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.
Join us for worship at 11 a.m. Sunday. We'd love to see you!
Saturday more than 35 people from Tree of Life's Leadership Team met in Bethel's fellowship hall to hear reports from 2019, to set a vision for 2020 and to develop strategies. In break-out sessions, the group considered nuts-and-bolts measures to achieve those strategies. The morning started by Pastor George "Chip" Hammond opening the Scriptures and posing to them the question: "Are we to serve the poor for the sake of the gospel, or because of the gospel." He led them through the Scriptures in a way some of them reported reoriented the way they approach their care for the poor.
Good doctrine brings our thinking in line with God’s thinking. Read the article at Bethelpres.com
bethelpres.com Lack of doctrine divides. Good doctrine (accurately reflecting the teaching of God’s Word) unites
Throwback Thursday. Nine years ago, parts of Bethel were bare bones under a similarly cold January sky. Bethel has since used this new building for VBS, meals, weddings, 1T48, conferences, mercy ministries, and so much more. Share your memories of God's blessings here too.
It just seems so “right” to us. Why would we not want our kids to be comfortable?
bethelpres.com The comfort of our children has become a god; it only makes sense that children will want to make sure that there is no other god before it.
It seems that prayer is the last thing the modern American church does. It was the first thing that the early church did.
The strange thing is, the "do what makes you happy," "do what is easy and comfortable" culture that we've cultivated in the last decade has produced a lot of very unhappy people. And while modern Christians "put on a happy face" most of them don't fare much better because they live by the same philosophy that our culture swims in. Sadly, many of our modern Evangelical churches promote it because it's a message that goes down like candy. Yet many people spend their lives running from thing to thing, place to place, church to church, trying to find happiness in an "easy life." We want to offer an alternative. We invite you to Bethel Church Sundays at 11:00 AM, where you'll hear the hard but good truth that it's not about you, and if you would find joy and fulfillment you have to die to yourself, you have to change, you have to grow in ways that will hurt. It's the unvarnished, unadulterated message of Jesus, and those who embrace it find LIFE (not just existence).
Today is a snow day for Loudoun and the sorrounding counties. The snow announcement may be a welcome break for you or just introduce stress! Whichever it is, as the snow falls let it be a reminder of God's grace held out to you in Jesus Christ. Your sins can be made whiter than the snow.
Are you feeling alone these days for believing the Word of God and living by it? There is so much concession, compromise and calling evil "good" even in the churches. Take heart. Elijah complained to God that he alone was was left among those who feared God and believed his Word. God told him "Not so." There are others out there, you just have to find them. Many of them congregate at Bethel Church on Sunday. Come join them.
THE FACE BEFORE FACEBOOK CHALLENGE
The interwebz has been a mixed blessing. It allows for fast communication and exchange of information. It can also be an enormous time waster.
If you’re reading this, you’re on Facebook. If you are on Facebook, there is a greater than 50% likelihood that checking Facebook is the very first thing you do with your morning coffee. As we enter 2020, I’d like to encourage you to take the Face before Facebook Challenge – to start your day, not with Facebook, but with seeking God’s face.
The Psalmist wrote, “Seek the LORD and His strength; Seek His face continually” (Psalm 105:4). What does it mean to “seek the LORD’s face?” It means first to seek his blessing, favor and grace (see Number 6:25, 2 Chronicles 7:14, Psalm 24:3-6, Hosea 5:15).
Secondly, seeking out someone’s face is an intimate gesture. How many people in your life do you let get close to your face, do you let touch your face? Who are they? Reflecting on this shows the intimacy that God desires that we have with him.
How can we seek God’s face? Charles Spurgeon was once asked, “What is more important, Bible reading or prayer?” Spurgeon responded, “I don’t know, what’s more important, breathing in or breathing out?” Reading the Bible, God speaks to us. We are taught, corrected, sometimes rebuked for our wrong thinking, and trained in righteousness by it (see 2 Timothy 3:16). But after we “breath in” what God has “breathed out” we need to “breath out,” to speak to God in prayer. Then spend some time thinking about what the Scripture says and how it applies to you (this is largely what the Bible is talking about when it tells us to meditate). Breath in. Breath out. Seek his face. Before you seek Facebook.
Although no one is quite sure of the reasons, the rise in the use of social media has caused a rise in anxiety and depression. Spending time in God’s Word and prayer – seeking his face – can greatly reduce anxiety and depression, or at the least assure God’s people who suffer from it that it won’t be their final end and destination.
Would you join me in 2020 in seeking God face before seeking out Facebook? It will be better for your soul (the biblical word means your life, your being), better for your psyche, better for your sanctification. And who knows? Seeking God’s face first, you might even have something beneficial and worth sharing that day!
~ Pastor Hammond
We warmly invite you to join us this Sunday for Sunday School for all ages at 9:45 am and worship at 11:00 am.
bethelpres.com Bethel: a Bible-believing church in Leesburg VA joyfully serves Christ in worship and the community.
This is what sets the Christian Faith apart from all world religions and all politics and philosophies.
Sunday, Bethel recognized Alan Aubel as elder emeritus after decades of leadership in which he served in every possible way including prayer, counseling, exhorting the congregation in the pastor's absence, and teaching VBS, small groups, and Sunday school.
Tonight the people of Bethel will be preparing and serving dinner to the lovely Partners of Tree of Life who have need of some food, fellowship, and love starting at 6 PM in Leesburg. C'mon out and do it with us!
Bethel's Beautiful Sanctuary decorated for Advent and the celebration of the birth of the King of Kings.
As I sit to write this, things are very tense in my state. The governor has stated his plan to ban certain firearms which have been owned by Virginia citizens for sixty years, and to criminalize those who continue to possess them. His stated reason for doing so is to keep people safe.
The Commonwealth’s three million gun-owners, as well as others who do not own guns but are sympathetic to gun ownership, have responded with outrage. At the time of this writing, eighty percent of Virginia counties (seventy-six out of ninety-five) representing a huge land mass, nine independent cities, and ten towns have adopted resolutions declaring themselves to be “Second Amendment Sanctuaries” in which such laws will not be enforced. In some counties that have not adopted such resolutions Sheriffs have held non-compulsory ceremonies to have deputies reaffirm their oaths to uphold the Constitution of the United States which guarantees the right of the people to keep and bear arms. Numerous citizens are publicly defiant, stating openly and categorically that this is a right they are willing to give their lives to defend. In response to the growing anger of the citizens of Virginia and the apparent unwillingness for local and county agencies to enforce such laws the governor is threatening to mobilize the National Guard, although he has not said exactly in what capacity they will be used.
I pray every day for peace. But what would peace look like? Peace here and now will look like one side or the other relenting: either the governor and those supporting his agenda will relent and listen to the people, or the people will relent and submit themselves to such laws if enacted. In either case, the “peace” would be a veneer. If the governor relents, he will do so grudgingly and with bitterness. If the people relent, they will do so with deep bitterness bordering on hatred. But bloodshed would be avoided, and this is what the world calls “peace.”
Seven-hundred years before he was born God spoke by the prophet Isaiah about another governor: “For to us a child is born; to us a son is given. And the government shall be upon his shoulders. And his name shall be called . . . Prince of Peace.”
It’s been two millennia since Jesus was born. Where is the peace? You are looking for it in the wrong place if you’re looking for it in society or from government. Jesus came proclaiming the Kingdom of God, but it is not a Kingdom coming with signs to be observed (Luke 17:20). It is not a kingdom that is from or has its origins in this world (John 18:36).
Earthly kings come compelling compliance. You don’t have to love their laws; you simply must subjugate yourself under them. This King came proclaiming a kingdom that no one will ever enter who does not willingly and joyfully do so. Outward compliance is not enough for this King. Whereas earthly kings try to force, compel and coerce behavior caring little or nothing for the will of the people, this king came to change the hearts of people from animosity to God and his rule to one of love for God and his rule; to replace stony hearts with soft hearts (Ezekiel 36:26), to replace hearts of grudging compliance with hearts that say “Oh, how I love God’s law!” (see Psalm 119:165). He takes those with animosity toward God and makes them willing and able to believe (see Westminster Confession of Faith 7.3).
All governments here and now are provisional governments, and not one of them will survive. Every one of them will eventually be destroyed, crushed when the kingdom that the Prince of Peace came to bring and proclaim is manifested in its fullness (1 Corinthians 15:24). And the only ones who will be welcomed into that kingdom will be those who joyfully and willingly submitted to it when it was unseen, like yeast when it is mixed in dough, or seed when it is planted in the ground.
I pray that open hostility will be avoided in my state, but if it is, that will not be peace. At best it will be a grudging averting of hostilities. When Jesus was about to leave his disciples during this time-between-the-times, he told them “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, nor let them be afraid” (John 14:27).
Regardless of where you find yourself in this debate, I trust you can clearly see that whatever the outcome, there will be no peace, for the world has no peace to offer you. It only has a temporary, tenuous, and grudging non-hostility until one side or the other musters the power necessary to impose its will on the other. It is the way of the world, and none of us is safe.
Jesus came to bring a kingdom that no one will ever enter except those who love and delight to do so. They will enter, not because they started out at peace with God, but because the Prince of Peace paid the debt for their sin and rebellion against God, and by his Holy Spirit has changed their hearts from animosity toward God and his gracious loving rule to love for God and his gracious loving rule.
The concerning social context we find ourselves in now is temporary and is passing away. The Kingdom Jesus came to bring is eternal. Do you want peace, real peace? I invite you to come to Jesus, to put your trust in him, to become his disciple, to take his yoke upon you and learn from him, for he is gentle and humble in heart; his yoke is easy, and his burden is light. And in him you will find rest for your soul. You'll find real and lasting peace.
There's no other Name given under heaven by which we must be saved . .
Bethel Church will be preparing and serving dinner for those in need on Tuesday December 17 at Tree of Life in Leesburg. Want to join us? PM for details.
Some folks need to hear this today . . .
Good morning, friends. A little Advent humor.
This Sunday Advent begins, the celebration of the coming of God's Son into the world to bring us back to God - in fact, to be the very ground for bringing us back to God. If you've not been to church in a while, this Sunday would be a good time to start. Worship begins at 11:00.
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.
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