Bethel Baptist Church

"For from Him and to Him and through Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever! Amen." Romans 11:36

The Beacon

The Glory of the Name of God
mediation on the third commandment

The Westminster Shorter Catechism (1648) abides as a helpful guide in understanding the great doctrines of the Christian faith. There is a section in the Catechism regarding the Ten Commandments. The third command is "You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain" (Exod 20:7; Deut 5:11). Questions 54 and 55 in the Shorter Catechism summarize this third commandment.

Q. 54. What is required in the third commandment?
A. The third commandment requires the holy and reverent use of God’s names, titles, attributes, ordinances, Word, and works.

Q. 55. What is forbidden in the third commandment?
A. The third commandment forbids all profaning or abusing of anything whereby God makes himself known.

The names and titles for God are not simply words. They express His character, His nature. It is important to study the meaning of the names and titles of God because in them we understand what kind of God we serve. God's names refer to His office, His position, His nature. God names Himself what He is. YHWH (translated 'LORD') refers to God's eternal existence …"I AM who I AM" (Exod 3:14). YHWH Sabaoth (translated 'LORD of hosts') refers to the God who is always victorious in battle (1 Sam 17:45). Martin Luther included this name in "A Mighty Fortress is Our God" …"LORD Sabaoth His name, from age to age the same; and He must win the battle." Elohim (translated 'God') refers to God being a strong and exalted one (Gen 1:1). El Shaddai (translated 'God Almighty') refers to God being omnipotent (Gen 17:1). Adonai (translated 'Lord') refers to God's being a ruler or judge (Psa 90:1).

We have changed our name to Ethnos360 from New Tribes Mission USA.

Our founders had a vision for reaching the world:  “By unflinching determination we hazard our lives and gamble all for Christ until we have reached the last tribe regardless of where that tribe might be.” (1943)  

That’s a far-reaching vision.  A vision that represents God’s heart for the world.  A vision that’s worth you and me getting passionate about and working together to make a reality.

Ethnos360 is the name that anchors us to our foundations and points us to our vision.  

Ethnos is the “nations” that Christ referred to when He commanded His followers to “make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19) and “…that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all the nations…” (Luke 24:47).

360 represents the entirety of the globe – all 360 degrees.  Our goal is to go wherever in the world is necessary to see a thriving church for every people, not only to focus on one particular type of people group.

Our vision is the same today as it was 75 years ago.  As we move forward, we’ll draw from those lessons God has taught us in our 75 years of ministry to pursue new opportunities opening to us – opportunities to reach a changing world.

Larry M. Brown

Ethnos360 President

Did God plan my marriage, my home, and my family?

Looking back over many years of happy married life, I wonder what part was purely accidental and which part was the Providence of God. Was it by chance that I found my wonderful life partner, had 2 godly children and established a Christ-centered, heaven-like home here on earth?

Was it an accident that brought Rebecca to the well to welcome Abraham’s servant which led to her marriage to Isaac? (Gen. 24) Was it by chance that Ruth met Boaz? (Ruth 2) Was my wife specially created as Eve was skillfully made for Adam? (Gen. 2:21-25) Think of the meaning that Christ has given to my marriage as He works out His will in my family! Think of the importance of Christian marriage in God’s great Master Plan. Was it by luck that Joseph met Mary? No. Our marriages are not controlled by chance or blind fate, but by God working out His plan in Christ for us. “All things work together and are (fitting into a plan) for good to those who love God and are called according to (His) design and purpose” (Rom. 8:28, Amplified).

Author Steve Farrar encourages Christian fathers to be spiritual submarines under the surface of their children’s lives. “Through your prayers you have the ability to affect situations where you are not physically present,” he writes in Standing Tall. “You may be undetected, but that does not mean that you are ineffective.”

A man who puts on the armor of God and goes to war on his knees for his children is a force to be reckoned with, Farrar adds. “When it comes to battle … understand that you have been given awesomely powerful weapons.”

Parents of children 8-12 years old, who are interested in their child attending a one-hour weekly catechism class taught by Pastor Cosand, are asked to contact him.  

Classes will be held on Tuesdays from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. beginning Tuesday, June 20 and ending August 22.  Parents are welcome to attend. Catechism booklets and schedules are available on the usher’s table in the foyer.