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Values of BFC

Value #4 – We want to be a Word and Spirit church

Some churches would advertise themselves as a centre for preaching.  They love listening to long sermons from the Bible, they love to talk about it and enjoy nothing more than going deeper into its truths.  Other churches would prefer to focus on times of encountering God’s Spirit.  So in their public services, they love getting ‘lost’ in worship and exploring our relationship with God on a deeper, experiential level.   

At BFC, our desire is to have both; to enjoy both the truth and life of the Word of God as well as the truth and life of the Spirit of God.  We want to be known as a church that loves and honours the Bible (so we don’t mind longer sermons…provided they aren’t long and boring!) and the Spirit (so we will always pray to experience more of God’s presence among us). 

We believe that Christianity should never be seen as a static event.  Though we are eternally saved in the moment we give our lives to Jesus, that event is just the first step on a journey of faith as we grow in God and mature in our faith through the word and Spirit.  The Bible tells us that from knowing nothing about God to becoming an empowered and fruitful Christ follower, this journey of faith is a process dependent on both the Spirit and the Word.
To see how the Word and Spirit work wonderfully together, consider each of the steps of that journey.
1, Revelation – this is where God shows Himself to us.  And the Word and Spirit are the primary ways that God reveals His existence, His love, His character and His grace. 
2, Salvation –The Word and Spirit both reveal our need for Him and our utter failure to be able to save ourselves.  They both then point us to Jesus who becomes the salvation of all who trust in Him. 
3, Transformation (some call this sanctification) – After salvation, the Word and Spirit both go to work on the believer to renew their thinking in the Word and to make us more like Christ through the Spirit. 
4, Empowering – Both the Spirit and Word are involved here as well.  Though empowered wonderfully through the Spirit at Pentecost, the early church still devoted themselves to teaching so they could fulfil their mission from Jesus to make disciples of all the nations.   

As a church, I don’t think we can afford to just be a ‘Preaching’ church or just a ‘Presence’ church.  To pick just one is to miss out on the revelation, salvation, transformation and empowering that the other would bring.  It's like trying to fly with one wing - possible for a time with skill but you don't get anywhere! Wonderfully God doesn’t make us choose, instead He generously offers both to those who seek and ask.  So let’s ensure that BFC lives out this value - let's love and obey the Scriptures and let's cherish times with the Spirit and the work He wants to do amongst us. 

 

Ben Martin, 14/01/2014

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