who we are, what we believe, why we exist
As you spend time with us here on our website, getting to know us, looking into what we have to offer you – you will most likely conclude that we are a small church.
There is no need to try to hide that fact. Where we gather is a small, brick church building on Lincoln Road. And, we are currently a small congregation of less than 25 on regular Sundays.
We have a big heart for the Lord, a big desire to know Him and make Him known, a big faith in a big God who can do big things in us and through us.
Reaching UP. Reaching IN. Reaching OUT.
is seamlessly integrated into
WHO we are. WHAT we believe. WHY we exist.
(It's difficult to even separate the WHO, WHAT, and WHY ... But, we're going to try.)
who we are
Bible-based, Christ-centered, Faith-filled, Mission-minded Believers
as an independent church body, is answerable to God; His word, His will, His ways, -
and is affiliated with The Christian & Missionary Alliance
enjoy a casual, comfortable environment for worship;
but, revere God and aim to worship Him in spirit and in truth
endeavor to lead lives that are worthy of the calling to which we have been called (Eph. 4:1);
obeying the Great Commandment and the Great Commission;
- loving God with our whole heart, and soul, and mind; and loving our neighbor as ourself
- sharing the gospel, making disciples, baptizing, and teaching obedience to the scriptures
put an emphasis on - studying God's word: we teach it verse-by-verse
- applying God's word: we want to be doers of the word, not hearers only
- prayer: it precedes and permeates everything we do
- remembering Christ: we observe the ordinances of baptism and communion
- following Christ: we don't want to just be fans of Christ, knowing about Him;
we want to be followers, who know Him personally
and follow His example in how we live, how we love, and how we lead others to God
- worship: being the experience and expression of reverence and adoration for God by each individual
- fellowship: being the common relationship, partnership, companionship, and stewardship through Jesus
- service: being the voluntary giving of ourselves to fulfill the will of God and the needs of others
seek to serve our church family and our community; and contribute to services and ministries outside of our reach
as the children of God, want to actively participate in the "family business";
empowered by the Spirit, in the name of Jesus, coming alongside our Father
as He does a gracious work of saving souls and transforming lives
(a typical Sunday)
(a brief history)
what we believe
How do you live your life so authentically that there is no question about what you believe?
What we believe determines what we value, and what we value demonstrates how we live.
So, what we believe about God, how He relates to us, and how we relate to Him
is foundational in the life of BCCC as a church and in the lives of its members.
In the simplest form, here are the foundational
truths that we believe.
For detail and scripture references
in one, true God … in The Trinity … in Jesus Christ … in the Holy Spirit
the Bible is God’s word
sin separates us from God, causing spiritual and physical death
salvation has been provided through Jesus Christ alone
it is the will of God that no man should perish
it is the will of God that each believer should be filled with the Holy Spirit and be sanctified
the Holy Spirit and His gifts are still at work today
Jesus still heals today
prayer is vital
the Church consists of all those who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and are born-again of the Holy Spirit
followers of Jesus should truly love God, love people, and do good
Jesus is coming again
the dead will be resurrected to either eternal judgment or life everlasting
fellowship with like-minded believers is vital for strength,
growth, victory, and joy in the Lord.
So, we provide opportunities for believers to get together for worship, Bible study, prayer, service ministries, and social activities.
the only true basis of Christian fellowship is Christ's love,
which is greater than the differences we possess,
and without which
we have no right to claim ourselves Christians.
worship of God should be ..
and, it should be done both corporately and personally as an experience and expression of the heart
Therefore, we give a great place to music in our worship.
Therefore, we put great emphasis upon teaching the Word of God that He might instruct us how He should be worshiped.
Therefore, we look for His love in our lives as the manifestation that we have been truly worshiping Him.
Therefore, we remain flexible and yielded to the leading of the Holy Spirit to direct our worship.
As an independent church, BCCC is affiliated with the Christian & Missionary Alliance
because our beliefs align with theirs.
The symbol within our Bible Covenant logo is the C&MA logo,
representing the belief of the fourfold gospel of Jesus Christ.
To learn more, click on the links above.
Perhaps you've heard of A.B. Simpson or A.W. Tozer. -- They are key figures in the C&MA.
why we exist
The glorification of God. The edification of the saints. The evangelization of the world.
Those are the primary purposes for the Church's existence on earth.
And, those are the reasons why Bible Covenant Community Church exists in York, SC.
(The glorification of God.)
we exist to .. reach up
(The edification of the saints.)
we exist to .. reach in
we exist to .. reach out
(The evangelization of the world.)
We exist to give God the worship that He deserves and desires. We exist to commune with God and to hear from Him. We exist to learn from God's word and to teach it faithfully and correctly. We exist to know God and to please Him. We exist to draw near to God and seek Him. We exist to exalt God and to honor Him. We exist to remember Christ and to kneel at the cross. We exist to be a house of prayer. We exist to be a place where God can dwell and work and transform lives.
To Know Him & To Make Him Known
If you want to REACH UP to God,
We exist for you!
We exist to live the call to possess Christ and proclaim Christ together, before one another and for one another. We exist to learn biblical principles that can be applied to everyday life. We exist to grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord. We exist to practice prayer, worship, sharing our faith, submission, and service. We exist to encourage one another to be strong in the Lord and to be faithful in well-doing. We exist to pray for one another. We exist to support and care for one another. We exist to love, accept, and forgive one another. We exist to hold each other accountable. We exist to enjoy and endure life together as a family.
Church Is More Than A Place To Go,
It's A Place To Belong
We exist to show and share the love of Christ with those around us. We exist to share the good news that God has provided a way for sins to be forgiven so that everyone who will, might be saved, born-again, and become a child of God. We exist to point others to Jesus, who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. We exist to go to God for the people (pray), and go to the people for God (share the gospel and serve). We exist to be a light that shines in the darkness. We exist to let people know that God loves them, He wants good things for them, and He can heal them and make them whole. We exist to share the hope that is in Jesus Christ alone. We exist to help meet physical needs while tending to the spiritual ones of individuals. We exist to pray and give and go as God leads, so that the gospel can be shared everywhere with everyone.
Be The Change You Want To See