What is Bethel?

Bethel Presbyterian Church was established by God and continues to exist and work by the power of God’s life-giving Spirit. Our task and great joy is to bring people closer to God and one another through the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross, and the on-going work of Christ through his Holy Spirit who is actively at work in our lives individually and together as his church. We meet each Sunday to worship together and to learn about God, what he has done to restore us to his fellowship, and how he wants us to respond to him in every aspect of our lives.  We are delighted at opportunities to introduce people to Jesus Christ and the hope God offers through Him.

An important part of our mission in the Leesburg areas is to assist Christians in their spiritual growth by providing clear teaching, prayer, counsel, and other resources. We believe in protecting our heritage and religious liberty by encouraging the application of biblical principles to all spheres of our life and culture. In the application of these principles, Bethel Church extends a caring hand into our local community through various ministries.

Jesus said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore, 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." This Great Commission is given on Christ's authority. Since Christ's dominion is universal, the gospel must go to the whole world.

Such a task begins with each individual in his or her own sphere of influence among family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers. At Bethel Church, we seek to equip the saints to communicate the good news of God to others with love.

We are a part of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, which seeks to communicate the life-giving message throughout the world, both at home in North America through our Home Missions, and abroad through our Foreign Missions. The gospel - the good news – is for all to hear. Through it, sin is forgiven, God and human beings are reconciled, and a foundation is established to live a life devoted to pleasing our Creator-Redeemer.

 

What We Are

We, the people assembled here by God, are Bethel Orthodox Presbyterian Church

Bethel comes from a Hebrew word that means “house of God.” In the Hebrew Bible, Bethel was a place north of Jerusalem. But the house of God is no longer a place. It is a people: “And we are his house, if we hold on to our courage and the hope of which we boast” (Hebrews 3:6). Like Jacob in his experience in Luz, we constantly hear from people who come to us say: “Surely God is in this place.” 

We are also orthodox, which means that we hold to the historic truths of the Christian faith. We are not the creators, owners, or innovators of the Christian faith, but along with all true churches are the custodians, entrusted by God with the gospel in our generation, and privileged to pass it on to the next generation pure, intact, and unchanged, just as it was communicated to us by the last generation. We hold to those tenets of the Faith that are universally recognized by the true church throughout the world, expressed by the whole church universally before its unfortunate division in A.D. 1054. We also hold to those great truths recovered by the Reformers of the sixteenth century who were raised up by God to lead his Church out of spiritual darkness by the light of his word, the Holy Scriptures. 

We are Presbyterian. This means that we take as our doctrinal statement the historic Confession of Faith and Catechisms produced by the Westminster Assembly (1643-49). We love and respect our brothers and sisters of other true churches of Christ who differ with us on some issues, but we believe that the system of doctrine presented in the Westminster documents represents the clearest and best expression of biblical Christianity.

And we are a local church, a part of that universal church for which Christ died. We believe this places upon us great responsibility to be the pillar and ground of the truth (1 Tim. 3:15) and to speak the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth in love (Eph. 4:15). We understand ourselves to be pilgrims, living as aliens in a city whose good and prosperity we are to seek, but one in which we have no ultimate home or hope, for we are looking for a lasting city whose builder and architect is God (Jer. 29:1-7, 1 Pet. 2:11, Heb. 11:10).