Purpose

The purpose of Bethany Chapel is to make disciples of Jesus Christ by inviting people to faith, growing them in worship and the Word, and moving them to serve.  

We sum it up with three words: come, grow, serve!

Please read on for more information about our beliefs and values.

Beliefs

Core Beliefs

1. Scripture

We believe that "all Scripture is God-breathed"; that in its entirety, the Bible is God's Word, without error in its original manuscripts and the final authority in all matters of faith and practice (2 Tim. 3:16, 17; 2 Pet. 1:21). 

2. God

We believe that the one living and true God eternally exists in three distinct persons--Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and that these three possess the same nature, attributes and glory (Deut. 6:4; Matt. 28:19; John 1:1,14; 10:30; Acts 5:3,4). 

3. Man

We believe that man was created directly by God, but that by disobedience he fell into sin. Therefore, he is liable to eternal punishment and cannot save himself (Gen. 1:26; 2:17; Rom. 3:23; Heb. 9:27; Eph. 2:1-3; Rev. 20:11-15).

4. Jesus Christ

We believe that Jesus Christ is God the Son and that through His virgin birth, true humanity and undiminished deity were united in one person forever (John 1:1, 14; 1 Tim. 2:5, 6; Heb. 1:1-3). 

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died upon the cross as a full and perfect substitutionary sacrifice for sins, and that His bodily resurrection and ascension to heaven marks Him as Lord of all (Matt. 20:28; 2 Cor. 5:21; 1 Pet. 2:24; 3:18; Phil. 2:9-11; 1 Cor.15:3-4). 

5. Salvation

We believe that salvation is entirely of God's grace, through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ alone. The believer is forgiven, regenerated, given eternal life and unfailingly kept by the power of God to salvation on the sole basis of faith in Christ as personal Savior (Eph. 2:8, 9; Rom. 3:24, 25; John 10:27-30; 1 Pet. 1:5; John 5:24).

6. The Holy Spirit

We believe that God the Holy Spirit has united every believer to Christ by Spirit baptism and that He indwells every believer to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ and to empower and instruct the believer in godly living (1 Cor. 12:13; John 7:37-39; 14:16-18; Acts 1:8; Rom. 8:9; Eph. 1:13,14; 4:30; 5:18).

7. The Church

We believe that the Church is composed of all true believers and that the Lord Jesus Christ is the only head of His church (1 Cor. 6:19, 20; 12:13; Eph. 1:13, 14; 4:30).

We believe that a local church is under the direct authority of the Lord Jesus Christ through His Word, and that in obedience to Him, it is to practice believer's baptism and the Lord's Supper as ordinances. Elders are raised up by the Chief Shepherd to shepherd God's people (Eph. 1:22, 23; Matt. 28:18-20; 1 Cor. 11:23-34; Acts 20:28).

8. The Return of Jesus Christ

We believe in the personal, imminent return of the Lord Jesus Christ for His church, His return in glory to reign upon the earth and the eternal blessing of heaven for those who have trusted in the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation (1 Thess. 4:13-18; Tit. 2:13; Rev. 19:11-20:6; John 14:1-6).

9. The Great Commission

We believe that believers live in the world under the mandate of the Great Commission, which calls us to bear witness to the Lord Jesus Christ in the entire world (Matt. 28:18-20; Acts 1:8).

10. In Essential Beliefs — We Have Unity

“There is one Body and one Spirit...there is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God and Father of us all...” (Eph. 4:4-6).

11. In Non-Essential Beliefs — We Have Liberty

“Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters... Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls... So then each of us will give an account of himself to God... So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God” (Rom. 14:1, 4, 12, 22).

12. In All Our Beliefs — We Show Charity

“If I hold in my mind not only all human knowledge but also the very secrets of God, and if I have the faith that can move mountains — but have no love, I amount to nothing at all” (1 Cor. 13:2 ext).

Values

Defining Who We Are

Our values are biblically based principles that we use to guide and direct the ministries at Bethany Chapel. They are not simply what we do but define who we are. They function as accountability guideposts. These values direct our ministries and interpret our efforts. 

1. Prayer

Relies on God in everything we do, stressing and practicing prayer.  

2. Worship

Exalts, honors, and praises God through encouraging a lifestyle of meaningful personal and corporate worship including our time, energy and resources.

3. Teaches and Proclaims God's Word

Faithfully and relevantly proclaims, teaches and applies God’s word to all areas of our lives.

4. Encourages Relationships

Encourages and promotes a network of significant relationships through which the entire body is nurtured and equipped for effective spiritual life and impact.

5. Grows Spiritually

Encourages and challenges every believer to increasingly know Jesus Christ and practice daily dependence on the Holy Spirit so that we become more Christ like.

6. Develops People into Disciple-Makers

Recognizes and values the diversity and spiritual giftedness of all God’s people and equips each one to do God’s work in the church and in the world.

7. Relates to Our World

Recognizes the need to be both biblically true and culturally relevant in our community so as to fulfill the great commission.

8. Reaches Our World

Recognizes and responds to the spiritual, physical, and social needs of our community and world with the gospel and love of Jesus Christ.

9. Supports the Family

Understands and receives the broken family structures of our world while upholding and encouraging God’s model of the family and the sanctity of life.