Student Ministry

The Faith Challenge: Tanner Besosa Blogs From BMW

For the protection of wisdom is like the protection of money, and the advantage of knowledge is that wisdom preserves the life of him who has it. (Ecclesiastes 7:12)

Tanner Besosa

Tanner Besosa

The college experience reveals the quality and depth of a student’s faith. Hopefully, students grow spiritually and strengthen their faith through the challenges of the college experience. Sadly, others walk away from their faith or compartmentalize their faith as they struggle to navigate the complexities of college life.

Tanner Besosa has graciously agreed to let us go to college with him as he starts his second year at Florida Free Bible, Missionary, & Work Training Center. BMW trains missionaries and is underwritten by Teen Missions International, Inc. He is taking six classes this semester: Miner Prophets, General Epistles, Ethics, Daniel and Revelation, as well as Biblical Psychology. The sixth, Pauline Epistles, is the one he looks forward to most. Says Tanner, “The teacher of this class is one of the wisest men of God I know, who thinks through the deep spiritual matters of the Bible in the same way I do. It makes it easier and better for me to understand, and for me to get excited about.”

Teen Missions World Headquarters

Teen Missions World Headquarters

So, what are the faith challenges facing Tanner during this crucial time in his life? An article posted on the Cedarville University website lists ten challenges faced by Christian Students as they start college. Over the next few weeks we will explore each of these from Tanner’s perspective.

Challenge 1: Faith identity

In high school, faith was associated and supported by familiar places and people. Now those keystones are missing. Does it matter?

Tanner tells us that during his time at BMW, “There are some things that I do not hold the same as my father and mother, nothing major, but still small differences. [However,] I do find their faith very supporting and they are still my greatest teacher in the faith, and when I hit hard problems they always point me back in the way that I should go.”

When asked why he believes, Tanner replies, “This is a question that changed not too long ago for me. I used to say I have seen the change in my life and I feel Him inside of me, but Jeremiah tells us, “the heart is deceitful above all things,” so that I cannot trust what I feel.

The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it? Jeremiah 17:9

Beyond feelings, continues Tanner, “I have found that I must have faith in Christ above all things. That when the enemy tries to make me feel far from God and downcast, that my heart is lying to me, and I must hold on to my faith in Christ above all.”

His biggest challenge this year

You might think that the biggest challenge in college is the course load, but for Tanner the challenge is to measure up.

“The greatest challenge this year,” he says, “will be that we have a group of new Bible students. I want to be able to do as good of a job as those that helped me fit in and find the groove of everything when I had first started.” Beyond good works, Tanner has “been in prayer for the new students.”

In closing, Tanner wishes the best for those of us back home. “I’d like to thank all of you back home praying for me and supporting me as I am here growing in our Lord, and I pray that He is blessing your life every day!”

Next time, we’ll explore the Freedom Challenge faced by all college students living far from home.

The Ragamuffin Gospel: A New Series for Students at BCBC

From the fullness of his grace we have all received one blessing after another… Grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. (John 1:16-17)

*The Ragamuffin Gospel: Good News for the Bedraggled, Beat-Up, and Burnt Out is a book about the essence of Christianity. It’s author, Brennan Manning argues that Jesus’ gospel is one of grace.

Sadly, the true meaning of God’s grace has been lost in our society. It has been substituted by a good works mind set that views God not as the Almighty, but as a “small minded book keeper” who tallies good deeds vs. sins for a future reckoning.

The truth is that that the Maker of all things loves and forgives us. In his book, Father Manning illustrates the simple need for humanity to accept the freedom of God’s grace, and its power to change lives.

And that’s what will be explored during the upcoming BCBC Student Sunday School Class. All Students in 6th to 12th grade are invited to join us and become part of the group discussion.

Join us this Sunday morning at 9:30 in the BCBC Worship Center. And invite a friend.


*Bent Creek Baptist Church is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program. By clicking the link next to the asterisk, your purchase of this book on Amazon will earn BCBC a fee from Thank you for your support.


The Importance of Group Bible Study

As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17)

Group fellowship is time well spent and as old as Christianity itself.

Prior to the printing press, personal quiet time was possible only for a privileged few. In fact, during the early centuries of the church overemphasis on personal (or “private”) worship was considered characteristic of the heresy of Gnosticism! For the vast majority, spiritual growth took place within the Christian community, as people gathered together to listen to and discuss God’s Word.

Today, nobody would discourage solitary Bible reading and contemplation. Christ is present when we are alone or in a group. However, there are benefits from group worship. In addition to Sunday worship services (11 am) and Sunday school (9:30 am), Bent Creek Baptist offers many opportunities for group fellowship and biblical learning.

Here’s a short list of benefits for group fellowship.

Strengthen each other’s faith

In his letter to the Romans, Paul taught us that when we see the faith in another believer, it encourages us in our own faith.

… that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith. (Romans 1:12)


Small group members can provide a “safety net,” supporting each other in hard times.

Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. (Galatians 6:2)


When people become connected emotionally, they are more open to praying for one another. Often, group members exchange prayer requests or become prayer partners.

Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God and receive from him anything we ask, because we obey his commands and do what pleases him. (1 John 3:21-22)


Many people, including Christians, lack close friends. When people get together in a small group, close friendships form and often remain long after the group ends.

Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work:  If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up! (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10)

Remember, God doesn’t expect pastors and teachers to do all the ministering. He gave each of us gifts and talents to encourage, teach, and challenge each other. Small groups provide the perfect setting for Christian ministry, one to another.

In 2015 take advantage of opportunities for group worship and learning at Bent Creek Baptist Church. Consider this an invitation to all BCBC members and our Bent Creek neighbors in the community to participate.

  • Super Super Six
  • BCBC Women’s Bible Study
  • BCBC Men’s Bible Study
  • Student Ministry
  • Awana (preschool to 6th grade)
  • Small group bible study

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

Bent Creek Baptist is Getting a New Playground

He took a little child and had him stand among them. Taking him in his arms, he said to them,  “Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me.” (Mark 9:36-37)

BCBC to Get New Swingset

BCBC to Get New Swingset

The Bent Creek Baptist Church Preschool Program got started in 1969. Since then an average of 50 students per years have been taught about Jesus, cared for and loved by our volunteers.

Now, BCBC Preschool is getting a brand new playground. Fund raising has begun, and our goal is to have the new playground in place by the beginning of 2015.

We have prayed and planned to replace the current playground area with two new playground sets — one for the 4-year-olds and up, and one for the 2-3-year-olds so all age groups in the preschool & church can enjoy the new equipment. The current playground is 30+ years old, and in serious need of updating.

Here’s how you can help.

Anyone and everyone can donate! Spread the word, and help us fund raise. Remember, 100% of all donations go to the playground, and are 100% tax deductible. Bent Creek Baptist Church is a non-profit group.

If you have questions contact Stephen Hyder (828-633-0621 or or Sam Bennett (828-713-4569 or If you want to help volunteer with our fundraiser please contact us as we need your help. We pray that when we eat, drink, love on our kids, fund raise, or whatever we do, that all our actions big or small are for God’s glory!

Make all donation check payable to “Bent Creek Baptist Church”, with “for playground” written on the memo line.

There’s More!

Support the fund raising effort by ordering T-shirts. Order forms are located at the front desk. The deadline for ordering is Wednesday, December 17th.

Children and youth T-shirts cost $10 each. Adult T-shirts are $15 each.

Thanks for your support.

Upcoming BCBC Student Ministry Events

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


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



“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.)


  • 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.