WHAT WE BELIEVE

Helping You Find & Forge God’s Path for You

A Place for All

A walk with God is an eternal journey. His depth and His wisdom are far beyond our ability to explore within the confines of a website, but we wanted to present a few of the basics of what BCF is all about.

Included in this are the “4 Spiritual Laws” you may have heard about. They are a decent foundation to begin a relationship with God, the Father, through the grace given to us through Jesus.

The Basics

  • We believe that the Word of God is the only doctrine ordained by God Himself.
  • All of our “religion” comes from the life-giving words found from Genesis to Revelation.
  • All of the messages from the pastor are based upon the truth found in scripture and the friendship that has formed between God and our people as the Word of God gives life to our spirits.
  • All of the songs we sing are songs inspired by the Bible and our relationship with God.
  • We believe the word of James 1:27 which says: “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” 
  • As a church, we feel that this offers a good direction for us to follow. Individuals are what make up the church, however, and for them to have a relationship with the living God we present these 4 spiritual laws as a very basic foundation for faith:

Spiritual Law One

God LOVES you and offers a wonderful PLAN for your life. An eternal plan for an eternal life. God’s Love “God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life” (John 3:16).

God’s Plan: [Jesus speaking] “I came that they might have life, and might have it abundantly” [that it might be full and meaningful] (John 10:10). Why is it that most people are not experiencing this abundant life?

Spiritual Law Two

Man is SINFUL and SEPARATED from God. Therefore, he cannot know and experience God’s love and plan for his life.

Man Is Sinful:All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23) Man was created to have fellowship with God; but, because of his stubborn self-will, he chose to go his own independant way, and fellowship with God was broken. This self-will, characterized by an attitude of active rebellion or passive indifference, is an evidence of what the Bible calls sin.

Man Is Separated:The wages of sin is death” [spiritual separation from God] (Romans 6:23).

Spiritual Law 3

Jesus Christ is God’s ONLY provision for man’s sin. Through Him you can know and experience God’s love and plan for your life.

He Died in Our Place:God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).

He Rose From the Dead:Christ died for our sins… He was buried… He was raised on the third day, according to the scriptures… He appears to Peter, then to the twelve. after that He appeared to more than five hundred…” (I Corinthians 15:3-6).

He Is the Only Way to God:Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me‘” (John 14:6).

Spiritual Law 4

We must RECEIVE Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord; then we can know and experience God’s mercy, grace and plan for our lives. “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)

We Receive Christ Through Faith:By grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, that no one should boast” (Ephesians 2:8,9).

When We Receive Christ, We Experience a New Birth: (Read John 3:1-8.)

Receiving Christ involves turning to God from self (repentance) and trusting Christ to come into our lives to forgive our sins and make us what He wants us to be.

The following explains how you can receive Christ by faith, through prayer (Prayer is talking to God).

God knows your heart and is not so concerned with your words as He is with the attitude of your heart. The following is suggested prayer: “Lord Jesus, I need You. Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins. I open the door of my life and receive You as my Savior and Lord. Please forgive my sins and give me eternal life. Take control of my life. Make me the kind of person You want me to be.” Does this prayer express the desire of your heart? If it does, we invite you to pray this prayer right now, and Christ will come into your life, as He promised.

 

 

What Is Our Purpose?

Many of you may have seen the Westminster Shorter Catechism, penned hundreds of years ago by a group of theologians in response to the great question: “What is the meaning of life?”

They stated that man’s purpose was to “Glorify God and enjoy Him forever.”

At Brandon Christian Fellowship, we couldn’t agree more.  However, on the way to enjoying Him forever, our lives are often challenged by obstacles or conditions over which we may have no control.  We know that a focused study of God’s Word and a life of devotion to Jesus and His gospel isn’t something that just happens.  It takes practice.

Our ministries are aimed at creating opportunities for people to use their God-given gifts and callings to glorify God and to enjoy him now AND forever.

 

 

Why Do We Serve?

There is probably no greater text for ministry than this one which begins in 1 John 3:18.  We’ve chosen “The Message” as an easily understandable essay on Christian service and what it means to YOU.

1 John 3:18-20 My dear children, let’s not just talk about love; let’s practice real love. This is the only way we’ll know we’re living truly, living in God’s reality. It’s also the way to shut down debilitating self-criticism, even when there is something to it. For God is greater than our worried hearts and knows more about us than we do ourselves. 

And friends, once that’s taken care of and we’re no longer accusing or condemning ourselves, we’re bold and free before God! We’re able to stretch our hands out and receive what we asked for because we’re doing what he said, doing what pleases him. Again, this is God’s command: to believe in his personally named Son, Jesus Christ. He told us to love each other, in line with the original command. As we keep his commands, we live deeply and surely in him, and he lives in us.