Bear Creek Church
9:00 & 10:30am
We have 2 services at 9 & 10:30am, with Sunday School for all ages during the 2nd service. 
On the 3rd Sunday of each month we have only one 10:30 service, and serve lunch afterwards.
For those unable to attend, you can watch our livestream on Facebook or YouTube.

Here’s what you might expect at BCC

What’s the Church Service Like?   Four words that come to mind are: Casual, Reformed, Friendly, and possibly Noisy.
Casual People tend to dress casually, but because there’s a nice variety of ages, you’ll see a mix of dress.  So feel free to wear what’s comfortable, though we do encourage modesty… and pj’s are probably pushing it.
Reformed  Though we’re casual in dress, and don’t take ourselves too seriously (we like to have fun), we have a high view of God and His sovereignty.  So, in the sermons, Sunday School curriculum, and other teachings, you’ll probably hear a very God-centered emphasis.  If you’re not familiar with reformed theology, you can check out our beliefs page.  Also, you might check out some modern-day examples of pastors who hold to reformed theology, such as: R. C. Sproul, John Piper, Tim Keller, Kevin DeYoung, and Matt Chandler.
Friendly Keeping an eye out for visitors, and getting to know each other has been a continual emphasis at BCC.  Because God has called us a body, it’s obvious that we need to function as those who are connected to one another, and so being nice, and enjoying each other’s company becomes more than a social expectation, but a spiritual practice.  So, expect people to greet you and make an effort to get to know you.  One intentional way we encourage this is through our monthly (3rd Sunday) meals, after the 2nd service.  
Noisy – Maybe.  Not necessarily every week, but it’s a possibility because BCC loves and welcomes families that are affected by disability.  So, as a body that includes and appreciates children with autism (and other disabilities) there may be an occasional screech or noise people aren’t accustomed to.  Sadly, the majority of these families find it hard to come to a church, and many churches aren’t prepared with a program or team specifically designed for people with disabilities.  So it’s a good challenge to the church body, and a beautiful picture of the kingdom of God, when we make efforts to consider others more significant than ourselves, and where we learn to practice the heart of Jesus, who said, “Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God”

How About Worship?

The musical style is contemporary, but we are very intentional in the selection of songs that are God-centered, and theologically rich.  With this in mind, we love to mix in rich, modernized hymns with some meatier contemporary songs.

What About the Kids?

Not only do we have Sunday School for all ages, but we believe we have the very best curriculum available.  It’s great to learn the stories of the Bible, but one thing most curriculums do is moralize the story – making the emphasis something like, “Be nice,” or “Share,” or “Be brave like David.”  Though there are benefits in following the examples of biblical heroes, this often misses the main point of God being the ultimate hero to sinful people, like us.  Here’s a description of the Truth 78 (Formerly, “Children Desiring God”) curriculum:
Truth78 develops resources and training that are undergirded and defined by the following values: God-centered, Bible-saturated, Gospel-focused, Christ-exalting, Spirit-dependent, doctrinally grounded and discipleship-oriented.


Instead of a typical youth group with lots of activities and games, our Sunday mornings are (though fun) more of a classroom setting focused on foundational subjects that will better prepare our teens to learn as adults,  instead of craving after more entertainment.  Currently, the teens are going through a video series, Road Trip to Truth, which is designed to prepare them for life with a Christian worldview.  Also, for other social opportunities, you might check our small groups page where we often have mid-week groups for teen girls, and teen boys.

When is Sunday school?

Classes for all ages (including adults) take place during the 2nd service.  Ideally, we encourage families to come to the 1st service so they can be a part of both worship, and Sunday School.

Why 2 Services?

One reason is that we’re too big to meet in one service, but another reason is that we encourage families to expose their children to both the preaching of God’s Word, as well as Sunday School.  Having 2 services gives more people the option of doing both, as well as enabling our teachers to worship in the 1st service, before teaching during the 2nd.

When Do You Serve Communion?

We serve communion on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month, and we’ve typically served it during the beginning of the 2nd service, but are experimenting with serving it at the end of the sermons in both services.  For now we are serving it once on the 1st Sunday of the month, and at the end of each sermon on 3rd Sundays.

What’s the Structure of the

2 services?

If you come to the 1st service, we’ll encourage you to stay and visit with people coming for the 2nd service.  Then we’ll sing some more (not a repeat set of the 1st service), and then dismiss 1st service people before the 2nd sermon so they can either go home, or stay for one of the classes that happen during the 2nd service.  
Our hope is to encourage the entire body to be together, as well as create an opportunity for people to both worship and be in a class.
Also, every 3rd Sunday of the month, we have a meal after the 2nd service. 

Our Beliefs

BCC’s beliefs page is broken up into three categories: Particular Beliefs, Common Beliefs, and More Beliefs.  
  • Our Particular Beliefs will give you a feel for our church’s personality, and the things we love to emphasize.
  • The Common Beliefs section celebrates BCC’s unity with all Christian churches because of these essentials of the faith.
  • The More Beliefs section recognizes a few areas of belief that we may not even agree on within BCC, but mention as a matter of humbly loving and appreciating our differences over these non-essential beliefs.

Particular Beliefs

We love the Gospel
At the top of our list, and at the center of everything we do, is the gospel. Trusting in Jesus’ perfect life, His death in our place to pay the penalty we deserve, and His resurrection from the grave that gives us: acceptance with God, forgiveness of sin, and never-ending life and joy with Him. Does it get any better than that? Is there any news that comes close to Jesus agreeing to take the punishment we deserve so that it would be right for God the Father to love us as Jesus deserves? We don’t think so. Amazing! The love the Father has for His Son, Jesus, is poured out on us, and it’s only possible because the obstacle of sin has been removed at the cross. God’s grace is all the more amazing to us when we realize we did nothing to deserve it, or even activate it. Even our faith is a gift of God (Eph 2:8-9), and if God hadn’t opened our eyes to who He really is (2 Cor 4:6), none of us would ever accept His free gift of salvation (Rom 3:10-12). Because salvation is 100% God and 0% us, there’s just no room for boasting in ourselves and every reason to boast in the grace of God toward undeserving sinners, like us. With this in mind, how could this news not affect everything we do?
We love to laugh
Hello? Did you read what we had to say about the gospel? Okay, life can be very hard and Christians aren’t immune from depression, but we’ve found that the best remedy for every difficult circumstance is to be reminded of the gospel. In light of this good news we find ourselves hopeful and less likely to be grumpy. Basically although we’re aware of – and have suffered- pain in life, we have high confidence in the sovereignty of God, we don’t like to take ourselves too seriously, we enjoy a good laugh, and our constant remedy is to preach the gospel to ourselves and others.
We love families
God made the church to be a little like a family where dads lead, protect, and lovingly discipline; where moms serve, nurture, and help with dad’s leadership; and where kids grow, learn to submit to authority, and are given opportunities to love. Encouraging godliness within family relationships is a wonderful way to encourage a growing love and appreciation for God’s family, the church. Since families make up a good portion of the church, and those without a family need the love that a family gives, we try to encourage godly unity by staying together as much as possible.
We love to serve
If you have a delicious pie do you keep it to yourself, or do you share it with others? When you watch a thought-provoking movie, aren’t you quick to tell others about it? We share good things with others because a part of our own enjoyment is in serving others with the joy we’ve experienced. Serving begins at home, happens at church, flows out to our community, and continues to move further and further away because we just can’t help it. We love the gospel, and part of our enjoyment is in serving others with God’s goodness whether it’s a church family need, a local project, loving those with disabilities, supporting international workers, or in supporting a short-term mission trip. We love to serve because we love the gospel so we’re committed to missions and ministries here at home and in South America and Africa, to name two important continents.

Common Beliefs

You can be assured that BCC is not some weird cult. Did you know, at last count, there are around 38,000 Christian denominations? If the counter is doing their job right, then every one of these churches should hold these beliefs in common.
There are some beliefs within the Christian Church that are non-negotiable. These are essential to any church, if they are truly to be called “Christian,” and we whole-heartedly embrace them with joy. In pointing out these essential beliefs we both celebrate our common unity with all Christian churches and denominations, and we communicate how Christ’s church is different from the many world religions, and the various groups that appear to be Christian, but are not. We point out these distinctions, humbly recognizing that we hold to the truth only because of God’s grace, and we pray that Christ’s church will demonstrate His love to all who believe otherwise.
Our common beliefs are not limited to the many churches throughout the world today. We are also connected to those who have defended the faith throughout church history. With this in mind, we not only voice our beliefs as a local body, but we recommend that you read some of the historic creeds, as well as an excellent modern-day confession put together by The Gospel Coalition.
The Bible
We believe the Old and New Testaments, which make up the Holy Scriptures, are God’s one and only special revelation. This is the final authority for faith and life, not to be added to or subtracted from. These are the very words of God, inerrant in the original writings, infallible, and God-breathed (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Matthew 5:18; John 16:12-13).
The Godhead
We believe in one triune God, eternally existing in three persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – with the same attributes and perfections, yet distinct in person and role. In unity, each member of the Godhead is co-eternal in being, co-eternal in nature, and co-equal in power and glory (Deuteronomy 6:4; 2 Corinthians 13:14).
The Person and Work of Christ
We believe the Lord Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God (John 1:1-2) who took on flesh (John 1:14); that is, he became a man without ceasing to be God. Having been conceived by the Holy Spirit through the Virgin Mary, Jesus was born without sin, and lived in perfect obedience to God the Father. Jesus accomplished our redemption through his death on the cross because, being fully man, he was able to represent us and take our sin upon himself as our substitutionary sacrifice. God’s acceptance of his sacrifice was made clear by his physical resurrection from the dead, and our union to Christ through faith enables God to justly forgive us and impute Jesus’ perfect righteousness to us (Romans 3:24; 1 Peter 2:24; Ephesians 1:7; 1 Peter 1:3-5). We believe the Lord Jesus Christ ascended into Heaven and is seated at the right hand of God the Father, in a position of power and authority, where he daily works as our great High Priest, interceding on our behalf so that we might draw near to God (Heb 7:22-25). We believe Jesus is coming again to judge the living and the dead (1 Peter 4:5; Romans 14:9; 2 Timothy 4:1).
The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit
We believe the Holy Spirit is the third person of the Godhead who convicts the world of sin and righteousness. He is the Spirit who sovereignly brings about our second birth (John 3:3-9), baptizing all believers into the body of Christ, and indwelling and sealing them unto the day of redemption (John 16:8-11; 2 Corinthians 3:6; 1 Corinthians 12:12-14; Romans 8:9; Ephesians 5:18).
The Total Depravity of Man
If mankind were not hopelessly lost and spiritually dead, then Jesus’ death would not be necessary for our salvation, and he would only be a good example for us to follow. A denial of total depravity is in essence a denial of our need for the gospel. Because of Adam’s sin, all of his descendants inherited a sinful nature that left us alienated from God and willfully rebellious to His rightful authority as Creator. Left to ourselves we are unable to remedy our lost condition. We need Jesus’ substitutionary sacrifice and the regenerating work of the Holy Spirit. Being totally depraved does not mean we are as bad as we can possibly be; instead, it means sin has had its effect on every part of our being, resulting in our utter inability to be saved apart from God’s initial, intervening grace (Genesis 1:26, 26; Romans 3:22, 23; 5:12; Ephesians 2:1-3, 12).
We believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace (unmerited favor) and received by faith in the one and only Son of God, our Lord Jesus Christ. Our salvation from the just punishment of God is by his precious blood, shed for the forgiveness of our sins (Ephesians 2:8-10, John 1:12; Ephesians 1:7; 1 Peter 1:18-19).

More Beliefs

We recognized that you may want to know even more about our thinking and practice, so these topics (that we may not even agree on within BCC) are viewed as tools for growth, humility, and loving our brothers and sisters in Christ.
You may have picked up on the fact that our theological leanings are Reformed, or Calvinistic. In pointing out the importance of the doctrine of total depravity in the common beliefs area, we don’t mean to imply that a non-Calvinistic (or, Arminian) view places a church outside of Christianity. We only mention it as a common belief because it is consistent with the essential belief that the cross of Christ is absolutely necessary, and the only means by which we are saved. Those who do not hold to the doctrine of total depravity are not then outside of Christianity; but they are inconsistent with biblical grace and open the door to thinking that diminishes man’s desperate need for the cross of Christ.
Where does BCC stand on non-essential doctrines and areas of preference that concern: church government, baptism, eschatology (end-times), old-Earth vs. young Earth, schooling choices, or style of worship? There is more agreement in some areas than in others, but mostly we want to encourage: humility, love for one another, a primary focus on the gospel, and a realization that we are a family made up of different backgrounds, preferences, and convictions. What better atmosphere to learn and practice the love and humble service of Christ?
We are more convinced in some areas than in others, there is a variety in our practice, but ultimately we have an approach of being submitted to what we believe God’s Word teaches. If we are convinced by God’s Word that a current belief is wrong, then we will humbly submit to the authority of Scripture. We are unbending on essential beliefs, firm on some non-essentials, and more flexible on others. So, here are a few specifics:
Church Government
We believe a church should be led by a plurality of elders who meet the biblical qualifications in 1 Timothy 3:1-7, Titus 1:5-9, and 1 Peter 5:1-4. We also believe there is a biblical role of deacons who have a position of authority, are under the leadership of the elders, and who enable the elders to concentrate on teaching and prayer by leading in service to the church, and the community. Deacons lead in service both by example and in encouraging and training the rest of the church to serve with their God-given gifts. Their biblical qualifications are found in 1 Timothy 3:8-13. With both elders and deacons the biblical qualifications are primary in their calling, with a part of this process involving their being presented to the church body, as candidates, for their agreement.
We agree that all Christians are to be baptized in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; and that it is not something that saves anyone, but is a sign and seal of our identification with Christ. We believe baptism (communion being the other) is one of two sacraments instituted by Christ for His church.
Where we are not in full agreement is in the mode of baptism, and concerning infants. Though we reject infant baptism as a means of salvation, we are sympathetic to a Reformed view on infant baptism as a sign and seal of faith, and the benefits thus available to them in a NT covenant community. This would be similar to circumcision’s use in an Old Testament covenant community – not saving, but a sign of their acceptance into that covenant community. We have practiced infant baptism in this regard – as a sign of their parent’s faith and thus their acceptance into a covenant community where they are exposed to the blessings that come by faith, or the curses in rejecting the faith of their parents and church family.
We also practice believer baptism – recognizing that baptism for one who has faith in Christ is a sign and seal of their new identity in Christ. This is where we currently are as a body of believers, and instead of dividing over a non-essential we encourage humility and love in the midst of our differences.
Now here’s a subject that has the ability to divide; yet God has been gracious to us in that we enjoy fellowship in a mix of views. So far there has been little emphasis on the specific millennial views, or the rapture. Where we do agree is in our view that Jesus is coming again. We don’t hold to a dispensational view, yet there are brothers and sisters in the church that do. The elders tend toward an amillennial view (for an accurate description we’d recommend “A Case for Amillennialism” by Kim Riddlebarger), yet we enjoy fellowship as those who hold to different end-times views.


Yes, God is the Creator of everything. We don’t believe in evolution, and we tend toward a young Earth view, but again, this is not a matter of our Christian unity, and there are brothers and sisters in the church who believe the Earth is older.


Schooling Choices
We may have a reputation of being a home school church, but we’re not. Many of us do home school our kids, and though we recognize some of the benefits, we also agree that our primary calling as parents is to raise our children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord … and this can be done at home, in private schools, and in public schools. We’re all different, our kids are different, and biblical wisdom in parenting can apply to a variety of schooling choices. People can be threatened when we differ in these choices (as if it’s a judgment against those who do something else), but when our identity is in Christ alone (and not our schooling choice, or any other personal preference) we are able to truly love instead of be threatened by one another, or judge one another.
True worship is in spirit and in truth (John 4:24). Worship is not being emotionally moved apart from biblical truth, nor is it biblical truth without a spiritual connection to God. There is a general worship that applies to our lives (Romans 12:1; 1 Corinthians 10:31), and yet we are told not to forsake assembling together – with the implication of worship (Hebrews 10:23-25). We encourage both worshiping with our lives, and the importance of our corporate worship. The elements of spirit and truth cause us to love doctrinally rich hymns, and yet we are more contemporary in our style and also enjoy some modern choruses. Worship is another area where churches are tempted to put musical preference above love and community. Since we meet in a gym, and don’t have a large pipe organ, we tend toward guitars, keyboards, drums, and a more contemporary style of music, but we view right theology in the lyrics as being critical because worship is an expression of God’s worth.
“True worship occurs only when that part of human beings, their spirit, which is akin to the divine nature (God is spirit), actually meets with God and finds itself praising him for his love, wisdom, beauty, truth, holiness, compassion, mercy, grace, power and other attributes.” – James M. Boice, Foundations of the Christian Faith, pg. 591
We hope this gives you an idea of both our beliefs and our personality: that we love theology, that who we are and what we do is a result of our beliefs, and that we believe the church is unbreakable on the essentials and should be more flexible in other matters – all for the sake of God being glorified in and through His church.

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It’s Good to Give Thanks

Are you thankful for God’s goodness in your life? Even if circumstances are hard, and evil seems to flourish… are there still blessings? Is there still joy and hope for the future?
God sees. Nothing escapes His notice. His thoughts… His ways are so deep that it’s hard for us to see what He’s up to, but we can rest assured that He is our rock.
Psalm 92 reminds us of these truths, and I’m also reminded to not just know, but to actually express… to declare His steadfast love in the morning… to not just be thankful, but to GIVE thanks to Him and sing His praises.

I’m thankful for my family. For their current level of health, which I never want to take for granted. And for any desire to know and love God. I’m thankful for my church family – a people who express God’s worth in corporate worship, who connect and then build upon those friendships in various small group settings, and for the continual daily worship of humble service to one another with a desire to see the gospel flourish through generous gifts and prayers to our brothers and sisters in other parts of this valley, and world. Thank you, God. You are good

Psalm 92:1–4
A Psalm. A Song for the Sabbath.
[1] It is good to give thanks to the LORD,
to sing praises to your name, O Most High;
[2] to declare your steadfast love in the morning,
and your faithfulness by night,
[3] to the music of the lute and the harp,
to the melody of the lyre.
[4] For you, O LORD, have made me glad by your work;
at the works of your hands I sing for joy. (ESV)

Coffee Talk


Did you know that I love questions? And since questions go well with coffee I decided to drink a very nice Guatemalan coffee (that I roasted a couple of days ago), as I write.  I hope this also helps those of you (maybe tea drinkers?) who didn’t feel free to ask some of the questions you may have had after last Sunday’s sermon. 
Mostly, I image that we wrestle with the idea of God telling Isaiah (or anyone) to go and preach SO THAT people won’t understand and turn to Him?  Doesn’t God want everyone to come to Him?  Why would God do this?  

These are really good questions, so grab a hot beverage of your choice, and let me share some of the answers that have helped me to better understand this.  

You may be familiar with the phrase, “But for the grace of God go I.”  People who say this, probably don’t appreciate just how true this is for them on a regular basis.  And if we do, this will help us to better understand how God hardens people.

It’s clear from Isaiah 6, and John’s use of it in the 12th chapter of his gospel, that God sometimes works to harden people – making their hearts dull, ears heavy, and eyes blind so that they do not understand and turn to Him for healing (Isa. 6:10).  But why?  Doesn’t He want everyone to repent and turn to Him?  So why would He intentionally work to bring about the opposite?
First of all, it’s good for us to acknowledge that this really is what’s being said – that God clearly communicates this in Isaiah 6, and that John specifically uses this to explain the unbelief of so many Jews who rejected Jesus and had Him crucified.  It’s important that we’re honest readers, and that we don’t make efforts to explain away the clear revelation of Scripture.  But… admitting to it doesn’t mean that we don’t also wonder, “Why would God do this?”
Because this answer will be brief, I imagine it may only end up creating more questions, but do not fear because… I really do love questions, and even you tea drinkers are free to write me.
My quick answer is that we wrongly assume that God’s purpose is simply to save people, and so when we read something like Isaiah 6, this just doesn’t fit with our preconceived ideas.  We need to recognize that God is not man-centered.  No, God is actually God-centered.  That being said, God desires to save, and He is loving and gracious, merciful and kind… and the salvation of people brings Him glory.  Over and over in Ephesians 1 we see that we (people) are blessed by God.  He has chosen to save us and love us and forgive us and bless us.  But over and over this passage tells us that the reason God does this… is not merely for us, but His greater purpose in saving us (vv. 6, 12, 14) is “to the praise of His glory.” 
It is not only man’s chief end to glorify God… it’s also God’s.  Why did He create the heavens?  For us to have a place to exist and enjoy?  Well, yes, but even more so, “The heavens declare the glory of God” (Psa. 19:1).  Why the exodus?  Psalm 106:7 tells us it was for “His name’s sake, that He might make known His mighty power.”  Why were the Gentiles brought into salvation?  Romans 15 says “[to] glorify God for his mercy.”
So if God’s purpose includes our salvation, but is PRIMARILY about bringing Himself glory, then we need to recognize that God is not only glorified in showing mercy to undeserving sinners, but He’s also glorified in condemning guilty sinners.  This is the conclusion of Paul, in Romans 9.  With all of the anticipated questions of fairness, Paul quotes Exodus 33, where God tells Moses,
“I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.” 
In other words, God is not unjust to give mercy to some and judgment to others.  God is God, and this is His choice, and He achieves His purpose of glorifying Himself with either.  God hardened Pharaoh, and in Romans 9 Paul says that His purpose in doing so was,
“that I might show my power in you, and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.”
And if we doubt that God is glorified in both mercy and judgment… or if we think He’s more glorified through mercy, then once again Romans 9 is a good place to go for our answers.
“What if God, desiring to show his wrath and to make known his power, has endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction, in order to (here’s the purpose) make known the riches of his glory for vessels of mercy…”
It’s all about God’s glory!  And God wants us to rightly see His glory and give Him praise.  So, if we are to rightly give Him praise for His mercy, then we need to understand what mercy is.  And let’s face it, if every single person received God’s forgiving grace, would we have any concept of what we truly deserve?  Could mercy even be mercy if God were obligated to give it?  But what Romans 9 tells us is that there are vessels (people) made for the purpose of destruction, and this serves to communicate not only God’s glory in His just wrath, but it also enables us to see and understand that we deserve the same.  It enables us to understand mercy and grace, and this prompts us to give Him praise.  It’s about God, not us.  And yet, that we are able to see the perfection of God in both justice and grace, is a part of God’s love.  For He alone (because of His perfection) is able to satisfy us forever, and if He were to hide this from us then He would not fully love us.
So getting back to Isaiah… why would God harden people?  He does so in order to glorify Himself in the display of His just condemnation.  But then, I assume you may wonder, “Is God unjust in hardening people?”  If He is the one who hardens them, then how is it right for Him to also condemn them for the very thing He made them do?
Another assumption people have is in the definition of “hardening.”  They assume that all people are morally neutral and that left to themselves they either choose God or choose to rebel.  This assumption denies the result of Adam’s sin, and that God’s Word tells us that (left to ourselves) no one understands… no one seeks God (Rom. 3:11).  So with the right understanding that no one is morally neutral, but all are (or were, prior to salvation) in rebellion to God, we can better understand what it means for God to harden people. 
The saying, “But for the grace of God go I,” is more true than people realize.  The reality is that if God were to give people over to do what they want to do, everyone would be worse than Hitler.  God giving people over to what they want is not the blessing of “free will,” it is the curse of Romans 1.  As God restrained king Abimelech from sinning against Abraham’s wife Sarah (Gen. 20), so He restrains all people from being as evil as they would otherwise be.  God’s common grace extends to people in this way, and He knows what’s in their hearts.  So, when God decides to harden someone’s heart, He does not need to (and would never) give someone the desire to sin, but He knows that if He removes His restraining hand, they will sin.  And in bringing about their sin in this way, He is just to punish them for acting upon their own evil desires.
I like the illustration of a racehorse in the starting gate, raring to bolt and run.  How do we “cause” the horse to run?  By giving it something it lacks?  No, by removing the restraint of the gate.  This is an example of negative causation.  The restraint is positively causing the horse to stay in the gates, and the opposite (negative) “cause” is accomplished by opening the gates.
When God hardens people toward Him, He is not giving them something they don’t already have (original sin).  We may not perceive the extent of our natural desires (because of God’s restraint), but if He removes that restraint, our hearts grow hard toward Him, and He is just to punish us as we freely rebel against Him.
God has His purposes in both the display of His just wrath, and in the display of His mercy.  We don’t deserve the mercy (grace), but we certainly deserve His just wrath.  It’s all to the praise of His glory. 
I hope this helps, and I hope you’ll keep the questions coming.
-Pastor Brian

A Little Family Time

What emotions come to mind if you had the thought of spending a few days, in the same house, with people in the church that you barely know?  I hope I’m not revealing too much about myself (being alone in my shame), and that you’re not offended in me saying that I would have a sense of awkward and nervous dread.

Don’t get me wrong, I love people – working with them and visiting during the day – but I also look forward to a little me-time, or family-time in the evening, where I can relax and… be myself.  And it’s not that we’re not ourselves around others, but we tend to be more of “us” around… us.

With this in mind, do you see the church as family?  God does.  In 1 Timothy 3, one of the qualifications given for elders and deacons, is that each should be able to manage his own household.  And the thought is, “If someone does not know how to manage his own household (family), how will he care for God’s church?” (3:5).  Then in verse 15, Paul uses this same word to describe the church – “…how one ought to behave in the household (family) of God…”.

Think of it!  We are brothers and sisters not simply at the end of the day, but for all eternity.  And yet… no offense, but this doesn’t sound very appealing.  And the reason it doesn’t, is sin. 

But the good news is that in eternity we won’t be burdened with sin, and we’ll perfectly love one another, and truly enjoy being together all the time.  Until then, there’s a lot of opportunity for practice, and God intends this time to be for the sake of His glory, and our joy.

Jesus tells us that people will know we belong to Him by the way we love one another (John 13:35).  The way we love as family-members (or, the household of God), is a strong witness to the world.  And this doesn’t mean there are never problems in the church, but it does mean that we deal with them in ways that stand out as unusually loving.

The world knows what family battles and divisions look like, and when they see this kind of family stuff going on in the church, they expect similar reactions and results.  But, when they see forgiveness, and people patiently bearing with one another… when they see love and encouragement, and overlooking an offense… when they see people assuming the best instead of the worst in each other, they will say, “Wow, now that’s how a family should be!  Look at how they love one another.  There’s something special going on in there.”

But this doesn’t just happen without some intentional effort and reliance upon God.  Unless we are being changed (Rom. 12:2) from worldly attitudes and responses, into brothers and sisters who think and act like Jesus… it’ll never happen.  So, the closer our relationship is to God, the closer we’ll become to one another.

I love how A. W. Tozer describes it:

Has it ever occurred to you that one hundred pianos all tuned to the same fork are automatically tuned to each other? They are of one accord by being tuned, not to each other, but to another standard to which each one must individually bow. So one hundred worshipers met together, each one looking away to Christ, are in heart nearer to each other than they could possibly be were they to become “unity” conscious and turn their eyes away from God to strive for closer fellowship.

So don’t just work at Christian unity and love, but instead work at being conformed into the image of Jesus, and you’ll grow in Christian unity and love.  And as we do, maybe we’ll look forward to some family time each Sunday… and throughout the week, as we see one another in God’s kingdom. – Pastor Brian

All Sermons

Sep 12, 2021
Hated Because Of Jesus – John 15:18-25
  • Sep 12, 2021Hated Because Of Jesus – John 15:18-25
    Sep 12, 2021
    Hated Because Of Jesus – John 15:18-25
  • Sep 5, 2021Love As You Are Loved – John 15:12-17
    Sep 5, 2021
    Love As You Are Loved – John 15:12-17
  • Aug 29, 2021Abiding In Christ – John 15:6-11
    Aug 29, 2021
    Abiding In Christ – John 15:6-11
  • Aug 22, 2021Bearing Fruit That Lasts – John 15:1-5
    Aug 22, 2021
    Bearing Fruit That Lasts – John 15:1-5
  • Aug 15, 2021The Peace Of Jesus – John 14:25-31
    Aug 15, 2021
    The Peace Of Jesus – John 14:25-31
  • Aug 8, 2021Because He Lives – John 14:18-24
    Aug 8, 2021
    Because He Lives – John 14:18-24
  • Aug 1, 2021Another Helper – John 14:16-17
    Aug 1, 2021
    Another Helper – John 14:16-17
    Jesus promises another helper. Pastor Brian considers the work and the role of the Holy Spirit. Bear Creek Church, Medford Oregon - August 1, 2021
  • Jul 25, 2021If You Love Me – John 14:15-17
    Jul 25, 2021
    If You Love Me – John 14:15-17
    We don't earn the love of Christ by our works, but as those who now love Him we will obey Him. Pastor Brian considers the words of Jesus in John 14:15-17. Bear Creek Church, Medford Oregon - July 25, 2021
  • Jul 18, 2021In Jesus’ Name, Amen – John 14:13-14
    Jul 18, 2021
    In Jesus’ Name, Amen – John 14:13-14
    Certainly we won't get everything we ask Jesus for, but then what did Jesus mean in John 14:13-14? Pastor Brian preaches from this passage of Scripture. Bear Creek Church, Medford Oregon - July 18, 2021
  • Jul 11, 2021Doing Greater Works Than Jesus – John 14:12-14
    Jul 11, 2021
    Doing Greater Works Than Jesus – John 14:12-14
    What did Jesus mean when He said that believers would do greater works than His? Pastor Brian teaches from John 14:12-14 Bear Creek Church, Medford Oregon - July 11, 2021
  • Jul 4, 2021Why We Should Not Lose Heart – 2 Cor. 4:7-18
    Jul 4, 2021
    Why We Should Not Lose Heart – 2 Cor. 4:7-18
    Series: (All)
    Pastor Bill unpacks the incredibly encouraging passage of 2 Cor. 4:7-18, which tells us of the reality of life and the temptation to lose heart, and then reasons why believers should have hope, instead. Bear Creek Church, Medford Oregon - July 4, 2021
  • Jun 27, 2021Suffering and Comfort – 2 Cor. 1:3-12
    Jun 27, 2021
    Suffering and Comfort – 2 Cor. 1:3-12
    Series: (All)
    From 2 Cor. 1:3-12, Pastor Bill considers the "Now What?" of suffering. Concluding that our suffering leads to both our comfort from God, and God using us to bring His comfort to others. Bear Creek Church, Medford Oregon - June 27, 2021
  • Jun 20, 2021I’m Saved… Now What? – 1 Cor. 13:11-13
    Jun 20, 2021
    I’m Saved… Now What? – 1 Cor. 13:11-13
    Series: (All)
    Pastor Bill preaches on our sanctification from 1 Cor. 13:11-13 Bear Creek Church, Medford Oregon - June 20, 2021
  • Jun 13, 2021What is Enough For Us? – John 14:1-11
    Jun 13, 2021
    What is Enough For Us? – John 14:1-11
    In John 14:1-11, Philip asks Jesus, "Lord, show us the Father, and it will be enough," even though God the Son was in his midst. Pastor Brian considers what it means for us to see God. Bear Creek Church, Medford Oregon - June 13, 2021
  • Jun 6, 2021The Way The Truth The Life – John 14:1-6
    Jun 6, 2021
    The Way The Truth The Life – John 14:1-6
    Jesus makes exclusive claims, and our pluralistic society can't handle the truth. No other savior will do for the problems of life, and Jesus doesn’t point His disciples (or us) to some guru, or to a variety of ways. No, He boldly, unapologetically points to Himself. He is not A way among many, or ONE truth among other options, or A source for experiencing life. No, Jesus says that He is THE exclusive way to God, THE absolute embodiment of truth, and THE very source of all life. Pastor Brian preaches this from John 14:1-6
  • May 30, 2021Instructions for Troubled Hearts – John 14:1-3
    May 30, 2021
    Instructions for Troubled Hearts – John 14:1-3
    Pastor Brian teaches from John 14:1-3, giving Jesus' instructions for how to respond in faith, to the troubling circumstances of life. Bear Creek Church, Medford Oregon - May 30, 2021
  • May 23, 2021Confident in Christ – John 13:33-38
    May 23, 2021
    Confident in Christ – John 13:33-38
    What can we learn from Peter's failure. What can we learn about Christ's assurance. Pastor Brian teaches from John 13:33-38. Bear Creek Church, Medford Oregon - May 23rd, 2021
  • May 16, 2021God is Faithful, No Matter What
    May 16, 2021
    God is Faithful, No Matter What
    Series: (All)
    After a video describing the life of Brian and Jennifer's daughter, Devynne Phelps, Pastor Brian gives a message based on various relevant, life-shaping verses. Bear Creek Church, Medford Oregon - May 16, 2021
  • May 9, 2021A New Command To Love – John 13:31-35
    May 9, 2021
    A New Command To Love – John 13:31-35
    Pastor Brian Phelps teaching from John 13:31-35 Bear Creek Church, Medford Oregon - May 9, 2021
  • May 2, 2021Lessons From A Betrayal – John 13:16-30
    May 2, 2021
    Lessons From A Betrayal – John 13:16-30
    Pastor Brian Phelps teaches from John 13:16-30. What can we learn about Jesus, and what can we learn from Judas in his betrayal? Bear Creek Church, Medford Oregon - May 2, 2021
Series on the book of Philippians – by Pastor Dale

Oct 14, 2018
Series: Philippians
"BCC-201810141030" from Sermon Audio by Bear Creek Church. Released: 2018.
  • Oct 14, 2018Rejoice
    Oct 14, 2018
    Series: Philippians
    "BCC-201810141030" from Sermon Audio by Bear Creek Church. Released: 2018.
  • Oct 7, 2018Conflict in the Church – Phil 4:1-10
    Oct 7, 2018
    Conflict in the Church – Phil 4:1-10
    Series: Philippians
    "BCC-201810071030" from Sermon Audio by Bear Creek Church. Released: 2018.
  • Sep 23, 2018Cultivating Contentment – Phil 4:1-19
    Sep 23, 2018
    Cultivating Contentment – Phil 4:1-19
    Series: Philippians
  • Jul 22, 2018Stand Firm Thus in the Lord – Phil. 4:1
    Jul 22, 2018
    Stand Firm Thus in the Lord – Phil. 4:1
    Series: Philippians
    "BCC-201807221000" from Sermon Audio by Bear Creek Church. Released: 2018.
  • Jul 15, 2018Astonished by Jesus – Phil. 3:20-21
    Jul 15, 2018
    Astonished by Jesus – Phil. 3:20-21
    Series: Philippians
    "BCC-201807151000" from Sermon Audio by Bear Creek Church. Released: 2018.
  • Jun 24, 2018A Worthy Life Purpose – Phil. 3:17-4:1
    Jun 24, 2018
    A Worthy Life Purpose – Phil. 3:17-4:1
    Series: Philippians
  • Apr 22, 2018Pressing On Toward the Prize – Phil 3:17-4:1
    Apr 22, 2018
    Pressing On Toward the Prize – Phil 3:17-4:1
    Series: Philippians
    "BCC-201804221030" from Sermon Audio by Bear Creek Church. Released: 2018.
  • Apr 15, 2018Running the Race – Phil 3:12-14
    Apr 15, 2018
    Running the Race – Phil 3:12-14
    Series: Philippians
    "BCC-201804151030" from Sermon Audio by Bear Creek Church. Released: 2018.
  • Mar 18, 2018What Did He Gain? – Phil 3
    Mar 18, 2018
    What Did He Gain? – Phil 3
    Series: Philippians
    "BCC-201803181030" from Sermon Audio by Bear Creek Church. Released: 2018.
    CLICK HERE to watch the video mentioned at the end of this sermon
  • Mar 11, 2018What a Relationship with God ISN’T – Phil 3
    Mar 11, 2018
    What a Relationship with God ISN’T – Phil 3
    Series: Philippians
    "BCC-201803111030" from Sermon Audio by Bear Creek Church. Released: 2018.
    CLICK HERE to watch the video mentioned at the end of this sermon
  • Feb 18, 2018Circumcision of the Heart – Phil 3:1-11
    Feb 18, 2018
    Circumcision of the Heart – Phil 3:1-11
    Series: Philippians
    "BCC-201802181030" from Sermon Audio by Bear Creek Church. Released: 2018.
  • Jan 28, 2018The Heart of a Servant – Phil 2:25-30
    Jan 28, 2018
    The Heart of a Servant – Phil 2:25-30
    Series: Philippians
    "BCC-201801281030" from Sermon Audio by Bear Creek Church. Released: 2018.
  • Dec 10, 2017Combatting Anger (Holiday Chaos Edition) – Phil 2:12-16
    Dec 10, 2017
    Combatting Anger (Holiday Chaos Edition) – Phil 2:12-16
    Series: Philippians
    CLICK HERE to watch the video shown near the end of the sermon
    "BCC-201712101030" from Sermon Audio by Bear Creek Church. Released: 2017.
  • Dec 3, 2017Good Examples – Phil 2:19-24
    Dec 3, 2017
    Good Examples – Phil 2:19-24
    Series: Philippians
    CLICK HERE to watch the video mentioned in this sermon
    "BCC-201712031030" from Sermon Audio by Bear Creek Church. Released: 2017.
  • Nov 12, 2017Thinking Like Paul about Life and Death – and a visit from Emily Colson
    Nov 12, 2017
    Thinking Like Paul about Life and Death – and a visit from Emily Colson
    Series: Philippians
    Watch the video mentioned as the introduction of Emily Colson
    "BCC-201711121030" from Sermon Audio by Bear Creek Church. Released: 2017.
  • Nov 5, 2017Reasons to Stop Complaining – Phil 2:14-18
    Nov 5, 2017
    Reasons to Stop Complaining – Phil 2:14-18
    Series: Philippians
    "BCC-201711050900" from Sermon Audio by Bear Creek Church. Released: 2017.
  • Oct 22, 2017Working on Complaining – Phil 2:12-16
    Oct 22, 2017
    Working on Complaining – Phil 2:12-16
    Series: Philippians
    "BCC-201710221030" from Sermon Audio by Bear Creek Church. Released: 2017.
  • Oct 15, 2017Work Out Your Salvation – Phil 2:12-13
    Oct 15, 2017
    Work Out Your Salvation – Phil 2:12-13
    Series: Philippians
    "BCC-201710151030" from Sermon Audio by Bear Creek Church. Released: 2017.
  • Sep 3, 2017Living for Others – Phil 2:1-11
    Sep 3, 2017
    Living for Others – Phil 2:1-11
    Series: Philippians
    "BCC-201709031030" from Sermon Audio by Bear Creek Church. Released: 2017.
    CLICK HERE to watch the video mentioned at the beginning of the service
  • Jul 16, 2017Cultivating Humility – Phil 2:3-5
    Jul 16, 2017
    Cultivating Humility – Phil 2:3-5
    Series: Philippians
    "Cultivating Humility - Phil 2:3-5" from Sermon Audio by Bear Creek Church. Released: 2017.
Series on the book of James – by Pastor Brian

Feb 24, 2019
To Tell The Truth – James 5:12
Series: James
"BCC-201902241030" from Sermon Audio by Bear Creek Church. Released: 2019.
  • Feb 24, 2019To Tell The Truth – James 5:12
    Feb 24, 2019
    To Tell The Truth – James 5:12
    Series: James
    "BCC-201902241030" from Sermon Audio by Bear Creek Church. Released: 2019.
  • Feb 17, 2019Go for Joy – James 5:19-20
    Feb 17, 2019
    Go for Joy – James 5:19-20
    Series: James
  • Feb 10, 2019Trusting God Through Prayer – James 5:13-18
    Feb 10, 2019
    Trusting God Through Prayer – James 5:13-18
    Series: James
    "BCC-201902101030" from Sermon Audio by Bear Creek Church. Released: 2019.
  • Feb 3, 2019Be Patient – James 5:7-11
    Feb 3, 2019
    Be Patient – James 5:7-11
    Series: James
    "BCC-201902030900" from Sermon Audio by Bear Creek Church. Released: 2019.
  • Jan 27, 2019Who Are You Gonna Be? – James 5:1-6
    Jan 27, 2019
    Who Are You Gonna Be? – James 5:1-6
    Series: James
    "BCC-201901271030" from Sermon Audio by Bear Creek Church. Released: 2019.
  • Jan 20, 2019Who Do You Think You Are? – James 4:13-17
    Jan 20, 2019
    Who Do You Think You Are? – James 4:13-17
    Series: James
    "BCC-201901201030" from Sermon Audio by Bear Creek Church. Released: 2019.
  • Jan 13, 2019Who Are You to Judge? – James 4:11-12
    Jan 13, 2019
    Who Are You to Judge? – James 4:11-12
    Series: James
    "BCC-201901130900" from Sermon Audio by Bear Creek Church. Released: 2019.
  • Jan 6, 2019Why All the Fighting? – James 4:1-10
    Jan 6, 2019
    Why All the Fighting? – James 4:1-10
    Series: James
    "BCC-201901060900" from Sermon Audio by Bear Creek Church. Released: 2019.
  • Sep 16, 2018Serious About Our Words – James 3:1-12
    Sep 16, 2018
    Serious About Our Words – James 3:1-12
    Series: James
    "BCC-201809161030" from Sermon Audio by Bear Creek Church. Released: 2018.
  • Sep 2, 2018Faith Without Works is Dead – James 2:14-26
    Sep 2, 2018
    Faith Without Works is Dead – James 2:14-26
    Series: James
    "BCC-201809021030" from Sermon Audio by Bear Creek Church. Released: 2018.
  • Aug 12, 2018What Good is it? – James 2:14-17
    Aug 12, 2018
    What Good is it? – James 2:14-17
    Series: James
    "BCC-201808121000" from Sermon Audio by Bear Creek Church. Released: 2018.
  • Jul 8, 2018The Sin of Partiality – James 2:1-13
    Jul 8, 2018
    The Sin of Partiality – James 2:1-13
    Series: James
  • Jun 10, 2018Responding to What You See – James 1:19-27
    Jun 10, 2018
    Responding to What You See – James 1:19-27
    Series: James
    "BCC-201806100830" from Sermon Audio by Bear Creek Church. Released: 2018.
  • Jun 3, 2018The Goodness of God in Our Trials – James 1:12-18
    Jun 3, 2018
    The Goodness of God in Our Trials – James 1:12-18
    Series: James
    "BCC-201806030830" from Sermon Audio by Bear Creek Church. Released: 2018.
  • May 20, 2018Wise Boasting – James 1:9-12
    May 20, 2018
    Wise Boasting – James 1:9-12
    Series: James
    "BCC-201805201030" from Sermon Audio by Bear Creek Church. Released: 2018.
  • May 13, 2018Need Wisdom? Ask God – James 1:5-8
    May 13, 2018
    Need Wisdom? Ask God – James 1:5-8
    Series: James
    "BCC-201805130900" from Sermon Audio by Bear Creek Church. Released: 2018.
  • May 6, 2018Old Camel Knees – James 1:1-8
    May 6, 2018
    Old Camel Knees – James 1:1-8
    Series: James
    "BCC-201805060900" from Sermon Audio by Bear Creek Church. Released: 2018.


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BCC Small Groups:
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  • Sundays (every other), 3:30pm – Home Group – Contact Beaux Brasseur
  • Mondays (every other), 6:30pm – College & Career Girls Group – Contact Anne Morgan
  • Tuesdays (every other), 6:30pm – Teen Girls Group (6th-10th) – Contact Bekah Pritchett
  • Tuesdays (4th Tue of each month), 7pm – Home School Moms Group
         Contact Jessica Pritchett for information
  • Wednesday, 6am – Men’s group by Zoom – Contact Pastor Brian 
  • Wednesday, noon – Men’s group (lunch provided with Zoom option)      
         Contact either Pastor Brian or Pastor Bill for more information and location
  • Wednesday, 6:45pm – Home group – Contact Pastor Bill
  • Wednesday, 6:30pm – Home group – Contact Justin Knight
  • Thursdays  – Home group – Contact Pastor Jim Cartwright
  • Seasonal Women’s Studies –  Contact Tracy Davis 

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Prayer is a wonderful gift of God, who graciously invites us to be involved in His sovereign work. Use the form below to sign up and be a part of the BCC Prayer Team where you’ll receive e-mail prayer requests.
Here are a few team requirements:
– You’ve been a regular attender of BCC for at least 3 months.
– You promise to pray (we recommend setting aside a regular time each day)
– You keep all requests confidential.  No requests are meant for sharing.  They are intended for this group only.

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We would be honored to pray as a church for you!  When sending your prayer requests, please keep the following in mind:
– Please word your prayer request or praise as you would like it to appear in the e-mail
– If it’s a medical need, please avoid details that may be too personal or sensitive.
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– We also love to bring praises and areas of thanksgiving to the Lord.
– Please promise to keep us updated with your situation, as it’s encouraging to see how God is at work.


Bear Creek Church exists to glorify God by helping all people to find their fullest joy in Jesus Christ. To this end we serve the members of our church, the people in our local community here in the Rogue Valley, and in the worldwide community through supporting and participating in a variety of ministries.
The links below provide helpful information about the many opportunities for you and your family to serve, be served, grow, and connect with others through the ministry of Bear Creek Church in Medford, Oregon.

Your Ministry at BCC

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Bear Creek Church is a friendly, non-denominational church in beautiful southern Oregon. We invite you to check out this website or contact us for more information. 
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Two services are available in the gym at St. Mary’s School at 816 Black Oak Drive in Medford, one block south of the intersection of Barnett and Black Oak. Classes are available for all ages during the second service. 

Church Information

(Please DO NOT send mail to this address)
816 Black Oak Drive Medford OR 97504
Bear Creek Church
PO Box 4732
Medford OR 97501
Regular Service Times:
1st Service:
9:00 – 10:15 Nursery care available
2nd Service: 10:30 – 12:00 Nursery care available; (Sunday School classes for all ages during 2nd service)
Note for Summer Services – beginning on Memorial Day weekend we meet a half hour earlier.  We return to our regular service times on Labor Day weekend.

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