It seems to be an increasing phenomenon that more and more professing Christians consider joining with other believers on Sundays for worship to be an optional aspect of their life as disciples of Jesus. "I was up late on Saturday night." "The kids have soccer games on Sunday mornings." "We watched a service on TV." … Continue reading 6 Reasons Why You Should Attend Gathered Worship Every Sunday
This coming Sunday, Aug. 23, is not only Creekstone's 5th Anniversary, but it is our annual "Welcome Back Pot-Luck" for our new and returning UNG students. With upwards of 200 students expected this Sunday (a possible attendance of 400 or more), we are asking evah-body to bring TWO dishes. Yes ma'am,TWO DISHES! It is going to … Continue reading Welcome Back Pot-Luck Sign Up
As you may know, there are many passages that exhort Christians to love, serve and bless "one another." Ray Ortlund shows us a number of "one another's" that we don't find. "Sanctify one another, humble one another, scrutinize one another, pressure one another, embarrass one another, corner one another, interrupt one another, defeat one another, … Continue reading “One Another’s” Not Found in the New Testament
Creekstone 101 is a seminar designed to introduce folks to the mission, vision, history, philosophy of ministry and theology of Creekstone, 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. Childcare is provided, as well as dinner. For more … Continue reading Creekstone 101 • Oct. 3-4
This is the message from Praise in the Park in Dahlonega, July 16, 2014.
Creekstone is not an event; we are a community. So, to facilitate better community communication, we are using a tool called Church Community Builder, an online church management program that is going to help us get connected and stay connected. To stay connected, just update your contact information below. It should take about a minute … Continue reading The Next Step in Building Community at Creekstone
This is part 4, the final message is our series, Life Together: Experiencing the Church as the Family of God.
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)
Statistics tell us that, in the wake of the social media revolution, human loneliness has doubled from 20 percent to 40 percent. Shane Hipps has experienced the effect, saying, “Electronic culture disembodies and separates us from those closest to us. Most of us are quite unaware of this phenomenon and, in fact, believe our technology … Continue reading It Doesn’t Have to Be That Way
Andy Woznicki headed up an epic, first ever event for connecting in community at Creekstone called Group Link. Here are some pics from the evening. NOTE: Control the slide show by scrolling your mouse over the images.
Sunday, July 21, 2013 • Listen here —> A People Portfolio: Investing in Primary Relationships Main idea: Many of us are committed to investing for our financial futures with diversified stock portfolios. But what about our people portfolios? Jesus teaches us that an even more significant and longer lasting investment is in our primary relationships … Continue reading A People Portfolio: Investing in My Primary Relationships • Mark 3:14-14 & Acts 4:13 (Sermon)
Please make plans to join the Creekstone family at 5:30 this Sunday afternoon (May 26) at Yahoola Creek Park for our Annual Spring Picnic! Just bring your own picnic dinner, along with blankets, chairs, Frisbees, footballs, soccer balls, etc., and we'll have a great time enjoying old friends and meeting new ones. Here are some … Continue reading Annual Creekstone Spring Picnic is This Sunday!
Here are some pics from the Creekstone Pot-Luck on Sunday, May 19.
This coming Sunday (May 19th), we will be having a pot-luck style lunch immediately after the worship service to celebrate the end of our community group ministry for the year. Not only will we get to fellowship with friends old and new, but this also will give us the chance to say goodbye to the … Continue reading What Will You Bring to the Pot-Luck on Sunday?
March 10, 2013 • The Contagious Church, Part 4: Interdependent Relationships/The Need for Community • Acts 2:46 (Revolution Series) Astonishing Commitments Ongoing Challenges Pressing Considerations Is there any event that you just “hate to miss?” What is it about that event that is so compelling? What if a church were that way? Can you imagine … Continue reading The Contagious Church, Part 4: Interdependent Relationships/The Need for Community • Acts 2:46 (Revolution Series)
March 3, 2013 • The Contagious Church, Part 3: Racial Love • Acts 2:44-45 (Revolution Series) Listen here: The Contagious Church, Part 4: Radical Love • Acts 2.44-45 Racial Love Revealed Radical Love Resisted Racial Love Recharged Discuss: Why is the story about the generous police officer so powerful? Share a story about how you were … Continue reading A Contagious Church, Part 3: Radical Love • Acts 2:44-45
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
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
Acts 4:32-35 is a remarkable picture of unity and generosity in the lives of the early Christians in Jerusalem. Everyone shared their possessions, and sometimes sold what they had to supply the material needs of other believers. On the surface, it looks a lot like socialism… but it wasn’t. Socialism is an imposed, or forced … Continue reading Christian Socialism?
I have heard some helpful quotes this week and thought I'd share a few of them with you. "In conflict, our hearts come to the surface." "Authentic community is not the absence of conflict and relational funkiness. Authentic community is the result of living out the gospel in the midst of and through conflict and … Continue reading Helpful Quotes: Conflict, Community, Truth and Love
As we have mentioned already, after much discussion and prayer, the staff team has decided to redesign our K-Groups (K is for koinonia, the Greek word for fellowship). Rather than base these groups on age and stage, we are going to encourage groups to gather geographically. This means that we likely will have groups representing the … Continue reading New K-Group Plan