Communion (You and Christ)

Worship involves all of life (i.e. “all of life is worship!”) Therefore, we gather formally every Sunday either in large group or small groups to re-orient our lives & stories around Christ’s cosmic narrative!

Koinonia Gathering (large group worship)

This is our time for formal worship, which includes song, prayer, a message from scriptures, fellowship, and sharing. We meet for our large group gathering every other Sunday at 10:00 a.m.

For those interested, there will is also a time of prayer, sharing and contemplation prior to worship at 9:00 a.m.!

BCC meets at the EASTON AREA COMMUNITY CENTER – 901 Washington Street.

Missio Gatherings (house church meetings)
Every other Sunday our community meets in three house church settings – Palmer, Wilson and the West Ward (Easton Community Center). These gatherings are where we seek to “go deeper” in the gospel, grow in relational intimacy with one another, and be encouraged in our living on mission to others and our communities! Fellowship begins at 9:30 a.m.

What do we mean by communion?

At the heart of the Christian faith is our communion with God in and through Christ!  Learning to live in light of the truth that we are “United to Christ” in His death and resurrection is what our communion is all about!   Therefore all of life, from beginning to end, must be wrestling with the truth within this charge:  “cheer up you are a lot worse than you think, but in Christ more loved than you could ever imagine!”  Thus our communion is the engine that drives living life and experiencing “life to the full” as Jesus has promised.  Everything we do needs to be an expression of our reliance on, fellowship with, and sacrificial commitment to our union with Christ. 

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We believe that we are renewed and transformed when we are first willing to be honest with God and others. Life is full of questions and doubts. Sometimes it is better to question the answers than it is to answer the questions. We value the unconvinced explorer and the courageous questioner. Change is a non-negotiable. Transformation is his ultimate goal for his people.

We can never allow our following of Jesus to degenerate into anything less than the truth that your life and your every experience of life is rooted in and flows from the life, death and resurrection of Christ!  There is nothing that Christ is not sufficient for.  The rest of our lives we will be ‘wrestling’ with just what that means!  A cruciform life of death to self through faith in Christ is the ‘heart and soul’ of following Jesus!

  • Galatians 5:22-26, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.  If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit.”

Core values in communion

  • Christ centered your life and every experience of life is rooted in & flows from the life, death and resurrection of Christ!
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    • Galatians 2:20-21, I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!”
    • T. Keller, “Irreligious people don’t repent at all, and religious people repent only for their sins.  But Christians ‘repent of their righteousness.’  That is what makes them become Christians – when they repent not for just being bad, but for having tried so many ways to be good in order to avoid relying on Christ alone for their hope, worth and salvation.  This kind of repentance is also what grows them into Christ-likeness.  Every failure to live as we should – all temptation, fear, anger or despondency – means that something besides Christ continues to be important…  Thus all growth takes place the way initial conversion did – through repentance for avoiding Christ as savior.”
  • Spirit led… the power to follow Jesus in your life of ‘new creation’, comes from the indwelling of the Holy Spirit!
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    • Galatians 5:22-26, But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit.”
    • F. Schaeffer, “When I talk about living the Christian life moment by moment, I can only live it in practice one moment at a time, just as my justification took place in one moment- There is no other way to do it…so we must believe God’s promises at this one moment in which we are.  Consequently, in believing God’s promises, we apply them-the present meaning of the work of Christ for the Christian-for and in this one moment.  If you only can see that, everything changes.  As we believe God for this moment, the Holy Spirit is not quenched.  And through his agency, the risen and glorified Christ, as the bridegroom of the bride, the vine, brings forth his fruit through us, at this moment.  This is the practice of active passivity.  And it is the only way anybody can live: there is no other way to live but moment by moment.” 
  • Father trusting… every moment of your life has been sovereignly orchestrated by your loving heavenly Father!
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    • I Thessalonians 5:16-24, “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.  Do not put out the Spirit’s fire; do not treat prophecies with contempt. Test everything. Hold on to the good. Avoid every kind of evil.  May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it.
    • J.I. Packer, “If you want to judge how well a person understands Christianity, find out how much he makes of the thought of being God’s child, and having God as his Father.  If this is not the thought that prompts and controls his worship and prayers and his whole outlook on life, it means that he does not understand Christianity very well at all.  For everything that Christ taught, everything that makes the New Testament new, and better than the Old, everything that is distinctively Christian as opposed to merely Jewish, is summed up in the knowledge of the Fatherhood of God.  “Father” is the Christian name for God.”