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

Stephen & Ginger Jordan : New Tribes Mission

With praise in our hearts, we share with you a long awaited answer concerning the renewal of our Visas. In short, the answer is "yes". Thank you again for partnering with us for God's glory among the Agutaynens.

After three years of teaching evangelistic lessons to a large group of Agutaynens, our team is moving forward in a new way. We are now focusing on home Bible studies, in the homes of those who have not come to the evangelistic Bible lessons in the past. These Bible studies are being taught in partnership, a missionary with an Agutaynen believer. This enables evangelistic lessons to be taking place in several Agutaynen homes in the village during the week, and believers are being trained to be teachers. This is exciting! Please pray for open homes and open hearts!

Sadly, this list is completely unrelated to how to be saved and go to heaven. Many people believe, falsely, that if they live by these 4 practices, it will be well with their souls. But, while these are widely- practiced, the Bible does not hold up any of them as the way to be saved. Their popularity is almost universal, yet the way of life, working to save yourself , is the sure road to eternal ruin. God will not permit you to neglect the great salvation by faith in Christ that He has planned, and allow you to write your own ticket. There is only one way to have forgiveness of sins and be saved from the Pit! Jesus said, "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life: No one comes to the Father, except through Me." (John 14:6)

Baptism is just a church ritual that has no saving value, and must not be trusted to give eternal life. Salvation, is your inside decision in which mind, heart and will comes to Jesus believing in Him, accepting only Him as the Lord, God and Savior. Your good works look good to me, but in God's eyes only deeds done by a true believer in Christ are works of righteousness. Believers, with their new born again nature strive to be like Jesus in all ways. Yet, these are acts of love and they do not save, help to save nor keep you saved. Righteous living is external evidence that you are truly a saved follower of Christ. (Gal. 5:22-26)

WEDNESDAY, November 7, and 28, 2012

Regular Awana Evening
6:45 p.m. - 8:15 p.m.

T&T Boy's Night Out
Friday, November 2
6:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
$3.00 each. Invite your Friends!

T&T Girl's Night Out
Friday, November 9
6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
$3.00 each. Invite your Friends!

Wednesday, November 14
6:45 p.m. - 8:15 p.m.

On - Target Recognition

Thanksgiving Celebration

Wednesday, November 21 - NO Awana
Thanksgiving Eve Service - 7:00 p.m.

We also have Youth Group for those in 7th - 12th Grade - 6:45 p.m. - 8:15 p.m.

SPECIAL NOTE FOR PARENTS: Please note that if the Lakeview Public Schools cancel classes or send students home early due to weather conditions, Awana events will be cancelled. Parents may also call the Church Office (586-772-2520) to verify program status.


In the Bible, the wise person is not the one who simply has knowledge, but the one who knows how to apply that knowledge to life and as a result, he lives well. Wisdom is the application of knowledge to some end, using the best means. When we say that God is wise, we are speaking of the application of His knowledge toward some end. A good definition is found in Louis Berkhof's Systematic Theology. God's wisdom is ". . . that perfection of God whereby He applies His knowledge to the attainment of His ends in a way which glorifies Him most" (Berkhof, Systematic Theology, 69).

It is an amazing thing to think about and we see the blending of God's attributes at this point. God applies His perfect knowledge by His unlimited power and His glorious sovereignty to His creation in order to demonstrate His unsearchable wisdom and to attain the goals established by His holy will. So the question, at this point, becomes 'What are God's ends?' or 'What is He trying to accomplish by the application of His knowledge?'

A.W. Tozer said, "What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us." He is exactly right. If Heaven is real, Hell is real, the Bible is true, Jesus is God, the resurrection happened, and judgment is coming, then what we think about God is of utmost importance, of eternal importance.

How many times have we gotten into trouble because of what we thought about something? My brother and I thought we'd put the fire out, and burned down the barn. I thought I had the car in a controlled slide on a gravel road, only to take out a whole lot of barbed wire fencing. I thought I could land a small jump on my motorcycle, only to come down on the front wheel and go head over heels. I also remember the time I thought I'd get out of the path of a wildly swerving car in a snowstorm, only to pull off the road into a driveway that turned out to be a ditch.