Christmas 2022 – 4 Things to Know 

Merry Christmas Rock Bridge!

I hope you will take a minute to read “Four Things Rock Bridgers Need to Know” (be sure to check out #4!!).

#1: The Reason for the Season
No—the reason for the season cannot be reduced to shopping, Christmas get-togethers, or even giving gifts.

Yes—the reason for the season is, in one sense, Jesus and His entrance into history.

But in another sense, WE (you, me, them, they, us … even that crazy relative you’ll see over the holidays!!) are the reason for the season.

He came to save us.
He came to do for us what we could not do for ourselves.

Listen to the words of the ancient prophet in Isaiah 9:6—
For a child will be born for us, a son will be given to us,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
He will be named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.
The child is FOR us. The son is given TO us.

There are hundreds of thousands of people within driving distance of our local campuses that do not know the real reason(s) for the season. Would you pray for an open door … for an opportunity to tell someone the reason for the season? You can even invite them to a Christmas at Rock Bridge worship service, or our Christmas Eve services. (

There is no better gift we can share this season than the Gospel!

#2: Elders for 2023
At First Wednesday, we shared a list of prospective elders who would begin serving in 2023. Below are their names listed by campus. Please pray over them specifically and reach out to me with any questions.

Ish Lewis
Tim Erwin
Roy Bennett

Anthony West
Tom Totherow

Chip Hicks
Gustavo Terrazas
Jaime Rivera
Bruce Satterfield
Bud Bishop

Bryan Bulmer
Ken Cooper
Chance Stockburger

#3: ALL IN continues
I’ve told multiple people that the new membership process is perhaps the most significant structural and systematic change to our church since we launched H.O.P.E. about 10 years ago.

A few things to keep in mind about ALL IN:

  • It is a process, not just an event.
    • New members have a “host” that helps them learn more about Rock Bridge, connect to community, and move forward in their spiritual journey. This process is designed to be highly relational and encouraging.
  • The overall goal is to help all members of Rock Bridge become and take steps as disciples of Jesus.
    • Remember: our goal is always to make disciples of Christ, not merely decisions for Christ! We want church membership—which is biblical—to encourage discipleship, which is what Jesus wants (see Matthew 28:18-20).
  • We are encouraging all current members to participate in ALL IN as a way to renew one’s membership commitment.
    • Find out more information here.

#4: Make a difference – ONE thing we all can do.
At the close of every worship service, one of our pastors is ALWAYS going to clearly offer a way for people to take a next step, receive prayer, or get more information. This is a climatic moment in our services. It is the time when people are invited to hear from the Holy Spirit as He personalizes God’s work in our lives, calls people to Christ, convicts people of sin, comforts people with grace, and directs our paths.

Here’s how we can all make a difference: 
pray with intensity and intentionality during that time.

  • Don’t get up to leave early so you beat the crowd out the door. Instead, pray for people to come to Christ, honor the Word of the Lord, and step with the Holy Spirit.
  • Don’t tune out or start gathering your belongings. Instead, listen by faith to what God might want to do in you or through you. Ask Him to give you ears to hear …
  • Don’t get in a hurry. Instead, be still in the Lord’s presence, intercede for others as you are in His presence, and enjoy the reality of His presence … after all He is Emmanuel (God with us)!

I believe this one simple act—done in faith—will infuse our church with fresh power and open doors for the Holy Spirit that might otherwise stay closed!

Praying with you for a Christ-centered Christmas and believing that the best is yet to come!


About Matt Evans

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Matt Evans is the Founding and Lead Pastor of Rock Bridge Community Church in Dalton, Georgia. Matt and his wife, Beth, grew up in the Dalton area and saw the need for a church that would reach the lost, broken, de-churched, and spiritually wounded. 


  1. Christy Stockton on Dec 21, 2022 at 4:02 PM

    I tried to subscribe to church news and Matt’s blogs, I don’t believe it took my information.

  2. Christy Stockton on Dec 21, 2022 at 4:02 PM

    I tried to subscribe to church news and Matt’s blogs, I don’t believe it took my information.

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