Bethel Presbyterian Church exists to bring people closer to God and one another through the finished work of Jesus Christ. We meet each Sunday to worship together and to learn about the triune God through the Scriptures. We seek to introduce others to Jesus Christ and the hope God offers through Him.
We also exist to assist Christians in their spiritual growth by providing clear teaching, prayer, counseling, and other resources. We also 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 those 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 own sphere of influence among family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers. At Bethel Church, we seek to equip the saints to communicate what they know to others with love.
Our denomination, the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, seeks to communicate our message throughout the world, both at home in America through our Home Missions, and abroad through our Foreign Missions. The Gospel is the good news for all men to hear. Through it, sin is forgiven, God and man are reconciled and a foundation is established to live a righteous life devoted to pleasing our Creator.
What We Are
Bethel comes from a Hebrew word that means “house of God.” In the Old Testament Bethel was a place north of Jerusalem. But the house of God is no longer a place. It is a people: Christ is faithful as the son over God's house. “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 “catholic” in the sense that we, along with all true churches of Christ, hold to those tenets of the Faith that were universally recognized by the whole church before itsdivision in A.D. 1054. It also means that we 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 unashamedly 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, but we make no apology for believing 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 that places upon us great responsibility to be the pillar and ground of the truth (1 Tim. 3:15) and to speak the truth in love (Eph. 4:15) to a world and culture plunged into the darkness of estrangement from God. We understand ourselves to be pilgrims, living as aliens in a city whose prosperity we are to seek, but one for which we have no ultimate 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).