Delighting in God
At the core of who we are as God’s people at Bear Cove, we are a people who find our greatest delight in the triune God. The Bible consistently reveals God as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We delight in God because he delights in himself and in us as his people. As John wrote in his first letter to the believers at Ephesus, we love God because he first loved us (1 John 4:10).
Delighting in God’s Word
The Bible has sole authority in our lives and in our church. We celebrate its truth and its power. We affirm its inerrancy…and its sufficiency. In each of our discipleship ministries, from our children’s ministry to our senior adult ministry, God’s Word leads and guides us. In all that we do, we seek to understand and apply Scripture to our lives as we delight in its revelation of who God is and what he has called us to at Bear Cove.
Delighting in God’s Gospel
We savor the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ. The glorious truth that Christ died in our place for our sin, defeated death in his resurrection, and ascended to the right of God in heaven to rule and reign over the world is our greatest hope at Bear Cove. The only hope for our world today is the gospel, and we seek to bring the hope and healing of the gospel to Sparta and beyond.
Delighting in God’s Presence
We are a church committed to the pursuit of God’s presence. God has always drawn near to his people throughout all of history. As God has drawn near to us, we seek to draw near to him (James 4:8). The primary way we do this is in our corporate prayer gatherings. We seek God’s presence together in these gatherings by praying his Word, praying for one another, praying for our city, and praying as the Holy Spirit leads us to pray for ministries and mission projects around the world.
Delighting in God’s People
Jesus taught us to love our neighbor as part of the greatest commandment. At Bear Cove, we love people! We seek to love one another as Christ has commanded us (John 15:12). God has adopted us into his family as his children and his heart for us is to love one another as brothers and sisters in his family. We seek to accomplish this as we gather together in a variety of settings as we care for one another.
“And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.”
We believe the Christian life is best expressed in the context of community. As Acts 2:46-47 shows us, the early Christians devoted themselves to each other on a consistent basis. They were a powerful people as they met each other’s needs as the Holy Spirit guided them. We have many ways for you to connect with people in our gatherings!
“And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.”
The early church was committed to personal spiritual growth. They were constantly being taught by the Word of God and by their spiritual leaders. They also spent much time in corporate prayer and personal prayer. We offer resources and classes for you to grow in your walk with Christ so that you can grow more like Christ.
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
The book of Acts is a chronicle of an explosive movement. It started with a small gathering in Jerusalem and eventually spread throughout the world. Christ has given his Church a simple, yet powerful command: GO! At Bear Cove, we seek to bring the hope of the gospel by going and serving people.