Confirmation 2018-19: Session Thirteen

Posted by on Feb 13, 2019 in Confirmation | No Comments

We now turn to the most important story of the entire scripture, the event on which all Christian faith hangs: the Resurrection of the Son of God. The Apostle Paul put it most succinctly, “If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile.” (1 Corinthians 15:17). Benjamin Franklin once said, “nothing in this world […]

Congo Clinic Initiative

Posted by on Feb 12, 2019 in News | No Comments

The Covenant Church and Bethlehem Church have a long history of ministry and friendship in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The Congolese Covenant Church is a vibrant African denomination in one of the world’s poorest countries that is even larger than the Covenant Church in America. In 1964 a Covenant Medical Missionary named Dr. Paul […]

Loaves and Fishes: Feb 28th

Posted by on Feb 11, 2019 in News | No Comments

Bethlehem Covenant Church is proud to partner with Loaves and Fishes Minnesota to help provide food and hospitality for our neighbors in need. Our next quarterly serving date is February 28th and we are always in need of volunteers who can help prepare food, serve dinner, and clean up afterwards. Our serving site is Holy […]

Confirmation 2018-19: Session Twelve

Posted by on Feb 6, 2019 in Confirmation | No Comments

We continue our discussion of what the death of Jesus means by looking at the profound ways God has given the church to experience his grace through sacraments. The Word “Sacrament” comes from the Latin word sacrementum which means “holy mysteries”. That’s not a terribly helpful definition. Saint Augustine was one of the great theologians of […]

Confirmation 2018-19: Session Eleven

Posted by on Jan 16, 2019 in Confirmation | No Comments

For the last few months we’ve given a lot of attention to Jesus’ life and teachings, now we turn to his death. That Jesus was killed on a Roman cross is probably the most well known fact in the world about Jesus. The cross was a tool of public torture, designed to inflict great suffering and […]

Confirmation 2018-19: Session Ten

Posted by on Jan 9, 2019 in Confirmation | No Comments

It’s good to be back after break. We’re continuing to work through the teachings of Jesus and his ministry as we read about in the gospels. We’ve determined that the main “theme” of Jesus’ teaching is the Kingdom of God and that the most important facet of God’s Kingdom is loving relationships with God and […]

Confirmation 2018-19: Session Nine

Posted by on Dec 5, 2018 in Confirmation | No Comments

The single longest collection of Jesus’ teachings in the four gospels is called the Sermon on the Mount. You’ll find it in Matthew chapters 5-8. It is a series of very challenging words for the followers of Christ to devote themselves to high standards of conduct. In it, Jesus takes the classic moral imperatives of the […]

Advent & Christmas 2018

Posted by on Nov 27, 2018 in News | No Comments

December is always a very full month at Bethlehem. Here’s what our schedule of worship looks like in the coming weeks: December 2nd & 9th- 1st and 2nd Sundays of Advent. Worship at 8:45a & 11am December 16th – 3rd Sunday of Advent. Christmas Pageant at 10:30am (one service) December 16th – Caroling for the […]

Confirmation 2017-18: Session Eight

Posted by on Nov 27, 2018 in Confirmation | No Comments

If you had to sum up what it is Jesus preached and taught in the three years he ministered, you could say it was the Kingdom of God. The phrase “Kingdom of God” or “Kingdom of Heaven” appears over 100 times in the four gospels. We pray for it every time we say the Lord’s prayer, […]

Confirmation 2018-19: Session Seven

Posted by on Nov 14, 2018 in Confirmation | No Comments

As I’ve said many times in confirmation class, there are two basic parts to the Bible: the Problem and the Solution. The problem is sin, death, evil, and chaos. The solution according to the Bible is something very specific, “a covenant for a holy people.” The Bible is the story of God’s promised work to […]