Too often, life in a church is focused solely on personal spiritual growth. But true Christian spirituality must be lived as much as it is experienced. We cannot fully know the depth of God’s love for us apart from our loving others.
Jesus put it this way in a parable (Matthew 25:31-46):
"Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?’ And the king will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me'."
Bethesda is a church that is growing in our service with those in need, both within the congregation and in the world around us. We hope that our service is not so much to others, as with others. We hope that our service goes beyond mere charity to sharing in relationship with people who would not necessarily be in church, and in relationships that enable us to encounter and share in God’s compassion particularly for those who are poor and suffering.
People who want to know God fully cultivate a life of service. Bethesda’s intention to be a thriving and exemplary church means that we build community around and within an essential commitment to serve.
In these pages, we share the myriad opportunities to build our lives of faith and our community of faith by working toward a just and compassionate world.