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Creekside Church

Tonight at Creekside:
5:30 Dinner (Chili Dogs, Chips & Fruit)
6:00 Awana (Duct Tape Night)
6:15 Middle & High School Youth
6:30 Men's & Women's Bible Studies
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Creekside Church

Below is the report from Pastor Steve that was included in our annual report distributed last Sunday at our annual corporate meeting. If you weren't able to attend and would like a PDF copy, let us know.

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“We give thanks to God always for all of you, making mention of you in our prayers; constantly bearing in mind your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the presence of our God and Father…” (1 Thess. 1:2-3).

As we look back on 2019, there are four aspects of teaching and encouragement in which our elder team has attempted to keep us faithful to aid us in our mission of “Leading People Everywhere to a devoted relationship with Jesus Christ.”

Attention to the faithful exposition of God’s Word is a top priority. Never has the need been greater to “Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction.” (2 Timothy 4:2). To that end we’ve worked through the glorious epistle to Hebrews highlighting the supremacy of Christ and the New Covenant of grace. We spent time this past summer rebooting our spiritual lives with a study on spiritual disciplines. In the fall we challenged our perspectives on being ambassadors for Christ. We have been, and will continually be, challenged to “Do Good Works in order to Build Good Will, so we can Share Good News.” Jonah challenged our arrogance and prejudice by reminding us of God’s great compassion for all lost people. Our Advent series launched us into a study of the Gospel of Matthew, which we will continue in 2020, along with emphasis on letting our light shine so others will glorify God.

Awareness of our dependence upon the Lord has been expressed through our quarterly all church prayer times and weekly Wednesday prayer at 5:30 p.m. Paul admonishes us, “Devote yourselves to prayer…” (Col. 4:2). I have personally been enriched by the times we’ve been spending in our once-a-quarter prayer nights. We hope to see increased participation and perhaps increased frequency of these special gatherings. Pray with us and for us that we, like Jehoshaphat, will realize our need for God’s assistance in the spiritual battle declaring, “For we are powerless before this great multitude who are coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are on You.” (2 Chronicles 20:12).

Assimilation of newcomers is an important activity for our entire church family. Our “Connection Team”, Greeters, Welcome Center folks, and ushers are doing wonderful ministry. We are trying to cultivate a mentality of hospitality that makes each of us more conscious of the needs of others and particularly of newcomers. God is blessing us with many opportunities to show Christ’s love to our guests. I pray that we will grow in welcoming and enfolding others.

Alignment of ministries has been a major focus of the past couple of years with a ramped-up effort to roll out a plan for organizing every ministry within one of seven major categories of service (ministry teams) to help us clarify communication, accountability, and responsibility for various ministries. We are beginning to implement our concepts which are summarized in an organizational flow chart shown on page 2 of our corporate report and available upon request (email: megan@creeksidedm.com). Each elder is a liaison for one of the ministry teams. Each ministry team is led by an elder-approved person who will recruit others to serve with them to give guidance and oversight to the ministries under their care. We hope to be more efficient and effective and adjust as needed.

I am anticipating what God has in store as we continue to gather together to “stimulate one another to love and good deeds” (Hebrews 10:24-25) in 2020.

In His Grip, by His Grace, For His Glory,
Steve Smith
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Tonight at Creekside:
5:30 Dinner (Chili Dogs, Chips & Fruit)
6:00 Awana (Duct Tape Night)
6:15 Middle & High School Youth
6:30 Men's & Women's Bible Studies

A report from Pastor Steve included in our annual report distributed last Sunday: https://www.facebook.com/creeksidedesmoines/posts/1363464940504145

We're getting together for fellowship and to watch (or not) the big game at Creekside this Sunday (Feb 2) at 5PM! Please bring snacks to share or a board/card game if you like. Drinks will be provided. Contact Bob or Debbie Short if you have any questions.

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BIBLE STUDY TOOLS

In the last sermon of 2019, Mark Kline encouraged Creekside to read Scripture everyday. As a challenge for 2020, we’d like to encourage you to do make or keep reading and discussing the Bible part of your daily routine, particularly for your kids, beyond what we learn at church and in Sunday School.

As one option, you can download a reading plan that guides you through 110 of the Bible’s major stories, including encouragement for kids and parents to memorize, learn, prayerfully apply and share what is learned.

YouVersion.com also offers free resources for all ages. ‘The Bible App‘ lets adults read the Bible in 61 versions, make notes, and explore reading plans and devotionals. ‘The Bible App for Kids‘ engages children with 41 different Bible stories on an age-appropriate level.

Plenty of tools are available—Let us know if you’re interested in something in particular. And may God bless you this year as you seek to equip and grow each other as a family in the wonderful knowledge of His Word. “Let each generation tell its children of Your might acts; let them proclaim Your power…” (Psalm 145:4)

CREEKSIDE U

Creekside U is a deeper-than-a-sermon look at important Christian topics. Each topic is two 2-hour classes divided into four sessions less than an hour each.

 

DEFENDING YOUR FAITH

Mike Johnson and Mark Kline co-teach this overview of apologetics by defining the practice of defending Christianity, the role of faith, arguments for the existence of God, the reliability of the Bible, Creation and Flood debates, and the problem of evil.  (Download corresponding PDFs below to view slides while you listen).

SESSION 1
• The what, why, who and how of apologetics
• The role of faith and reason
• The argument from reason for God’s existence
• The argument from morality for God’s existence
Download: Slides (PPS) • Handout (PDF)

SESSION 2
• What are the different forms of the Word of God?
• How do we know the Bible is God’s word?
• How did we get our Bible?
• Are there any errors in it?
Download: Slides (PPS) • Handout (PDF)

SESSION 3
• Are there any errors in the Bible?
• God’s publishing process
   – Manuscript evidence
   – Archaeological evidence
   – Prophetic evidence
   – Statistical evidence
Download: Slides (PPS) • Handout (PDF)

SESSION 4
• How old is the Earth? How big was the Flood? How much does it matter?
• Too much evil and suffering in the world?
• Unanswered questions lead to atheism
Download: Slides (PPS) • Handout (PDF)

ESCHATOLOGY

A Biblical teaching series on Eschatology, the study of end times, presented by Mark Kline, presented April 19th and 26th, 2015 at Creekside, Mark presents eschatological charts and views on the millennial reign of Christ (Download corresponding PDFs below to view slides while you listen). The 20-page booklet by John MacArthur, A Jet Tour Through Revelation, was also distributed in class and is available to read online or download here.

SESSION 1
• Why Eschatology matters
• How and when Christ will return

SESSION 2
• Building your own Eschatology chart
• The Millennium: 3 main views, interactive with charts and practical implications with each view
• Wrap up and final questions

SESSION 3
• Overview of Revelation
• Will the Church go through the Tribulation?
   – Post-Trib, Mid-Trib, summary of arguments and rebuttals
   – Top 10 Pre-Trib arguments, answers to rebuttals

SESSION 4
• Judgment and eternal punishment, a sobering reality
• Eternal life: What will Heaven be like?
• Wrap up and final questions

EVANGELISM WORKSHOP: BRETT RICLEY

Everyone knows we should share the gospel with those who are far from God. But how do we actually reach our relational network with the gospel? What steps do we need to take along the way in order to share the good news of salvation in Jesus Christ? 

We hosted Brett Ricley for a workshop on July 5th specifically designed to answer these questions and more. Brett presented simple and practical methods for sharing your story, sharing the gospel, and approaching your relational network with intentionality and grace. This training workshop was designed to help equip new followers of Jesus as well as seasoned saints with tangible ways to impact your community right where God has already placed you.

If you missed our training workshop, you can listen to the audio here. The very end of the recording is missing (mostly Q&A) due to a mic battery failing, but you can also view the outline and materials Brett handed out here.

Brett Ricley is an ordinary guy with a passion to see ordinary disciples of Jesus live out the extraordinary mission of God here on earth. Brett graduated from Nebraska Christian College in 2010 and has been in full-time ministry since 2008. Brett is a missionary and church planter and now serves as the Pastor of Mobilization at Redeeming Life Church in Salt Lake City, UT. Brett and his wife Nicole have were married in 2008 and have one son, Jonathan, and one daughter, Madison. You can follow along and learn more about Brett and his ministry at displaythegospel.com.

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