BELIEFS & VALUES
BIDWELL PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
JOINING IN GOD'S RESTORATION
...of Relationships (Psalm 85:4) | ...of Creation (Revelations 21:1) | ...of Justice (Micah 6:8) | ...of Community (Jeremiah 29:7) | ...of Your Life (Psalm 23:3)
BPC CORE VALUES
G • R • A • C • E
Grace is at the heart of our church—In Jesus Christ, God has moved first toward us and saved us. Christ loves us just as we are, and by the Holy Spirit, we are growing deep in God’s love and becoming more and more what God intends us to be. In response to God’s unconditional love, we seek to love others with a compassionate, open, and non-judgmental attitude.
“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God—not the result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life.” Ephesians 2:8-10
God is reaching out with grace to all people. We are joining our Lord in this mission of righteousness and peace, demonstrating the good news of God’s unending mercy and love for a hurting world. We are Christ’s hands and feet—indeed, his ambassadors—in our everyday lives. Ultimately, our church does not exist for itself, but for those around us.
“All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself,* not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us. So we are ambassadors for Christ since God is making his appeal through us…” 2 Corinthians 5:18-20.
Embraced by the grace of God, we are free to be transparent before God and before others. We seek freedom from hypocrisy. Through Christ’s transforming power, we are becoming authentic and genuine people, admitting fears and flaws. We want to be real people, encounter a real God, and serve the real world.
“Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And all of us, with unveiled faces, seeing the glory of the Lord as though reflected in a mirror, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another…” 2 Corinthians 3:17-18.
Christ lavishes grace on us by his Spirit, releasing us from hopelessness and bringing us into abundant life. So, as a grateful Christian community, we pray, study Scripture, sing, and serve to celebrate God’s goodness. We seek to rejoice in all aspects of our life, whether in work or in play. We want our life together to be marked by joy.
“Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth.
Worship the Lord with gladness;
come into his presence with singing.” Psalm 100:1-2
“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice!” Philippians 4:4
Grace is the outpouring of God’s unlimited goodness, and generosity is our heartfelt response to God’s gifts. Generosity involves stewardship of all that we are and have. We, therefore, commit to using our gifts of time, money, and skills—our whole lives—in service to God and those around us.
“So deeply do we care for you that we are determined to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves…” 1 Thessalonians 2:8.
“Now as you excel in everything—in faith, speech, in knowledge, in utmost eagerness, and in our love for you—so we want you to excel also in this generous undertaking.” 2 Corinthians 8:7