We are people of His presence
Bethany is not just a building and services, it is the people that make up the body. We are about the presence of God which means that we are not just talking about a worship service, we are talking about people living daily as a temple for His presence. When the tribes of Israel camped, the tabernacle was at the center, their lives were centered around the glory of the Lord. When they would move, they would not move without His presence leading them.
Our desire is to see every person living with the presence of God at the center of their life. Where every day our focus, our gaze, is set on His presence. Where we move as God leads us with His presence, just like the Israelites did when the cloud and fire would lead them. It is through this lifestyle of living in His presence that we become distinct to the world around us.
When we gather together the Holy Spirit is honored and the glory of God is shown in His church. When we enter His presence, the atmosphere becomes a place where the power of God is available to bring life, healing, freedom, joy, and victory in our lives.
We are about discipleship
“We are a family of believers growing in God and reaching our world”
Becoming a disciple of Christ is more than a class that you complete or program you go through, it is a life style. Discipleship is about doing life together. It is why we talk about being a family, it is living our lives together and growing in who God has called us to be.
We have a three-pronged approach to living a life of discipleship:
“…you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ…”
God values each person, and so do we. He loves each one of us so much that He sent Jesus, His only son, to restore our relationship with Him. Jesus didn’t do this with things like silver or gold, but He bought us with His own blood. This is the foundation of our walk in Christ, knowing the price paid for us and the value given to us because of His sacrifice. Each person needs to understand and live out of their identity in Christ, and all that he provided us. The fullness of Christ is now our identity, and we desire to walk that out in our lives. The heart of Each One is knowing that we are now sons through the spirit of adoption, understanding who are in Christ, and living it as reality. (John 3:16, 1 Pet. 1:18-19)
“Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ.”
The Word of God is primary in our growth as a disciple. It is not a book of rules and regulations, but a living and active part of our lives. We seek not to just tell people what the Bible says, but to teach them to hear God for themselves. The Holy Spirit wrote the words we read in the Bible, and He will lead us into all truth. We want a culture of holiness, and it is this truth revealed by the Spirit that brings about holiness in our lives.
Each person has gifts that God has given them. It is through the five-fold ministry that we want to equip the body to become all that God has called them to be. It is here where we can discover and grow in our gifts that God has given us. Col 1:28
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations…”
As we grow in discipleship we begin to turn our focus on to Jesus’ command to make disciples. We turn our perspective to the harvest and take our responsibility to labor in the harvest. It is about taking the power of God, signs, wonders, and miracles into the city of Billings and seeing lives changed. It is about each disciple shining the light of God in their everyday life, showing the world the holiness and character of God.
We also have a heart to spread the kingdom beyond just our city. Jesus said to take the gospel to ends of the earth. That is why we take our finances, the seed that God has given us, and sow it to reach the lost. We support various organizations throughout the world that reach the lost. However, just sending money is not sufficient enough, we invest our lives in preaching the gospel through mission’s trips. We offer the opportunities to partner with ministries to preach the gospel in other countries. (Acts 1:8, Mat 28:19)