Purpose Statement of Bristol Christian Fellowship
To build a local church based on the scriptures, with New Testament leadership (I Tim3, Titus1), and with ministry performed by all believers (I Pet. 2:9, I Cor 12), for the purposes of:
Love - loving the Lord God with all our heart, soul and mind and loving our neighbors as ourselves (Matt 22:37-39).
Healing – physical, emotional and spiritual (James 5:16)
Discipleship – from salvation, to growth and maturity, through the ministry of the whole body (Matt 28:19-20).
Unity – within the local church and wider church (Eph 4:4-7, John 17:23).
Reconciliation/Restoration – of marriages, families and other relationships (II Cor 5:18-19, Gal. 6:1).
Revival – of local believers, churches and the unbelieving community (Psalm 119:25, Isaiah 57:15).
Commitment to Youth – by witness, love and mentoring. (Mark 10:13-16).
The Way We Worship and Why
Our Sunday morning worship service is an “open” service with a mixture of song, scripture reading, prayer, sharing and teaching from the Bible. We believe in the priesthood of all believers, that we all have been given gifts (abilities) from God for the benefit of the body. We wish to give everyone the opportunity to use those gifts, so that the body may be built up in Love.
Ephesians 4:1-6, I Peter 2:9, I Corinthians 12:13
About Openness and Sharing
We welcome all to participate by requesting or initiating songs, sharing what God is doing in your lives, requesting and initiating prayer and by responding to the teaching of our leadership team. We ask that you be considerate of others, by not interrupting or dominating the service. All sharing should be for the building up of others. All truths presented as from God will be verified by Scripture.
Acts 17:11, I Corinthians 14:26
Giving and Offerings
We believe that giving financially is between the individual (or family) and God. Giving should be done as an offering and sacrifice to God, with an attitude of thankfulness and willingness. We do not take up an offering, but instead provide a box at the back of the room in which people can place gifts. As a church, we trust in God to lead people to give as needs arise. The most important gift to God is the sacrifice of ourselves in service to Him.
Matthew 6:3-4, 10:8, Luke 6:38, Acts 20:35, Romans 12:8, II Cor 9:7