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

Friday
Jan092015

This Sunday at Bristol - Model Living

This Sunday we continue with this current teaching series titled, “Living a Supersize Life.” My guess is that we want to live large. We want to experience all the Lord has for us. We do not want to be short-changed in any way.

There are a variety of people in the Bible who teach us about the life of a servant, but no one is better than the apostle Paul. From Acts 20:17-35 (our text for this Sunday), Paul retells the leaders of the Church at Ephesus how he lived a model life while starting a church in their town. Did he make mistakes? Did he stumble? I can only imagine. But a servant is not someone who is perfect, but rather a person who reflects Someone who is!

Here might be the best definition of a true servant spoken by John Wesley, “Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as you can. 

Imagine what would happen if we practiced that everyday - like I believe Paul did while serving in Ephesus. This Sunday we will explore the way Paul served the Lord and in doing so, we discover the secret of a life well lived.

You are deeply loved!

Pastor Terry

Friday
Jan022015

This Sunday at Bristol - Real New Year's Resolutions

This Sunday we begin a new four week teaching series titled, “Living a Supersize Life.” I would guess that each of us want to live this kind of life.

You might recall the words of Jesus in John 10:10, “. . . I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” We are the “they” that Jesus is speaking of. A full and complete life is God’s plan for us.

So often we start right, but life gets in the way and the finish is not what we had anticipated and this “abundant life” escapes us. This does not have to be the case as Paul states when writing to the Church at Ephesus.

This Sunday we will look at Ephesians 5:1-20 and the important words the apostle Paul shares. He starts out (verse one) by saying that the best place for the believer to get a great start is by becoming a follower of the Lord. That word “follower” is the word “mimic.”

If we want this new year to be a great year then let us make a vow that we will become more like our Father - we will mimic Him. You can never go wrong in imitating the Lord.

There are three resolutions that come from Ephesians 5:1-20 and we will look at each one and how following what he says will lead us to a full and rich life.

My invitation to you is to come this first Sunday of 2015 with a heart that is eager to learn and grow.

You are deeply loved!

Pastor Terry