About Bethel and Covid

Bethel’s sTance on Covid

We do not deny that COVID-19 has taken an immense toll on us in numerous ways, churches large and small are shutting their doors across our country and indeed the world. Many people have ceased attending their local churches and out of uncertainty have not made their way back. There are those in our communities who have not worshiped with their local body of believers in over a year. We can know with certainty that the churches that shut their doors are not able to shepherd their people, and there are a multitude of folks across our nation who have found themselves suddenly without a church. We can also say with certainty that we have no view to how long this may last.  The myriad of vaccines are available but the multitude of variants are still showing themselves and we still just don’t know as much as we’d like. There does not seem to be a quantifiable end in sight to this pandemic. Especially in light of our uncertainty, we at Bethel Baptist Church believe it is vital that we not forsake the gathering of believers for worship (Hebrews 10:25), to love one another (John 13:34), and to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ (Matthew 28:19-20). We must remain obedient to government authorities within reason (except on matters of worship) and we must consider with each mandate if we will be called to ‘stop’ worshiping our God for that is NOT an authority vested to the civil magistrate. We must remember that the lesser magistrate is the servant of God who does not bear the sword in vain (Romans 13:4-7) but who has NO authority to either forbid what God commands, nor commands what God forbids.

1. The importance of worship (Hebrews 10:25)
2. Love our neighbor (Mark 12:31)
3. Obedience to government (Romans 13:1-7)
4. Maintaining a good witness (Colossians 4:5-6)

If you are sick, feel sick, or have experienced any symptoms that could be COVID-19 we urge you to be conscious of that and watch from home and return in person as soon as you are well. Within our congregation, we have those categorized as vulnerable or high-risk and we need to be sensitive to their safety. We have many within our church body who have received one of the COVID-19 vaccinations and likewise have many who have already contracted and recovered from COVID-19 and thus experience natural immunity. Some of our members choose to wear masks during worship and some opt not to, we need to be respectful to both groups.  At this time Bethel Baptist Church has no requirement to wear a mask nor any restriction from wearing a mask. If you desire to wear a mask please do so and if you desire to come without a mask they are optional at this time. We believe this is a matter of Christian Liberty. Our encouragement is this: that there be no looking down upon one another for either decision concerning masks, and that these personal decisions are made informed by your consciences never distracting from our primary purpose of gathering for the worship of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and to be equipped for His good work.

Contact Us

Phone

816-734-4110

Address

3700 NE Barry RoadKansas CityMissouri 64156

Sundays
9:30 AM Sunday School
10:30 AM WorShip Service

 

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