Planting and Watering

There’s often a competitive spirit that exists between children of the same family, in fact, “sibling rivalry” seems strongest in the closest of families. Managing the battles for personal attention or the recognition that comes with achievement is incredibly difficult, lessening only when siblings stop competing against each other, and begin competing alongside each other for a shared purpose.

This same sibling rivalry existed among Jesus’ disciples and the first apostles, who often found themselves pitted against each other by competing congregations. The Apostle Paul addressed this tension by calling everyone’s eyes off their own accomplishments and pointing directly to God’s.

In 1 Corinthians 3 he appeals to the metaphor of farming; Planting and watering in hopes of a harvest, “So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor.”

Paul says that doing important work is our job, but growth, both physical and spiritual, is the result of God’s goodness and power. Every sibling that diligently works for God’s purpose receives the blessings of God’s invisible labor… and God can be counted on to reward each worker appropriately. Celebrating each other’s labor together moves our eyes and hearts to his goodness and brings us joy.

Through many seasons of planting by diligent service, and then the faithful watering of financial generosity, BCC is presently experiencing the tangible results of God’s invisible work both in us and through us. Since the first of this year, we’ve already had 41 new families check their children into BCC Kids.

As you can imagine this growth brings us incredible opportunities and new challenges: As a result of our thriving Middle School Ministry we had only 4 empty parking spaces during the second service two weeks ago.

If you are one of the faithful people who call BCC family, and water and plant here with us by making sacrifices of your time and finances, I want to say thank you, we are so grateful to experience God’s increase, and celebrate with you!

As we make plans to effectively minister over the course of this year, we are anticipating the need to add some new volunteer leaders and paid staff members to our ever-expanding children’s and student ministry volunteer teams. If you haven’t yet joined in the planting and watering at BCC, and you consider it your church home, I’d love for you to consider joining us as we work with a shared purpose in Jesus’ Kingdom.

You can begin giving online here.

You can explore serving opportunities here.

As his children, we are eagerly anticipating the work he is certain to do, setting aside rivalry for revelry together.

Jon Furman
Lead Pastor