Summer Adventure Club

We’re just a few short weeks away from the high point of the summer: Secret of the Samurai, this year’s exciting Summer Adventure Club right here at Bethel Baptist Church. And you can help promote it! Just watch the video below and get started:

Make sure you register too!

We need lots of volunteers to make Summer Adventure Club work. If you can help, sign up here.

New Song on Sunday

This Sunday we’ll be learning a new hymn titled, For the Sake of His Name. Here’s an mp3 of what it sounds like. Enjoy and see you Sunday:

A Thought on Church Planting

Pastor has regularly encouraged to pray about Bethel having an active role in planting churches in Allentown and Bethlehem. Consider this church planting thought from Charles H. Spurgeon, Baptist preacher of the mid-1800’s:

“It is with cheerfulness that we dismiss our twelves, our twenties, our fifties to form other churches. We encourage our members to leave us to found other churches; nay, we seek to persuade them to do it. We ask them to scatter throughout the land, to become the goodly seed which God shall bless. I believe that so long as we do this, we shall prosper. I have marked other churches that have adopted the other way, and they have not succeeded.”

Ideas on Becoming a Servant

I am struck with shallowness that I think, meditate and apply specific texts of Scripture. One such passage is Mark 10:43-44

But whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister: And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all.

What does that look like? Does it simply mean I let my wife have the TV remote on Monday night and I don’t get to watch Monday Night Football or she gets to choose the pizza toppings? Surely, to be great in the kingdom it must mean something more than that.

I jotted down some quick ideas of ways we can serve one another within the context of the local church and do so with meaning (and hopefully with some depth): Continue reading

The End Is Come OR Maybe Not?

So, have you heard? According to one prominent radio broadcaster, Harold Camping, the end is this Saturday. While Mr. Camping is a student of the Bible, sometimes the easiest passages are the ones we most often overlook. For instance,

1 Thessalonians 5: 1-2 But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.

Matthew 24:36  But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.

Below are two thoughtful and straight-forward reviews of this date-setting. One a blog post and another an mp3 recording: Continue reading

Did You Receive the First E-Newsletter?

Did you receive the first Bethel E-Newsletter yesterday? If not got to http://www.facebook.com/bethelbc to subscribe to our newsletter (hint, you have to “like” us on the Facebook page first).

We are regularly attempting to seek better ways to communicate all that is going on here at Bethel. The emails will go out either quarterly or monthly. Expect to find 6-10 emails in your inbox over the next year.

If you know someone who lives in the Quakertown area and is seeking the next spiritual step or is looking for a Bible-preaching/teaching church forward your newsletter or ask them to subscribe.

7 Suggestion for Encouraging Good Preaching

We’ve all heard good preaching and not-so-good preaching. Here are seven suggestions for encouraging good preaching.
  1. Pray for the preachers. Pray specifically that they will work hard at the Bible passages (1 Timothy 5.17) and preach them faithfully, passionately and in a way that engages the hearers.
  2. From time to time, tell the preachers you are praying for them and looking forward with expectancy to the sermon. That will be a great encouragement and incentive to them to prepare well.
  3. Be there. You may be surprised what an encouragement it is just to have you there, and what a Continue reading