We're really glad you've taken a few minutes to swing by the online home of Bethlehem Baptist. We are a Southern Baptist congregation founded in 1872 on the beautiful Cumberland Plateau in Tennessee. We'd really love to see you on a Sunday, and here's a few things you can expect when you visit us for the first time.
Seriously, we're just regular people and we are really excited that you're interested in stopping by! Don't worry, we won't point you out from the stage or make you stand up. We'll make you feel welcome, not awkward.
Love of Christ
Here's the bottom line: We're friendly because we love people. The Lord Jesus showed us perfect love and he's given us the command to love each other. You should expect to experience the love of Christ when you join us.
1. What are your beliefs and denominational affiliations?
We are a Southern Baptist congregation. We stand firmly in the middle of the river of historic Christian doctrinal confession. We believe that the Bible is the inerrant Word of God and that salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone. We affirm a doctrinal statement called the Baptist Faith & Message, which you can read in its entirety here.
2. Do I have to dress up?
If you want to. We have some men who wear suits and ties and some ladies in dresses. We also have some men in jeans and some ladies who wear pants. The bottom line is this: We come together to worship Jesus, and we're not concerned about attire.
3. How can I get plugged in?
Step 1 is to fill out a contact card on the Sunday you visit and stop by our welcome center in the church lobby where we have a gift waiting for you.
Step 2 is to jump into a Sunday School group. Our Sunday Schools are much more than Bible classes. These are the lifeblood of our fellowship where we pray for each other and care for each other. Click here to see a list of our Sunday School groups.
4. What ministries are there for children and teenagers?
Sunday Mornings - We have children's and youth Sunday School groups at 9:00am on Sunday mornings. All nursery and preschool kids stay in children's ministry during worship service.
Sunday Nights - We have mission-focused programs (RAs and GAs) for our elementary kids and Bible study for our teenagers. These programs run simultaneously with our adult worship service from 6:00 - 7:00pm.
Wednesday Nights - From 6:00-7:30 we have children's and youth ministries. We have AWANA Kids Ministry for kids ages 2 years through 6th grade. For 7th-12th grade students we run the Trek program. For adults we have weekly bible study/prayer meeting from 6:30-7:30.