Attending a church for the first time can be intimidating. "Will they accept me?... I know very little about the Bible... I think God exists, but I have my doubts." We, at Bethany, get that! So, here are a few thoughts that might help break the ice.
At Bethany, we are all on a journey. As we travel this road called life, most of us find an internal knowing that, "I have the potential to be more!" With this idea as our focus, we strive for a come-as-you-are culture. A place where people are authentic and accepting. We welcome each individual wherever they are on their life journey.
Being real about ourselves, our lives, and even our "junk" (let's face it, we've all got it!) is where it starts. Not only do we strive for acceptance, but we also desire Bethany to be a place of growth for each person. Wherever "here" is on your journey, we hope to walk along side you to get to "there" and beyond!
God is for you. In our world of job reviews, Monday morning quarterbacking, TV vote-to-win competitions, and talking heads, it's hard to believe that someone loves you simply because you're you. Until we grasp that God is for us (He is good, loves us, wants only the best for us...), we will be very prone to running and hiding, never feeling like we measure up.
In a world filled with evil, suffering, pain and abandonment, it is hard to embrace a good God who is in control of life. Doubt is okay and even welcome as a part of our journey to know God. Alfred, Lord Tennyson said it well, "There lives more faith in honest doubt... than in half creeds." While affirming what we know, we will be honest about what we don't know.