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Bethel is a community of people committed to following the way of Jesus: A way full of love, grace, forgiveness, peace, justice, and hope for all people. We believe deeply that God is continually giving us the opportunity at a new life.
We seek to be a relevant presence of love, compassion, and acceptance to everyone in our community. We want to help others experience the transforming love of Jesus through an intimate communal relationship with God. We strive to live in the way of Jesus by praying for and serving our community and those in need.
Bethel has been seated in the heart of the San Fernando Valley for over 60 years. Throughout its history, Bethel has been committed to families, the arts, and social justice. If you are looking for a community to connect with, come check us out.
Bethel believes that God wants everyone to know and experience His love, this love is full of acceptance and compassion for everyone. The teachings of Jesus share that this love must include those who are deemed outsiders by the world.
Bethel believes that we cannot be who we were created to be as humans apart from communal relationships. It is through dependence on one another and God that we are able to stand in the midst of chaos and suffering and joy and celebration. Bethel values diversity and unity through diversity. We believe that in our differences, we meet God more fully.
Bethel believes that God calls all of us to be transformed. We believe that each of us can and should be better humans everyday. We believe that this transformation is only possible as we are dependant on God and our fellow humanity. Part of transformation is seen and developed through creativity. Bethel believes that being creative opens us up to deeper and more progressive change. It inspires us to walk as created co-creators with God.
Bethel, being a Christian community, understands that the best way that we have found to live on this earth is to walk in the way of Jesus. This should include serving humanity especially the rejected.
We seek to be relevant to the world and especially to the Valley. We Share the good news of grace, mercy, love, and forgiveness.
Bethel believes that being in relationship with God is not enough. God calls us to be in relationship with humanity and the world as well. We must love all of humanity and seek to bring reconciliation between God and His creation. This means that we believe we are responsible to care for the world, and all of its resources.
Bethel understands that the world is full of un-grace. We believe that we are in the world to be the embodiment of God’s grace and peace. Grace meaning the absolutely free expression of the fullness of God’s love or God’s favor of us though undeserved. and peace meaning (shalom) harmony or every kind of good.
Bethel believes that everything we do should be done as excellently as humanly possible. We believe that if something is worth doing it should be done well. Doing things well implies consistency. Bethel understands that the Church in its past has been historically inconsistent. It is our hope that we would walk a new and different way, a way that is relevant, consistent, and excellent.
We hold fast to the Good News. The good news is simple, “God is real, God is love. He will make a real difference in your life, and as a result, you can experience real community.” Though our community is diverse, we are united by a transforming experience with Jesus. You can experience the difference Jesus makes too, regardless of your background or situation.
For saints and sinners. For families and individuals. For the poor and the rich. For young and old. For every race. For people of all sexual orientations and genders. For conservatives and liberals. For blue collars, white collars, and no collars. For L.A. locals and foreign refugees. At Bethel, the good news is for all people.
Bethel is a place where you can come as you are, be as you are, and meet God and others as you are. The people at Bethel are real, with all our goodness and with all our messiness. We believe that we meet God best in community. Stay around long enough, you will be hurt by someone in our community. But don’t give up! Stick around and experience the power of reconciliation and healing. We seek to create a place where questions are encouraged, where you will not be handed a checklist of orthodoxy, and will not be asked to check your brain at the door.
When Jesus called us to Himself, He also called us to community. Here at Bethel, we live that reality out in the context of shared meals, small groups, Bible studies, ministry teams, and communal worship. We are at our best as we eat together and share our food with the world.
We desire for all of our community to be actively involved in world-changing action. We partner with local organizations to make a difference in our neighborhood. We equip one another to make world-changing action within our work environments, homes, schools, local neighborhoods, and world.
We’re all in this together. No matter our history, circumstances, or goals, we’re all human and we all need love and acceptance. That’s why the church exists – and why you belong.