The gospel is good news! It is the good news of God’s grace and mercy which brings forgiveness and new life. The gospel is the power of God for salvation — and the means of our growth in the image of Jesus Christ. We understand salvation as a gift of God’s grace received by faith in Jesus alone, and proclaim that allegiance to Christ calls us to a life of obedience and holiness under the authority of the Word of God.
Jesus summed up his ministry at the beginning of Mark’s gospel: “The time is fulfilled, the kingdom of God is at hand” (Mark 1:15). Advancing God’s kingdom is the focus of Jesus’ ministry and is our focus as well. BPC is about more than erecting a building, expanding programs or enlarging a congregation. We are called by God to expand His kingdom (that realm submitted to the Lordship of Jesus) in the community and region in which God has placed us.
Jesus invested his ministry in making disciples. He called his followers to do likewise (Matthew 28:19-20). Jesus’ final commission was not to build an organization, but to evangelize, teach and nurture people to become disciples of Jesus in every area of life. The commitment to make disciples “drives” the ministry of BPC.
Jesus promised his disciples “power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses” (Acts 1:8). This promise and purpose is operative today. Jesus still heals today. God’s work can only be sustained by God’s power, and He has given the gift of the Holy Spirit to empower and equip the Church. BPC seeks to cultivate the empowering work of the Holy Spirit within the parameters and purposes revealed in God’s Word.