Bethel Baptist Fellowship
Wednesday, November 22, 2017
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Ministry Philosophy 

 

Our Purpose

  • To promote and proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ as the means by which man obtains God’s forgiveness and is empowered to live a victorious Christian life.
  • To bring glory and honor to Christ by equipping parents to become their family’s “youth pastors” to effectively serve God and one another.
  • To teach and model reconciliation through the power of the Gospel thereby making disciples of Jesus Christ.
  • We believe the local church to be a “filling station” to energize and walk along-side its individual members and to help them pass on the faith and disciple those that God brings into their lives.
  • To help young people realize they are NOT destined for rebellion but should value God’s approval and the approval of their parents more that the approval of their peers.
 

Doctrine

Good doctrine properly understood and applied produces fruitful Christians. The purpose of doctrine is to identify what is important to God and to ensure that those things are important to us. Good doctrine always has a practical outworking and always points us to the power of the cross and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
 
Realizing that “Baptist” can mean many different things to different people, allow us to put these thoughts into a context that may be familiar to many. We are reformed in doctrine and wholeheartedly embrace the Doctrines of Grace. We are in agreement with the teachings and ministries of men like Charles Spurgeon (read more), George Whitefield, and the apostles of the first century church.
 
It is our desire to continually connect with the heart of God in our preaching, teaching, singing and ministry to others. As the Scripture warns us, “knowledge puffs up, but charity edifies.” So, we must always seek to edify and build up those who are of the “household of faith” and lovingly instruct those who have not yet believed. Our doctrine is what we believe and teach, and affects what we do and affirms who we really are.
 
The outworking of a believer’s doctrine is proven by a believer’s view of Scripture as revealed in his life and teaching. Our beliefs should be the foundation and springboard for knowing God and doing His will.
 
 

Worship

Understanding that the word “worship” has a connotation of “bowing down”, “prostrate”, “do reverence”, and “falling down”, our time of worship together should point us toward reflection, reverence and the realization of God’s true character. It should lead us to the appreciation of God’s sovereignty and grace demonstrated to us in His Son Jesus Christ. Worship is for God’s benefit, not mine primarily. It is ascribing to Him all that is due Him. He is worthy.
 
 

Music

We have certainly profited from the great hymns and gospel songs of the faith. Not only do many of them reinforce our beliefs, but they also feed our spirit and affirm the working of God in the lives of others down through the centuries. We believe that the church should impact the culture, not the other way around. Therefore, we must be very careful and intentional in choosing music for our services.
 
 

The Family

Scripture teaches us that one important avenue through which God works on this earth is the family (Deuteronomy 6:1-6, Psalm 78:1-8). God created man in His image, for His glory and for the purpose of reflecting His image in this world. Any church is only as strong as the families and individuals that are a part of it. We believe that the family is God’s ideal educator, counselor, friendship provider and disciple maker but also understand the damage done to the family in our day. We want to strengthen individuals and families to become fruitful in their walk with Christ.
 
 

Family Integration

Family Integrated services can be a dynamic and vibrant way in which churches can reinforce what society has torn apart. It has been our desire that children be with us during singing, testimonies, and the preaching of God’s Word. There is a vital connection that takes place during these times and we believe God intended for this to happen. It is only until recent history that families split up for the purpose of age segregated teaching and intentional peer involvement. We believe this segregation to be useful in certain circumstances, but as the exception not the rule.
 
 
 

Sunday School

Currently, we all meet together for the Sunday service. Young and old. Our children sit with us during our services and not only learn “adult sized” lessons but also learn self control. We want them to learn at an early age that life is not about “me” but, it is about others and Christ. If we were to employ different Sunday school classes for a specific purpose we would have them gender segregated, not age segregated. They would be taught by mature individuals that understand the importance Scripture places on wise children that are able to exercise self control and seek to honor their parents. In a young person’s life, one of the greatest lessons that can be learned is the development of a servant’s attitude at home as foundational to true success and as preparation for ministry in the world.
 
 

Courtship and Dating

Avoiding the dangers of modern dating among teens in the church and youth groups is vital to the health, vitality, and mission of the local church. There will always be young people of varying ages and maturity levels in a church. Yet a dating mindset in a church, where young people are consistently seeking to impress and be noticed by the opposite gender can destroy a fellowship and worship, and distract from the spiritual mission of the Gospel that we have been given. Every relationship in life should drive us closer to God and bring us to a closer walk with him. We desire to help parents in this very critical of gaining and keeping their children’s hearts and freeing them from damaging relationships. As Christians, all areas of our life fall under the jurisdiction of Christ and impact those with whom we come in contact.
 
  

What is the fruit of an effective church?

  • Preaching and teaching that elevates the Gospel of Jesus Christ to its rightful place as sufficient for salvation and victorious living
  • Planting churches as a result of the fruitfulness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ
  • Realizing that the Great Commission is fulfilled not only in “going’ or in “teaching” but only as we make disciples of Jesus
  • Young people who value God’s approval more than the approval of their peers
  • Mature believers that are able to bring others to maturity