Greetings from Pastor Dan:
When the Lord Jesus was asked to name the greatest commandment in the Law, He not only answered that question, but added a bonus response. The greatest commandment was to love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength; and the second was to love our neighbor as ourselves (Matt. 22:37-40). The vertical is primary, but that dimension points us straight back to the horizontal.
It is notoriously difficult to find churches that pursue both dimensions, showing love for God by preaching, teaching and practicing His word faithfully as commanded (Matt. 28:18-20; Jn. 8:31-32; Acts 2:42-44; 2 Tim. 4:1-5), and just as warmly showing genuine love for one another (Jn. 13:35). Loving practice should flow out of solid teaching (Eph. 4:11ff), yet so often churches tend to be either cerebral and intellectual, or loving and relational.
When my family and I first visited Copperfield Bible Church in January of 2012, we were overwhelmed by what we found. We met people who were hungry and eager to be taught the Word of God, hot and straight-up and solid and without compromise. But at the same time, they immediately made us feel like long-lost family. They were beyond courteous; they were loving and warm and embracing.
Now that God has moved the folks at CBC to bring me in as their pastor, my fellow-elders and I aim at continuing to nurture and cultivate that very environment. For my part, I seek God’s grace to bring almost four decades of Bible study to bear in preaching and teaching the Word of God expositionally in a variety of venues. But being a pastor is not merely being a talking head. The elders and I work to show and encourage the practical application of what we learn in Scripture, by godly and loving lives and relationships.
We have grand designs for holding out the Word of God authentically to our community. Come, grow with us.
Yours in Christ’s Service,
Pastor, Copperfield Bible Church