In his book “All In,” pastor and author Mark Batterson says, “You are only one decision away from a totally different life.” I’d like to expand on his quote and offer this, “You are only one decision away from a totally different life, AND
your decision may impact the lives of others for generations to come.” Think with me for a moment about a decision that was made by Benjamin Watkins and Daniel “River Daniel” Trabue. The year was 1817 and these two men lived in the area near Bethel and they worshiped at Spring Creek Church (now Bethlehem Baptist Church). They found that the distance they had to travel to church could often be difficult in those days. So in April of 1817 those two gentleman, along with 54 other people, made a decision to form The Bethel Meeting House where they would meet at 11 o’clock each Sunday for prayer and worship. This was the beginning of Bethel Baptist Church. Their decision to form Bethel not only impacted their lives, but it has impacted the lives of countless people for 200 years. On April 30th at 10:30 a.m. we will gather as a community of faith to celebrate their decision and thank God for all He has done for us these last 200 years. In the last two centuries God has helped countless people to make decisions that would shape the way they live. The greatest and most important of these decisions is the decision to ask Christ into your life. It is the decision to follow Christ, to love the Lord and to allow Christ to be the Lord of your life. This is why Bethel exists. We are here to help people make that decision and then to journey with each other as we live out our lives of faith as we commit to worship together, learn together and serve together. I’m grateful and humbled to be a part of a church with such a rich history and heritage.
As we gather on April 30th to celebrate what God has done, let us also reaffirm the decision of those original 56 members of Bethel. The decision to meet together for worship and prayer, to be bound together by our Lord and to reach out into our community. Let us help people to come to know our Lord and Savior so that our friends and neighbors may find the peace, hope, and purpose that only comes through knowing Jesus Christ our Lord. We hope to see each of you on April 30th. May God continue to bless Bethel Baptist Church. May God bless you and may God continue to help us to help others.