Our purpose is to lead people to the Lord Jesus Christ and to help each other become more like Him day by day.
Preaching is preeminent at Bethel because we preach Christ and He is preeminent. Indeed, it is our desire that “in all things he might have the preeminence” (Colossians 1:18). As Paul said, “But we preach Christ crucified” (I Corinthians 1:23). We believe that we cannot preach the Word without preaching Christ.
Our preaching is always an exposition of a Bible passage, rather than the exclamation of a man’s ideas. Expository preaching means that a Bible passage is explained in its context, and applied to the hearer’s life. Explanation without exhortation is not preaching; it is “sharing”. At Bethel we do not “share”, we preach.
We take seriously Paul’s exhortation, “Preach the Word . . .”(II Timothy 4:2). Preachers are finding it more difficult to keep the attention of the people in the pew, so the services are spending much of the time on music and drama, with the hope that an entertainment oriented program will keep people coming. At Bethel, the centerpiece of our service is the expository preaching of the Word. Worshipful music, Scripture reading, and prayer are all a part of preparing our hearts for the message. In our services, we worship the Lord, and we open our hearts to the Word of the Lord.