Bethel Church exists to help people to discover God’s purpose for their life through a life-changing encounter with Jesus Christ.
Bethel finds it history in the Bible in Genesis 28:10-19. It was the place where Jacob encountered God as he journeyed alone to another country. It was there that God revealed himself to Jacob in a dream and the experience made such an impact upon his life that he called the place Bethel which means “the house of God.” We truly want people to experience the presence of God when they attend our church or any of its ministry activities. For over sixty years Bethel has been a place where people go who are hurting and where they discover the unconditional love of God as it is revealed in Scripture.
Church Identity Values
Values that define our church identity are based upon three Great teachings of Jesus.
These foundational principles include…..
THE GREAT COMMANDMENT
THE GREAT COMMISSION
Matthew 28:18-20 provides us with the mission of the church as it pertains to fulfilling God’s purpose on earth. Jesus said, “…Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you….”
The last thing Jesus told his disciples was to take the message of salvation to all the world. He promised that they would be his witnesses in all the world and would be empowered with the Holy Spirit to enable them to complete his will. This command includes reaching the lost, teaching new converts the ways of Christ, and training them to become effective witnesses. The church exists for the sake of those who have yet to know and experience Jesus Christ as savior.
THE GREAT COMPASSION
Matthew 25:34-40 provides us with the practical demonstration of the love of God through his disciples. Jesus said, “I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I was in prison and you came to visit me.” Then the righteous will answer him, “Lord, when did we see you hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or needing clothing, or in prison?” And the King will reply, “whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.'”
The Great Compassion demands that we do more than talk about loving others. We must act and do something when the need arises. We seek to serve others in order to show them the love and compassion of Jesus Christ.
Church Culture Values
Values that define our church culture…
When we work, we work. When we pray, God works. Our constant reliance upon God is indicated by our constant devotion to prayer. It is our first resort and an important element in every aspect of the church.
Knowing God and knowing about Him are two different things. Therefore, we feel very strongly that it is important to create environments where people can truly encounter God. We do this by being submissive to the Holy Spirit and by allowing Him to direct all of our worship experiences.
God gave the very best that heaven had to offer in Jesus. Likewise, excellence is the standard by which we measure all that we do. Deliberate mediocrity does not honor God or His reputation in our world. We strive to always be well prepared and spiritually ready to minister to others. Our striving for excellence for God has helped our church become what it is today.
The Gospel message has never gone out of style but its method of delivery changes with culture. We believe in being flexible with our methods. Everything except our message is negotiable.
A continued focus on our mission keeps our church from becoming complex. All of our ministries serve the same purpose and are aligned with our vision and mission, i.e., to bring people to a life-changing encounter with Jesus Christ.