WHAT BETHEL STANDS FOR AND BELIEVES:
Bethel is a gathering of believers who host the presence of Jesus Christ and exalt Him and His kingdom in the Holy Spirit.
Bethel Christian Fellowship is affiliated with the Baptist Union of Vic. but is autonomous in how it goes about fulfilling it’s unique roll and calling of God.
We value the people and area that we have been planted in the city of Geelong and our desire is to bring the Presence, the truths and values of God to those around us so that they may come to know God, and His love and salvation.
We realise that there are many needy people around us and our motivation is to be used of God to meet those needs where possible.
We function from our core belief and biblical truth, that Jesus Christ is the churches only foundation and His Gospel is the heart of our message.
We believe that the Bible is the inerrant word of God and cannot be compromised or changed to suit the changing fads of society.
- The BIBLE
As mentioned above, we believe that the Bible is our ultimate and final authority. The way we approach life and ministry is guided by the truths about life that we find in both the Old and New Testaments. ( 2 Timothy 3:16-17 )
The importance of seeking God and listening to what He says and submitting to His guidance is gained through prayer. Prayer formed the foundation of Jesus ministry on earth. ( John 5:19 )
Jesus prayed for the unity of Body and our desire is to work for unity and see the ‘one church of God ‘ functioning in love and each honoring the other for their unique role. ( John 17:21 )
We believe passionately that all Christians be equipped and released to do the work of the ministry in line with the gifts that they have. ( Ephesians 4:11-13 )
- EMPOWERING RELATIONSHIPS
Empowering relationships are the key to growth and must be valued above programmes and busy church duty. Relationship is built on trust and this is a priority in Gods kingdom that must be taken seriously. ( Hebrews 10:24-25 )
- The HOLY SPIRIT
Our passion is to have the ‘Fruit of the Spirit’ and the ‘Gifts of the Spirit’ powerfully at work in and through our lives. As ‘sons’ of God, we submit to the leading of the Holy Spirit, whom Christ sent to lead the church after He ascended to Heaven. ( Galations 5:22-23 ) ( John 16:7-15 ) ( Romans 8 )
WE AT BETHEL HIGHLY PRIZE THESE VALUES AND SEEK TO LIVE OUT OUR LIVES AND DO MINISTRY BASED UPON THEM AS GOD HELPS US TO BE FAITHFUL