Romans 3:23 – “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” We are all sinners and need a Savior. All the money in the world will not pay the price of sin. In the Old Testament, the sacrificial system was practiced. Hebrews 9:22 states, “without shedding of blood there is no […] The post Sacrifice and Scapegoat https://bmcgladys.com/sacrifice-and-scapegoat/ appeared first on Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA https://bmcgladys.com.
Why was Jesus born at the time and place in history that he was? God had a plan. He has always had a plan. He was born in the fullness of time, according to Galatians 4:4. What does that mean? God’s timing is perfect. He does not operate on the same timetable that we do. […] The post Preparing for the Birth of the Messiah https://bmcgladys.com/preparing-for-the-birth-of-the-messiah/ appeared first on Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA https://bmcgladys.com.
What we think matters. When asked by a lawyer what the greatest commandment is, quoting from Deuteronomy Jesus says to love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. We are to love God with every part of us, and that includes […] The post With All Your Mind https://bmcgladys.com/with-all-your-mind/ appeared first on Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA https://bmcgladys.com.
What drove Paul to serve? His life was one of obedience, but it wasn’t a have-to obedience. He had caught God’s vision & purpose for the world. Three motivations that drove Paul were: The fear of God, not the scared kind of fear but one of reverence and awe, worship and respect. He had a […] The post Inspired To Serve https://bmcgladys.com/inspired-to-serve/ appeared first on Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA https://bmcgladys.com.
There are qualifications for two groups of people in Scripture: bishops/ministers/shepherds and deacons. The four primary tasks of the bishop/minister/shepherd/pastor are preaching, pastoring/shepherding, leading/administrating, and working on a team. These tasks require qualified people. The qualifications for a bishop/minister/pastor (I Tim. 3:1-7): upright character, positive family life, able to suffer for the sake of others, […] The post Qualifications for Ministers https://bmcgladys.com/qualifications-for-ministers/ appeared first on Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA https://bmcgladys.com.
The most obvious good news or “Gospel of the Kingdom of God” that Jeus proclaimed and lived is that the Gospel is not only for Jews but extends to Gentiles, outcasts, people sick with all kinds of diseases and torments, and the worst of sinners. In fact, the good news is that Jesus bore to […] The post What is the Gospel? https://bmcgladys.com/what-is-the-gospel/ appeared first on Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA https://bmcgladys.com.
The seven areas of vision are worshiping, teaching biblical doctrine, proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ, providing belonging and fellowship, making disciples, experiencing the presence and power of the Holy Spirit, and identifying gifts and providing opportunities for ministry. Worshiping is a primary mission of the church. God is unique, the only one of His […] The post Vision Activities for the Church https://bmcgladys.com/vision-activities-for-the-church/ appeared first on Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA https://bmcgladys.com.
Lot meets the angels – Two angels came to the city gates of Sodom in the evening and found Lot sitting there at the gates. Lot, apparently, was an important man in the city. Lot invited them to his place for the night, but they said no, they would sleep in the open square. Lot […] The post Lessons from Lot in Sodom https://bmcgladys.com/lessons-from-lot-in-sodom/ appeared first on Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA https://bmcgladys.com.
The Abrahamic Covenant: God reaffirmed his covenant with Abraham at various times over a 25-year span. But what about Ishmael? Abraham loved Ishmael and wanted him to be blessed. God did bless Ishmael with many descendants, but often we may be on the wrong path and are asking God to bless us on the wrong […] The post The Sign of the Covenant https://bmcgladys.com/the-sign-of-the-covenant/ appeared first on Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA https://bmcgladys.com.
The question is this: What should a church be and do, and what does Anabaptism offer that can result in a compelling vision to be and do these things? The church of Jesus Christ should be and do these things: worship, teach doctrine, proclaim the Gospel of Christ, provide belonging and fellowship, make disciples, experience […] The post A Vision for the Future https://bmcgladys.com/a-vision-for-the-future/ appeared first on Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA https://bmcgladys.com.
When we see people, how do we see them? Sometimes we see categories. Sometimes we see the behavior of others. At times, we hardly notice people at all. How did Jesus see people? When He saw the multitudes, He had compassion (Matt. 9:35-38). Jesus’ compassion for humanity is evident in Eph. 2:1-10. In this, we […] The post Seeing the Multitudes https://bmcgladys.com/seeing-the-multitudes/ appeared first on Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA https://bmcgladys.com.
The most fundamental difference between the general Protestant and Anabaptist views of salvation is that the Protestant view makes salvation/justification something that happens outside a person (external), and the Anabaptist view makes it something that happens inside a person (intrinsic). The Protestant view says that Christ’s righteousness is imputed to the believing person’s account in […] The post Anabaptist View of Man and Salvation https://bmcgladys.com/anabaptist-view-of-man-and-salvation/ appeared first on Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA https://bmcgladys.com.
The Bible assumes the reality of God and is not occupied with speculation about the nature of God. The Bible is concerned primarily with God’s self-revelation and the appropriate human response. Many verses in Scripture speak of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit’s work in human affairs. There were many significant councils that discussed issues […] The post Anabaptist View of the Trinity https://bmcgladys.com/anabaptist-view-of-the-trinity/ appeared first on Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA https://bmcgladys.com.
We find five different positions on the church/state relationship in 16th-century Anabaptism. Medieval: The church and society are the same thing. This is the view of all groups in 1500 and the view even of the Swiss Brethren prior to January 1525. Radical dualism, as represented by the Schleitheim Confession of 1527: This is the […] The post Anabaptist View of Church/State Relationship https://bmcgladys.com/anabaptist-view-of-church-state-relationship/ appeared first on Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA https://bmcgladys.com.
The Anabaptist view of Biblical interpretation is Christocentric. For all Anabaptists, Christ was the center of Scripture. Christ is the cohesive Person and “principle” in all the Scriptures and the “key” to understanding Scripture, both Old and New Testaments. Anabaptists said that the written Word, no matter how well it is interpreted or understood, is […] The post The Anabaptist View of Scripture https://bmcgladys.com/the-anabaptist-view-of-scripture/ appeared first on Bethel Mennonite Church - Gladys VA https://bmcgladys.com.