Bethel Independent Fundamental Baptist Church
Timeless or Trendy?
Malls are trendy.
Churches should feel timeless.
Bethel is still Church…
With the forceful current of constant changes sweeping over every part of our lives, people have the need to connect with something enduring and firm. We believe Christ designed the church to fulfill that need by representing an eternal kingdom and ageless truth with no need to imitate the culture. We want you to know that there’s still a church that feels like a church. It won’t feel like a rock concert, comedy club, or motivational seminar. It’s not old-fashioned, as in 50 years ago. It is timeless, as in 2000 years ago.
There is a mistaken idea these days that God needs the help of the latest fads and technologies to be considered exciting. God doesn’t need the Top 40 or the latest fads to be exciting. The truth about Him for most people just isn’t enough; it takes the latest music styles and entertainment trends to bring life to His attributes. Entertainment and true worship don’t produce the same result, though. Once a church starts down the path of entertainment, the destination is unpredictable and likely undesirable. What is exciting to the older folks is not tolerated by the younger and a church becomes divided generationally. That doesn’t quite sound like the church Christ had in mind. We still believe that church can be exciting without borrowing the latest fads to kick-start the crowd. Several practices have been used for centuries and they haven’t gone out of style because entertainment is not the standard. It can still be exciting when it still feels like church.
What is Your Future According to the Bible?
One of the most amazing things about the Bible is that every person’s future is plainly recorded. The Bible clearly tells each of us where we will spend eternity, either in Heaven or Hell. Many people have been misled into believing that they will see the Kingdom of God because they are generally “good,” because they have not committed “big” sins, because they hold a church membership or religious affiliation, because they have been baptized, or because they have a life of service with many good works to “get them in.” However, according to the Bible, none of these reasons are sufficient to allow a person to enter the Kingdom of God.
“There is none righteous, no not one.” – Romans 3:10
“For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” – Romans 3:23
“And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.” – Hebrews 9:27
If clean living, church membership, and good works don’t secure your soul for eternity, then what can possibly prepare you for God’s judgment? You must recognize you are a sinner, in need of a Saviour. That Saviour is Jesus Christ. According to God’s Word, He is the only way to be saved from your sins and receive eternal life. God wants all to come to Him, but you must come His way, through Jesus Christ. You must repent of your sins and trust Him.
“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” John 14:6
“I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.” Luke 13:3
“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” Acts 4:12
“And this is the record that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.”
1 John 5:11-12
It is very important to note that Biblical salvation is contingent upon repentance. Repentance means “change of mind” and involves a lost sinner recognizing his or her sinfulness and need of a Saviour. It means asking God to forgive you for your sins and committing your life to His service. This doesn’t mean that those who have been saved are without sin, but that they now have the Holy Ghost living in them and directing their lives. Many claim the name of Jesus, while living contrary to His Word. “They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.” (Titus 1:16) “And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments is a liar and the truth is not in him.” (1 John 2:3-4)
If you have never been saved, we encourage you to seek God through His Holy Word. Salvation is a most urgent matter, as each of us could be just days or moments away from facing God’s judgment. Are you prepared to face Him, in light of what He has written in His Holy Word?