Our Beliefs - Mission, Vision and Values

Our Vision

Reflecting the Love and Truth of Christ to Transform lives.

Our Mission

A Community of Christ Followers making disciples by:

WORSHIPING the living God
TEACHING the truth of Scripture
CARING for others
SERVING with the compassion of Christ

ALL TO THE GLORY OF GOD

Our Values

Our values reflect what Bethel Members believe to be most important as we strive to serve God.

 

Bethel Presbyterian Church is:

CHRIST CENTERED

•Jesus Christ is the Lord over all and the only source of salvation. Salvation is a gift of God through His grace and our faith.

 

John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.


John 14:5-7 Thomas said to him, "Lord, we don't know where you are going, so how can we know the way?" 6Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him."

 

BIBLICALLY GROUNDED

•The Scriptures of the Old and New Testament are the written Word of God and the foundation for our beliefs, practices and personal behavior.

 

2 Timothy 3:16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.

 

SPIRIT EMPOWERED

•The Holy Spirit is the source for our strength, renewal, and transformation.

2 Corinthians 3:17-18 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord's glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.

1 Corinthians 12:3 Therefore I tell you that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, "Jesus be cursed," and no one can say, "Jesus is Lord," except by the Holy Spirit.

 

PEOPLE FOCUSED

•We are committed to care for one another.

Colossians 3:12-14 Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

Ephesians 5:21 Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.

Galatians 6:2 Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.

 

•Relationships are crucial for our life and God places us in a community of faith, the Church, for friendship, support, and service.

 

Ephesians 4:1-3 As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. 2Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. 3Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.

1 Corinthians 12:27 Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.

Hebrews 10:24-25 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. 25Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

 

COMPASSION DRIVEN

We are a missional congregation, moved by the needs of others, actively giving, sharing, and partnering with Christian groups locally and globally.

 

Matthew 28:18-20 Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."

Zechariah 7:9 This is what the LORD Almighty says: 'Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another.

Colossians 3:12 Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.

 

MINISTRY ENGAGED

•All of us are ministers and each one of us has been gifted personally by God and called to serve others and share God’s resources with others.

 

Hebrews 13:16 And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.

Ephesians 4: 11-13 It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, 12to prepare God's people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.

 

•We are called together to worship the living God faithfully and joyfully through the proclamation of the Word, music, the sacraments, prayer, and the arts.

 

Psalm 100: 2-3 Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. 3 Know that the LORD is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.

Ephesians 5:19 Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord.

 

LOVE REFLECTED

•We are called personally to proclaim by Word and Action the life of Jesus Christ that liberates people by God’s grace from their sinfulness and to extend Christ’s hospitality to all.

 

1 John 1:2-4 The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us. 3We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. 4We write this to make our joy complete.

Acts 5:41-42 The apostles left the Sanhedrin, rejoicing because they had been counted worthy of suffering disgrace for the Name. 42Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Christ.

 

LOVE TRANSMITTED

•We are called to teach Christian values to all, especially our children, as the foundation of our lives.

2 Timothy 4:2 Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction.

Deuteronomy 6:5-7 Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.

 

 

LOVE SPOKEN

•We will seek to build one another up by using language that is truthful and loving. We seek to speak directly and lovingly with one another.

Eph 4:15 “Speaking the truth in love we will in all things grow up into him…”

Psalm 15: 1-3 LORD, who may dwell in your sanctuary? He who has no slander on his tongue, who does his neighbor no wrong and castes no slur on his fellowman.