STONE CREEK CHURCH
Authentic Church For Real People
 
 
 
We do not want a church that will move with the world.
We want a church that will move the world.
G.K. Chesterton
 
 
CURRENT SERIES
JAMES
 

May 9, 2021
James Part 7: Bless / Curse
Series: James

Shouldn't we know how to use our words in ways that bless people, encourage people, and show people the love of Christ, rather than tearing people down, and discouraging them.  James is being very clear here this morning... if we can't talk in a way that encourages others and blesses our God... then we don't necessarily have a talking issue... we have a faith issue.  

Mother Teresa says this, “Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.”  Nathaniel Hawthorne said this, “Words, so innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them.”  Today our main point is this... the things you say tell us who you really are.  The tongue will let us now if you are a person who blesses others... or a person who curses others.  Let's look at the passage today and see six different illustrations and three different ways we can see how the tongue tells us who you really are. 

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  • May 9, 2021James Part 7: Bless / Curse
    May 9, 2021
    James Part 7: Bless / Curse
    Series: James

    Shouldn't we know how to use our words in ways that bless people, encourage people, and show people the love of Christ, rather than tearing people down, and discouraging them.  James is being very clear here this morning... if we can't talk in a way that encourages others and blesses our God... then we don't necessarily have a talking issue... we have a faith issue.  

    Mother Teresa says this, “Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.”  Nathaniel Hawthorne said this, “Words, so innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them.”  Today our main point is this... the things you say tell us who you really are.  The tongue will let us now if you are a person who blesses others... or a person who curses others.  Let's look at the passage today and see six different illustrations and three different ways we can see how the tongue tells us who you really are. 

  • May 2, 2021James Part 6: Faith / Works
    May 2, 2021
    James Part 6: Faith / Works
    Series: James
    If i were to ask a first responder, how do you determine if someone is alive if they are unresponsive, I'm sure they would tell me to check their pulse, their breathing, or perhaps to shine a light in their eyes.  If this is how we determine whether a body is alive... if the heart, lungs, eyes are working... why then is it not okay to determine whether a faith is alive by whether their trust, obedience, and love are working?  James tells us in chapter 2 verse 26: "for as the body apart from the spirit is dead... so faith apart from works is dead.  
  • Apr 25, 2021James Part 5: Judgment / Mercy
    Apr 25, 2021
    James Part 5: Judgment / Mercy
    Series: James

    James wants to help us practice God's Word, so he gives us a simple test.  He sent two visitors to a church service, one who is obviously doing well for himself, and one who is not doing so well, and he watched to see how they were treated.  If we don't get anything else this morning we must get this... The way we treat people is a reflection of what we really believe about God.  We mustn't separate human relationship and divine fellowship.  1 John 4:20 makes it clear... if we say we love God but hate our brother we are liars.  If we truly believe that Jesus is God, that God's Grace is good, that the Word of God is true, and that the judgement of God is coming then that will be made clear through the way we accept, care for, and love people of all walks of life.  James makes it clear we cannot claim to be Christians and play favorites, show partiality, or discriminate.

  • Apr 18, 2021James Part 4: Hearers / Doers
    Apr 18, 2021
    James Part 4: Hearers / Doers
    Series: James
    If we refuse to hear we can't be changed, if we refuse to do we aren't changed, if we refuse to go they won't be changed.   We must hear the Word of God and allow it to change us to the point where we intuitvely do what it tells us to do.  In this way we recognize that our faith is real.  Are you a hearer and not a doer?  Are you a doer and not a hearer?  Are you a hearer and a doer, but not a goer?    
  • Mar 28, 2021James Part 3: Temptation / Truth
    Mar 28, 2021
    James Part 3: Temptation / Truth
    Series: James

    For those of you who have struggled with sin only to shrug it off as someone else's fault... sin just got a lot more serious didn't it. If you can't pin it on someone else, if you can't blame it on God or Satan... well now you have to deal with it... and dealing with sin is not easy. Sin is deception... so how exactly do we move from temptation into truth? How do we overcome the temptation to sin in our lives? Well, it's hard to bait a full fish. In other words... When we feast on the blessings of God we lose our appetite for the base temptations of the flesh. Feast on the goodness of God and you will no longer be attracted to sinful things. No matter what... you can't escape temptations... but you can beat them. How? By knowing the true nature of sin. Deception leads to desire which leads to disobedience... which culminates in DEATH. The better you know what sin is and how it manifests itself in our lives, the easier it is to defeat. And by knowing the truth of God's goodness... which is ultimately salvation in Christ. If we trust in Christ to take away our sin and the lure of sin forever... if we feast on his goodness... we won't have any room for sinfulness. 

  • Mar 21, 2021James Part 2: Trials / Triumph
    Mar 21, 2021
    James Part 2: Trials / Triumph
    Series: James

    Faith is messy. It's not a “if we go through trials.” It's a “when we go through trials.” Like, if you aren't in one right now... you will be in one soon. We will all experience trials and storms and suffering. It's not a maybe... its a guarantee. But in the midst of our trials we have a promise that they aren't all bad... in fact they are good. I don't know about you... but thats messy.

     What about divorce? Well, I love that James just lumps every trial into the word “various.” Divorce would fit in various. What about a kid who is just off the rails? Various. What about loosing a loved one? Yep. What about financial trouble? Various. All of them. If you fear it and if it tries your faith... its a trial.

    And so every trial that we fear to go through is a test of our faith meant to lead us to a triumphant finish. Our trials have a purpose and a plan... and so we don't need to be afraid of them. In fact we are called to embrace them. We are called to consider them all Joy!

  • Mar 14, 2021James Part 1: Big / Small
    Mar 14, 2021
    James Part 1: Big / Small
    Series: James

    James a servant of God has been impressed upon by the Holy Spirit to share with the church a letter which really speaks to a myriad of issues and themes but at the center of it is this... God is big and we are small and yet God cares about the big and the small. I want you to think about this... the God of the universe who governs all there is; how hot the stars burn, how far the planets travel in orbit, the speed of light, the depth of the oceans, the amount of food needed to feed China today, and the amount of rain needed to grow that food, the same God that governs all of that Big stuff... is the same God who cares about you. To quote Bill Paxton's character in one of my favorite movies, Tombstone; he says, “look at all the stars. You look up and you think, God made all of this and He remembered to make a little speck like me. It's kind of flattering, really.” It's more than a little flattering... it's downright scandalous. The Big God of Big things... who runs all that Big stuff... so Big we can't even comprehend... cares for us specks. It doesn't make a lick of sense. For example Luke 12:7 tells us that even the hairs of our heads are numbered.  Psalm 139:16 tells us that God knew us before we were formed and wrote down every one of our days. He put together your personality, your humor, your IQ, EQ, ADHD, and IBS. He knit you together and made you alive, a unique, a specific awesome individual! He cares about the Big stuff and the Small stuff! The universe and your hair!

    But why? Why does God care about your hair? Why does he care about you intimately and specifically? So he can lead you to walk in the fullness of Joy while at the same time bringing him the most glory possible.  He wants to see your faith work.  This is the story of James. 

 
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GIVING
 
We give because God has given so much to us. God promises to multiply our tithes & offerings…but we don’t tithe so God can bless us with more. We don’t give to missionaries so God will bless our missions journey. We don’t do anything with our money to get something in return. We do it as a way to be obedient to God. As an act of worship. Money can be very powerful over our lives, and what better way to show God that He is worth MORE to us than by surrendering our finances to Him.
 
Every Penny that is given to Stone Creek Church goes to the mission of the Gospel…either to support our local discipleship efforts here in our community or to support our foreign missionaries around the world.
 
 
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 OUR VISION

Depending on Christ we will Reach our world with the gospel to see lives completely Transformed.

 
In John 15:5 Jesus says; “I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.” At Stone Creek Church, and as followers of Christ, we are dependent on Jesus for everything, because apart from Him we can do nothing. We must depend on Christ in all things and for all things just as an infant child depends on his parents for his welfare.
 
We depend on Christ through three core values; Relying on the Word, Constant Prayer, and Authentic Worship.
 
 
In Mark 16:15 Jesus tells his follower to “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.” At Stone Creek Church and as followers of Christ we recognize that it is our responsibility to reach our community and our world with the gospel of Jesus Christ. Evangelism must be natural, relational, and intentional. We believe that reaching the world with the Gospel is not a mission given to the spiritual elite, but to all followers of Christ. It is each of our calling to be missionaries in our families, our jobs, our schools, and our neighborhoods. It is also our responsibility to do everything within our ability to see people evangelized all throughout the world by either going, sending, or supporting foreign missionaries.
 
We will reach our world with the Gospel through two core values: Relational Outreach and Strategic Missions

 
2 Corinthians 5:17 tells us “therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” Transformation is a key word in our faith. Without transformation we are left in our sin and destined for eternal destruction. With transformation we are made completely new with a new life and a new destination. Through the power of the Holy Spirit the worst sinner can become a righteous minister for Christ. We want to join with the Holy Spirit in his work of spiritual transformation.
 
We are transformed and seek transformation for others through the core value of Intentional Discipleship
 
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LEADERSHIP TEAM

Meet the Stone Creek Leadership Team

Shevi Sloane

Lead Pastor

Lisa Sloane

Children’s Director

 
Laura Childers
 
Office Manager

Don Johnson

Chairman of Deacons

 
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UPCOMING EVENTS

 
MOTHER’S DAY BABY DEDICATION
Sunday, May 9th
On Mother’s Day we will have a gift for all of the mothers and we will be doing a baby dedication service as well.  If you would like to have your child dedicated please let us know.  
 
POST SERVICE HOT DOG FELLOWSHIP
Sunday, May 16th
We will be having a hotdog fellowship following our May 16th worship service.  Don’t run off after we say Amen, but stick around to get to know some of our new visitors and eat some lunch.    
 
NEXT CLASS
Sunday, May 16th @ 9am
If you are new to Stone Creek, just want to get to know our church better, or are looking to
become a Covenant Partner with us… this class is for you.  
 
GRADUATION SUNDAY
Sunday, May 23rd
We will be honoring our graduates from High School or College.  If you would like for your student to be recognized please let us know.   
 
MIDWEEK @ STONE CREEK
Wednesdays @ 1pm
Join Pastor Shevi and guests as we look at elements of the past Sunday’s message and topics that are relevant to where we are culturally.  Live on Facebook. 
 
Stone Creek Church Address: 2664 R & L Smith Dr
 
Phone: 434-792-1824 Email: laura@stonecreekdanville.com

Pastor Shevi’s Email: shevi@stonecreekdanville.com

 
Worship Service – Sunday’s @ 10:30am
 
Open Small Group –
Sunday’s @ 9:00am
 
Kid’s Worship
Sunday’s @ 10:30am

 

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