Friday
Mar272015

This Sunday at Bristol - Looking at Palm Sunday with Fresh Eyes

Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem was not spontaneous. The people’s response was spontaneous, but not His entry. He knew precisely what He was doing. He had been preparing for this day for thousands of years and now the day had finally arrived. The question is why? Why was Jesus orchestrating this ride into the Holy City?

There was a purpose for Him to enter Jerusalem and that purpose was His unfathomable love and compassion for people that culminated a few days later on a hill outside Jerusalem where He died as a sacrifice for our sin. Jesus lived out what He said to His disciples, “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” (John 15:3)

John the Baptist said to his followers that Jesus was the “Lamb of God.” He was the once-and-for-all sacrifice for sin. He was the final Passover Lamb whose death brings life.

It is possible to live through many Palm Sundays (and some of us have done just that) and the result is that we become foggy as to why we have this special day (in fact that is true of each of the special days of Holy Week)

This Sunday we will examine Palm Sunday from the account found in John 12 with fresh eyes and discover why this day should be significant to us.

I look forward to seeing you Sunday. This is going to be a special day. 

I love you in the Lord, 

Pastor Terry

Friday
Mar202015

This Sunday at Bristol - A Small Man Becomes a Big Man

This Sunday we will study a snapshot from the life of Zacchaeus found in Luke 19. What most people know about this man is that he was small (very small), and he was a tax collector, but there is more, much more.

In this short (excuse the pun) story there are a number of lessons to be learned. One of the most significant is that Jesus loves people regardless of their past. After all who could possibly love a “notorious” sinner, but Jesus? This man was hated by his fellow Jews and they had no use for him.

It is great to know that no matter what we have done, or who we have chosen to become, Jesus loves us just the same. In fact, Jesus knows everything there is to know about us, just as He did Zacchaeus, and loves us just the same.

Bob Horner says, “When we see people as losers, we treat them with contempt. When we see them as lost, we treat them with compassion.” When Jesus looks around, He does not see losers, only lost people He loves. This story reeks of love - Jesus shows Zacchaeus real love. When we look at others, who do we see? 

This is the last message in this short series, “You and Your Church” as we have been studying the core values of the early church - WORSHIP, EVANGELISM, LEARNING, and LOVING - given to us in Acts 2. This Sunday we will explore the last important value of LOVING.

I hope to see this Sunday.

Remember that you are loved in the Lord!

Pastor Terry

Thursday
Mar052015

BMC Update for the Week of March 8th . . .

This Sunday, March 8th is Time Change Sunday so

set your clocks AHEAD one hour Saturday 

 

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Sunday School begins at 9:30 a.m. and Worship at 10:30 a.m. 

SEE YOU THIS SUNDAY!

This Sunday we will study Luke 15 . . . as we look further into the important subject of EVANGELISM. Many churches talk about reaching out, but not everyone practices evangelism. This is the third installment of the current series, “You and Your Church.” as we study the four values of the church. 

Next Thursday (March 12th) is the Adult with Special Needs event . . . at 6:00 p.m. We could use six people to help set up, tear down, prepare and deliver snacks to our guests. If you are able to help, please let Heather Clanton know. Thank you!

Mark your calendars for the . . . “Chili Supper and Game Night” on March 14th at 5:00 p.m. at the church. There is a sign-up sheet for food on the small table in the Café. You are asked to bring either a large crockpot of chili or pick two other things off the list to bring. Everyone is also invited to bring games.

Easter will be here soon and now is the time to begin inviting . . . family and friends to the Easter Sunday activities. As always, Easter Sunday will be a great day as we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. The Apostle Paul said, “Because He lives, we live too!”

Long Range Church Calendar . . .

  •  March 12th - Adults with Special Needs event
  •  March 14th - Chili Supper
  •  March 29th - Palm Sunday
  •  April 3rd - Good Friday (Communion)
  •  April 5th - Easter Sunday
    • Breakfast at 9:00 a.m.
    • Easter Egg Hunt at 9:45 a.m.
    • “Resurrection Story” at 10:10 a.m.
    • Easter Worship at 10:30 a.m.
Saturday
Feb282015

This Sunday at Bristol - Real Biblical Worship

This Sunday we continue with this brief study, “You and Your Church” as we examine one of the core principles of the church found in Acts 2.

Last week we discovered that the first century church developed four values that defined who they were - Worship, Evangelism, Learning, and Loving. After a brief study last week of the four values, this week we begin a more in-depth study of each value and what better place to learn about worship than in the Book of Psalms and particularly Psalm 95.

As pastor, I am concerned that too many people come to church because it is Sunday, rather than coming on Sunday to worship. It is in Psalm 95 that King David gives to us the “how” and “why” of worship. When we understand these two, worship becomes clearer for us.

Worship is one way for us to tell the Lord we love Him. Worship is a time of anticipation and expectation - a time to celebrate His goodness.

I hope to see you Sunday as we look more carefully at this very important value called WORSHIP!

You are loved in the Lord,

Pastor Terry

Saturday
Feb212015

This Sunday at Bristol - Will the REAL Church Stand Up?

This Sunday we begin a new five week teaching series titled, “You and Your Church.” I would guess that each of us wants to be a part of a “REAL” church.

By being real, I mean a church that functions like the early church in Jerusalem. You can read about this church in Acts 2 and more specifically in verses 42-47. What made this church so special? What was the secret or was there a secret? Did all the believers drink a magic potion?

No one would doubt the effect this church had on the people around them. Luke uses the words, “Everyone kept feeling a sense of awe.” Why? This is what we will examine this Sunday.

The church has always had four purposes that have not change, although many churches today are from the Biblical model evidenced in the Book of Acts and especially Acts 2. Those four purposes are WORSHIP, EVANGELISM, LEARNING, and LOVING!

When these four purposes are intentionally followed, the church becomes a change-agent in the world, starting with those closest to the believers. The result was that the “Lord added daily those who were being saved.” WOW!

I hope to see you this Sunday as we take a careful look at the church - especially this first church in Jerusalem.

Remember that you are deeply loved in the Lord.

Pastor Terry