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Growing in Service: Tanner Besosa Blogs from BMW

but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. Amen. (2 Peter 3:18)

AIDS Orphans 5K Run

AIDS Orphans 5K Run

In high school, my service for Christ had more to do with a sense of duty, and so it came from a heart that “had to” instead of “getting to.”

This also made service something that was easy for me—fitting in my time slots. The focus was on doing more of jobs that I like and activities that made me feel like I’ve fulfilled my duty.

A Changing Perspective

Now, when I serve, the Lord has taught me that I get to serve Him. It is a lot different now. It’s a joy and a honor to do work for Him.

Now, I seek out times to serve the Lord. Lately outside of my BMW (Florida Free Bible, Mission, & Work Training Center) ministries, I’ve been helping run a youth group in a small church, right down the road from the Teen Missions base. In addition to the usual BMW ministries, I’ve been working at the Teen Missions property helping get things ready for their yearly mud run to help orphans afflicted by aids in Africa (photo).

I hope this series of blogs has added to your knowledge of BMW and my experience there. I’ve enjoyed sharing my experiences.

Stay well,

Tanner

 

Previous posts in this series

The Freedom Challenge

Goals, Now and After College

The Diversity Challenge

The Time Challenge

The Challenge of Peer Pressure 

 

 

 


BCBC Preschool: Time to Register for Fall Classes

…in speech, conduct, love, faith and purity, show yourself an example of those who believe. (1 Timothy 4:12)

Christian Preschool at Bent Creek Baptist Church offers a loving and secure space where children develop socially, emotionally, physically, intellectually, and spiritually in a Bible-based program run by a dedicated and loving staff.

It’s time to register for BCBC Preschool this fall.

We offer half-day classes for 3- and 4-year-olds. Call 828-667-1778. And check us out on Facebook.

What do parents say about BCBC Preschool?

5 stars: Not only do I love this preschool and all the great teachings. My granddaughter loves it and really wants to go everyday. That says a lot for the instructors.  (Kellie Case Whittemore)

5 stars: Both my children and my grandson attended preschool at Bent Creek — a first class mission work!   (Joe Belcher)

 


The Challenge of Peer Pressure: Tanner Besosa Blogs from BMW

My son, if sinners entice you, do not consent. (Proverbs 1:10)

Peer Pressure, 2010. Els Vanassche

Peer Pressure, 2010. Els Vanassche

In this post, Tanner discusses how he navigates the challenge of peer pressure at the Florida Free Bible Mission, & Work Training Center (BMW).

Tanner doesn’t view “peer pressure” as an special influence on his life at BMW. From his perspective, “peer pressure is not a very significant part of my experience, but pressers from the teachers and staff are a big part everyday life.”

For the most part, the pressure is positive. However, decisions (at BMW as in life) are always influenced by the potential for repercussions. “Sometimes, he says, “it is hard to stick up for oneself.”

For example, some students exert peer pressure during work by taking more and longer breaks than Tanner is comfortable with. In response. Tanner applies his own pressure by naturally following his decision to do what he sees as right—continuing to work during these times. It’s an important lesson Tanner is learning by experience, which will serve him well in life after BMW.

How does he find strength to buck the group? His faith supports is actions. “I try to look at myself in the way the Lord would look at me in the light of eternity.” He concludes, “There are a lot of things that happen in life that have no impact (or impact for good) on eternity, so I try to live life in a way that will have an impact on eternity.”

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. (Romans 12:2)

A sense of perspective grounded in Christian values is essential. Decisions made now (even how long to take a break at work) will guide in making the hard decisions later in life.


The Time Challenge: Tanner Besosa Blogs from BMW

The Sovereign LORD is my strength; (Habakkuk 3:19)

Mark Lawrence Poster Print entitled Secret Separation. Matthew 6:6.

Mark Lawrence Poster Print entitled Secret Separation. Matthew 6:6.

College students must learn to deal with a relentless class schedule along with the stress of studying, relationships, and social events. The challenge is even greater because these provided quicker payoffs than time spent in spiritual growth.

In this post, Tanner discusses his time challenges, and how he navigates the Florida Free Bible, Mission, & Work Training Center (BMW) environment.

“Making time for devotions and prayer is pretty easy,” say Tanner, “because BMW sets aside 30 minutes each morning for quite time with God and prayer.”

Depending on the semester and the amount of homework due each week, Tanner tries to spend a good amount of time enjoying fellowship with his fellow students. “But first I always make sure to at least be caught up with all my homework.”

The time to put thoughts into action comes during discussions. In fact, says Tanner, the teachers “try to keep us away from debating about doctrinal topics, but do encourage us to study them and talk about them.” For example, during an Ethics class last semester, students were challenged to use the Bible to support their views on today’s controversial subjects.

Any environment for true learning requires that authority figures encourage growth through interaction. The faculty at BMW is open to different doctrinal views, as long as they are biblical and do not lead to a false teaching. There isn’t pressure to pick one doctrinal view over another. Rather, says Tanner, “We are expected to develop a doctrinal perspective, know it in depth, and defend it.”

Ultimately, learning and recognizing the time for application of knowledge is each student’s responsibility now and after graduation. Patience in this pursuit must not be overwhelmed by the need to speak.

Someone once said, “The day came when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” Trust in the Lord to reveal that day.

Love in Christ

Tanner Besosa

Habakkuk 3:17-19

 

Read more about Tanner’s college experience.

The diversity challenge

The faith challenge

The freedom challenge

His goals now and after college


Disciples Path: A Life on Life Program at BCBC

And every day, in the temple and from house to house, they did not cease teaching and preaching Jesus as the Christ. (Acts 5:42)

In 2013, an evangelist, Philip, was teaching on the topic, small group ministry at the Kiev Theological Seminary in Ukraine.

Using an interpreter, he taught a group of church planters about the need and the process of small groups in their new churches. At one point, Philip says, he was convinced that they were just not getting it—not surprising given the cultural and language hurdles he needed to overcome.

While there, Philip learned something that is true everywhere.

  • Just because you speak does not mean that they heard you.
  • Just because they nodded their heads in affirmation does not mean that they understood.
  • Just because they said they understand does not mean that they agree.
  • Just because they agree does not mean that they will do it.

Using a lot of words should never be equated with people actually understanding and following through on what you’ve said. Plenty of explanation is always needed.

Whenever we lead, it’s critical to define our terms. We are regularly in churches across the country and speaking at conferences in which no one in the room has taken the time to define what they mean by the word “disciple.” We build a collection of buzzwords and everyone we lead just nods in support of our teaching. When it comes to identifying the meaning of the word disciple, We must do better.

Starting Sunday, January 29th and continuing through 2017

BCBC will begin a Life on Life discipleship series. Starting 9:30 am each Sunday in the Worship Center Library, Pastor Tommy, along with Elders Aaron, Brian, and Brent will teaching the class and share their stories.

All, church members and visitors, are invited to attend and participate in this important series.

Cost for the class is $10.00 for your student guide. A sign up sheet will be at the Welcome Desk.


The Diversity Challenge: Tanner Besosa Blogs from BMW

Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth. (2 Timothy 2:15)

The Minnow In a Sea of Diversity. David Larkins

The Minnow In a Sea of Diversity. David Larkins

College presents students with not only ethnic diversity but a confrontation between different beliefs, world views, and moral choices. In this post, Tanner Besosa addresses the third challenge facing college students: the diversity challenge.

How do you deal with challenges raised by alternative views to your own faith—both in the classroom and in the dorm room?

Most of the time when other views come up in class, as long as it is not against Biblical standards and is just a doctrinal view, I just let it go.

It is part of the Florida Free Bible, Missionary, & Work Training Center (BMW) rules not to argue those things, and in Paul’s second letter to Timothy he warns him to stay away from those arguments

Avoid godless chatter, because those who indulge in it will become more and more ungodly. Their teaching will spread like gangrene. (2 Timothy 2:16-17).

Outside of the classroom it is a lot different because of the different views of faith. Also, there are a lot of challenges that come from BMW rules. This is because there are rules that don’t come from biblical standards. They are rules that the school put in place. So, it is difficult when I personally don’t believe something is wrong and the rules say otherwise, this can be a big challenge.

I would appreciate your prayers while facing this challenge while I am here, to have integrity in all things according to the rules and authority I am under.

Love in Christ,

Tanner Besosa

 

The first post of Tanner’s blog can be found here.

The second entry is here.

Read the third entry here.


Tanner Besosa: His Goals Now and After College

So Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no manner of hurt was found upon him, because he believed in his God. (Daniel 6:23)

In this post, Tanner Besosa tells us about how he is using his time at the Florida Free Bible, Missionary, & Work Training Center (BMW) to prepare for life after graduation.

A major in bible and a minor in missions

“I am working towards a major in bible and a minor in missions,” says Tanner. BMW gives us a working knowledge of the bible as well as missionary life skills.

Fine medieval carving of Daniel in the Lion's Den, column capital, abbey of Sant' Antimo, Tuscany.

Fine medieval carving of Daniel in the Lion’s Den, column capital, abbey of Sant’ Antimo, Tuscany.

How is college going for you? 

As I like to say, “I haven’t failed yet so it’s going really good!”

In reality, all is going well. My most challenging class is probably my most meaningful one—the study of the books of Daniel and Revelation.

I knew both books pretty well before this class, which helped a lot. However, the challenging part is the teacher, a very wise and godly man. He pushes hard to get the very best out of us. This is also why it is such a meaningful class for me. These are difficult books by themselves, and pushing to dig deeper into them means that I get so much more from the books. I see things I just didn’t look hard enough to find before.

And after college?

My goal after BMW is to become either a preacher, youth pastor, missionary, or a calling in that arena. I, however, am first looking to get my aviation pilot license. Then to use my training to be a missionary to unreached people groups, bringing the Gospel to those who have still not heard the Word. Today there are around 6,500 people groups that aren’t reached yet, and I would like to make it 6,499.

Tanner Besosa

Tanner Besosa

Stay well,

Tanner

 

The first post of Tanner’s blog can be found here.

The second entry is here.


Time for Decision

Urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. (1 Timothy 2:1-2)

Franklin Graham

Franklin Graham

“Christians are being marginalized,” says Franklin Graham.

“My grandchildren are not going to have the same opportunities that I had.”

“There’s not a single political party that can turn this thing around.”

What do we do?

The answer is obvious. Listen here.

A Time for Decision

The simple fact is that if Christians do not speak publicly about what the Bible teaches regarding issues of right and wrong, there aren’t many other good sources for… ethics… outside of ourselves and our own subjective feelings and consciences.


Pray for our Teachers and Students

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you. (Psalm 32:8)

Pray for the teachers and their students. BCBC 8/28/16

Pray for the teachers and their students. BCBC 8/28/16

Teachers who are Christians cannot compartmentalize their faith. It impacts every aspect of their lives.

So, as the new school year gets started, let’s pray for our teachers, that they may educate our children and serve in a way that supports His will to be done.

Let my teaching fall like rain and my words descend like dew, like showers on new grass, like abundant rain on tender plants. (Deuteronomy 32:2)

At the same time, pray for our young students, that they may learn and become wise.

And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. (Philippians 1:6)


Christ: “First Instance” of the New Man

That Christ may make His home in your hearts through faith. (Ephesians 3:17)

The Sower. Vincent van Gogh (1888)

The Sower. Vincent van Gogh (1888)

“Perhaps a modern man can understand the Christian idea best if he takes it in connection with Evolution,” suggests C. S. Lewis in Mere Christianity.

The process of evolution in literature and cinema is dominated by creatures that develop great brains and mastery over nature. “But I,” says Lewis, “cannot help thinking that the Next Step will be really new.” Lewis suggests that the greatest leap in evolution occurred about 2000 years ago with the birth of Jesus. We are living it today, and unlike earlier stages we have a choice to latch on, or not.

For creatures in earlier days, the inability to evolve amounted ultimately to a creature being lost over time — extinction. Today, our failure to respond to Christ’s offer of eternal life will cause us to lose a prize that is, in the strictest sense of the word, infinite.

C. S. Lewis believed. “Until we rise and follow Christ we are still parts of Nature… Her pregnancy has been long and painful and anxious, but it has reached its climax…  Now, the Doctor has arrived. Will the birth (this new life) go off all right?” We have the option to stay in the dark and the warmth of the womb — a tempting choice, but with death as the reward.

There is another way.

And this is what he promised us — eternal life. (1 John 2:25)

For many (2.2 billion, worldwide) this new option is being taken. We are here and there all over the earth. Some, are hardly recognizable: but others can be clearly perceived, with voices and faces that are stronger, quieter, happier, more radiant.

Our lives begin where most others leave off and must not be confused with the character of “religious people” gleaned from secular proclamations. Children of God do not draw attention to themselves. They love you more than other men do, but they need you less. Moreover, announcements of our demise are disappointing, not for us but because we know that time is short for those who fail to evolve.

Live your life. But as you do, take time to look for Christ. Do it, and you will find Him, and “with Him everything else thrown in”.

Behold, the LORD’S hand is not so short that it cannot save; nor is His ear so dull that it cannot hear. (Isaiah 59:1)

Want to learn more? Then, go to church this Sunday.

Do more. Go to Sunday School.

 

 


Tanner Besosa: Commitment to Christ

Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few.” Therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest. (Matthew 9:37-8)

Teen Missions International

Teen Missions International

Teen Missions was founded in 1970 in the belief that as young people experience the mission field, God will call many of them to a life dedicated to world evangelism.

Since then over 40,000 teens and adults from the U.S. and Canada have experienced missions firsthand. With more than 100 established missions in over 60 countries, they have experienced God’s grace in difficult and often demanding circumstances.

Tanner Besosa

Tanner Besosa

We at BCBC feel blessed that Tanner Besosa is experiencing that calling.

Tanner successfully completed his first semester at the Teen Mission’s Bible, Missionary, & Work Training (BMW) Center program. He’s now busy with six new classes, including Homiletics (art of preaching or writing sermons), The Pursuit of Holiness, Missions Life II, The Study of Romans, The Study of the Gospels, and The Study of the Books of Poetry.

Here, Tanner shares a story from one of Teen Mission’s bases in Africa, where they have MSSM (Motorcycle Sunday School Missions).

Missionaries drive to different Sunday Schools to teach children about the love of Jesus Christ. One day, their bike broke down on the road. They checked it several times but couldn’t locate the problem.

Looking for help, they pushed the bike to a village they had never visited. It turns out that the villagers had watched them drive by day after day and were eager to learn what these strange bikers were doing.

The missionaries told their story and shared the gospel with the villagers. At that, the whole village accepted Christ as Lord!

But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, (John 1:12)

Then as the missionaries were leaving, they tried one more time to start the engine. Miraculously, it turned over without problem, and off they went.

This is just one of the many things God is doing through Teen Missions. I thank you all for your love and prayers, you are all in my thoughts; and I pray that the Lord will bless you.

Love in Christ,

Tanner Besosa

Editor’s note: Tanner is one of many young people at Bent Creek Baptist Church making a strong personal commitment to Christ and living it as a missionary.

The cost to learn and the cost to travel, spreading Christ’s message, are constant challenges. If you would like to support Tanner, please contact him at 828-707-7017 or at tanner@4outdoorsmen.net.

Or, you can call the BCBC office for more information about supporting any other members of our congregation who participate in missionary work. Thank you.


Baby Dedication: Families Within Families

And he took them in his arms and began blessing them, laying his hands on them. (Mark 10:16)

From left: Pastor Tommy, the Taylor, West, and Hyder families

This past Sunday, three families from our congregation dedicated their babies to God.

Baby dedication at BCBC is a public commitment by parents to raise their children in a Christ-centered home.

Parents and grandparents have the greatest spiritual influence in a child’s life. And home is the primary place where faith is nurtured. “Research shows that there is a connection between teens’ and parents’ religious beliefs and participation, and lower levels of risk-taking behaviors among adolescents,” says Dr. Kristin Moore, president and senior scholar at Child Trends. These lessons are learned early.

Pastor Tommy with Holly, dear Christiana (Chrissy), and Stephen Hyder

We are proud of our young families at BCBC. They are the energy of our growth and hope for the future. We are inspired as they lead and participate as elders, in worship, in early child education, during Sunday school, and in missions and outreach .

Pastor Tommy with treasured Brady, Phillip, and Jen Taylor.

If you’re looking for family-centered worship where young families take an active role leading our church, check out Bent Creek Baptist Church. Sunday school starts at 9:30 am every Sunday. Church services start at 11 am.

Amelia rec. Bible

Pastor Tommy with Erin, special Amelia, and Brandon West.

Call the office for more information. 828-667-9818

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks to Rick Shuford for the photos.


Summer Women’s Bible Study: Deuteronomy

“He brought us out…that He might bring us in…” (Deuteronomy 6:23)

Women of all ages are invited to participate in the women’s bible study group at BCBC.

This summer, we will discuss Beth Moore’s book Deuteronomy — The Law of Love. In June we will meet on Wednesday the 24th, at 6 pm in the Worship Center. Then, we will meet the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays in July and and August.

Why Deuteronomy?

Deuteronomy is a surprising book to most people. It’s concepts are beautifully and articulately presented, including our never-ending need for God, His presence in our everyday lives, trusting Him for daily miracles, learning to live in the blessings He gives us, and relying on His guidance in every situation we face.

In fact, Deuteronomy has been called the Moses version of Yeshua’s Sermon on the Mount.

Contact the church office for more information. 828-667-9818

“Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9)

 

 

 

 


VBS in The Eyes of The Children

All your children shall be taught by the Lord, and great shall be the peace of your children. (Isaiah 54:13)

This summer, give your child the life-changing message of God’s love for them. Give them the BCBC Vacation Bible School — a week of joy and discovery.

VBS 2015 at Bent Creek Baptist Church: “The Calling: The Early Life of Jesus”.

  • When?
    • Sunday, June 14th through Thursday, June 18th, 6 to 8 pm
  • Where?
    • Bent Creek Baptist Church, 1554 Brevard Rd. Asheville, NC
  • Who?
    • All children 3 years and up.
  • Need more information?
    • Call 828-667-9818

Here, in photos from past BCBC VBS programs, see the wonder in the children’s eyes and discovery in their expressions.

VBS 2015 will teach children about the early life of Jesus through enjoyable, age-appropriate activities.

Guided by the word and vision of the Lord, VBS 2015 is written and produced by Chris Jennings, with support from the BCBC congregation and VBS parents.

There is no cost to participate, just a commitment from parents to provide a meaningful, life changing experience for your children.

Although there is no cost for this program, you must pre-register your child. To help us plan, please fill out the registration form as soon as possible.

Just click here to register.

Read more about our past programs here.

 

 


The Holy Spirit Shines Bright Through You

You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. (1 Thessalonians 5:5)

women jYou’re never without His light. The New Testament belivers carried the Spirit of God as they walked along the shores of Thessalonica. You carry that light today.

A new women’s bible study starts on Wednesday, February 4th, 6:30 to 8:00 pm. We will study Beth Moore’s Children of the Day — a study of 1 & 2 Thessalonians.

Sign up at the Information Desk in the church lobby, or call the office for more information. 828-667-9818


Compassion, Dignity, and the Right to Live

Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple. (Corinthians 3:16-17)

The Lord is my rock and my fortress. (Psalm 18:2)

Pope Francis recently denounced the right-to-die movement, saying it’s a “false sense of compassion” to consider euthanasia as an act of dignity when in fact it’s a sin against God and creation.

He echos the long-held position of the Southern Baptist Convention. And, professor C. Ben Mitchell of Union University in Jackson, Tennessee, goes a step further. He recommends that a dying person’s doctors, family, and community work to alleviate factors such as physical pain and psychological despair that often drive people to consider taking their own lives.

Be on guard when anyone suggests euthanasia for an elderly loved one suffering from depression or pain.

Here’s what we know.

Depression: Most if not all terminally ill patients who express a wish to die meet diagnostic criteria for major depression or other mental conditions. Yet, treatment for depression results in cessation of suicidal ideation for 90% of the patients.

Why am I discouraged? Why so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again — my Savior and my God! (Psalm 42:11)

Pain: Euthanasia advocates claim that assisted suicide is “needed” for terminally ill patients who face, or fear, great pain. But most experts in pain management believe that 95% to 98% of such pain can be relieved. In most cases, patients who request assisted suicide because of pain change their minds after pain management is addressed.

Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken. (Psalm 55:22)

Proponents of “aid in dying” cloak physician-assisted suicide in compassionate-sounding terms (eg, “death with dignity,” and “patient-directed dying”). But Mary Harned, who is Staff Counsel for Americans United for Life, warns that “Rather than ‘empowering’ individuals facing terminal illness to make their own decisions, the mere availability of physician-assisted suicide pressures sick, depressed, elderly, or disabled patients to end their lives.”

Be on guard when pressure is brought to bear or options are restricted. Sources of coercion include health insurance companies and other payers who provide coverage for suicide assistance but not for treatment of disease or palliative care. Additionally, many patients who agree to physician-assisted suicide are pressured by family members into believing they will be a “burden” on their families.

When offered personal support and palliative care, most patients adapt and continue life in ways they might not have anticipated. Very few of these people ultimately choose suicide.

Paul Longmore, a leader in the disability rights movement wrote, “Given the absence of any real choice, death by assisted suicide becomes… an act of desperation. It is fictional freedom; it is phony autonomy.” The good news is that while Oregon, Washington State, and Vermont have legalized assisted suicide, approximately half the states in the U.S. have either defeated bills to legalize it, or have passed laws explicitly banning it.

One more thing. Although it is often mischaracterized as a cause exclusively supported by religious conservatives, most current opposition coalitions include people and organizations associated with progressive politics, including many nationally prominent disability rights organizations.

We will all do better to advocate for high quality end-of-life care.

Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live! You can make this choice by loving the Lord your God, obeying him, and committing yourself firmly to him. This is the key to your life. (Deuteronomy 30:19-20)


New Women’s Bible Study Starts Wednesday

Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. (Ephesians 4:29)

A new women’s bible study program will start on Wednesday, November 5th at 6:30 pm at the BCBC worship center.

Discussions will center on the Mary Kassian book titled Conversation Peace: The Power of Transformed Speech.

Ms. Kassian masterfully presents seven biblical principles to help women revolutionize their speech habits and positively avoid sharing gossip, throwing negative barbs, or snapping sarcastic replies throughout everyday life.

Improve your relationships by allowing God’s word to transform your heart.

Seven 20-minute video teaching sessions are provided plus viewer guides will facilitate group video sessions of this in-depth women’s Bible study.


Sharon Gibson of Home School Legacy Will Speak at BCBC

Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it. (Proverbs 22:6)

Homeschool-legacyOn Monday, November 3rd, 7:00 pm BCBC will host a meeting for parents who are homeschooling or considering homeschooling their children.

Our special speaker will be Sharon Gibson of Homeschool Legacy.

The goal of Homeschool Legacy is to bring glory to God and help parents instill a love of learning in their children. No-prep Once-a-Week Unit Studies are designed to make life easier, help your children have more fun learning, and parents to have more fun teaching!

More about Ms Gibson and here program can be found here.

A review of Once-a-Week unit studies by Ms. Gibson is here.

 


Congregational Training by the Institute of Bibical Leadership (IBL)

The importance of unity in the church can not be overstated.

During the final hours of his life earth, Jesus prayed that we, his disciples throughout the ages, would be one. In the New Testament, the letters that Paul and Peter wrote to the early churches contain many exhortations to be like-minded and unified.

In the Old Testament, King David devoted Psalm 133 to the idea that brothers dwelling in unity is good and pleasant and precious. And from that position — God’s people dwelling together in harmony — God’s blessing is experienced. In the sixth chapter of Proverbs we read that God hates a person who sows discord among brothers.

God clearly thinks this matter of unity, or the lack thereof, is profoundly important.

The BCBC church family is meeting at the church on Sunday nights during October (6:00-8:00 pm) for practical training that will help us move into the future God has for us. Everyone is encouraged to participate.

The October 5th meeting covered the topic of unity in the church. Slides and handouts from that meeting are provided below.

The October 12th meeting covered “Relational Sin” and “Dissension in the Church”.

The October 19th meeting covered “Generational Distinctives”.

Please make plans to join us next Sunday.

Who is IBL? IBL is a ministry that focuses on leadership development in the church. It has twenty-plus years experience serving alongside pastors, pastoral couples, church staff, missionaries, ministry executives and volunteer leaders. Biblical concepts are incorporated in their essential ministry leadership (EML) material, with practical application in everyday ministry situations.


Upcoming BCBC Student Ministry Events

Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. (Psalm 127:3)

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1554 Brevard Road, Asheville NC 28806 | 828-667-9818 | Sunday Service 11 am

Mark your calendar now for these upcoming BCBC Student Ministry events this winter.

 

  • Starting January 4th: “He Said…She Said”
    • All Students 6th to 12th grade
      • Sunday morning 9:30-10:45 am
        • BCBC
      • Sunday evening 6:00-7:30 pm
        • Brian and Libby’s home

Libby and Pastor Brian Davis

Pastor Brian and Libby Davis direct the BCBC Student Ministry. You may call Brian for more information. 828-450-1070

Also, as always, you may call Linda Stewart (aka information central) at the church office for more information. 828-667-9818

 

 


Men’s Bible Study: Promise to Change

Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17)

Robert Mankoff, 1999

There’s a classic New Yorker cartoon of a man and woman having dinner. He says, “Look, I can’t promise I’ll change, but I can promise I’ll pretend to change.”

Fortunately for us, God isn’t interested in our self-perceived limits. He’s not interested in our personal narrative or the one that others construct for us. He’s interested in us, hiding behind a vernier, suffering and inflicting suffering on others, having a bad day (and good one).

Jesus is willing to meet us where we are. Tullian Tchividjian, the grandson of Ruth and Billy Graham, tells us, “Jesus is not the man at the top of the stairs; He is the man at the bottom, the friend of sinners, savior of those in need of one. Which is all of us, all of the time.”

But we have to reach out. Bent Creek Baptist Men’s Bible Study is more than a place to meet and discuss the Bible. Using the Bible as our anchor, it’s a place to reexamine our faith and our lives in our families, our work, and personal life. It’s a time for stories and sharing thoughts. A time for fellowship.

Men must strive for more than shallow relationships. Men must be ready to answer the call of God as one body. BCBC Men’s Bible study is a good way to start.

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.” (John 13:34-35)

Men’s Bible Study begins again in January 25th at 6 pm. Members and neighbors, join us in the pastor’s office in the Bent Creek Baptist Worship Center.


School Supplies for BCBC Preschool

Trust in the LORD with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight. – See more at: http://bible.knowing-jesus.com/topics/Back-to-school#sthash.LF0EkC1U.dpuf

 

Trust in the LORD with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight. – See more at: http://bible.knowing-jesus.com/topics/Back-to-school#sthash.LF0EkC1U.dpuf

 

Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your path straight. (Proverbs 3:5-6)

You can help our preschool get free supplies!

giftcard_090208Go to the information desk and sign up to link your Ingles Advantage Card to Bent Creek Preschool. Each time you shop we will earn supplies for the preschool.

Remember, you must sign up each year in order for your Advantage Card to connect with BCBC Preschool.

Thanks for your support.


“Cor9:24” Starts Again on September 3rd

As a church, we are all called to be followers of Christ! Too, we’re called to go and make disciples of Christ. Paul writes…

“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.” (1 Corinthians 9:24-25 [thus the name “Cor9:24”])

On Wednesday and Sunday nights, Bent Creek Baptist will offer a variety of “small groups” to help you with your “core training.” They are open to everyone regardless of your affiliation with Bent Creek Baptist Church. These classes will connect and encourage you on the journey of discipleship!

Wednesday Night Groups (6:30-8:00)

Answering Hard Questions:

  • “Can we know truth?” “Does God exist?” “Can we trust the Bible?” The world has become a fast-paced race of ideas. How do we engage the many worldviews and questions that challenge our faith?
  • 1 Peter 3:15 says, “but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as Holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect.”
  • In this class, we’ll explore the worldviews influencing our culture and learn how to engage these with the Gospel in ‘gentleness and respect.’

Beginning Spanish: (NOTE: this class begins on September 17th)

  • If you have ever had a desire to learn Spanish or brush up on your skills, here is your chance!
  • Being able to communicate in another language can open so many new doors to build relationships and share the love of Christ with a whole new people group.
  • You will learn basic-intermediate Spanish skills and have the opportunity to use them in conversational settings. No previous Spanish required! Any age is welcomed!
  • Ready? ¡Vamos!

Women’s Bible Study:

  • During the dark time of Judges where everyone did what was right in their own eyes, the book of Ruth stands out as a shining beacon of hope and redemption.
  • Join us for an 8-week in depth study of the short but packed book of Ruth. (Written and taught by Patty Nicholas)

Worship Team:

  • Psalm 95:2 says “Let us come before him with thanksgiving and worship him with music and song.”
  • Join the worship team as they enjoy fellowship and worship together! (And prepare to lead our church family in worship on Sunday morning.)

Awana:

  • Join a team that serves a vital ministry in the lives of our children (preschool to 6th grade).
  • You’ll help the kids learn the Bible (as well as learning more yourself)!

Encouragement 101:

  • Ever had a chance to visit and encourage someone in a nursing home?
  • This group will be focus on ministering to those in our church who are home-bound or in nursing homes.

Foundations – New Members Class:

  • Have you been attending Bent Creek and are now interested in becoming a member?
  • We will discuss Bent Creek’s core beliefs and practices as well as help you discover your spiritual gift!

 

Sunday Night Groups (Meet at 6:00)

Men’s Bible Study:

  • Men, this is a great opportunity to meet with other men and talk honestly about issues that we face on our journey of discipleship!
  • Join this group for stimulating Bible discussion and practical help from 1 John.

Youth Group (meets at Davis’ home):

  • Join other students (6th to 12th grade) for fun relationships and engaging time in the scriptures!

 

It will be the most rewarding time you’ll spend all week. Join us at Bent Creek Baptist Church on Sunday and Wednesday evenings beginning September 3rd. Childcare is available on Wednesday nights.

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A Reading Assignment for Sunday Worship

This Sunday, Pastor Tommy continues the sermon series titled “Practice.”

screen-shot-2013-07-03-at-3-36-22-pmAre we to keep Saturday or Sunday as the Sabbath or Lord’s Day? Or maybe there is no day for Christians to keep. It might sound like a relatively minor issue. But for centuries this question has divided Christianity into four camps, each supporting its own view.

Join us Sunday 11 am, July 20th and 27th as Pastor Tommy explores this issue.

Set aside time to prepare for these sermons by reading this article, “What Is the Christian Sabbath?” by theologian Peter Ditzel, which can be found by clicking here. For those pressed for time, an abridged version of the article is found here.


Prayer Permitted in NC Public Schools

Never stop praying. (1 Thessalonians 5:17)

child-hands-prayer-274x300Legislation that allows students to pray — silently or out loud, alone or with others — to the same extent as students who reflect, meditate or speak on nonreligious matters has been signed into law by Gov. Pat McCrory.

Under the new law students may organize prayer groups and/or religious clubs. Students can also express their beliefs in their homework, artwork, or other written assignments, according to Fox affiliate WGHP.

The U.S. Supreme Court first ruled against school-sponsored prayer in 1962 in Engel v. Vitale. Since then, the Justices have consistently ruled against school-sponsored worship, while permitting voluntary student-initiated religious activities. The law signed by Gov. McCrory focuses on voluntary prayer.

 


Graduation Service at Bent Creek Baptist Church

gruaduationsidebarBrian Davis, the Student Pastor at Bent Creek Baptist Church, gave the commencement address during the graduation service on June 8th 2014. An abridged version of his lecture is presented here.

Pastor Brian: Good morning. Each of our graduates has worked most of their lives to reach this important day. While part of today’s service is aimed at this notable milestone, we also recognize that today has greater significance to our graduates and their families. Today you are taking the next step in your walk with Christ.

Some of you have attended this church since birth, while others came later. Regardless, the members of Bent Creek Baptist took a vow to assist your parents in raising you to respect God and believe the teachings of the Bible. Proverbs 22:6 says, “Train up your children in the way they should go, and even when they are old they won’t turn from it.” Ultimately, this responsibility lies with the parents.

Yet, one of the most difficult things for Christian parents is to accept that our children don’t belong to us. They belong to God. He bought them at a cost just as He did the rest of us.

How much more valuable are our children when viewed from this perspective? (more…)


• Support Your Local Christian Book Seller

gI_59571_deepershopping_logo_cropped_graphic_onlyDespite strong competition from online booksellers, Christian stores sales were up 3% in 2013 compared to 2012. In addition, 18 new Christian bookstores opened in 2013, and 63% have been in business more than 15 years.

Retail sales is a challenging business. According to the Small Business Administration, about 550,000 small businesses close each year. Less than 50% of small businesses successfully make it past 4 years of operation.

With that in mind, remember that there are lots of reasons to buy books online, but — just as we like to support local, family-owned agriculture — there are good reasons to shop locally at Christian book stores.

Here is a list of 12 “Religious Bookstores” in or near Asheville. (more…)


• Evangelism and the Millennial Generation

millennialsevangelism-01-300x300Millennials (18 to 29 year olds) are the only generation among whom evangelism (faith-sharing practices) rose significantly from 56% in 2010 to 65% in 2013.

As reported in Christianity Today, there is a vigorous level of enthusiasm among born-again evangelicals. Eighty-five percent of believers ages 18 to 29 agree that they have a responsibility to share the gospel with unbelievers, and 69% of those same people feel comfortable sharing their faith.

However, only 25% of them look for ways to share the gospel and 27% of them intentionally build friendships with unbelievers in order to do so.

Overall, the findings are good news for our youth leaders. They suggest that Millennials feel open to sharing their faith and should be responsive to efforts to spread the good news.

More about this study and related research about the Millennial generation and evangelism can be found here.


BCBC VBS Overview

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VBS 2013

On June 14 – 18 BCBC will present VBS 2015. Come back to the BCBC Website for more information as we prepare for “THE CALLING”.

For now, here is a history of VBS at BCBC.

VBS features realistic, staged outdoor sets with costumed adults as well as costumed children! See last year’s Fall of Jericho youtube on our VBS page.

Created and choreographed by Chris Jennings, this year’s theme is THE ARRIVAL: The greatest story ever told – the birth of the Savior, Jesus. You can read more about it and pre-register your child on our VBS site.

Prior years’ themes were:

THE CROSSING: Bible stories involving the time just prior to crossing into the Promised Land including the investigation of the Promised Land, the Israelites’ doubt and a generation banned, the faith of Rahab, the anointing of Joshua and death of Moses, crossing the Jordan River and the destruction of Jericho. Nightly themes: “God’s People Rise”, “God’s People Fall”, God’s People Rebuild”, “God’s People Cross Over”, and “God’s People Conquer”. (2013)

THE WANDERING: Bible stories around the time the Israelites spent in the wilderness including miracles in the desert, the Ten Commandments, manna, constructing the Tabernacle and the items to be used in it, the golden calf and the Shikina Glory. Nightly themes:” God’s Plan for Provision”, “God’s Plan for Worship”, “God’s Plan for Living”, “God’s Plan for Relationship”, and “God’s Plan for the Plunder”. (2012)

THE EXODUS: The stories of Moses’ birth, the burning bush, the plagues, Passover and crossing the Red Sea. Nightly themes: “God Hears Me”, “God Sees Me”, “God Cares About Me”, “God Has a Plan for Me” and “God Will Rescue Me”. (2011)

THE JOURNEY: Egypt: Joseph’s Journey from Prison to Palace. Nightly Themes: “God Gives Us Hope”, “God Gives Us Special Abilities”, “God Gives Us Wisdom”, “God Gives Us Forgiveness”, and “God Gives Us a Family”. (2010)

 


New Women’s Bible Study

UnknownBeth Moore’s “Here and Now, There and Then” will be the topic of an 11-week study of Revelation.

It all starts Wednesday, May 28th at 6:30 pm in the BCBC Worship Center. Call the church office for more information. 828-667-9818

Beth Moore founded Living Proof Ministries in 1994 to teach women how to love and live on God’s Word. Through the years, American missionaries and expatriates have taken the Bible studies overseas, resulting in Beth Moore Bible study groups popping up all over the world.

Please join us for this rewarding video-driven study (minimal homework).