Good morning and welcome to church! I’m so glad you’re here. Whether you’re fully rested or barely hanging by a thread, we pray today’s service will be a special blessing to you.
While I’m out on vacation with my family, Pastor John is teaching today from Psalm 133, the classic Psalm of Christian unity. The inspired writer declares, How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity! …For there the Lord bestows His blessing, even life forevermore.
Let me take a moment and thank you, Bible Center Church, for the tremendous display of unity that we’re seeing throughout our church family. You are unifying around the gospel in our worship services, in your groups, on your service teams, and in your classes. You are uniting around our mission to the city, both individually (at your jobs, in your neighborhoods, around your hobbies) and collectively (by sharing your time, resources, and talents). It’s happening!
However, let us never imagine that we have arrived. The world, our own flesh, and our ancient adversary—the devil—are always poised to distract us from the Lord Jesus Christ and to divide us from one another.
As Thomas Paine so eloquently penned, “It is not in numbers, but in unity, that our great strength lies.” May God use Pastor John’s message today to further strengthen our unity!
United with you for the gospel and for the city,
Matt Friend • Senior Pastor
NEW SERMON SERIES
Begins July 28
Our mission at Bible Center is to glorify God by producing more maturing followers of Jesus. Our strategy-at-large is to create environments where all people can worship, belong, and serve.
But what motivates us to do what we do? Why are we so passionate to fulfill this mission? Only our values can answer those questions. Every church has a value-combination unique to its location, people, and time in history. We want our values to align with God’s heart for the greater Charleston area.
Join us for this 7-week series, and may God inspire us with these seven values!
- July 28 | Gospel – Pastor Mike Graham
- August 4 | Learning
- August 11 | City
- August 18 | Family – Special Communion Service
- August 25 | Generosity
- September 1 | Innovation – Pastor John King
- September 8 | Growth
Bob Smiley: A Night of Laughs
Saturday, August 24 • 7 PM • Auditorium • $13.50-$42.50/person • Laugh ‘til you can’t breathe! Invite your friends and family to see “Christian comedian and hotel shampoo collector” Bob Smiley! Get tickets at TheConcertSpot.com.
Bible Center Preschool Employment Opportunities
- Full-time Aide – 10 AM-6 PM, 4-year-old children
- Full-time Assistant Cook/Preschool Aide – 9 AM-5 PM
Contact Director Machelle Huffman, 304-941-1710)
Celebrate Recovery Open House
Tuesday, July 30 • 6 PM • Auditorium • Everyone’s welcome! Free BBQ dinner followed by Christian rock band The Shine Effect (7 PM). Not sure what CR is all about? This is a great time to check it out. Everyone struggles with something—guilt, abuse, anger, drugs/alcohol—to name a few. CR provides a safe space for anyone to gain support from others who understand. Contact Poozie Null for more info (304-747-8836).
Global Leadership Summit
August 8-9 • 9:30 AM-4:30 PM • Your influence matters… Maximize it by gaining insight and practical tips from industry leaders such as Craig Groeschel, Danielle Strickland, Patrick Lencioni, and more! BibleCenterChurch.com/GLS.
Matt’s Weekly Email
Want the inside scoop from Pastor Matt each week? Sign up to be on his All-In email list at BibleCenterChurch.com/allin.
OWLS: A Night of Musical Memories (Adults 55+)
Friday, July 26 • 6 PM • The RIM, Bible Center School • $5 • Enjoy dinner and musical favorites from your younger years. Sign up online or email Judy. Bring a side dish to go with sliders.
GEMS Events: (Widows)
- Picnic Saturday, July 27 • 12:30-2:30 PM • Gathering Space • RSVP to Judy (304-346-0431).
- Luncheon at Panera Saturday, August 10 • 12-2 PM • Panera (Southridge) • All are invited! Dutch treat. RSVP to Suzanne Lackey (304-610-3034) or just join us!
Save the Date: Women’s Conference: How to Be a Not SO Secret Agent of Grace
Fri., September 13 (7:00-9:30 PM ) & Sat., September 14 (9 AM-Noon) • Speaker: Becky McDonald, Musical Guest: Unspoken • Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to be an Agent of Grace and not keep your story a secret. Purchase your ticket today, or treat a special woman in your life to a time of encouragement and worship with girlfriends! All ages are welcome.
Serve in the Special Needs Ministry
We are growing! Additional buddies and leaders are needed. Serve on Sundays (9 or 11 AM) or Wednesdays (6-7:30 PM); no experience required. Contact Emily King for more info or stop by room 1106 (“The Lodge” on Level 1) after the service. Background check required.
Join the Choir
Looking for somewhere to serve? Love to sing? Contact Mary Beth Malcolm.
Union Mission Crossroads Dinner
July 25 & August 1 • 5:30 PM • (monthly, 1st & 4th Thursdays) Sign up online to donate items, make a contribution, or to serve. Volunteers needed at 4 PM. Contact Sheri Skidmore with questions.
Waves of Fun (Hurricane, WV) (Middle School)
Monday, July 29 • $8 • Meets at the Bible Center School lot at 1 PM, ends at 5 PM • For all students who have finished 6th-8th grade. Contact Pastor Josh for info or register online or on the app.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
- July 14-18 | VBS
- Aug. 8-9 | Global Leadership Summit
- Aug. 12 | School starts
- Aug. 21 | AWANA Clubs, Student Ministries, and Choir resume
- Aug. 24 | Bob Smiley, Christian Comedian
- Aug. 24 | Group Leader Training
- Sept 5 | The Holy Spirit and the Church Core Class Starts
- Sept. 8 | Outdoor Baptism
- Sept. 13-14 | Women’s Fall Event
- Sept. 15 | Financial Peace University course starts
- Sept. 22 | Lunch on the Lawn
- Sept. 27-28 | Belong: Membership Weekend