At Bethel Presbyterian Church, we believe that the Gospel of Jesus is transforming. We hold to timeless, Biblical truths (not so statements and facts are an end to themselves, but because they best express the wonders about our God and the amazing story of His rescue mission to an unworthy people). Therefore we worship not as people who have it all together, but who are grateful and thankful that in our brokenness, Jesus rescued us.
The Gospel of John in chapter 9 tells the story of a man whom Jesus healed. He had been blind for his entire life and all the problems and brokenness that comes with it. After Jesus changed his life, his response at the end of this chapter sums up how those who have experiences His transforming grace, respond: “Lord, I believe’, and he worshipped him.”
That’s who we are. Our only response to His grace is to believe and worship.
As one communion in the worldwide church, the Presbyterian Church in America exists to glorify God by extending the kingdom of Jesus Christ over all individual lives through all areas of society and in all nations and cultures. To accomplish this end the PCA aims to fill the world with churches that are continually growing in vital worship, in theological depth, in true fellowship, in assertive evangelism and in deeds of compassion.
The distinctiveness of the PCA lies in our stress on both reformation and revival. Without an emphasis on revival, “reformation” may become either a mimicking of political ideologies or sterile doctrinalism. Without an emphasis on reformation, “revival” may become a shallow pietism or mysticism. Only reformation and revival together can accomplish the Great Commission of our Lord.
Presented to the 1987 General Assembly