Good Marriages Need a Whole Church

Ask many Christian singles in Beijing today to describe how they feel about being single, and the responses you hear may surprise you. Many feel frustrated, confused, or even hopeless. They want to find a good Christian spouse, keep themselves pure, and honor God in the pursuit of marriage, yet things don't seem to be moving that direction, and it doesn't seem like it will change anytime soon. In short, they are suffering for Christ. That's not to say that they are being persecuted by the authorities, or afflicted with a disease (though it may seem like it to some), yet in choosing to pursue Biblical marriage, they are left with fewer choices of potential spouses, delaying sex (hopefully), and starting families much later.

Interviewing Perspective Church Members...

Dear Partners in the Gospel,

On behalf of the Elders I want to thank you for your help in our Membership process during both English morning services on the next 2 Sundays, November 27 and December 4. Indeed we are first and foremost partners in the Gospel. By His great mercy our Lord Jesus has given us life and salvation! And this is the fundamental point I urge you to focus on as you help us grow His body at ZGC. At the end of each of the four meetings we will break into small groups. The number of groups will be determined by how many of us are available. And, the depth of knowing the people will be greater the more groups we have! So please try to come.

Life and Work of the Pastor: Case Studies

There are five case studies presented below. You are required to write about three of them, according to your choice. For each case study you must do the following:

Select several relevant passages from Paul's writings that address each issue. Your discussion of these relevant Scriptural passages should include both interpretation and application comments.

Interpretive comments should consider the context, theme, word meanings, structure of the grammar, etc. of the chosen passages.

Application comments should be specific and relevant insights that would be convincing and clear to your friend.

Membership in the International Church

Reflections for the BICF Leaders

2009

As a new pastor in the BICF I am trying to understand Membership here. As in any church, there are obvious advantages to having a membership.

1. It allows a person to express their adherence to the local church.

2. It allows the leaders to know who are their most loyal followers.

3. It provides a pool of more committed people to enlist in ministry leadership.

Having served as a pastor in an international church for some time, I have found there are also some negatives to membership in an International Church (IC).

My Concerns about Bethel Church, Redding, California

2018

I have listened to the teachings of most of the recent speakers advertised to the whole BICF community. I did not personally attend. (I realize that the recordings do not get everything completely). I have concerns about their ministry paradigm and specific objections to the content of their message. But I want here to focus my comments on the wider impact to us as a BICF family of churches. 

When You Consider Ordination

Beijing International Christian Fellowship

WHEN CONSIDERING ORDINATION TO CHRISTIAN MINISTRY

It is great and awesome privilege to be ordained or to help someone prepare for ordination. This paper is to guide candidates for ordination and ordaining churches to better understand what is involved in the ordination process. To candidates, God's Word says, "If anyone sets his heart on being an overseer, he desires a noble task" (1 Tim 3:1). Our prayer is that God would raise up and call many into His service who are scripturally qualified, Spirit-filled, and zealous for His name. To churches, God's Word says, "Everything should be done in a fitting and orderly way" (1 Cor 14:40). When we follow this Biblical admonition, we are a model to the candidate, and we reflect the importance we place on ordination.

Pre-Marital Counseling Requirements & Questionaire

What We Believe

Marriage is one of the most important commitments a person can make. Second only to your decision to follow Christ, marriage will have a great impact on your life, your family, your friends, and your future. We all know the sad fact that many marriages are failing in our time. One reason is because far too many churches have failed to recognize their responsibility to properly equip people to enter marriage. We want, with God's help, to help you as much as we can to be ready to marry. Performing wedding ceremonies is our choice: it is not something we are obligated to do. This means if we feel you and your fiance are not ready, or should not be married for any reason, we will decline to perform your wedding. In Christian marriage, you are making a vow to God to fulfill all that He requires for marriage as outlined in the Bible. Because of the great significance and importance of the marriage vows, all parties should approach marriage prayerfully, patiently, and honesty. Because we love the Lord and you, we want His best and your best.