The vision at Bethel Christian Church is two-fold: know God, make Him known to others. How do we as a fellowship best carry our this mandate? We believe it is best accomplished together through the platform of small groups. Now, more than ever the church needs to become a place where Christ-followers can safely travel the path to maturity by following clear biblical guideposts.
The Early Church had the deepest community the world has ever seen because while loving and serving each other while they were following Jesus, deep and authentic community was the natural result.
Our gatherings have become the place where believers connect with each other beyond the normal pleasantries offered by the world as real relationship. It is when believers begin to walk with each other through the realities of life, encouraging and holding each accountable, that true fellowship begins and deepens and spiritual maturity becomes a reality. By fulfilling the biblical mandate to become Christ-like, believers will live their lives walking side by side with Jesus, allowing His Spirit to permeate every area of their lives, and hold a burden to introduce others to Christ.
It is our goal at Bethel to fulfill Ephesians 4:12-13 which is to build up each believer until they reach full maturity in Christ (fulfillment doesn’t happen until heaven). We believe that our Church should be first and foremost about discipleship. The reward of committing to discipleship is that friendships form and deepen in a biblical community.
What We Believe
1) THE SCRIPTURES INSPIRED
The Bible is the inspired Word of God, a revelation from God to men, the infallible rule of faith and conduct, and superior to conscience and reason, but not contrary to reason (2 Tim. 3:15, 17; 1 Pet. 1:23-25; Heb. 4:12).
2) THE ONE TRUE GOD
The one true God has revealed Himself as the eternally self-existent, self-revealed “I AM,” and has further revealed Himself as embodying the principles of relationship and association, by simultaneously existing as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (Deut. 6:4; Mark 12:29; Isa. 43:10, 11; Matt. 28:19).
3) MAN: HIS FALL AND REDEMPTION
Men were created good and upright, for God said, “Let us make man in our image and after our likeness.” Man, by voluntary transgression, fell, and his only hope of redemption is in Jesus Christ, the Son of God (Gen. 1:26-31; Gen. 3:17; Ro. 5:12-21).
4) THE SALVATION OF MAN
a)Conditions of Salvation
The Grace of God, which brings salvation, has appeared to all men, through the preaching of repentance toward God and through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; man is saved by the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, and being justified by grace, has become heir of God according to the hope of eternal life (Titus 2:11; 3:5-7; Ro. 10:13-15; Luke 24:47).
b)Evidences of Salvation
The inward evidence to the believer of his salvation is the direct witness of the Spirit (Ro. 8:16). The outward evidence to all men is a life of holiness (1 Thess. 4:7, 2 Tim.1:9).
5) BAPTISM IN WATER
The ordinance of baptism by burial with Christ should be observed (as commanded in the Scriptures) by all that have repented of their sins and in their hearts have believed on Christ as their Savior and Lord. In doing so, they declare to the world that they have died with Christ and that they have also been released to walk with Him in newness of life (Matt. 28:19; Acts 19:47, 48; Ro. 6:4).
6) THE LORD’S SUPPER (COMMUNION)
The Lord’s Supper, consisting of the elements, bread and fruit of the vine, is the symbol expressing our sharing in a memorial to His suffering and death, and prophecy of His second coming, and is enjoined to all believers “until He comes” (John 6:48,51, 53-57; Luke 22:19,20; 2 Pet. 1:4; 1 Cor. 11:25).
7) THE PROMISE OF THE FATHER
All believers should ardently expect and earnestly seek the Promise of the Father, which is the baptism in the Holy Spirit. With it comes the infilling of power for life and service, and the bestowment of the gifts and their uses in the work of the ministry (Luke 24:49; Acts 1:4-8; 1 Cor. 12:1-31). This experience may be distinct from and subsequent to the experience of the New Birth (Acts 2:38; 10:44-46; 11:14-16; 15:7-9).
8) SANCTIFICATION PROCESS
By the power of the Holy Spirit we strive to obey the command, “Be ye holy, for I am holy.” Sanctification is the will of God for all believers, and should be earnestly pursued by walking in obedience to God’s Word (Heb. 12:14; 1 Pet. 1:15, 16; 1 Thess. 5:23, 24; 1 John 2:6).
9) THE CHURCH
The church is the holy Body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Spirit, with divine appointments for the fulfillment of her great commission. Each believer is an integral part of the church, and their names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.
Divinely called and scripturally ordained ministry has been provided by our Lord for a two-fold purpose: (1) The evangelization of the world, and (2) The edification of the Body of Christ (Mark 15:15, 20; Eph. 4:11-13).
11) DIVINE HEALING
Deliverance from sickness is provided for in the atonement of Christ and is the privilege of all believers (Isa. 53:4, 5; Matt. 8:16, 17; Mark 16:18; John 5:14).
12) THE BLESSED HOPE
The resurrection of those who have fallen asleep in Christ and their translation, together with those who are alive and remain unto the Lord, is imminent and is the blessed hope of the church (1 Thess. 4:16; Ro. 6:23; Titus 2:13; 1 Cor. 15:51,52).
13) THE MILLENNIAL REIGN OF JESUS
The revelation of the Lord Jesus Christ from heaven, the salvation of national Israel, and the millennial reign of Christ on the earth are scriptural promises and our hope (2 Thess. 1:7; Rev. 19:1l-16; Ro. 11:25; Rev. 20:l-7).
14) THE LAKE OF FIRE
The devil and his angels, the beast and the false prophet, and whosoever is not found written in the Lamb’s Book of Life shall be consigned to everlasting punishment in the lake which burns fire and brimstone, which is the second death (Rev. 19:20; 20:10-15).
15) THE NEW HEAVENS AND NEW EARTH
We, as promised in the Scriptures, look for a new heaven and a new earth wherein righteousness dwells (2 Pet. 3:13; Rev. 21: l).
Dr. Bruce Fletcher & Pastor Lisa Fletcher
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Luke Lenfest & Brenda Lenfest
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Steve Madelon & Hazel Madelon
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