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Peer Pressure

Peer Pressure If we think long enough, we will be able to remember a time when we faced that awful thing: peer pressure. It’s one of those times in life when we are faced with a decision, to follow “the crowd” or  stand on our own convictions. Our students face it all the time. Some do well with it while others struggle through.  Students, however, are not the only ones who face this. Ron Cooney says, “But peer pressure isn’t…

Preparing Your Distinctive Discipleship Plan

This Sunday, we conclude our Distinctive Discipleship series. We have seen from God’s Word regarding the importance of designing a specific guide for Christian maturity. The Distinctive Discipleship plan is a targeted guide to mature you for a set time. This plan is good for an individual, better with a partner, but best with a mentor. Through our time together, we have looked at 6 categories from Col. 1:27-29 that help us narrow down items that need to be addressed…

Teenage Social Media- Introduction to the Internet

Teenage Social Media: Introduction to Social Media The word, “media” brings about many differing opinions and thoughts. To some it simply means pictures, ideas, fun, news, and possibly many more things. To others the word conjures up thoughts of Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. The word “media” can be stated this way: any form of communication that can reach or influence large numbers of people (example: movies, music, television, internet, etc.) Another way of saying it is: media is “the main means…

Janie Chapman Missions Offering

Every year, SC Baptist Churches are encouraged to collect money for a special offering in September to help support SC missions.  It is called the Janie Chapman Missions Offering.  The funds collected are used to help fund mission work in South Carolina, as well as throughout the world – through SC Baptists.  The state goal for this offering is $1,800,000, and those funds are used in a number of different ways. SERVE– Needs Among The Lost SHARE – Hope With…

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…

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…

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…

40+ Questions to Ask Before (and During) Marriage

40+ Questions to Ask Before (and During) Marriage I recently began premarital counseling with a young couple who is engaged. In order to help them think through various important aspects of their marriage, I presented them with the list of questions below. However, these are simply a starting point for conversation and are not limited to those who are currently engaged. Even if you’ve been married for many years, I encourage you to spend time answering these questions with your…

Worship Hospitality

Worship is a weekly time when God’s people gather together to celebrate Jesus.  I look forward to these pivotal times of worship every week.  Oftentimes, people debate as to whether worship should be geared towards members or guests.  In reality, the main audience in worship should be none other than Jesus.  We gather to honor Him – not expect Him to bless us. With that distinction in mind, as church members, we must always be cognizant of the fact that…

April Missions Prayer Newsletter

This month in the April Missions Prayer Newsletter there are several “NEW” things listed: A NEW opportunity for RC to financially invest in young missionaries; A NEW partnership in Ecuador with the Ministry of Missions and Evangelism; The very first Ultrasound in the NEW PWC clinic that resulted in a child being saved; NEW Strategies for reaching people with the Gospel in a New England church; A NEW Family desiring discipleship with our Hispanic ministry; A young lady who has…

Storehouse Student Resources- Gideon

Storehouse Student Resources is a post about what students learned on  Wednesday nights during our gathering in the Storehouse. The main goal is to better equip our students to be bold witnesses for Christ.  The main goal is to better equip our students to be bold witnesses for Christ. In this series of posts, the students learned about an array of different Bible characters. This post is about Gideon. Gideon- A Man Who Was Weak But Made Strong Overview Gideon’s…

Why You Should (Or Shouldn’t) Do Short-Term Missions

You see pictures on social media of people serving in different parts of the world. You pray over your friends, family, and church members as they are sent out. You even receive newsletters and updates from missionaries who live and work in the most remote places on earth. Short-terms missions seems like a unique, exciting, and hands-on way to get involved in Kingdom work, but should you really do it? Here are a few reasons why you should (or shouldn’t)…