Worship of God is the most fundamental value at Bethel Church. We believe that worship is all of life and must be saturated in truth and proceed from a passionate heart.
Worship is the ultimate priority of every believer and is a declaration of what is valued and cherished. At Bethel, Jesus Christ is the center of such praise. One way the church worships is to join together in a weekly celebration that proclaims the greatness of God. But worship is far more than what takes place during our weekend services. Rather, worship must permeate all that the church is and does. In the end, Bethel is not about itself; it is about exalting Christ through a life of true and heartfelt worship.
Worship is expressed through Bethel’s four primary core values:
The Bible must be the source of all doctrine and truth and the primary means by which we learn truth about God and discern His will for our lives. Therefore, the authority of God’s Word should be unapologetically proclaimed as the Bible is taught, studied, and applied in large group, small group, and individual settings.
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 (ESV)
This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. Joshua 1:8 (ESV)
Prayer is the means by which we express our delight in God and our dependence upon Him.
Prayer is fundamentally an act of worship that uses words and song to express our joy and thankfulness to God. It is also an important way that believers declare their need for Christ and find access to His grace. Worshiping churches and worshiping people regularly and earnestly practice the joyful discipline of prayer.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. Philippians 4:6 (ESV)
Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. Colossians 4:2 (ESV)
The church community must be spiritually intentional. Only when this happens does the church experience true fellowship.
Christians are called to experience the power of authentic, life-changing community. This happens as believers in the church gather to focus on Christ and minister to one another. By loving, serving, encouraging, exhorting and praying for one another, the church strives to be a community hallmarked by Spirit-driven acceptance, concern, friendship, unity, and growth.
And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved. Acts 2:44-47 (ESV)
We must work to build the church both here at home and around the world. The church’s mission is accomplished through our words and our deeds. Whether we are partnering with missionaries and agencies in foreign countries, or sharing Christ with our neighbors and friends, we desire all people to experience the saving power of the cross. By engaging the community and the world with God’s truth through acts of compassion and witness, the church must express an unwavering boldness to proclaim the gospel to a sick and dying world that is desperate for Jesus.
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth. Acts 1:8 (ESV)
Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should. Ephesians 6:19-20 (NIV)
Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth. 1 John 3:18 (ESV)