"In Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us."
At Bethel we welcome people of all ages, cultures and backgrounds. We're convinced that God's grace enables us to be all one in Jesus Christ (Galatians 3:27-28).
Our beliefs are evangelical (meaning that the good news of Jesus is central), and reformed in emphasis (meaning that we know God by his sovereign grace alone, not through our own efforts).
We're led by a team of elders and deacons, with opportunities for all members to contribute to the life of our community.
Siew Kiong Tham
Teaching Elder ('Pastor')
Mandarin Service & Community Group.
Chin Hian Lim
Church Council (Elders & Deacons)
We affirm the historic ecumenical statements known as the Apostles Creed, Nicene Creed, Athanasian Creed and Definition of Chalcedon, and acknowledge them as the central confession of the universal Christian Church.
We also have an affinity with the confessions of faith that came out of the Reformation, and other modern affirmations of the reformed, evangelical faith.
We teach that the Old and New Testaments are inspired of God and wholly trustworthy, and that they are of supreme and final authority in faith and life.
We that there is one God, eternally existing in three persons Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
We teach that Jesus Christ was begotten of the Holy Spirit, and born of the virgin Mary, and is true God and true man inseparably joined in one person for ever.
We teach that humanity was created in the image of God, that we sinned and thereby incurred not only physical death but also spiritual death, which is separation from God; and that all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.
We teach the personality of the devil and the universality and heinousness of sin.
We teach that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures as a substitutionary sacrifice; and that all who believe in Him are justified on the ground of His shed blood.
We teach that salvation is by grace through faith, and that all who by faith receive the Lord Jesus Christ are born again of the Holy Spirit, and are adopted as children of God.
We teach the physical resurrection of our Lord, in His ascension into Heaven, and in His present life there for us, as High Priest and Advocate.
We teach the return of our Lord Jesus Christ to gather His elect, to manifest His Kingdom in power and glory, to judge the world in righteousness, and to renew the whole creation.
We teach in the bodily resurrection of the just and the unjust, the everlasting blessedness of the saved, and the everlasting punishment of the impenitent.
We teach that the Church is the community of all who have been born again through faith in Christ and have been formed by His Spirit into one body, of which He is the head, and that the Church is commissioned to go into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature.
We teach that the gift of marriage, as defined by the Scriptures, is a covenant between one man and one woman for life, and is the only form of marriage that is a true expression of the image of Christ and the church.
Sacraments and Gifts of the Holy Spirit
We recognise that across the church there are various views on 'secondary matters' (things that don't affect faithfulness to the Gospel):
Baptism. We teach that those who have the assurance of salvation should be baptised. We recognise both forms of baptism, and candidates for baptism shall themselves choose to be baptised, either by effusion (sprinkling or pouring) or by immersion.
Holy communion. We observe Holy Communion on the first and third Sunday of every month. The bread and cup are emblems of the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, and are to be taken in faith by those who believe in Jesus Christ. Children are welcome to participate in communion, at the discretion of their parents.
We teach that God the Holy Spirit gives to whomsoever He chooses, whensoever He chooses, either temporarily or permanently whatever gifts that He chooses to prepare God's people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.
In the exercise of the gifts of the Spirit, as in all other activity, the gifts of the Spirit are to be used in love, for the building up of the body of Christ, and respectfully and orderly. (1 Corinthians 13) The exercise of the 'sign gifts' in Sunday worship should be done under the headship and at the discretion of the Elders.
What to expect in our services
The Bible says that Christian worship should be simple and to the point. So we focus on the four key elements of Church gatherings: God's Word, Prayer, Holy Communion and Fellowship. (Acts 2:42) Our music and singing is a mix of older and newer songs, with simple accompaniment. We spend a large proportion of our time reading, hearing and teaching from the Bible. We pray together for the needs of our church, community and world. We share in Holy Communion (or 'The Lord's Supper') fortnightly. And we spend time before and after the meeting (and through the week) sharing, encouraging, comforting and helping one another. We believe that church is not a performance or an 'experience,' but an expression of true community shaped by the Gospel, and a small foretaste of what life in the New Creation will be like. So we avoid doing anything that might distract for that, and draw more attention to ourselves than to Jesus Christ whom we gather to honour and worship.