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

reflections on Romans 8:11

Perhaps the only other passage in the Bible that highlights the Holy Spirit more repeatedly than Romans 8 is Jesus' Upper Room Discourse in John 14-16. The subject of Romans 6-8 is sanctification, which is the process of the Christian's growth in Christlikeness. There is a very interesting and instructive dynamic revealed in the wording of Romans 8. The Holy Spirit is referred to 17 times in this chapter. He is referred to only 4 times in chapters 1-7 and only 6 times in chapters 9-16. Romans 8 has more references to the Holy Spirit than all other chapters of Romans, combined. This teaches us that the means and power of sanctification is the Holy Spirit. The key to growing in Christlikeness is the omnipotent Spirit of God.

It is probably true that the Holy Spirit is the most neglected of the three persons of the Godhead. It is understandable that we might have the tendency to overlook God's Spirit because He is not mentioned as often as God the Father and God the Son. Further, the work of the Spirit is to bring glory to the Son and the Father. Of the Holy Spirit, Jesus said, "He will glorify me; for He will take what is mine, and declare it to you" (Jn 16:14). But the Holy Spirit is God the Holy Spirit and, as God, He is worthy of infinite honor and possesses infinite attributes. He is, in essence, completely equal to the Father and the Son.

If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you. Rom 8:11

Shan Reed
Missionary to Japan
(Currently on Home Assignment)
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Dear Family and Friends,

God is at work all around us. As the earth springs back to life around us here in South Dakota, I am reminded of the new life we have in Jesus and the way He nurtures our hearts as we walk with Him.

Home Assignment Travels

Oh, the adventures and excitement of home assignment travels! I have traveled thousands of miles, enjoyed the hospitality of many, many people, reconnected with friends, made new friends, and been encouraged by the questions about Japan and prayers of God’s people for Japan. Thank you! One of my new friends in Detroit is Japanese so she translated into English for me while I shared in Japanese.


Why did God give TEN COMMANDMENTS which I cannot obey, that convict me of sin? God’s Law showing us our sins and the punishment of death for breaking them, points us to Christ, the Savior (Ex.20, Ezek. 18:4, Rom. 6:23). The Law cannot make you righteous, but it multiplies sin, by forbidding it (Rom. 3:10-20, 7:7-13). The Law is “our trainer (our guardian, our guide to Christ, to lead us . . . that we might be justified (declared righteous, put in right standing with God) by and through faith” (Gal. 3:24, Amp.). The Law also reveals God’s absolute moral standard for all of us. Pushing aside TV morals, popular opinion and the Supreme Court, you are a sinner, and need to believe in Christ for forgiveness of sins, salvation and eternal life in Paradise.

“JUDGE NOT” means not judging others by my own unkind opinion, my self-righteous standard for all to obey (Mt. 7:1-6). Thinking Christians must make Bible based judgments constantly. The authority of God’s Holy Word and our Example, Christ, are the only Guides for faith and actions. “Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment” are the words of Jesus (John 7:24, 2 Tim. 3:15-17).

Happy Father's Day

"A good father is one of the most unsung, unpraised, unnoticed, and yet one of the most valuable assets in our society."
Billy Graham

"A father is someone you look up to no matter how tall you grow."

Fred Rogers, the gifted minister to children known as “Mister Rogers,” said: “Attitudes are caught, not taught. The best way to cultivate faith in children is to share our own enthusiasm about what we believe.”

Character Club

Every summer Wednesday evening, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., children from age three (potty trained) through sixth grade will learn godly character using Bible stories, observations of God’s creatures in nature, and personal application during craft time.

Each week's lesson will focus on a different character quality, for example, creativity, gratefulness, attentiveness, and so forth. In addition, older students will act out a Bible story and share a brief gym or outdoor time.

Teens are invited to the concurrent youth activity. There is no charge for Character Club.

Summer Catechism Classes

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 19 and ending August 21. Parents are welcome to attend. Catechism booklets and schedules are available on the usher’s table in the foyer.