Ministries

Ministries

SHINE- Sharing the Light of the World

For the next six weeks on Wednesday nights (6:30pm-7:30pm), the students will be doing a study called, “Shine.” This is a study by Dare 2 Share ministries that will help equip us to better share our faith in Christ. Some of the topics will include facing fears, mastering their message, and sharing their story. Can you imagine how God will use this study and our students, as they go back to their mission field and share His light and love…

Praying the Lord’s Prayer as a Church

Jesus taught us to pray in what we call the Lord’s Prayer.  Have you ever thought about how you can use this prayer as a template to pray for our church? Here’s how Jesus taught His disciples to pray: 9 Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. 10 Your kingdom come, your will be done,     on earth as it is in heaven. 11 Give us this day our daily bread, 12 and forgive us our debts,     as we also…

August Missions Prayer Newsletter

This month in the August Missions Prayer Newsletter, pray for: 8 new believers in Christ; A church who is sending members overseas to serve; Training for national pastors and wives for ministry; Opportunities to serve locally with some of our Mission Partners; Several who are serving in Muslim areas preparing for the annual Muslim sacrifice holiday; And you can pray for these great opportunities that our Church Family had during this summer: Click here to download the August Missions Prayer…

Mentoring Ministry at Perry Correctional

We had an incredible time of ministry in prison on Sunday.  For those interested in serving more, we want to remind you of the training the chaplain shared.  If you can’t come this week, there will be another time, but here is the information you need to know. Mentoring Ministry at Perry Greetings Friends, If you are interested in the Mentoring Ministry at Perry and still have not been able to attend a training session for this….. THIS IS YOUR…

Let’s Give the Gospel of Mark to the Hunsrik People

As we study through the Gospel of Mark together as a church, my personal life has been deeply impacted.  I have grown so much by studying the message and ministry of Jesus that I can’t imagine not having the ability to read this book. 3 million Hunsrik people of Brazil do not have the Gospel of Mark in their language.  We need to do something about it. As we studied, I really wanted to help other people around the world…

Prison Ministry Instructions

I asked for 20 men to follow me to Perry Correctional, and the Lord sent 40.  As we go Sunday, let’s prayerfully anticipate what the Lord will do in our midst. As soon as the 10:30 services are over, we will gather together in the multipurpose room down the hall from the sanctuary.  Someone is fixing some lunch bags for us to take and go.  You can ride separate or come along in the caravan. Here are some important instructions…

Parenting Post #6

A Post by Shawn Piedrahita (NGU Student) Principle: You need to parent with a Process Mentality      When does parenting finish? Has a parent completed their God-given duty when their child graduates high school, college, or gets married? According to Paul David Tripp, a parent’s job is never finished. In fact, He labels this as having a Process Mentality. In his book on Parenting, Tripp defines parenting as “unfinished people being used by God as agents of transformation in the…

VBS 2018 Recap

What an incredible week of Vacation Bible School!  Over 130 children and 8 of them received the gospel!  We raised over $4000 for a missions offering to help translate 17% of the Gospel of Mark for the Hunsrik People of Brazil.  Way to get in the game, kids! VBS 2018: Rocky Creek Church from Daniel Gibson on Vimeo.

Follow Pastor Travis to Prison

As we have studied in the Gospel of Mark, we have watched Jesus seek out those in the darkest of circumstances.  Unwilling to flinch at anyone’s situation, Jesus engaged the sinners and embraced the unclean. Part of discipleship is telling others to come along with you.  Men of Rocky Creek, I’m asking you to follow me to prison. We have an opportunity to help lead and participate in a Sunday afternoon worship service  at Perry Correctional Institute on June 24th.…

Graduate Milestones

It is graduation time! It’s a time to honor, celebrate, and reflect on your child’s successes. It is your child’s time to shine. They have completed a milestone for sure. They have worked hard, made grades, finished projects, played on multiple sports teams, served on academic clubs, been a part of school activities, and have made a ton of memories and experiences. Many of those experiences have taught them lessons, many they cherish and some they wish not to repeat.…

Principles of Giving

By Alex Gore (NGU Student) The Principles of Biblical Giving: Three Principles. In II Corinthians 8 and 9, Paul gives three principles of cheerful giving and lists the qualities of a good steward. Paul challenges the Church at Corinth to give generously like the churches did in Macedonia that gave out of their joy. Here are the three principles: Give first to God and then to others (2 Cor. 8:5 esv). When you observe both the Old and New Testament…

May Parenting Principle #5

Principle: If you are not resting as a parent in your identity in Christ, you will look for identity in your children.  Sometimes we may not think about it, but as Paul Tripp says, we “do it every single day.”  He further says, “Your parenting is always shaped by where you look for identity.” Our parenting will reveal where we find our identity. This post will highlight some of the struggles that we as parents go through as we seek…

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…

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…

Serve at the Soup Kitchen

The Project Host Soup Kitchen offers a balanced, nutritious meal each day in a safe, clean and caring environment to all who are hungry. They serve approximately 130 of our less fortunate neighbors six days a week.  Meals are offered to anyone who comes through the door, no questions asked.  For some, it is the only meal they will receive on any given day; for others, the meals help alleviate difficult decisions, such as whether to pay the energy bill…

April Parenting Principle #4

Principle: Recognizing what you are unable to do is essential to good parenting. Many parents have been there before. Your child is acting up in the grocery store, and you feel the embarrassment of blood rush to your face. In an act of discipline and punishment, you either grab or yell at your child, probably not softly but maybe even harsh and angry. You retreat to thoughts of punishment, better discipline, and better parenting because we have to help them…