As Creekstone continues to grow wide, a K-Group (the K is for the Greek word, koinonia, which means, fellowship) is Creekstone's "going deep" ministry where 8-14 people meet weekly and "do life togehter." This is where we care for folks in personal and practical ways, and receive the same kind of care. It is where … Continue reading Sign Up for a K-Group Here!
This is the first part of the Creekstone Vision Banquet, describing the difference bwtween Old World and New World churches. If you are going to be part of the Creekstone crew, this distinction is going to be vital for your health at sea as we continue to sail the wild waters of a church planting … Continue reading Vision Banquet Audio (25 minutes)
Just like the Pilgrims had to rely on each other for survival, as a New World church, we will find ourselves relying on each other, too. We want to grow wider, but we also want to grow deeper. This is why we have K-Groups, which are our home fellowship groups made up of eight to … Continue reading Old World Churches vs. New World Churches, Part 2
Just like the voyage of the Mayflower was not for everyone, I know that our church planting adventure will not be for everyone—and that is okay. After all, we will not function like an Old World, established churche. For example, we don’t see the seats in the auditorium as OUR seats, but as THEIR seats—places for … Continue reading Old World Churches vs. New World Churches, Part 1
Nothing we do as a church is done apart from teamwork, kind of like the Pilgrims who set sail from England to North America in 1620. They had a vision for New World. But there was no way that any one of them was going to be able to see that vision become a reality. … Continue reading The Mayflower, Creekstone, and the Dream of a New World
I am super-excited about Creekstone's Sunday gathering tomorrow. It really is a special Sunday. Why? Because it is our second anniversary of Sunday morning worship gatherings! Our first was on Sunday, Aug. 22, 2010. What a privilege it has been to share God's grace with so many and to work with a team who is … Continue reading Creekstone’s 2nd Anniversary of Sunday Morning Worship Gatherings!
Here is an outline for tomorrow's (Aug. 26) message from John 4, entitled, "Worship is for the Thirsty." I. A Thirsty Woman, II. An Empty Well, III. And a Flowing Spring IV. All Teach Us About... the Purpose of Worship
Just a note to self: The cross was neither easy, nor convenient. And the result was incomparably glorious.
Today we are privileged to have a guest blogger with us, my friend, Tullian Tchividjian. You may find the original post here. __________________________________________________________________________________ In his 2008 movie The Happening, writer, producer, and director M. Night Shyamalan unfolds a freaky plot about a mysterious, invisible toxin that causes anyone exposed to it to commit suicide. One of the … Continue reading Rethinking Progress (Guest blogger, Tullian Tchividjian)
This is the Creekstone message from Sunday, Aug. 19, 2012.
Sunday, August 26, from 5:30-7:00 p.m. at the Dahlonega Marketplace on the Square. Don't be left out. Be able to say you were there! Register Here Childcare is available for children up to eight years old at the Creekstone offices on the Square. Make banquet and childcare reservations at the link below.REGISTER HERE TO ATTEND!
If we are living our lives in view of the cross, then we will recognize that we are standing on level ground with everyone else. We might need to let this sink in a bit, because most all of us seek to justify ourselves by making a name for ourselves. And since I desperately want … Continue reading Level Ground
The Creekstone message from Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012.
“The Ultimate Epitaph: Loved Like Lucky” • Romans 16:1-23 1 I commend to you our sister Phoebe, a servant of the church at Cenchreae, 2 that you may welcome her in the Lord in a way worthy of the saints, and help her in whatever she may need from you, for she has been a patron of … Continue reading Sermon Notes for Sunday, Aug. 12 • Romans 16:1-23
The right and left are playing "hardball." The gospel shows us a different way to play. Are you a Christian who wants to influence American culture? Read, Sinners in the Hands of an Angry Church: Finding a Better Way to Influence Our Culture (Chapter 2 has a few hermeneutical issues, but other than that, very helpful). For … Continue reading Cultural Influence: Hardball vs. the Gospel
Creekstone's summer youth coordinator, Jeff Leopard, came up with some great diagnostic questions to ask in order to determine the degree of present, functional gospel impact in my life. Since we either live out of self-righteous pride that needs to be right and look good or out of a genuine humility that has been freshly … Continue reading Diagnostic Questions That Reveal My Functional Righteousness
The Good News Translation of Galatians 4:4-5 reads like this: “When the right time finally came, God sent his own Son. He came as the son of a human mother and lived under the Jewish Law, to redeem those who were under the Law, so that we might become God's children.” The “right time” refers to … Continue reading Perfect Timing
This is the Sunday Creekstone message from Aug. 5, 2012.
Here is the passage and outline for this Sunday's message on Romans 15:22-33, "Deo Volente." 22 This is the reason why I have so often been hindered from coming to you. 23 But now, since I no longer have any room for work in these regions, and since I have longed for many years to come to … Continue reading Study Notes for Sunday, August 5, 2012
You do know that if it were up to us, being reconciled to God would be on our shoulders. That’s how we operate, isn’t it—we bless those who meet demands, perform their duty, and fulfill their obligations. But thankfully, that is not how God operates. The gospel tells us that rather that calling us to … Continue reading If It Were Up to Us
Creekstone is launching our next, "new and improved" K-Groups in September. In order to help distinguish a K-Group (community/home group) from a Bible study, I am posting a resource from Northpoint Community Church in Atlanta. While we may not endorse every specific of this chart, it gets the point across. Ideas? Let me know below. … Continue reading The Difference Between a Community Group and a Bible Study