Sermons by Travis Agnew

Sermons by Travis Agnew

Travis Agnew is the Senior Pastor of Rocky Creek.

Denying God Leads to Redefining Good

David dismayed the effects that atheism has on a person and on a society. People often deny the reality of God so that they can redefine the commandments of God. Atheist – believes there is “no God” Agnostic – believes there is “no knowledge” to determine if God exists Practical Atheist – denies God with a careless lifestyle Psalm 14 14:1 The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.”     They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds;     there is none…

No Shortcuts for the Righteous

David warned worshipers not to envy evildoers when their lives seemed prosperous. We must learn to trust God for His provision and forsake any unrighteous shortcuts during challenging times. Don’t Envy the Unrighteous [Ps. 37:1-11] Don’t envy unrighteous people, because while their present might seem pleasurable, their future is painful (37:2, 8-10). When you delight yourself in the LORD, He gives you the desires of your heart because they finally align with His (37:4). No matter what others are experiencing around you, trust in the…

The Greatest Is the Nearest

While God’s transcendence is amazing, His immanence is astonishing. The most surprising thing about our exalted God is how close He comes to ones like us. The transcendence of God means that He greatly surpasses our human worth and experience. The immanence of God means that he is intimately close to us. Psalm 113 113 Praise the Lord! Praise, O servants of the Lord,     praise the name of the Lord! 2 Blessed be the name of the Lord     from this time forth…

Rediscovering Joy

As David encountered testing trials, he confessed that his sure hope in this life and the next was in none other than the LORD. If we desire to rediscover joy, we must reorient our focus upon the only one who can provide it. Psalm 16 Preserve me, O God, for in you I take refuge. 2 I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord; I have no good apart from you.” 3 As for the saints in the land, they are the excellent ones,…

The Proper Perspective for the Troubled Life

When David was overwhelmed with God’s discipline in his life, he maintained a proper perspective and took it to God through prayer. Don’t talk to everyone else about your troubles while neglecting the one who can fix them. Psalm 39 39 I said, “I will guard my ways, that I may not sin with my tongue; I will guard my mouth with a muzzle, so long as the wicked are in my presence.” 2 I was mute and silent; I held my peace to no avail,…

How Should We Handle Unfaithful Members?

As we commit to a local church, what happens when we fail to represent Jesus? The Bible is clear on expectations of how we are to confront one another to avoid drifting spiritually. Current Trend Every believer has an unspoken list of sins that is acceptable and a pronounced list that is unacceptable. Christians tend to protest the sins outside the church and overlook the sins inside the church. Satan loves to deceive us into believing that our sins don’t…

Why Do I Feel Disconnected at Church?

As a church grows larger, how do you avoid getting lost in the crowd? Our relationships in the church will only grow according to how intentional we are. Current Trend The larger a church becomes, the easier it is to remain anonymous. People expect to make instant relationships with a church without the patient intentionality that is necessary. Discipleship doesn’t happen because you are on a roster but because you are in relationships. Biblical information does not guarantee biblical transformation.…

Is Church Membership Even Biblical?

While the phrase, “church membership” is not in the Bible, the concept grounds the New Testament message and methods. Devoting yourself to a local church is essential for your soul and helpful for your congregation. Current Trend We have sold an incomplete gospel if we advertise the potential of avoiding hell while giving permission to ignore the church. Many people falsely pit a relationship with Jesus against membership with a local church. You will never have a vibrant relationship with…

How Much Should I Prioritize Church?

With so many expectations on us, what does committing to a church realistically look like? As we study the early church, we will see God’s intention that the church is to be more than a service you casually attend. Current Trend Devaluing the priority and the purpose of the church has dramatically decreased our expectations and effectiveness. Worldly standards have invaded our understanding of church health and spiritual growth. We will never experience the full-time benefits of the church with…

It’s News Too Good to Keep to Ourselves

In the concluding comments of Mark’s Gospel, Jesus commissioned the disciples to take the gospel into all the world. If we continue to follow Jesus, He will lead us to people and places that need to hear the gospel. Options for Mark’s Ending Why is the ending of Mark so uncommon from the rest of his book and missing in various early manuscripts? Intentionally Abrupt Ending – Did Mark intend to leave his readers in suspense regarding what happened next?…

The Tomb Is [Still] Empty

As the women came on Sunday morning to anoint the deceased body of Jesus, they were shocked to realize that the tomb was empty. All of our faith and purpose in life is wrapped up in the belief that the tomb is still empty today. Our lives will be determined based upon what we believe about the resurrection of Jesus. Is the resurrection of Jesus false, fiction, or fact? Mark 16:1-8 16 When the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, Mary the…

Why Jesus Died

When followers of Jesus sought to care for the body of Jesus, Pilate was surprised to hear that Jesus died so early in the process.  Scripture teaches us not only why He died so early but also why He died so willingly. Mark 15:40-47 40 There were also women looking on from a distance, among whom were Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joses, and Salome. 41 When he was in Galilee, they followed him and…