11 Therefore, remember that formerly you who are Gentiles by birth and called “uncircumcised” by those who call themselves “the circumcision” (that done in the body by the hands of men)— 12 remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, … Continue reading What is the Church?
In Romans 14:13-21, Paul establishes a love principle that has nothing to do with romance. The specific issue that serves as the context for the development of this love principle is a controversy over eating meat purchased in the local marketplace that had been sacrificed to pagan gods. Most believers had no problem eating this … Continue reading What If We Took Romans 14:13-21 Seriously?
Listen: Remember this? "Here is the church, here is the steeple. Open the doors and see all the people." What is wrong with it? Yeah, it gives the impression that the church is a building. But the church is not a building; it is a people. The church is not a Sunday event we go … Continue reading What is the Church?
This is the next message in Creekstone's study on the doctrine of the church, entitled People of the Promise. Today's message is about what it takes for a church to be sticky, retaining those who visit the church. The goal is not numeric growth for size sake, but to help folks stick so that we … Continue reading Sticky Church (Acts 2:42-47)
This is a free PDF version of my small, introductory book on baptism. You are welcome to read it here or download it. I pray that it will help "clear up the water" for you a bit on the subject. Much of this material is covered in a recent audio message Baptism: Sign of Promise. … Continue reading Baptism: A Primer for Ordinary Folks
Listen Here: The 2005 movie, Coach Carter, is based on a true story of Richmond High School basketball coach Ken Carter (who is played by Samuel L. Jackson). The real life coach made headlines in 1999 for benching his undefeated high school basketball team due to poor academic results. He was enforcing a disciplinary contract required them to attend all … Continue reading “All In” (Acts 20:17-38)
According to Len Sweet in his book, Soul Tsunami, there are essentially four kinds of churches. 1. Mission churches. These churches are on the front lines of gospel expansion. They have a radar for the "ungospelized," and desire to have others discover the joy of the gospel by serving, reaching and discipling these new, unreached people. … Continue reading Let’s Set Sail! (or, Four Kinds of Churches)
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 is part 2 is our series, Life Together: Experiencing the Church as the Family of God.
Hello Creekstone friends, As you know, Creekstone has been blessed to have uniquely gifted folks lead our worship and tech ministry. As you may also know, our Tech Coordinator, Tom Keel, will be moving down 400 later this month so that he and Rachel can be closer to his primary job with Campus Outreach, which … Continue reading Leadership Transition Announcement for Music and Technology
This is the Creekstone message from Sunday, Feb. 17, Complete Devotion, the first of six messages in our Revolution mini-series, The Contagious Church. Listen here: The Contagious Church, Part 1: Complete Devotion - Acts 2:42 Here are questions for personal reflection and/or group discussion: Of the four devotions, which one do you think is foundational, … Continue reading The Contagious Church, Part 1: Complete Devotion • Acts 2:42
Before my family moved to Dahlonega, GA, to plant a church, a friend of mine told me not to plant a church. He wasn't saying for me not to move to Dahlonega or that he didn't want a new church established there. He simply said, "Go live the gospel (teach it and preach it as … Continue reading Should We Stop Planting Churches?
Here is the TFL lesson from this past Wednesday.
I'm in the Creekstone office tonight, and one of our team leaders, Jim Keane is in the next room laminating photos for our information kiosk tomorrow. He has been up here the past two Saturdays. But he is only a representation of the many folks giving a great deal of time and energy toward advancing the mission … Continue reading A Word of Thanks to Our Team
Last night was Creekstone's special advent service at the Park and Rec/Community Center. It was great to have so many folks show up for such a special time of worship. Here are some photos from the evening. See the full gallery on Posterous
Last night's message was from Ephesians 4:11-16, entitled, "It Takes a Team." 11 And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, 12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith and … Continue reading Post-Game Message Review: “It Takes a Team”
Mark Driscoll, Preaching Pastor at Mars Hill Church, recently wrote an article on turning an idea into reality. I've summaried his mental process in some areas and quoted him in others. Thanks, Mark! 1. Begin with Vision What do we want to accomplish? What is our dream? 2. Develop a Plan What are the practical … Continue reading How an Idea Becomes Reality (Mark Driscoll)
At Creekstone, we are imagining and dreaming, that by grace alone, we will be a church that...1. GLORIFIES God by tying and tethering everything about its ministry to the life-revolutionizing power of God's grace in Jesus. 2. EMBRACES both the authoritative truth of the written Word and the active ministry of the Holy Spirit, where … Continue reading Imagine a Church…
I am starting a new church, and one of the questions that I get asked almost every day is "which denomination are you." Baptist? Presbyterian? Methodist? Episcopalian? Non-denominational? Although Creekstone does have a denominational affiliation for theological accountability and practical support, I like the atitutde of the 18th century revival preacher George Whitefield, who said, … Continue reading One Church, Many Places
In his book On Church Leadership, Mark Driscoll provides statistics on church sizes in the US. Check out some of these numbers: 25% of US churches have fewer than 45 attendees weekly 50% of US churches have fewer than 75 attendees weekly 75% of US churches have fewer than 150 attendees weekly 95% of US … Continue reading Counting is the Chief Pleasure of the Miser
via scribd.com This is brief, through very helpful introduction to what it means to be a "missional church" by Dr. Tim Keller.