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We long to make Jesus Christ our greatest hope and boast, our deepest longing and delight, and our most passionate song and message.
That we were created to enjoy God now and for all eternity is a life-altering discovery. We enjoy God through accurately and intimately knowing God in both private and public settings. Privately, we seek to know and enjoy God through personal devotion, reflection, prayer, and study. Publicly, we seek to know and enjoy God during our worship services where we experience God afresh in profound and participative ways that enrich our souls through worship, which includes singing, prayer, communion, giving tithes and offerings to God, reading and teaching the Bible, and being refreshed by the gospel’s redeeming grace.
Psalm 16:11, 37:4, 42:1, 73:25, 95:6-7, 99:5; Nehemiah 8:10; Romans 5:5; Philippians 3:10; Hebrews 10:25, 12:2; 1 John 1:3-4
We never outgrow our need for the gospel because it not only saves us, but also transforms us through the presence and power of the Holy Spirit.
The ultimate good news, only found in the gospel, is based solely on what God has done for us, not what we do for God. God has reconciled us through the sacrificial love of Jesus that was accomplished by His death and confirmed by His resurrection. Because of what God has done for us, we are committed to sharing the good news of reconciliation with God through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit to all people.
Isaiah 6:8; Matthew 28:18-19; Mark 16:15; Luke 10:1-12, 24:46-47; John 3:16, 20:21; Acts 1:8, 28:28; Romans 10:15; Colossians 1:23-29; Ephesians 4:11-16
As Christians, we are empowered to love others as Christ has first loved us using our God-given gifts.
Reaching out is one of the most biblical of values. The Bible records God continually reaching out to and pursuing a broken humanity. Ultimately, God sent us His Son, Jesus, to restore and reconcile us to God. When our hearts are awakened to this new reality we are compelled to share our time, energy, and resources with others in grateful response to God’s persistent mercy and compassion. At BCC we have a great resource in our current building and a rich history of serving beyond ourselves, partnering with local, national, and international organisations.
Deuteronomy 7:7-8; Psalm 18:16, 23:6, 139; Matthew 5:14-16, 25:40; Luke 4:18-19, 14:13; Galatians 4:4-7; Philippians 2:3; 1 John 4:19
We are a church family that meets in various small and large settings to care for one another as we encourage each other forward in our shared mission.
The gospel saves us into God’s family, and BCC is one expression of God’s global family. Because the gospel changes our hearts, identity, and motivation, we will surrender our tendency to be selfish in order to pursue deep and authentic relationships. We do this through meeting together in small and mid-sized group settings to laugh and cry together, pray together, study the Bible together, eat together, and serve together. With the gospel at the centre of our community, we will learn to trust God and one another in new ways, becoming quick to repent, forgive, and reconcile.
Psalm 133:1; Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 2:42-47, 4:32; Romans 12:15; 1 Corinthians 1:10; Ephesians 4:3, 16; Hebrews 10:24-25; 1 Peter 3:8
We commit to be and to develop faithful followers of Jesus, empowered by the Holy Spirit to Love God, Love People, & Make Disciples.
We recognise a disciple of Jesus as one who responds to the gospel by actively Loving God above all else with all their heart, soul, mind and strength. Then, by Loving People we extend the same grace and love to others as it has been shown to us in Jesus Christ. Equally, we reaffirm our commitment to the great commission by developing faithful followers of Jesus who will connect with BCC in our given mission of: Loving God, Loving People & Making Disciples.
Matthew 28:19-20; John 3:16; Matthew 22:37-40; 2 Timothy 2:2