The BPF Story

I once heard a man describe a place for folks who want to explore a relationship with God but probably wouldn’t attend a traditional church. He called it a “church for the unchurched.” I never thought about church the same way again. And seven years later Brazos Pointe Fellowship was born.

In the spring of 2001, BPF was commissioned by First Baptist Church of Lake Jackson to reach the unchurched of Southern Brazoria County. A group of about 80 adults and teens eager to try a new way of doing church hit the ground running with our own version of a “church for the unchurched.” Our first services were in the cafeteria of Lake Jackson Intermediate School. Early every Sunday morning a crew calling themselves the Road Dawgs set up all the furnishings and equipment for worship; and then loaded it back up in trucks and trailers at noon. We were a church-in-a-box.

We soon outgrew the cafeteria and moved into the gym. Over the next three years BPF became a growing presence in the community, drawing people from diverse backgrounds in a 30-mile radius. To help them become fully devoted followers of Christ we kept our strategy simple: worship together on the weekends, meet in Small Groups during the week for Bible study, and find a place to serve. Early on opportunities came to reach beyond our own community. A GlobaLocal ministry was begun to help start other churches and send BPF teams on mission trips around the world.

In 2004 we purchased 48 acres of land on the west side of Lake Jackson for a future home. In July of 2005 we left the school and relocated in a shopping center in Clute. The Dixie Drive campus would be our “temporary home” for the next eight years. As our congregation continued to grow our presence in local ministries expanded as we introduced Servolution to the community. Our global impact grew as well as hundreds of people served internationally on short term mission projects.

Greg Pickering - Founding & Lead Pastor

Greg Pickering - Founding & Lead Pastor

In the fall of 2010 we launched a campaign called nextSTEP now to start the process of building a permanent home on the land we had purchased years before. Three years later, in the summer of 2013, we relocated to a spacious new campus on the Brazoria Road (Hwy 332 West). During the process God also gave us the opportunity to plant Coastal Community Church in Galveston – a church that has already become one of the largest on the island.

Now as over a thousand people gather each Sunday for the Weekend Experience our passion to be a church for the unchurched is as strong as ever as we guide people to take their next step with God.

Greg Pickering

Founding & Lead Pastor

 

You can learn more about the BPF Story at Discovering Brazos Pointe class.

 

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What We Believe

At Brazos Pointe Fellowship God's truth revealed to us through the Bible determines what we believe. God has given each of us the freedom to read and understand the Bible for ourselves. Christ followers, however, don't always agree in their understanding of some parts the Bible. Therefore, we have adopted the following guidelines to help us stay true to the Bible's central message of Jesus Christ and still offer the freedom of personal convictions the Bible describes in Romans, chapters 14 & 15 and the book of Galatians.


In essential beliefs, we have unity.

"There is one Body and one Spirit...there is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God and Father of us all..." 

Ephesians 4:4-6

 

In non-essential beliefs, we have DIVERSITY.

"Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters... Who are you to judge someone else's servant? To his own master he stands or falls... So then each   of us will give an account of himself to God...So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God."
Romans 14:1,4,12,22

 

In all our beliefs, we show charity.

"...If I hold in my mind not only all human knowledge but also the very secrets of God, and if I have the faith that can move mountains  but have no love ,I amount to nothing at all." 
1 Corinthians 13:2 (Ph)

Many of the areas where Christ followers have different understandings of the Bible revolve around lifestyle practices and preferences. They fall into the Apostle Paul's category of disputable matters; areas where we have the freedom to agree to disagree. Many more areas simply have to do with culture or tradition. But there are some clear teachings in the Bible we believe are essential to unity of purpose and mission of the church. All who sign the Brazos Pointe Fellowship Membership Covenant agree to these eight essentials.


The Essentials We Believe:

1. About God

God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three personalities: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God.

Genesis 1:1,26,27, 3:22 ; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; 2 Corinthians 13:14

2. About Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven's glory and will return again someday to earth to reign as King of Kings, and Lord of Lords.

Matthew 1:22, 23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5; 14:10 -30; Hebrews 4:14,15; 1 Corinthians 15:3,4; Romans 1:3,4; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Timothy 6:14,15; Titus 2:13

3. About The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son of God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. He gives every believer a spiritual gift when they step over the line of faith. As Christians, we seek to live under His control daily.

2 Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13, 14:16 ,17; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12 , 3:16 ; Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 5:18

4. About The Bible

The Bible is God's Word to us. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is the truth without any mixture of error.

2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20,21; 2 Timothy 1:13; Psalm 119:105,160, 12:6; Proverbs 30:5

5. About Human Beings

People are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. People are the supreme object of God's creation. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called sin. This attitude separates people from God and causes many problems in life.

Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a; Romans 3:23 ; Isaiah 59:1, 2

6. About Salvation

Salvation is God's free gift to us but we must accept it. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God's offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin's penalty. When we turn from our self-ruled life and turn to Jesus in faith we are saved. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith.

Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8,9; John 14:6, 1:12 ; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1

7. About Eternal Security

Because God gives us eternal life through Jesus Christ, the true believer is secure in that salvation for eternity. If you have been genuinely saved, you cannot lose it. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the Christian. It is the grace and keeping power of God that gives us this security.

John 10:29; 2 Timothy 1:12; Hebrews 7:25 , 10:10 ,14; 1 Peter 1:3-5, Romans 8:35-39; John 5:24

8. About Eternity

People were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life. Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence.

John 3:16; John 14:17; Romans 6:23; Romans 8:17-18; Revelation 20:15; 1 Corinthians 2:7-9

You can learn more about what we believe at Discovering Brazos Pointe.

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Our Strategy & Values

BPF has a clear purpose guiding people to take their next step with God. Because following Christ is more a journey than a destination, everybody has a next step, even those who haven't yet crossed over the line of faith. To help people take those next steps we follow a simple strategy. It begins with encouraging everyone to live a Catalyst lifestyle in the community. cat·a·lyst is a term used in chemistry. A catalyst is a substance that modifies and increases the rate of a chemical reaction. We see God, the Great Chemist, using us to help people take a step closer to Him. The Apostle Paul gives us an example of living a catalyst lifestyle. He spoke to his fellow Jews using the Hebrew Scriptures. But he reasoned with the Greeks by referring to their idols and poets.

While Paul was waiting for them in Athens , he was deeply troubled by all the idols he saw everywhere in the city. He went to the synagogue to debate with the Jews and the God-fearing Gentiles, and he spoke daily in the public square to all who happened to be there.
— Acts 17:16-17 (NLT)

We speak to the people of our day using images and words we all understand; like music and movies. From a catalyst lifestyle, we do three things as a church. Once a week we gather together for the Weekend Experience. It includes worship together for adults and students on Sunday mornings and Brazos Pointe Kids for the children, plus a host of opportunities for people to serve. The next part of our strategy is Adult and Student Small Groups. We experience life together as we study and discuss the Bible in people's homes. Small Groups also look for opportunities to serve together, which is our third strategy step. God has uniquely shaped everyone to serve in Volunteer Ministry. Whether it's together with their Small Group, with a team at the weekend experience, or even somewhere Outside The Walls of BPF, we desire to equip and encourage everyone to find their place of service. At Brazos Pointe Fellowship everybody serves.


Affiliations

Brazos Pointe Fellowship is an independent church.  We do, however, have several voluntary affiliations with other similar minded churches.


Purpose Driven

AN AFFILIATION OF STRUCTURE.

First and foremost, BPF is a Purpose Driven Church and identifies closest with other PDCs, regardless of their denominational affiliation. Though there are thousands of PDCs around the world, there is no formal organization, no membership expectations, no financial ties, or even a directory of churches. PDCs are churches that intentionally build their church around the five biblical purposes of discipleship, evangelism, fellowship, ministry and worship.


Willow Creek Association

AN AFFILIATION OF VALUES.

Similarly, BPF is a part of the Willow Creek Association. WCA churches are similar to purpose driven churches and exist primarily to reach the unchurched. The WCA has a formal organization, a membership covenant and thousands of participating churches world wide.


Gulf Coast Baptist Association

AN AFFILIATION OF MISSION

We are affiliated denominationally with Baptists. Being Baptist is not so much an identity as it is an opportunity. It is an opportunity to partner with churches around the world that share our passion to introduce Jesus Christ to every person on the planet. There are three levels of voluntary association which we support financially. Locally, we are a part of the Gulf Coast Baptist Association. On a state level, we are dually aligned with both the Baptist General Convention of Texas and the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention. On a national level we are affilitiated with the Southern Baptist Convention. We join 40,000 churches through the Cooperative Program to support over 10,000 missionaries around the world.