Here at Bethesda, we believe people were born to worship. Everyone will worship something whether that something is good or bad. For some it may be family life, for others it may be influence, and still others it may be pleasure. No one can lay aside the pursuit of something they feel gives their life meaning, purpose and satisfaction.
We believe only God is worthy of our worship and able to bring the lasting joy and hope all of us crave. Wonderfully, God desires to be our life’s pursuit. How can we be sure? It’s the every-day, all-day care and provision of God, the death of Jesus on a cross for people who didn’t love him, his promise of a restored creation under his just and loving hand – these are God’s ways to say “Follow me.”
Our gatherings celebrate Jesus. His death and resurrection as the pivotal point in world history shapes everything we do. So we enthusiastically talk about what he did for us. We encourage each other to enjoy, depend on, and share this good news with anyone and everyone. The good news of Jesus is the heartbeat of our church. Without it we’re lifeless.
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God is renewing the whole world including people. How? The gospel (meaning good news) of Jesus Christ is his mercy toward sinners – moral failures and idolaters – people who live for their own desires and recognition rather than God’s. Graciously, Jesus came to live on earth. And thankfully rather than live like we do he lived a perfect life. He never cut moral corners and always worshiped his Father in heaven without even a hint of selfishness. Then, knowing better than anyone God’s coming wrath at the end of history*, he “stepped in the way” by dying on a cross. But he didn’t stay dead. His real resurrection three days later was proof that his sacrifice had been accepted by God. This is the gospel. In a nutshell: God saves sinners. The only right response to this good news is to believe it.
*…for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
*…how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come.
1 Thessalonians 1:9-10
What we think and do is determined ultimately by the Bible. But so we can more easily follow what it says we look to The New Hampshire Confession (Hiscox 1894 edition), and our church constitution. These documents serve us in understanding the Bible and how to organize our church. To view a summary of our doctrine and distinctives click here. To view church documents click here.