mark because of the focus.  As I drafted out potential sermons, I first came up with 48 sermons and tried to reduce the number but felt like our church family would miss out if I did.

Playground Demolition Day

Saturday, May 12, is demolition and clean up day at the Rocky Creek playground.  We need to remove the mulch, fencing, and current playground equipment to be ready for a playground makeover.  Later in May we’ll have new equipment, turf, and fencing installed. We’ll start at 8:00am on May 12.  Food and drinks will be provided. Please contact Keith Westcott, keith@rockycreekonline.org, or 864-288-1323, if you are able to help May 12.  If you can’t come right at 8:00am, join us…

The Gospel According to Mark [Video]

One of the earliest official accounts of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. Mark addresses the basic questions of whether Jesus was the true Messiah for whom Israel had been waiting. And if so, what kind of Messianic king was he if he suffered and died?

Rocky Creek Collegiates Engaged in Missions

In a world where people often downplay the role of the millennials in our society, Rocky Creek is blessed to celebrate our millennials being on mission this summer. This year, we launched a new college initiative and gave the collegiates a place to both grow in their faith and to serve through the body of Christ. Rocky Creek provided “College Commit” as a way for students who are local during the school year to “commit” to Rocky Creek as their…

Who Was Mark?

John Mark wrote the Gospel in the New Testament that we commonly refer to as Mark.  While he is mentioned in the New Testament in a few spots, what do we really know about the man who wrote what was probably the first Gospel written?