A LETTER FROM PASTOR JASON
I believe everything we do as followers of Christ is in response to what he has already done. 1 John 4 tells us, "We love because he first loved us".
I BELIEVE WE SERVE BECAUSE HE FIRST SERVED US.
I BELIEVE WE GIVE BECAUSE HE FIRST GAVE TO US.
God has been so good to Bethlehem, and I believe we all collectively feel that it's time to take the next step. In this next season, we have the opportunity to link arms together and to consider ministry endeavors we've never considered before.
What if God's faithfulness in this past season at Bethlehem has prepared us to experience God's future faithfulness in a brand new way? I am convinced our dark world needs the bright light of Jesus like never before. There is no greater cause on the planet than the cause of Jesus Christ. For that very reason, Nan and I are excited to invite you to join us as we follow the spirit and move forward in this new season together.
"Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert." Isaiah 43:19 ESV
Bethlehem Church, the opportunity before us is rooted in God’s faithfulness that is behind us. We love Jesus more than anyone else because He has loved us like no one else ever has. We love each other because that’s how Jesus told us the world will know we are His disciples. We love the lost because that’s who Jesus came for. In an ever-changing world, the local church has always been and is now the carrier of the greatest message the world has ever known: the Gospel. Everything we do is a response to what God has first done in our own lives.
Because of the thousands of lives that have been changed by Jesus at Bethlehem Church in the last 10 years, we are convinced that is just the beginning of the new work God wants to do now in us and through us. As a church, our role isn’t to dream up something new, but to “see” and “perceive” the new thing God is doing in our time and our community. In a world full of good causes, the church of Jesus Christ is the only cause that has an eternal community and an immediate cure. The question we are asking in this season is, “What does it look like to position, in the hearts and minds of people, the reality that the greatest cause you could ever give yourself to is the church?”
We are praying for all-in engagement from those who call Bethlehem Church home. This is not a season of spectating, but a call for everyone to participate. We are inviting everyone to go on a journey of the heart in this season. Do we live our lives in response to the love of God? Because our lives have been changed by the love of Jesus, do we live with a generous posture toward God and toward others? Are we giving in a way that changes us, or has it become comfortable and routine?
Together we will continue to invest in our ongoing ministries and trust God to accelerate the life change that is happening week in and week out. The current two-year operating budget is $13.5 million, which provides for every campus, every ministry, and every Gospel initiative—all to serve kids, students, adults, and people with special needs.
BECAUSE every community needs a champion, we will increase our investment in our local and global community by committing $1.5 million in this next season. The local church should be the greatest source of hope in the community where God has placed it. Our community should be better because the people of God, changed by Jesus, are an active part in the life of the community. We will continue to lock arms with non-profit organizations doing the hard work of holistic change in the lives of people in the hardest of situations.
The reality is we have maximized the use of every square inch of our current facility and haven’t come close to reaching all the lives that Jesus wants to change. Doubling our seating capacity at the 316 Campus allows us to then create new next-generation space on each campus. Our new 316 campus will also incorporate a new, multi-functional community and student building with surrounding green space to further expand our outreach and impact.
*Additional facility costs to be covered by fair market value sale of current 316 Campus location to Bethlehem Christian Academy and financing from a ministry partner.