This Sunday at Bristol - Why I Believe the Easter Story

Do you know there are people who do not know the true meaning of the Easter story. Plenty of people think Easter is about Easter baskets, Easter egg hunts, the Easter bunny, chocolate candy, and maybe a new outfit to wear to church. But for the Christian, that is not the true Easter story.

The true Easter story begins with the story of Christmas - Jesus born it that sleepy town of Bethlehem with angels, shepherds, and Wise Men worshipping Him. Christmas is like the first installment for our sins to be canceled. In fact, if there were no Christmas then there would be no Easter. And if there is no Easter then we cannot be forgiven of our sin. The Apostle Paul wrote, “For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins.” 1 Corinthians 15:16-17

The Christmas story tells how God sent Jesus to this earth as a baby as the perfect combination of the God-Man. He was God in human form. As Jesus grew, He never sinned. That meant that He could be the perfect sacrifice for our sins. And the words of John the Baptist are true, “Behold the Lamb of God” who takes away the sin of the world.” John 1:29

Because God loves us, He sent Jesus to die on the cross and take the punishment for our sins. Then three days later, God brought Jesus back to life. This is the day we celebrate as Easter, and the message we celebrate is that Jesus is alive! And because He lives, we live too.

This Sunday we will once again revisit the story of Easter. Specifically, we will examine reasons why the resurrection is a fact of history and we can believe in our heart that Jesus has defeated death once and for all. 

Invite others to join you as we celebrate the wonderful story of Easter. 

I truly love you in the Lord. 

Pastor Terry


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


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


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

This Sunday, March 8th is Time Change Sunday so

set your clocks AHEAD one hour Saturday 



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


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.

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