Our mission is simple: The mission of the Bethel Presbyterian Church of Olive Branch, Mississippi is to be a caring community of believers called to glorify God, to grow as disciples of Jesus Christ, and to serve others through the power of the Holy Spirit. Why not join us in worshiping and serving our wonderful God?!
Bethel is a congregation of the Presbyterian Church USA. You may find more information about the PCUSA church here
Why join a church?
Belonging? Commitment? Modeling? Duty? Obligation? Tradition? Openness? Calling?
In Jesus Christ, God calls people to faith and to membership in the Church, the body of Christ. Baptism is the visible sign of that call and claim on a human life and of entrance into the membership of the church. The baptism of children witnesses to the truth that God’s love claims people before they are able to respond in faith. The baptism of those who enter the covenant of membership upon their own profession of faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior witnesses to the truth that God’s gift of grace calls forth a response of faithfulness. (from the Book of Order, G-1-304)
Expectations of Membership: (from the Book of Order, G-1.0304)
Membership in the Church of Jesus Christ is a joy and a privilege. It is also a commitment to participate in Christ’s mission. A faithful member bears witness to God’s love and grace and promises to be involved responsibly in the ministry of Christ’s Church.
Such involvement includes: proclaiming the good news in word and deed, taking part in the common life and worship of a congregation, lifting one another up in prayer, mutual concern, and active support, studying Scripture and the issues of Christian faith and life, supporting the ministry of the church through the giving of money, time, and talents, demonstrating a new quality of life within and through the church, responding to God’s activity in the world through service to others, living responsibly in personal, family, vocational, political, cultural, and social relationships, working in the world for peace, justice, freedom, and human fulfillment, caring for God’s creation, participating in the governing responsibilities of the church, and reviewing and evaluating regularly the integrity of one’s membership.
Questions of membership:
Trusting in the gracious mercy of God, do you turn from the ways of sin and renounce evil and its power in the world? Who is your Lord and Savior? Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior. Do you trust him? Do you intend to be his disciple, to obey his Word, and to show his love? Will you be a faithful member of this congregation, giving of yourself in every way, and will you seek the fellowship of the church wherever you may be?