Bethel Presbyterian Church

Bethel Presbyterian Church is located at 19856 Evergreen Mills Road, Leesburg, VA 20175

Sunday Services: 9:45am Sunday School For Children and Adults 11:00am Morning Worship Service 12:45pm 2nd Sunday - Fellowship Dinner and Communion Service

Mission: Bethel Presbyterian Church exists to bring people closer to God and one another through the finished work of Jesus Christ. We meet each Sunday to worship together, and learn about our God through the teaching of the Scriptures. We wish to introduce others to Jesus Christ, and the hope God offers through him. We also exist to assist Christians in their spiritual growth by providing clear teaching, prayer, counseling and other resources. We also believe in protecting our heritage and religious liberty by encouraging the application of biblical principles to all spheres of our life and culture. In the application of those principles, Bethel Church extends a caring hand into our local community through various ministries. Jesus said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you." This Great Commission is given on Christ's authority. Since Christ's dominion is universal, the gospel must go to the whole world. Such a task begins with each individual, in their own sphere of influence among family, friends, neighbors and co-workers. At Bethel Church, we seek to equip the saints to communicate what they come to know to others with love. Our denomination, the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, seeks to communicate our message throughout the world, both home in America through our Home Missions, and abroad through our Foreign Missions. The Gospel is wonderful news for all men to hear, to reconcile their broken relationship with God, to be forgiven of their sins, and live a righteous life devoted to pleasing our creator. Bethel Church is part of the Mid-Atlantic Presbytery.

This morning Bethel collected gift boxes for Operation Christmas Child to spread the grace of Christ throughout the world. We lifted our voices in thanksgiving during worship and also collected the OPC Thank Offering to support Christian education, home missions, and foreign missions.

The Bethel ladies welcomed Baby Boy Door with a warm afternoon of fellowship, gifts, prayer and devotions.

A CAUTION ABOUT SPIRITUAL MEMES

Memes are a quick and pithy way to convey ideas They abound on social media. We post them here at Bethel's FB page. But there is a danger in memes.

Because there is no context for them, people are left to supply the meaning of the meme. If you talk to ten people about the nuances of a spiritual meme, you may find almost as many understandings of it.

Memes are essentially slogans, and slogans are only good if they are understood to be shorthand for a fuller and known concept.

The slogans of the Reformation can be used to illustrate the point. Take the slogan sola Scriptura (Scripture alone). What does it mean? Several years ago I spoke with a man who was preparing to do some “biblical farming.” He said he didn’t need to study farming because all that he needed to know about farming was contained in the Bible, and it alone was sufficient to tell him how to farm.

This is not what sola Scriptura refers to. Leading up to the Reformation the question being asked was, “What pleases God? How can we know what pleases God? What does God really want from us?” The answer of the Roman Church was that it through its tradition had the answer to these questions and would dispense the answers for a price. In response the doctrine of Scripture was rediscovered by the church and was summed up in the slogan sola Scriptura. A brief definition of it is expressed in the Westminster Confession of Faith 1.6 (1648), “The whole counsel of God concerning all things necessary for His own glory, man's salvation, faith and life, is either expressly set down in Scripture, or by good and necessary consequence may be deduced from Scripture: unto which nothing at any time is to be added, whether by new revelations of the Spirit, or traditions of men.”

The doctrine of sola Scriptura is misunderstood and abused when it is invoked to bolster the idea that the Bible is all we need to learn about farming (or medicine, or astronomy, or anything else). The doctrine of sola Scriptura (also called the doctrine of the sufficiency of Scripture) has one focus: it alone tells us what is necessary for God’s glory, man’s salvation, and faith and (thus spiritual) life. We need not look anywhere else.

Many modern American Christians believe, not in sola Scriptura, but solo Scriptura (me alone with my Bible). But the picture of the believer in the New Testament (both testaments in fact) is not of the man or woman sitting alone studiously engaged with the Bible in "private quiet time." It is of the believer engaged with other believers in the church being submitted to the authority of the Word together, and being instructed in the Word not as understood by one’s own private opinion, but as understood by the church as a whole (see Ex. 24:7, Dt. 31:11, Josh. 8:34-35, Neh. 8:3-8, 18, 9:3, 18:1, Lk 4:16, Acts 13:7, Col. 4:16, 1 Thess. 5:27, 1 Tim. 4:13, Rev. 1:3, cf. Jn 16:13).

I trust God for how He’ll use the memes we post, but I want to offer the caution that I have because of how frightening pervasive the unchristian (really antichristian) idea of “personal and private spirituality” has become among professing believers.

The church is not ancillary to being a Christian. God has established the church as the pillar and ground of the truth (1 Tim. 3:15). If you profess Christ but do not belong to a church, or attend one that requires no commitment of you and no accountability from you, or in other ways has departed from the truth of Scripture, I warmly invite you to join us at Bethel this Sunday. https://www.bethelpres.com/

~ Pastor Chip

"But I say, 'Love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you.'"

The proof of our commitment to Christ is found not in what we think but in what we do.

We simply were not created to live independently of God. Attempting to do so is at the root of everything called sin, and is the ultimate root of all of our misery. Abide in Christ today, friends! Without Him we can do nothing.

[11/11/19]   With prayers for and thanks to God for all of our veterans.

Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Then it was said among the nations, "The LORD has done great things for them." (Psalm 126:2)

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Recreation of the Capernaum synagogue at the time of Jesus.

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2019 Reformation — Bethel Presbyterian Church

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Bethel, New Hope, Sterling, and Ketoctin Covenant Presbyterian churches invite you to join us as we celebrate Reformation Day which marks God's faithfulness as he restored the western church through men like Martin Luther. We will start dinner at 4:30 p.m. and worship at 6 p.m. Children can enjoy their own program. Please bring a dish to share and let us know you if are coming to dinner, worship, or the children's program by registering at bethelpres.com

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2019 Reformation — Bethel Presbyterian Church

That Word Above All Earthly Power! Celebrate Reformation Day with us at Bethel October 27. Surrounding congregations will join us as we start dinner at 4:30 p.m. and worship at 6 p.m. Children can enjoy their own program. Please bring a dish to share and let us know you are coming to dinner, worship, or the children's program by registering at bethelpres.com

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19856 Evergreen Mills Rd
Leesburg, VA
20175

Opening Hours

Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Sunday 09:30 - 14:15
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