Pastor’s Letter

Dear Bible Center family & friends,

Welcome to church! Thanks for visiting on campus, online, or on TV.

Today we continue our new series titled, “Are You Certain?” For 8 weeks we’re walking verse-by-verse through the inspired letter of 1 John.

How certain are you of your salvation? Would you benefit from more spiritual confidence, knowing your sins have truly been forgiven? Does your spiritual journey need encouragement?

God wants all Christians to have the assurance of their salvation. In this little letter, God makes an ironclad case for how we can know—that we know—that we know we are genuine Jesus-followers. This book lays out irrefutable evidence that’s not based on an experience we’ve had or a prayer we’ve prayed. Instead, assurance of salvation is based on real-time, observable indicators and the eternal promises of God.

Mike Graham, our Pastor of Discipleship and Multiplication, is speaking today from 1:5-2:2 on the topic of repentance. Though repentance is often depicted as a bad thing, it’s actually a lovely reality that provides assurance of salvation. The fact that we feel conviction of sin—and are quick to agree with God about it—is evidence that God’s life dwells within us.

Thankfully, when we do sin (even as Jesus-followers), “We have an advocate with the Father: Jesus Christ, the Righteous One!”

Our youngest daughter Riley and I are away this weekend surveying a church in North Carolina to see how other churches (similar to ours) are safely emerging from the pandemic while staying on mission. Please pray for our traveling mercies and for a productive trip that will benefit the entire Bible Center family.

Thankful for Jesus,

Matt Friend • Lead Pastor

This Week at a Glance

Thursday | April 15
  • 7 PM | Worship Service
Sunday | April 18
  • 9 & 11 AM | Worship Services | On Campus & Online
  • 9 & 11 AM | Early Childhood, Children’s Ministry, & Middle School (MSM)
  • 9 AM | High School Ministry (HSM)
  • 10 AM | Worship Service | WCHS-TV
  • Sunday Groups | Various Times
Wednesday | April 21
  • 6 PM | AWANA | 1st Floor
  • 6 PM | Middle School (MSM) | Church Campus
  • 7 PM | High School (HSM) | School Campus


Church Life

Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) Golf Scramble

Friday, May 14 | Edgewood Country Club, Charleston | Sign up to play or to be a sponsor by contacting Tim Britton at (304) 881-2561. As a missionary with FCA and one of Bible Center’s global partners, annual events like this help to raise Tim Britton’s annual support, to provide Bibles for kids and coaches, to send kids to FCA camps who cannot afford to go, to provide meals for teams as a service outreach, materials for in-school FCA clubs, and other ministry opportunities that may come up throughout the year. [More info]


Secret Church

Friday | April 23 | 6:30 PM – 1:00 AM | Meet at church campus in the MSM Room (1st floor) | This event will be put on by the HSM, but it’s not only an HSM event (some from Young Adults and Young PROs will be present)!

Graduation Sunday

Sunday, May 23 | We will honor our 2021 graduates during the morning services. To submit names of any individuals in our church family who are graduating from high school, college, or graduate school, complete the appropriate form by Wednesday, May 12: High School | College & above. For questions, contact Judy Mercer.


New Group for Families with Young Children

Sundays | 10 AM | Room 1121 (first floor) | Looking for a place to belong? Are you a parent of young kids? This group might be for you! Child care provided; drop off your infant or child at the North Check-In Desk nearby. Led by Troy and Kelly McClung.

Bible Center School

Spring Open House

Wednesday, May 5 | 9 AM-2 PM | Considering Christian Education? Want to know what BCS is all about? Come check out BCS while students are in session! Tour the school, meet the faculty, and see what our students are saying about BCS. To schedule your tour, please call (304) 941-1704 and our office staff will be happy to answer your questions and help you choose a time that works best for your schedule.

BCS Employment Opportunities

  • Teacher for 3-year-old Preschool Class | Full-time (with benefits) | Email Preschool Director Machelle Huffman for details.
  • Preschool Summer Employment Opportunities | Email Preschool Director Machelle Huffman for details.
  • Substitute Teachers are needed at BCS (grade levels and days are flexible). Email Principal Stephanie Schafer.