Millennials Care About Spiritual Issues

Recent research reveals that millennial non-Christians have greater spiritual curiosity than older adults.

According to the Barna Group, which “provides spiritual influencers with credible knowledge and clear thinking, enabling them to navigate a complex and changing culture,” millennials (individuals born between 1982 and 2004) report many more faith conversations or even evangelistic encounters than older non-Christians. And, their favored method for exploring faith is a one-on-one conversation with a Christian (53%), something only one-third of older non-Christians prefer (32%).

Millennial’s personal experience with evangelistic methods compared to older non-Christians, include tracts (45% vs. 26%) and  encounters with a person either at church (35% vs. 19%) or on the street (30% vs. 16%).

The report has a great visual, here.

The Freedom Challenge: Tanner Besosa Blogs from BMW

Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as God’s slaves. (1 Peter 2:16)

Tanner Besosa

Tanner Besosa

Tanner spent time last week dealing with Hurricane Matthew. The Florida Free BibleMissionary, & Work Training Center (BMW) evacuated the students to one of their sister ministries in Indiana. They are safe, and are now back fixing the minor damage around campus.

The Freedom Challenge

Among the challenges faced by college students is the freedom challenge. Out from under parental guidance and restrictions, priorities can change. For Tanner this has “made my responsibility for school work and spiritual life increase, because I no longer have anyone to push me to do school work or my alone time with God.” The responsibility falls on him now, and this “forces” him to be responsible.

For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. (2 Timothy 1:7)

Freedom in Christ III

Freedom in Christ III

Some of the challenges faced by a student at BMW differ from those confronted by students attending a secular college. For example, how do you say no to your friends when they choose to do something that you are uncomfortable with? “Most of the time,” says Tanner, “I do not have to say no to my friends, but every now and then I do have to say no so that I do not fall behind on school work. For the most part, none of my friends take part in immoral living.”

At BMW however, students have differing views of Christ. “Teen Missions doesn’t lean to one or another doctoral view, so people from different denominations can work together without one or the other being pushed aside. But it does sometimes make for debates on doctrinal issues. Yet, by the goodness of God, it never affects our ministry here.”

Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma. (Ephesians 5:1-2)

Next time, we’ll discuss the diversity challenge for students.

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

Pastor Brian: Be a Proper Witness

The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. (Deuteronomy 31:8) 

During the worship service on June 7th, Pastor Brian congratulated and encouraged our high school graduates from the class of 2015. The entire worship service can be heard here. What follows is an abridged version of his sermon.

Libby and Pastor Brian Davis


Good morning and welcome to Senior Day at Bent Creek. Today, we recognize our graduating seniors who are moving on to the next stage in their lives. This is one of the first milestones in a young person’s life. We recognize not just the achievement of completing high school but also that they are moving on from the BCBC Youth Group, with the expectation of having a relationship with Christ wherever they may be.


As I was deciding on a topic, Libby pointed out that these young people have an impressive amount of mission experience: Ecuador, Israel, Australia, and Nicaragua several times. This summer some among our graduates will go to Haiti, Mexico, and Nicaragua again. For this reason, I’ve decided to speak about our call to be a witness for Christ.


But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. (Acts 1:8)


This verse runs parallel with the Great Commission found in Matthew.


Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, (Matthew 28:19)


The Great Commission was the final challenge given by Christ to his disciples. So, we should assume it’s important and it applies to all Christians — not just the disciples who heard it firsthand. The Bible refers many times to all Christians as his disciples.


So the word of God spread. The number of disciples in Jerusalem increased rapidly, and a large number of priests became obedient to the faith. (Acts 6:7)


You can tell by the way Jesus spoke that he’s not giving us a choice in the matter. He says you “will be” my witnesses. The question isn’t whether will you be his witness, but the kind of witness you will be?


So, what kind of witness will you be?

The Expert Witness

In the legal world there are several types of witnesses: the controlled expert witness, the hostile witness, and the eyewitness. Let’s see how they line up with the type of witness we can be for Christ.


Expert witnesses are experienced in the field, but have no direct involvement in the case. For a price they give their testimony. The hostile witness has knowledge of the case but doesn’t want to be involved. It’s risky to call on this witness.

The Hostile Witness

By comparison, our graduates aren’t paid a penny to go abroad. Their Godly witness comes from their deep commitment to the Lord. Our young people are deeply involved, and their witness is compelling.


The Eyewitness

Most importantly for us, there is the eyewitness — the average person who relates events as observed. Each of us has been touched by Christ. Our graduates have a story to tell about what the Lord is doing in their lives. Their eyewitness account of these events is what he wants them to share with the world.


How do we become a proper eyewitness?

First, live a transformed life for others to see. The way you live your life before the world is your witness for Christ.


When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus. (Acts 4: 13)


Second, we must serve. Peter didn’t just preach at the beggar, he met his need. Preaching at a starving man isn’t enough. Meet his real needs, and he will see Christ in you.


Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong. He jumped to his feet and began to walk. Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God. (Acts 3:6-9)


Third, we must pray. Our prayer life fuels our relationship with Christ and should be a constant.


When they [11 Apostles] arrived, they went upstairs to the room where they were staying. They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers. (Acts 1:13-14)


Fourth, tell the truth. Speaking truth to power is a difficult challenge, because it entails personal danger. Despite this, when Peter spoke the unvarnished truth of events as he saw them (Acts 2), the response was breathtaking!


“Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah.” When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” (Acts 2:36-37)


A witness for Christ needn’t be eloquent. There will be many opportunities both here and abroad for our graduates to witness. Trust that God will put you in the right place at the right time. Recognize that you are a witness, and make sure you are a proper one. The Holy Spirit is with you and gives you the power to open the eyes of unbelievers by illuminating God’s word. Once your relationship with the Lord is where it should be, the witness part of your life will overflow from your reaction to what Christ is doing for you.






BCBC Congratulates our Graduates

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11)

From the left: Brian and Chris with daughter, Abigail Grace Jennings; Renee with daughter, Emily Nicole, and Paul Jenkins; Mike with daughter, Hailey Elizabeth, and Deborah Crowell; Kevin with daughter, Emily Grace, and Vicki Epley; Libby Davis is on the podium.

Today, Bent Creek Baptist Church celebrated Graduation Sunday. It was a joyful morning as we thanked God for these young people who are graduating from high school and moving on to college and greater service.

From the left, Libby with son, Nikolas Charles, and Brian Davis on the podium; Brent with son, Tanner Abraham, and Kathy Besosa.

We also thanked God for providing our graduates with loving, caring families and friends who bestowed good guidance and served as positive role models. Their efforts have been rewards many times.

Tricia Goyer’s blog is a voice of hope and possibility for young people. Her prayer below reflects our hope, that they will start each day in conversation with the Lord.

“Dear God, thank you for a new day and a clean slate. May my focus each morning be set on you. When I worry about my plans, remind me you have my future in your safe and loving hands. Thank you for the wisdom you give me through your Word and the guidance of the Holy Spirit!

The graduating class of 2015.

Tanner Abraham Besosa

Hailey Elizabeth Crowell

Emily Grace Epley

Abigail Grace Jennings

Emily Nicole Jenkins

Nikolas Charles Davis












Thanks to Doug Van Wirt for the photos.


Worried About Your Daughter’s Boyfriends?

Love is patient and kind, (1Corinthians 12:4)

As a parent do you worry that your daughter might get involved with a boy who’s not worth her time? has a litmus test she can use to screen potential boyfriends and… (oh my) a husband too!

Ask her to insert the boy’s name in 1 Corinthians 4-6.

____ is patient and kind;

____ does not envy or boast;

____ is not arrogant or rude.

____ does not insist on its [his] own way;

____ is not irritable or resentful;

____ does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. (1 Corinthians 4-6)

Accept nothing less than a score of 100%.

So pray hard and lean on the word of God. He loves your child, and He will protect her. Sometimes it takes a few years in the “wilderness”. That time will be tough for you, but God will carry her. He will carry you too.


Help Build a New Playground With the Story of Jesus Bracelet

Bent Creek Baptist Church is building a brand new playground.

Fund raising has begun. You can help while at the same time getting this beautiful Story of Jesus bracelet — a great Christmas gift for loved ones.

Using different colored beads and charms, the Story of Jesus bracelet illustrates key events in the life of Jesus Christ.

Story of Jesus Bracelet

Follow the story starting at “12 O’clock” on the photo.

  • One night: Blue Bead
  • A star in the sky: Star Charm
  • Led three wise men: 3 Beads
  • To the birth of Jesus: Pearl
  • Who grew up to be a carpenter: Wood Bead
  • And fisher of men and souls: Fish Charm
  • He called 12 disciples to spread the Gospel of Christ: 12 Beads
  • Throughout the world: Earth Bead
  • One dark day of hatred, fear and envy: Black Bead
  • They crucified him: Cross Charm
  • He shed his blood: Red Bead
  • To purify us of our sin: Crystal Bead
  • On the third day, he arose: Angel Charm
  • He ascended in heaven: Light Blue Bead
  • Where he sits, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit: 3 Unique Beads
  • He did this because of his great love for us: Heart Charm

Each bracelet costs $26 dollars, with 10 dollars going directly to the playground fund. The rest is to pay the jeweler and postage.

Order by December 7th and you will have your bracelet(s) by Christmas.

Checks may be written to BCBC. Write “Jesus Bracelet” on the memo line. You may give your payment to Stephen Hyder or to Linda Stewart in the church office.

Also, contact Stephen Hyder (828-633-0621 or for more information about the bracelet.

Thank you for your support.

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.

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.


Teen Sexual Culture: Increasingly Responsible

It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; that each of you should learn to control your own body in a way that is holy and honorable, (1 Thessalonians 4:3-4)

db58_fig1It’s one of the great success stories. Yet, you probably haven’t heard it.

Over the past two decades there have been extraordinary declines in teen pregnancy (down 42%) and teen childbearing (down 49%). The good news is found in all 50 states and every racial/ethnic group — all have made significant progress. In fact, as shown in the graph at right, birth rates have declined almost continuously since 1957.

Many will say that abortion and birth control are the driving forces in the decline in teen births. Yet, the facts paint a different picture. Both contraception and abortion have been constants over time, and contraceptives are often not even used. The new factor in the equation is more effective and widespread abstinence education.

Even more positive, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) National Survey of Family Growth, acknowledges that “the proportion of teen girls and women who are ‘sexually experienced’ has been falling for 20 years.”

Here are some related facts to consider.

  • Abstinent teens have better academic performance (higher GPAs and improved verbal and numerical aptitude skills) than sexually experienced teens.
    • Abstinent teens display better associated social benefits (stronger peer relations, positive youth development, and awareness of the consequences of risky behavior, such as teen pregnancy or sexually transmitted diseases) than sexually experienced teens.
  • Condom use does not prevent any of the 49 sexually transmitted diseases (STD) present today (up from 3 STDs in the 1960s); it merely reduces the risk of transmission.
    • And about 75% of teens say that they didn’t use contraception the last time they had sex. So to claim declining teen births is due to contraceptive usage is unlikely.
  • Cohabitation increases the risk of nonmarital births.
  • The CDC agrees that abstaining from sexual activity is a reliable way to avoid transmission of STDs.
    • Overall, 17 of the 22 abstinence studies evaluating virginity pledges reported statistically significant positive results.

Based on the evidence, everyone should promote risk-avoidance programs that lead to these positive outcomes for America’s youth.

Hopefully, these findings will support parents that uphold Christian standards in the face of popular culture.

The Arrival: Vacation Bible School at Bent Creek Baptist Church

IMG_2475Sunday, June 15th, was the first night of Vacation Bible School for 2014, which continues through Thursday, June 19th. The title of VBS 2014 is “The Arrival”.

This year we will follow Mary and Joseph as they travel to Bethlehem and the birth of Jesus.

Seventy-five children are pre-registered, and 89 BCBC church members have volunteered their time and talents to make this a rewarding experience for the children, many of whom will begin their journey in Christian faith.

If you haven’t registered your child for The Arrival, there’s still time. Bring your child (children) to the church tomorrow, Monday evening, at 6 pm and register for the remainder of the program. Each night is highlighted by live drama, with visits from angels, shepherds, and wise men. Farm animals, live music, and snacks ensure an enjoyable experience. Costumes will be provided for all the children and adults.

The Arrival runs this week from 6 pm to 8:30 pm Monday through Thursday.

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

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…)

• 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


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)


• Help Our Kids go to Summer Camp

Purchase Ingles gift cards at the Student Outreach table in the church lobby, and you help our kids go to summer camp. Use the gift cards anytime you go to Ingles — including purchases of gas, postage stamps, and prescriptions.

For every $50 gift card you use our kids get 5% back!