BLUFF PARK COMMUNITY CHURCH
Discovering God's Love and Sharing It with Others
“that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.” (Ephesians 3:16–19, ESV)
VISION AND VALUES
Discovering God's Love and Sharing it With Others
OUR MISSION: In dependence on Christ, we worship God the Father, grow in the grace of His Son, and serve our community and the world in the power of His Spirit.
OUR VALUES: For the advancement of our mission, our chief priorities are as follows:
GOSPEL: The gospel, the good news of salvation graciously given by God through Christ, is the very heart of BPCC. In all that we say and do, we rely on and respond to God’s work of grace in our lives.
WORSHIP: We worship the biblical Triune God alone, ascribing to him greatness and glory for who He is and what He has done. In our worship we receive from God through Word and Sacrament and offer ourselves to God through prayer, praise, and gifts.
COMMUNITY: Since God exists as a tri-unity of loving persons, it is through community that we reflect the nature of God and practice his pattern for creation. Therefore, as the household of God, our worship, growth, and service find their fullest expression as we participate in them together. Whether gathered or scattered, we live to build one another up in and for love.
GROW: Discipleship is learning, loving, and living in the pattern and through the person of Jesus. In obedience to the Great Commission, the work of making disciples at BPCC is biblical, relational, and missional. We educate, encourage, and equip followers of Jesus to embrace gospel-centered truth in a gospel-shaped community with compassion for a gospel-starved world.
SERVE: As a community of Christ's disciples, in but not of the world, we are empowered by the Holy Spirit to seek the good and welfare of our communities. Using our God-given gifts, we spread the gospel by serving our neighbors, the nations, and the next generation through word and deed.
WORSHIP AT 5 P.M.
“Come, bless the Lord, all you servants of the Lord, who stand by night in the house of the Lord!” (Psalm 134:1, ESV)
We worship on Sunday evenings at 5 p.m. in the fellowship hall at 2269 Chapel Road in Bluff Park. (Formerly Chapel in the Pines and now Birmingham Community Church.) We love singing to and about our God, hearing from Him from his word, and sharing the meal Jesus gave us to nourish and strengthen our faith and fellowship.
Nursery and Children's church are offered, and we encourage you to come as you are because we will.
Each week we are making use of The Gospel Project for Kids, which is “a Christ-centered Bible study resource that follows a chronological timeline of Bible events—presenting the story of redemption through Jesus like kids have never seen it before! ”
Most Sunday nights following corporate worship, BPCC youth gather for a family meal, Gospel teaching, and fellowship.
OUR LEADERSHIP AND STAFF
Steve was born in Dayton, TN, and grew up in Ocilla, GA. He spent 30 years in Christian secondary education as a Bible teacher, administrator, and coach. Steve graduated from Bryan College in 1990 with a Christian Education degree and immediately served Westminster Schools of Augusta, GA. In 1992 he and Melissa moved to Dallas to study at Dallas Theological Seminary and to teach at Trinity Christian Academy (TCA) in Addison, TX. From 1992-2019 Steve served TCA as a classroom teacher, school administrator, football and tennis coach, and energy conservation project manager.
In Fall 2019, Steve accepted the call from Bluff Park Community Church to serve as her Senior Pastor, where he gladly serves the people he loves. He is pursuing a Doctor of Ministry in Gospel Renewal and Leadership through Metro Atlanta Seminary.
In his spare time, he enjoys yard work, hiking the lovely terrain around Birmingham, fixing broken things in their house, and enjoying the undulations of Auburn sports.
Lauren shepherds the youth of BPCC through discipleship, teaching, feeding, and fun. She has served the families of BPCC for many years. Jesus told Peter, 'feed my sheep, ' and Lauren is fantastic in her application of this in the lives of the youth, both bodily (she's a great cook) and spiritually (she's an excellent teacher).
Nathan has served BPCC for many years as the worship leader. His vocal and instrumental gifts are wed together with a passion for the glory of Christ, a love for his people, and a deep desire for people to enter genuine worship on Sunday nights. Nathan also serves as a discipleship leader for the high school boys.
MATT AND BETHANY REDMOND
Matt and Bethany lead the children's ministry for BPCC. They have an infectious joy, a passion for children's discipleship, and many years of ministry experience.
The story of redemption can be thought of in terms of 4 major events in history, but in order to understand why it is called a story of redemption, we have to first understand why we need redeeming at all.
The story of redemption is the story of a just and loving God calling lost and rebellious creatures back to Himself. He has been writing this grand and glorious narrative of His goodness and grace since before time began. We urge you to explore this story further.
In the beginning, God created this world good and peaceful and offered us the opportunity of unbroken fellowship with Himself – for His glory; however, as Genesis 3 tells us, things went wrong. Through one man's disobedience, we fell from this joyful state of fellowship. Sin entered our hearts, and the world became twisted and fractured. The harmony and peace that creation once enjoyed were damaged by sin and broken in disrepair.
We might summarize it this way:
In the beginning, we had it all.
In our sin, we lost it all.
By His love for us, He (Jesus) did it all.
We get it all!
By saying “we lost it all,” it simply means “we” (all humankind) lost it “all” (our perfection and everything else good) at the fall of Adam and Eve.
“He” refers to Jesus. He “did it all” by doing everything necessary for salvation.
Then “we” (those who are his children) “get it all.” We get everything necessary for our salvation and new spiritual life.
Sound good? Of course it does, but many of us don’t really believe this. Instead, we believe:
We had a lot.
We lost a lot.
He did a lot.
We get a lot.
Why do we believe that? Because we still believe that there is some good left in us, something that will still get us favor with God. But as Romans 6:23 reminds us, because there is sin in us, we deserve death. But Jesus lived the life we could not live and died the death we deserved to die. The good news of the gospel is that through Jesus we can have a restored relationship with God, our neighbors, and the world; and that one day we will see every sad thing be made untrue.
What God starts, He will bring to completion, and we pray that you would be woven into the narrative. If you feel Christ inviting you into this story – into restored relationship with Him – turn to Him in repentance. Put your trust in Him and the work He accomplished on the cross to redeem and save you.
THE APOSTLES CREED
I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
Find Your Faith
To all who are weak in body or spirit and seek strength;
To all who are weary and desire rest;
To all who struggle and seek victory;
To all who mourn and long for comfort;
To all who sin and need a Savior;
To all who are strangers and seek love and fellowship;
To all who hunger and thirst;
To all who come;
This church opens wide her doors and offers welcome in the name of Jesus Christ.