See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. [Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is.]
We exist to spread a passion for the supremacy of God in all things for the joy of all peoples through Jesus Christ.
The Vision That Drives Our Mission:
Magnifying the Glory of Jesus
Our mission is driven by our desire to join God the Father in magnifying the supremacy of his glory through Jesus Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit. By grace through faith we aim to ...
- treasure all that God is
- love all whom he loves
- pray for all his purposes
- meditate on all his Word
- be sustained by all his grace.
We believe that the all-satisfying supremacy of God shines most brightly through sacrificial deeds of joyful love. The cry of the Holy Spirit in the hearts of our people is for fresh initiatives, biblical values, and a decisive emphasis on relationships of love.
Therefore, we embrace God's call for visible manifestations of love toward each other, our guests, and our neighbors. With a fresh openness and outgoing spirit to each other and to all new people, we aim to put ...
- understanding above accusation
- forbearance above fault-finding
biblical unity above the demand for uniformity.
Treasuring Christ Together (TCT) is our ongoing strategy to fulfill Bethlehem’s mission through multiplying campuses, planting new churches, and caring for the poor around the world through our Global Diaconate —all this founded on a common biblical life and doctrine. Our goal is passion for the supremacy of God and treasuring Christ—in more and more hearts.
All giving (over and above giving to our Church & Missions budget) to Treasuring Christ Together is divided among these three main funds:
- 90% goes to Multi-Campusing (for buying and building out of Bethlehem campuses)
- 5% goes to Church Planting
- 5% goes to our Global Diaconate
Update: Bethlehem's Vision & Values
After being prayed through, wrestled with, and thought hard about for several years, the pastoral staff has recently completed an update of the mission/vision statement that was first produced in 1995. (See John Piper’s introductory sermon to the initial statement.)
To better understand the convictions that motivate and drive us as a church family, read through “The Vision and Values of Bethlehem Baptist Church”.