About Our Name
Why We Call Ourselves Bethany Bible Fellowship
Does our name raise questions in your mind? Perhaps you wonder if we really are a church since we do not have the word "church" in our name. You may question our reason for existence or how we function due to the uniqueness of our title.
BETHANY, as it is often used in Scripture, is synonymous with loving concern. During the life of our Lord it was in Bethany that one of the greatest acts of sharing took place. Mary gave her life savings in a great lavish act of loving concern when she anointed Jesus with her ointment. Bethany was the home of Mary, Martha and Lazarus. Christ and His Disciples often enjoyed the gracious hospitality of their home. We feel that the word Bethany expresses the loving concern that a church should manifest.
BIBLE We believe, first and foremost, that the Bible is God's holy and inspired Word. We, therefore, draw from the Scriptures the principles that determine our beliefs and practices. As our name implies, it is the Word of God, rather than the words of men, that direct our church. We have found over the years that the Lord honors this conviction.
We meet for worship, prayer, instruction and fellowship. We proclaim the truths of the Bible, being confident that God is glorified and man's needs are met when His truths are presented.
FELLOWSHIP The word 'church' is a good word; but, unfortunately, for many people is connotes a cold, rigid, legalistic structure. This is, of course, foreign to what Christ intended His church to be.
Fellowship is a New Testament word meaning "to share in common" or "partnership." Fellowship is the result of what happens when those whose lives have been transformed get together for worship and study. There is a oneness, a partnership, a sharing of a common bond that develops that is unique in the world. We believe that this is what Christ intended His church to be.
We invite you to worship with us this next Lord's Day.
- Written by Dr. Donald Shoff, Founding Pastor
and thoroughly endorsed by
Charles W. Leckie, present Pastor
We have been given a unique location, group of people and resources to play our part as a church in the overarching story of God's relationship with His creation. Our Purpose and Vision help to give us clarity and unity as a church.
Our goal is to Glorify God. That is the reason Bethany exists.
Our Vision Statement:
"To see people to become everything that Christ created them to be through Evangelism, Edification, and Involvement." (Eph. 2:10; 4:11-16, 1 Cor. 12, 2 Tim. 4:1-5, Col. 4:2-6)
Our vision can be summed up in three values which give us identity; Evangelism, Edification, and Involvement.
Evangelism: Allowing people to see who they are and how God can change that view. (2 Timothy 4:1-5, Colossians 4:2-6)
Edification: Building up the Body of Christ into a mature body. (Ephesians 4:11-16)
Involvement: Understanding that we are made with purpose and each of us has spiritual gifts given by God to be used in the Body of Christ to accomplish the goal of glorifying Him. (1 Corinthians 12, Ephesians 2:10)
Need for Vision:
We see in scripture examples of people with vision and a goal. In fact, Jesus gave His church one great mission (Matthew 28:18-19, Mark 16:15-16, Acts 1:8) in order to fulfill the vision that John catches a glimpse of in Revelation of people from all around the world worshiping God (Revelation 7:9-12). We also see in the book of Nehemiah that he led through clear vision to fulfill a purpose for God's Glory.
John R.W. Stott, an English theologian, states, "Vision begins with a holy discontent with the way things are." Nehemiah led with purpose. Jesus commissioned His church with a purpose. As we think about our role as Christians and as a church, we realize that vision is important. Bethany believes that transformation takes place both individually and as a group. We believe that the role of a church is to build up the people of the church and encourage them to be God's change agents in our culture and in our community. We seek to see people become everything that Christ created them to be for the Glory of God through Evangelism, Edification, and Involvement.
What We Believe (Simply Stated)
What We Believe (Simply Stated)
- We start with the Bible ... God speaks to us through it.
- God the Father is God. God the Son is God. God the Spirit is God. All three are one.
- God is bigger, more powerful, more perfect and wiser than we could ever imagine.
- God is the beginning of everything. He is the Creator. He is the one who holds everything together.
- God has an incredible love for the people He made.
- God made us like Him, but we chose to do wrong. Our wrong separates us from Him.
- God's own Son, Jesus, obeyed His Father and came to earth as the God-man to die for us.
- Jesus' death offers us the only way to come back to God. It's a gift. We can't earn it. We just accept it.
- When we have His gift, God's Spirit lives within us to teach and help us.
- For now, we are His church on earth – to help each other and to tell people about God who don't yet know Him.
- At the end of this life, or when Jesus comes to earth for us, God has promised us a forever and a forever home in heaven. Awesome!
This is only a quick look at what we believe, if you want a more formal statement of our beliefs, take a look at our Statement of Faith.