Services and it's Purpose
Without Christ, one cannot have a relationship with God!!! The scripture states, “…Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his” (Romans 8:9). This is powerful, because many have adopted religion but have not accepted the person of the Holy Spirit. It is the Holy Spirit that is the Spirit of Christ; furthermore, the third person of the Godhead (Trinity). He brings all things back to your remembrance, teaches you all things and leads and guides you to all truth. The Apostle Paul stated, “…grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption” (Ephesians 4:30). Our redemption comes to maturation when we receive Christ’s Spirit and walk in the wisdom and character of his divine nature. Remember, you are a purchased possession and bought with the price of blood from a righteous lamb, Jesus the Christ.
1 Thessalonians 2:13 For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.
The Sunday School Department is one of the immense happenings and great anticipation. The Sunday School department has taken on the form of a Spiritual Learning Center. Presently, the department consists of nine Sunday School teachers. The aim of the Sunday School is to equip men, women, boys, and girls to be strong in the Lord and in the Power of His Might. Our mission is to teach them to put on the “Whole Armor of God” so that they be able to Stand Against the wiles of the devil. Ephesians 6:10-11.
Knowing God is not willing that any should perish we relate to our church's motto: "Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth." II Timothy 2:15; and are making many efforts to address the needs and plights faced by our youth. I am certain that the Church and the Sunday School are the basis of all effective solutions to the problems and dilemmas confronting our human race. We are aware of the perilous times in which the Apostle Paul exhorted Timothy, his son in the gospel. Furthermore, we are educating and instructing our students to take hold of Godly values and pass them on to their families as well as the next generation. We desire that our students become spiritual leaders in their churches, homes, and communities as well as in their professional undertakings.
You are welcome to attend any of our worship services and to witness the mighty movement of God as He transforms the lives of many from various walks of life and diverse backgrounds. It is God's will for us to draw nigh unto him and to discover and in many cases to rediscover His divine purpose for our lives. These highly anointed services are held every Sunday at 12 noon and present an atmosphere full of God's divine grace, energy, anointed praise and worship. Furthermore, be prepared to receive the inspirational Word of the Gospel and allow it to renew your mind and transform your life. The holy scriptures reminds us that "Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God" (Matthew 4:4). The uncompromising Word of God is presented and taught with simplicity by our pastor and associate ministers who ensure Jesus Christ is exalted and glorified.
Other components of these mighty services include inspirationl testimonies from our members, sharing how God’s love, mercy, and grace has healed and delivered them by His grace. It is His grace that reminds us of the necessity of praise and worship as we pursue His holy presence with faith and expectancy. So, you are personally invited to worship with us as God reveals his plans and purpose for your life. Don't miss out on this movement!
Chapel Service is an important factor in the activities of the BCCTI since the faculty will not approve for graduation any student who does not exercise an interest in the various branches of the Christian Ministry. The Chapel Service may be divided into two parts. The first part consists of six phases (all are secondary assignments) which will be conducted in the following order:
The first phase of service (Devotion) is also known as the "Song Service." Students in charge will begin on time. The songs are to be selected in advance. For the Sunday Chapel Services, five songs will be selected to sing as follows: Two could be hymns from the Hymnal; two lively songs and the fifth song should be a prayer hymn. The congregation does not have to stand during the singing of all the songs-only during the prayer song on Wednesday nights ALL MUST STAND. On Sundays in the Chapel students can be seated during the prayer song. NOTE: Student in charge, please do not talk too much. NOTE: After announcing the prayer song, the "Devotional Leader" should be seated. This completes the Song Service.
Students with this assignment (on Sundays) must go to the altar and bow on their knees. Students praying - MUST CHECK THE BULLETIN BOARD to see what order their names are appearing BEFORE SERVICE. Students should pray LOUD ENOUGH and end prayer by saying: "in Jesus' Name - Amen" so that the person who is to pray next will know when to start. NOTE: the order their names are appearing is the order for the prayers. The instructor should not have to call the names during prayer time.
Students in charge, after having selected in advance the Scripture to read, will immediately go up front. NOTE: Short chapters are to be read. If long chapters are selected, READ ONLY 12 verses (and these must be short verses). The Psalms are recommended for the Scripture reading. Students in charge should have found the location of the Scripture before going up front. After facing the congregation, inform them of the location. (Pause) then repeat the location and then ask them to please stand and read responsively.
4. SCRIPTURE SHOWERS:
Students in charge of this phase of service will go up (lively) and face the congregation. Explain to the congregation in your own words that "this phase of service is known as the Scripture Showers." All are asked to participate by reciting a Scripture verse. Students in charge will be the first to say a Scripture verse, the others are to follow. There are a few things to be noted concerning the Scripture Showers:
a) Should be done lively.
b) Should be recited loud so all can hear (in other words, shout them out).
c) Should not be read but memorized. Only read if necessary but do not make it a practice to read. Memorizing verses from your lesson sheets are highly recommended. Only one verse and no more than two should be recited. (Never chapters, please)
d) PLEASE. After about every four verses recited, sing a short, lively song. Students sitting in the congregation are to assist the person in charge by leading in short choruses.
All are familiar with this phase of service. Before the service begins, two students should check to see where the offering plates are. When it is time for offering, immediately get the trays, go to the center and face the congregation. Then make an offering appeal and ask all to please stand. They should start from the back and bring up their offering. Sing a lively song during the offering.
6. OFFERING BLESSED:
Student in charge immediately goes up after the offering has been collected and blesses the offering. (Do not pray for the speakers - someone already has that assignment). The second part of the Chapel Service will be conducted as follows:
Students in charge of this phase of service must obtain a list of the students speaking, the supporter and the person praying for the speakers, prior to the service. The MC goes up, takes the proper position and calls the speakers in order, as well as the supporter, to come up to the rostrum. Then the person who will be praying for the speakers is called.
8. PRAYER FOR SPEAKERS (Secondary Assignment):
The person who will be praying for the speakers will immediately go up when called, pray for the speakers (do not give the benediction) and be seated. The MC then calls the first speaker and so on until finished. The MC is not to preach. The speakers will preach. The MC should always watch the instructor in charge. When the instructor motions for the MC to stand up, the MC should stand up. There are many reasons for the instructor to motion for the MC to stand up. The speaker then has about one minute to conclude.
Students who have had homiletics are to use one of the outlines. Students who have not had homiletics will be required to use outlines as prescribed by the instructor. In some cases, teachers will be assigned topics. Otherwise, students must use some part of the lesson they have had. STUDY YOUR MESSAGE so that you will not have to read it. You may ask your teacher for suggestions, but you MUST use an outline.
10. SUPPORTERS AND WHISTLE STOPS:
These are basically the same, the only difference is the extra amount of time allotted for the supporter. All you do is give a brief summary of what the speakers talked about in their messages. Never say, “The first speaker spoke on, the second speaker spoke on.”