Pastor’s Letter

Dear Bible Center family & friends,

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

This weekend we continue our 14-week “Wholly Transformed” series, walking verse by verse through the New Testament book of James.

Several weeks ago, we began with two introductory messages on the roles that God’s Word and suffering play in our spiritual transformation. Last weekend we studied the transformative power of mercy in our lives. You can listen to these messages on our app, on our sermon podcast, or on the series page here.

Today we’ll study James 2:14-26 in a message titled, “Transformed Through Faith.” This is probably the most famous passage in James with well-known statements such as, “I will show you my faith by my deeds,” and “faith without works is dead.”

Having a vibrant faith is our goal for all Jesus-followers, including our students at Bible Center School. Sarah and I are thrilled to have them minister to us in our morning services this morning, being reminded by Principal Schafer and others that faith isn’t limited to adults!

Which of the following equations is correct, according to what James teaches in these verses?

  • Good Works = Salvation
  • Faith + Good Works = Salvation
  • Faith = Salvation – Good Works
  • Faith = Salvation + Works

The answer to this riddle is crucial to our eternal destiny and for our impact on the world around us. Since the topic is so important to Jesus, James, and Paul the Apostle… I would encourage you to take notes, follow along with the sermon notes on the app, or skip directly to the printable sermon notes here.

Transforming with you,

Matt Friend
Lead Pastor

This Week at a Glance

Thursday | January 27
  • 7 PM | Worship Service
Friday | January 28
  • College and Young Adult Game Night | 8:30 PM | BCS Campus
Sunday | January  30

(Kids/Students Schedule | Groups Schedule)

  • 8:45 AM | On Campus & Online
  • 10:00 AM | On Campus, Online, WCHS-TV
  • 11:15 AM | On Campus, Online
Tuesday | February 1

News & Events

Join our pastors and staff for our multi-session Membership Class! Take a peek behind the curtain at our core beliefs, discipleship mission, gospel vision, strategic plan, core values, staff team, and ministry practices. We’ll answer your questions and get to know each other. It’s essentially a time for you to interact with our staff and others considering membership.

At Bible Center, we talk much about the written Word of God; however, have you ever wondered what role the Holy Spirit plays in our transformation? What does it mean to be filled with the Spirit? What must we do to be filled with the Spirit? How can we walk in the Spirit with our families, friends, colleagues, and neighbors? Dr. Gregg and Nora Allison will answer those questions for us this weekend, both through their teaching and stories from life, family, and ministry.

Registration is free; however, we want to have plenty of seats and refreshments for you. Child care provided if pre-registered.

Church Life

Baptism Sunday

February 27 | 12:30 PM | Ready to go public with your faith in Jesus? Get baptized! On Sunday, February 27, your friends and family can gather in the Worship Center after the morning services (12:30 PM) to see you baptized. This special, intimate baptism service is for anyone who is ready to take the next step in their journey with Christ. Let Pastor Matt know that you’re ready to take this next step in your spiritual journey. Want to learn more about baptism? Check out the brief video and pamphlet on baptism. February 27 will be a special day!

Save the Dates | Member Meetings

This year’s Member Meetings will be held at 6 PM on March 20, June 26, and September 25. Mark your calendars now, and plan to join us.

Employment Opportunities

Two part-time positions are available in the Facilities Department. Contact Steve DeBord at or (304) 346-0431.


Special Events Child Care Team

A team is being developed to provide childcare for special events. If you love kids and would like to make a little extra money, complete this form. Contact Julianna Vogt for more information. Adults and teens are welcome.

Join the Hospitality Team… Keep the Coffee Coming!

Wasn’t it great having the coffee & hot tea back in the Lobby on Sundays during the Christmas Season? We’d love to keep it going, and we’re looking for people to help make it happen! You can serve once a month or every other Sunday—you choose! Please contact Paula Toney to join the Hospitality Team.


Child Dedication

Sunday, March 20 | 5 PM | For Members or Members-in-Process | Child Dedication services are uniquely special for our members and their guests. Child Dedication at Bible Center is now held on Sunday evenings, at least a couple of times each year, and has a three-fold purpose:

  • Parents dedicate their child(ren) to God.
  • Parents dedicate themselves to raising their child(ren) in obedience to the gospel of Jesus Christ.
  • As fellow members (or members-in-process), the Bible Center membership commits to helping parents raise their children within our covenant community.

Ready to dedicate your baby or small child? View the schedule, FAQs, and more info, or register now.

Bible Center School

Employment Opportunity

We are now hiring a Middle School English teacher! Looking for a qualified, self-motivated person who has a love for teaching English and Reading. Applicants must be willing to teach all learners and create an environment where students thrive through engaged learning. Please email Principal Schafer for more information.

Bible Center Preschool

Employment Opportunities

In early 2022, Bible Center’s preschool program will expand to include children from birth (6 weeks old) to 2 years old. We are looking for team players who are passionate about building into future generations by caring for young children while inspiring a love for learning. We are currently receiving applications for open positions.

Complete the application here. Jane Jackson-Fowler, Director of Preschool Ministries, will follow up with applicants. Positions available:

  • 1 Lead teacher
  • 1 Aide/Assistant Teacher
  • 1 Floater

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