Bethel Church is a bible-believing, evangelical church affiliated to the FIEC. We consist of a wide-range of different people, from all ages and different backgrounds. Whoever you are, you are assured a very warm welcome.
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God is the creator and Sustainer of all life and has through creation and conscience, given us all an awareness of His existence.
Mankind is the crown of God’s creation, intended for friendship with Him, but separated from Him because of our rebellion and sin.
The Bible is God\’s totally reliable explanation of who we are, why the world is as it is, and how we might come to know what life is really all about.
Jesus Christ is God\’s only Son who came to show us exactly what God is like. In His death on the cross He bore the punishment that we deserved for our sin, and His bodily resurrection to life declared God's acceptance of His sacrifice – once for all.
The Future is neither oblivion or hopeless but a personal encounter with the Living God in a final court of justice, in which knowing Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord is the only hope of Heaven.
Salvation is entirely a work of God’s grace and cannot be earned or deserved. It has been accomplished by the Lord Jesus Christ and is offered to all in the gospel. God in his love forgives sinners whom He calls, granting them repentance and faith.
All who believe in Christ are justified by faith alone, adopted into the family of God and receive eternal life.
What to expect
For some people going anywhere for the first time can be a bit of a nerve-racking experience. To help avoid any worries, here’s a quick summary of what you can expect at the services at Bethel.
The person leading the service will pray and mention events that are coming up (most in-house details are printed in the weekly bulletin). A group of musicians will lead us in both traditional and modern songs to help us express our praise to God. These hymns or songs are projected on a large screen and there are large print versions available for the partially sighted. (Our hymn book is Mission Praise).
We will also take up an offering, by passing round a plate, so that our regular members can contribute financially. Visitors are often reminded that this is for regulars in particular; most people give by a standing order arrangement.
Someone will read a passage from the Bible (NIV), and our pastor will explain what the passage means and how it applies to us today. (There are church Bibles, and the reader announces the page number so we can all follow the reading.)
Towards the end of the morning service we have communion to which every one is invited to stay and all Christians are invited to take part. After the morning service tea and coffee is served.
Once a month we have a family service at which our Sunday school, Boys & Girls Brigades take part. On that Sunday communion is in the evening.
What about children?
Is there something for them too?
We welcome families with children of all ages. In the morning we are all together for the first 20 minutes or so, usually with a brief item that is relevant to the whole church family.
Then we have a whole range of activities in different rooms for each age group, with lots of leaders. There are groups up to year 6 including a pre school creche. The stewards will show you which room is for your children’s age. See list of children’s groups After the evening service there is meeting for young people aged 12+.
The good news of Jesus Christ is at our centre
Why do we meet?
At the centre of all of our meetings is the desire to bring the good news of Jesus Christ to the community in the area of Tuebrook and Stoneycroft.
We believe that the Bible is God’s book, and that it is just as relevant today as it was when it was written.
As the pages of the Bible unfold, the story of God’s dealings with men, women and young people is told. The Bible is not a book for 'softies' - it speaks plainly of the problems that we face, and the root cause of them - the fact that we have turned away from God and His ways. This is what the Bible calls 'sin'.
”We are all just like sheep, and have gone astray - everyone has turned to his own way”.
The result? We are kept away from God, and lost.
God doesn’t leave us completely hopeless, however. We learn that He loves the world so much, that He gave His only Son, Jesus, to die in our place - to pay the price for our sin, and to remake the relationship that we were meant to have with God. This is God’s free gift to all those who will trust Him.
We think - no, we know - that there could never be any better news than this.
What we find difficult to understand is how anyone who is faced with God’s offer of forgiveness could ever want to turn it down.