Bread and Wine Fellowship is a gospel-centered grace oriented Spirit-empowered church located in the heart of beautiful Bellingham WA. We value close fellowship, substantive teaching, great children’s ministry, and passionate worship. Read below to find out a little about who we are, what we do, and what we believe.
Who We Are
Jim and Betty McNeely, Pastors
Jim McNeely is the husband of Betty and father of four boys, James, Jonathan, Joseph, and Josh. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of North Texas with a Degree in Music Composition. His first career was as a children’s entertainer, and he loves working with children’s ministry. His passion is writing books and blogs and he is the author of The Romance of Grace, the soon to be published Grace in Community, and he is working on his third manuscript for publication. He loves freshly roasted coffee beans and enjoying the beauty of the Pacific Northwest.
Betty McNeely has been involved in many aspects of church leadership and worship since her childhood. As a singer/songwriter, she has been involved in music all of her life. She loves women’s ministry and teaching/facilitating Bible and book studies. A graduate of the University of North Texas in Elementary Education, she has always been active in children’s ministry, and along with Jim enjoys developing their own curriculum, music, and activities. She loves clean laundry and devising new recipes involving vegetables.
What We Believe
- We believe that the Bible in its original manuscripts is the inerrant word of God. (2 Timothy 3:16)
- We believe in the triune God (Matthew 28:19). The Father is God (2 Corinthians 1:3). The Son is God (John 1:1, 14). The Holy Spirit is God (2 Corinthians 3:17-18). The Father is not the Son (Luke 22:42). The Father is not the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:26-27). The Holy Spirit is not the Son (John 14:16). Yet we believe that Christianity is monotheistic – there is one God (Deuteronomy 4:35, 6:4). The Godhead is three individuals united in being one God.
- We believe that Jesus Christ was born of a virgin, and is God made flesh. (Luke 1:31,34,35, John 1:14)
- We believe that every individual has been created in the image of God (Genesis 1:26-27). We also believe that every individual has sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). We believe that there is even a genetic element to our fallenness, that we have somehow inherited from Adam the first man. We are predisposed to love the forbidden and to have distaste for the holy. (Romans 5:12-14)
- We believe that God upholds justice and love by standing firmly against our sin, and so each of us has incurred His good wrath (Romans 1:18). We believe that if this justice is not addressed some other way, we are liable and rightly to be sentenced to an everlasting hell. (Matthew 25:46, Revelation 20:14,15)
- We believe that we are completely forgiven all of our sins, past present and future, because Jesus Christ has died for us, and has taken the consequences of justice in our place . We believe that we are justified fully and forever as a pure gift through Christ. This is a gift to be received through simple unadorned belief (Romans 3:24-25,28, 1 Timothy 1:15).
- We believe that communion, also known as “The Lord’s Table” or the “Eucharist”, is a remembrance and proclamation of the Lord’s death for us, and our reception of its propitiation through faith. We believe we are to observe this often in remembrance and proclamation of the Lord’s death (1 Corinthians 11:23-26).
- We believe that by virtue of Christ’s blood shed for us, God pours out His Holy Spirit (Romans 5:1,4-5). We believe that it is impossible to strip Christian virtue and practice of the supernatural unction of the Holy Spirit. He is the Spirit of truth who teaches us and brings the Lord’s words to remembrance, and gives us words to say in the moment that we need them (John 14:26, 16:13,14,15). He gives gifts individually to the members of the congregation for the building up of the whole body (Romans 12:6-8).
- We believe that by virtue of Christ’s blood we are granted eternal life. Believers will live forever in fellowship with God and with each other. (John 3:16)
- We believe that Jesus rose from the dead and ascended to heaven. We believe that some day He will return. As to the specifics, we are laundrists — we believe it will all come out in the wash. (Matthew 24:36, Acts 1:11, 1 Thessalonians 4:16,17)
What We Do
At our core, we are a church that believes in the power of the gospel to create community. If you ask what we do, the main answer is that we believe in Jesus Christ (John 6:29). We are far more defined by our belief that God first loves us than by anything else that we do (1 John 4:16). If someone comes in and wants to sit in the back for a year and just soak in the grace of God, we are thrilled with that.
As a show of the grace and favor of God, we are also extremely zealous to all kinds of works of service! We place a high premium on worship, a high premium on teaching and preaching, and a high premium on the working and power of the Holy Spirit. We strongly believe that children are real people and not just nuisances to be babysat, and so we put a lot of time and gravitas into our children’s ministry. We seriously pray over visitors and members to gain the mind of Christ about how to minister grace and mercy into their lives, and how to affirm and empower their full calling in the worldwide body of Christ. We want the church to shaped by the unique giftings of the members.
We are convinced that this region is a field that is white unto harvest, and that the radical grace of the gospel is just the message that people need. We want to be involved in loving individuals throughout our diverse community in deed and in truth.