Community Church • American Baptist • United Methodist • Reformed Church of America
"The purpose of this union is to provide for the worship of Almighty God and instruction in the Christian religion by a United Congregation, and to enable these four churches to become a greater moral and spiritual force in the community, and greater influence for the interdenominational harmony in the entire city."
The church is a Protestant based fellowship with roots from the American Baptist, United Methodist, and Reformed Church of America. We are considered a community church because you may also join the church as a nondenominational Christian. Many members are from diverse Protestant as well as Roman Catholic backgrounds. Communion is open to anyone who believes Christ is their Savior.
So it just needed some posting. A recent column submitted by us to local paper on April 24,2013, caused much interest in the church and caused the paper to cancel our column because it was too religious on the religion page. The Lords word will still get out to those who need it.
Life After Death
In a book called “Proof of Heaven,” (given by one of our members) written last year by Dr. Eben Alexander, a Neurosurgeon. Because of his profession and growing up in a scientific community, he did not believe in near-death experiences. Dr. Alexander had always believed there were good scientific explanations for the heavenly out-of-body journeys described by those who narrowly escaped death. In his book, Dr. Alexander shares his afterlife experience. On November 10, 2008, at 54 years old, he suffered a bad headache that turned into a serious rare illness that put him in a vegetative state and coma for seven days. Even though he was a Christian, he wasn’t sure about the existence of God, heaven and the afterlife, but during his coma, he went on an odyssey.
Although I still had little language function, at least as we think of it on earth, I began wordlessly putting questions to this wind, and to the divine being that I sensed at work behind or within it.
Where is this place? Who am I? Why am I here?
Each time I silently put one of these questions out, the answer came instantly in an explosion of light, color, love, and beauty that blew through me like a crashing wave. What was important about these blasts was that they didn’t simply silence my questions by overwhelming them. They answered them, but in a way that bypassed language. Thoughts entered me directly. But it wasn’t thought like we experience on earth. It wasn’t vague, immaterial, or abstract. These thoughts were solid and immediate—hotter than fire and wetter than water—and as I received them I was able to instantly and effortlessly understand concepts that would have taken me years to fully grasp in my earthly life.”
From his near death experience, the message, he summarizes, had three parts:
1. Everyone is loved and cherished dearly, forever. 2.“You have nothing to fear.”
3. “There is nothing you can do wrong.”
While there, he saw that people met their friends and relatives who had died before. Death is not the end of personal existence but only a transition.
We can see a global outlook in the book and, its emphasis is on what God does for people in the whole world. The Lamb (Rev. 5:9) died to save people “out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation.” The great multitudes here in heaven came from “all nations, and all tribes and peoples and languages”.(Rev. 7:9) Jesus also commanded to the disciples, “Go into the world and proclaim the good news to the whole creation.”(Mark 16;15) It is clear who this multitude is, because one of the elders explained it to John: These are they who have come out of the great ordeal.
Everyone is welcome to worship at Bergen Point Community Church on Sunday at 11 a.m. B.P.C.C. is located at 68 West Fifth Street. For further information please visit www.bpcchurch.org or leave a message at (201) 339-1163 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.