This Coming Sunday’s Service
April 8, 2018 

Sunday, April 15, 2018

“Barnabas: World Altering Encouragement”

Supporting Characters #1
Perhaps my favorite categories at the Oscars are for the role of an actor or actress in a supporting role.  These are the roles that often produce the break-out performances and memorable characters we talk about the rest of the year; often stealing the spotlight from Tinsel Town’s leading A-list stalwarts.  In the same way, many of the most interesting characters and important lessons in the Scriptures come to us from some of the lesser known supporting characters in the story lines of the Bible’s epic tales.  One of those supporting characters was a man named Barnabas.  Barnabas, whose name literally means, “Son of Encouragement” is named only 4 times in the scripture but in each instance he is found encouraging some of the Bible’s most influential people at some of the most critical times in the life of the early church.  I hope you will join us this Spring as we talk about some of the big things that some of the “smaller”, lesser known or supporting characters of Scripture do to make all the difference.

Read: Acts 4:32-37, 9:26-28, 11:22-24 & 15:36-41


1) On a scale of 1-10, how strong do you think your self esteem is these days?  What in your life tends to bolster your self-esteem?  What tends to drag it down?

2)  Who have been the Barnabases (encouragers) in your life?  How have they managed to encourage you into becoming the person you are today?

3) Have you ever doubled back to let them know they played that special role in your life?  Have you ever taken the time to thank them for it?

4) Who have you been a Barnabas to?  Who else in your life could you make a ministry out of encouraging?


Sunday, April 8, 2018

As we come down off the high we all experienced last week and settle back into the everyday routines which compose our lives, the burning question that seems to beg to be answered is, “What difference does Sunday’s resurrection make for me in my everyday life?”  What does it mean to live, “From Now On”, as a resurrection people in the midst of the chaos and confusion of a broken world and the very real challenges we face in our daily lives?  The story of the Road to Emmaus is a wonderful reminder that because of last Sunday the resurrected Christ walks alongside us all of the time, in and out of all the things we go through, whether we fully recognize it or not.  It’s easy to notice Christ’s presence when hundreds of us are worshipping together, the trumpets blaring, the lilies blooming, but do we notice God’s real presence making a difference in our lives, in our world, when everything seems to go back to “normal”?


READ: Luke 24:13-35

  • How is it possible that the disciples could have been walking and talking with Jesus yet still not recognize him?
  • Have you ever been face to face with someone but didn’t recognize them because you were seeing them in a different place or context than you were expecting or used to?
  • Are there times, in your own life, where God’s presence, blessings, miracles, should be obvious, but you miss them because you aren’t expecting to see God?  Can you give specific examples?
  • What made the difference for the disciples?  What finally woke them up to Christ’s presence with them?
  • What specific things might we do to become more aware of God’s presence and movement all around us in our everyday lives?  How might we become a bit more aware of God’s healing and restorative, resurrecting work, taking place below the surface in our society, culture and world?  
    Last week’s sermon notes are below:


We Rise 

April 1, 2018 – Easter Sunday

Scripture: John 20:1-23; John 20:19-23

We are delighted you were able to join us for the celebration of what few would deny was the most consequential and influential morning in all of human history.  As exciting as Los Angles can be, we believe it is too big and fast paced a city for us to try to go it on our own.  We all need a good church home; a loving and supportive community where we can learn, worship, grow, heal and then be empowered to go out and change the world while touching the lives of others.  If you do not have a regular church home here in the “city of angels”, we would love to invite you to join us every Sunday as we discover together how this resurrection power we celebrate this morning can intersect our own stories while making all the difference in the very real issues and relationships we live with in our every day lives.  Welcome!  We are so glad you are here!
– Rev. Dave Carpenter
“As we continue our Lenten journey, I invite you to allow Christ to be the center of your world, to make time to sit in the light of God’s Word, and to practice letting your light shine.
Too often we doubt whether our one little light can really make a difference. Be assured, IT CAN! There are so many ways right here at BPC that you can make a difference, so many opportunities for you to be a part of this community. Check out the opportunities below and enjoy being part of this fellowship.”
– Rev. Dr. Judy Siker
Rev. Dave Carpenter