Archibald Alexander, in Thoughts Concerning Religious Experience (1844): “Why is there so little advancement made [in living the Christian life]? First, there is a defect in our belief in the freeness of divine grace. To exercise unshaken confidence in the doctrine of gratuitous pardon is one of the most difficult things in the world… Christians cannot but … Continue reading Preaching Grace in 2014
A while back I had a conversation with my kids about doing the impossible. Now, it was not a pop-psychology, self-esteem message about how you can do anything you set your mind to do. Actually, we can't do anything we set our minds to. We cannot do the impossible, because the impossible is, well, impossible. … Continue reading How to Do the Impossible (A Sanctification Parable)
I recently heard Dr. Tim Keller speaking about the three perspectives of the gospel as a lens for doing gospel-centered applications in sermons. I found them helpful. The Theological Perspective. The gospel contains certain historical and theological facts that are to shape my thinking about God and mankind. The Devotional Perspective. The gospel facts make … Continue reading Keller’s Three Perspectives of the Gospel
This is the audio from Creekstone's recent Grace-Centered Marriage Seminar led by my wife, Kristy, and me. It was geared for engaged couples and newleyweds, but is applicable for folks at any stage of marriage. Covering both theological and practical issues, we hope that this material is helpful toward facilitating a more grace-centered experience of … Continue reading Grace-Centered Marriage Seminar (audio)
Creekstone is guided by five core commitments that we believe will help us fulfill our mission “to glorify God by helping people come alive to the wonder of the gospel.” Number two is a commitment to Grace-Driven Community. In other words, we want to be a safe place for sinful people. This means that you … Continue reading You Don’t Have to Fake It Anymore
This is part 3 is our series, Life Together: Experiencing the Church as the Family of God. In this message, we talk about the Bible’s teaching on church membership, that those who are members of THE church family (globally) are assumed to be members of A church family (locally). In other words, like grapes grow … Continue reading “We, Not Me” • 1 Peter 5:1-5 (sermon)
This past Sunday at Creekstone we talked about the Bible's teaching on church membership, that those who are members of THE church family (globally) are assumed to be members of A church family (locally). In other words, like grapes grow in clusters on a vine, so do Christians. If you missed the message, let me … Continue reading Take the Next Step
This week is Bluegrass Sunday at Creekstone! Hope to see you there!
This week is Bluegrass Sunday at Creekstone! About every four months or so our worship team prepares a special Sunday of music led with mandolins, violins (fiddles!), slide guitars, harmonicas, etc. If you have never experienced a Bluegrass Sunday, this is your opportunity. Hope to see you Sunday. I think you'll be glad that you … Continue reading This Week is Bluegrass Sunday at Creekstone!
In an interview with Marilyn Stewart in December 2013, Nancy Pearcy, author of Total Truth and Saving Leonardo, describes the importance of providing a place to doubt and wrestle through tough questions and how that relates to why many youth lose their once-affirmed Christian convictions after they leave home. In Saving Leonardo I describe a … Continue reading What to do Before Your Kids Leave Home
Schaeffer, you turned sixteen today. So, after we played a couple games of ping pong this morning, I sat down to think of sixteen things that I want to impart into your life during this special year year. Make God's grace in Jesus the defining truth of your life. Consciously abide in Jesus as your … Continue reading Sixteen for Sixteen: A Message to My Son on His 16th B’day
Let's face it, the church is a dysfunctional family. This means that the issue is not whether we will face conflict, it is how we are going to deal with it. What if conflict and dysfunction could be a redemptive, gospel opportunity to go deeper together as a community? What tools have God given us … Continue reading The Dysfunctional Church
What is Side By Side? "It is a one day event uniting Lumpkin County churches of all denominations together in Christ to serve this community. Although each church is doing local mission work on a smaller scale, imagine the impact when the faith community gathers together and cooperatively works to meet the needs of our … Continue reading Get Ready for “Side-by-Side”
This is part 2 is our series, Life Together: Experiencing the Church as the Family of God.
CREEKSTONE 101 • April 4-5 Creekstone 101 is a seminar designed to introduce folks to the mission, vision, history, philosophy of ministry and theology of Creeksotne, as well as to describe the meaning of and pathway to membership. Although C-101 is a prerequisite to membership, participating does not obligate you to join. We hope that … Continue reading What’s Coming Up at Creekstone
Yes, it is that time of year - Daylight Saving Time - when we spring forward by setting our clocks ahead one hour. For more info on DST, just go here. Hope to see you in the morning!
Do you remember that car commercial where a young boy observes the new (I think it was Nissan) and says, "Somethin's up"? He was referring to a car that had been redesigned for appearance and performance and was getting his attention. I believe that somethin's up at Creekstone. Whether you are aware or not, there … Continue reading Somethin’s Up
In light of Ephesians 3:20-21, Creekstone men are invited to participate in a weekly prayer breakfast in the Creekstone office on Saturday mornings at 8:00 a.m. We primarily are going to be praying for goals that we’ve set as a church which are beyond what we can accomplish and above what we can attain. It’s … Continue reading Pancakes and Prayer!
This is message #1 in our series, Life Together: Experiencing the Church as the Family of God. Enjoy!