Become

At BCC we spread the good news of Jesus Christ helping

sinners to BECOME the saved
rebels to BECOME the redeemed
the condemned to BECOME the converted. 

This good news (or gospel) is the message that God is presently reconciling lost and guilty people to himself by grace alone, through faith alone, in the risen Lord Jesus and his death on the cross for our sins.  This gospel is the power of God unto salvation for all who believe, whereby men and women who were once spiritually 'dead' in their trespasses and sins are now made 'alive' in Christ through the renewing work of God's Spirit.

This offer of salvation is made to everyone, without distinction of race, class or gender.  To paraphrase the late missionary Jim Elliott, in the gospel we gain what we could never earn. In Jesus Christ we find a salvation we could never earn, a grace we didn't deserve, and a life that never ends.

To BECOME a Christian is the ultimate transformation. Like crossing from dark to light, all who put their faith in Christ have escaped this dying world and have been brought into an eternal kingdom where perfect love, joy, peace, and righteousness reign supreme. If you would like to BECOME a Christian, it is really quite simple. To be reconciled with God you must:

  1. Tell God you need to be right with Him (CONFESS)
  2. Trust Jesus died to save you (BELIEVE)
  3. Turn from your sinful ways (REPENT)
  4. Take up Jesus call to follow him (FOLLOW) 

You don't have to get your life together first. Just come as you are. Receive Christ into your life. 

All who repent and believe in Jesus BECOME his disciple. Following in his steps, they leave the old life behind and walk a new path by the power of His indwelling Spirit. This change is illustrated below:

Change

God's transforming work with us does not end with conversion; rather, conversion is the beginning of a life-long CHANGE that continues until we go to be with Christ.

At BCC our calling is to make mature disciples of Jesus Christ. [1] This occurs by passing on to others that which they themselves have received. [2]

Thus the call to make maturing disciples is the call to nurture converts so they become life-long followers of Jesus who:

  • persevere faithfully to the end [3]
  • daily sacrifice “old-life” ambitions, securities, passions and priorities in humble gratitude and service to God [4]
  • live out the gospel at work, at play, and at home [5]
  • are filled with the knowledge of God and His Word
  • discern God’s will, wisdom, and work in their life [6]
  • are filled with love for one another [7], hope for their future inheritance [8], faith in God [9]
  • bear fruit for Christ's Kingdom by the power of Spirit to the glory of God

Discipleship is done in a caring community [10], therefore we strive for deep, loving, and honest relationships with one another.

 


[1] Colossians 1:28, “Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ.” (ESV)

[2] 2 Timothy 2:2, "and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also." (ESV)

[3] Mark 13:13, "And you will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved." (ESV)Revelation 2:10, "Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and for ten days you will have tribulation. Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life." (ESV),Hebrews 3:6, " And we are his house if indeed we hold fast our confidence and our boasting in our hope." (ESV)Hebrews 5:11-6:8

[4] 1 Peter 1:14-16, "As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”" (ESV)

[5] Ephesians 4:1, " I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called," (ESV) Romans 12:1, "I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship." (ESV) Luke 14:26-27, 33, "“If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple…. So therefore, any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple." (ESV)

[6] Colossians 1:9, "… asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding," (ESV)Romans 12:2, "Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect." (ESV)

[7] John 13:34-35, "A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”" (ESV)

[8] 1 Peter 1:3-7

[9] 1 Thessalonians 1:3, "remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ." (ESV)

[10] 1 Thessalonians 2:4, 7-8, "but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not to please man, but to please God who tests our hearts. … we were gentle among you, like a nursing mother taking care of her own children. So, being affectionately desirous of you, we were ready to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you had become very dear to us." (ESV) 

Commit

At BCC we believe every Christian is called to be a “fisher of men”.[1] In His last words to His disciples on earth, Jesus uttered this Great Commission: “Go and make disciples…”[2] This is the mission of the church. This was Jesus’ mission,[3] the Apostles’ mission, and is now our mission to continue today.[4]

Fundamental to the mission to make new disciples is telling others the good news from God.[5] This gospel proclaims that by grace God is reconciling lost and guilty people to Himself through faith in the risen Lord Jesus and His finished work on the cross. It is only when those who are now under Satan’s enslavement hear and believe this good news that they can be rescued and transferred into God’s Kingdom for eternity to live with Him forever.[6]

Jesus sends us, His disciples, to make new disciples in accordance with all the promises and resources he gave us. We undertake this task in the power of the Holy Spirit who indwells us and equips us to carry out our mission:[7]

  • We have been given power by the Holy Spirit to carry out the mission.[8]
  • We have been given authority by Jesus to exercise this power in carrying out the mission.[9]
  • We have been given the promise that Jesus’ mission, through us, will be effective because of the work of the Holy Spirit.[10]
 

[1] Matthew 4:19, "And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.”" (ESV)

[2] Matthew 28:19-20, "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”" (ESV)

[3] Matthew 1:21, "She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”"

[4] John 20:21, “Jesus said to His disciples, ‘As the Father has sent me, so also I am sending you.’”

[5] Romans 10:14-15, "How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!”"

[6] Colossians 1:13, "He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son," (ESV)

[7] Acts 1:4-8, "And while staying with them he (Jesus) ordered them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, …He said to them, … But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”" (ESV)

[8] Acts 1:8, "But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses inJerusalem and in all Judea andSamaria, and to the end of the earth.”" (ESV)

[9] John 20:22-23, "And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you withhold forgiveness from any, it is withheld.”" (ESV)

[10] John 14:12-14, "“Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it." (ESV)