We are glad to have you check us out!
Bethany ARP Church is a congregation of men and women who believe in the plain teaching of Holy Scripture. What we mean by that is when God reveals Himself to men in the Bible He means what He says. The most important thing the Lord has shown to us is that we have hope in the gospel message of Jesus Christ. Bethany is a church made up of sinners, seeking by grace through faith to be made more like our Savior each and every day.
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So What Exactly is an Associate Reformed Presbyterian??????
That’s a question we get all the time so don’t worry about not knowing!
An ARP, or Associate Reformed Presbyterian is just a shorthand way of saying that when the Bible says it, we believe it. We trust the Westminister Confession of Faith and the Shorter and Larger Catechisms to be the best summary of biblical faith and subscribe to it as our own.
Associate means we come from a people who believe in preaching the good news of Christ to everyone, no matter who they are, because everyone needs Jesus. Reformed says that we believe the Bible to teach that since we are all sinners who fall short that only by the grace freely offered in the Gospel by the Father and given by the Holy Spirit can any person come to believe and be saved. Now, for that last one? Presbyterian? All that says is about how we do things at Bethany. We don’t leave decisions up to one person, and those who do go about that are chosen by the people, from the people. We are also part of something bigger than ourselves. We see ourselves as an embassy, an outpost if you will, that has joined together with likeminded brothers and sisters throughout the Southeast (and even as far north as Canada!) to bring Christ Jesus to folks who need Him.
What Do I Need to Do to Get Involved at Bethany Church?
Well, the simple answer to that is: nothing. You don’t have to do anything. Just come. Be a part of our church family. See what we are about. Ask questions. We’d love to have you with us and if there is something we can do for you please feel free to ask our pastor.
What to Expect
When it comes to visiting a new place there can be all kinds of anxieties, both expressed and unexpressed, and we want to do our best to make you feel welcome.
- Come as you are. This is a hospital for sinners, not a retreat for the righteous.
- Dress as you feel led. Suits, jeans, and everything in between are welcome at Bethany.
- Sit where you like. We don’t have assigned seating and folks won’t give side-eye if you happen to be in their normal pew.
- Don’t worry if you don’t know the songs. We sing mostly from our ARP Bible Song book as well as the Trinity Hymnal. Psalms and Hymns are sung with joy in the heart, not choral perfection.
- Need the nursery? If you have need of the nursery during morning service please let an usher know. The nursery is through the door to the right of the pulpit and up the stairs. Another avenue is up the outside stairs on the school side of the building. There is a TV livestreaming in the nursery so that parents and littles (ages 0-4) can still be a part of the service.
- If you have a question? We’d be glad to help and answer in any way we can. Just ask or put an info card in the plate in the back.
- Need something before you come? Don’t hesitate to give our pastor a holler at his email: [email protected]. He’d be glad to assist in any way that he can.
We are glad to have you with us. It’s a pleasure to worship God with all of His people. Bethany ARP Church is here to serve and be a community of faith resting in the great promises of the Gospel of Christ.
What We Believe
We confess with the great Creeds of the faith, like the Apostles’, Nicene, and Athanasian Creed that God is Triune, One in Three, and Three in One, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. That Salvation is by Grace Through Faith Alone in the Lord Jesus Christ, the promised Messiah of Genesis 3:15, Isaiah 7:14, and Jeremiah 23:5. That His gift of eternal life is freely offered to all men and women regardless of nation, person, or life situation. The great sacrifice for sin in Christ’s substitutionary work of atonement is alone sufficient to repair the break made in Adam’s sin. We learn of the these things in and through the Word of God contained in the Holy Scriptures, which is without error in all that it says and teaches, and that it is the only rule of faith and practice. We believe in the plain reading of the Bible, so clear that it is understandable by a child, yet so rich as to never fail to give us strength in the goodness of the Holy Spirit’s revelation of who God is and what He has done for us.