Our Core Values

Be the hands of God in our community.

Equip all with essentials needed for growing: faith, relationship and community.

Trust in the promises of God … Trust in the Grace of God.

Hold onto the Living Word of God, Jesus Christ.

All People are included; All views respected.

Nurture creativity in ministry and new ways to serve through God’s work in community.

You are welcome here!  We embrace and celebrate diversity!

Bethany Believes and Teaches

  • God has created and sustains all that exists; all that is seen and unseen.

  • God entered human history to prove God's love for us:

    • In the life, crucifixion, death and resurrection of our savior, Jesus Christ (the Word made flesh).

    • With Jesus freely going to the cross, so that all may know, by faith alone, we have God's grace, forgiveness and new life through him.

    • Under the power of the Holy Spirit, God gathers us together into the community of faith (the church), reminding us of the Living Word, through the Bible/Scriptures, which are the source and norm of our teaching and practice.

  • God changes lives through the Gospel of Jesus Christ, calling Christians to lives of:

    • Renewal.  As a people living as both saint and sinner in the same body.

    • Discovery.  As a people exploring new ways to communicate and live out the Gospel of Jesus Christ within the world.

    • Welcome. As a people open to all, no matter where they are on life’s journey of faith.

    • Justice and Reform.  As a people seeking liberation for oppressed and reform within society, as signs of Christ’s presence in the world.

  • God creates and renews faith within us:

    • In and through the waters of Baptism; where water and the Word washes us clean and welcomes us into the community of faith.

    • In and through Holy Communion; where Jesus is truly present, providing forgiveness and strength in, with and under bread and wine.

  • God provided a foundation for ministry in the historical witness of the Christian church especially in the ecumenical creeds and the Lutheran Confessions.

To learn more about what the Lutheran Church teaches, visit our ELCA site.

Do you have questions?  Do you have doubts?  Do you want to explore faith?

No judgment -- No Sales Pitch -- We don't pretend to have all the answers; let's discover God together.

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401 Martin Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19128  (215) 483-6968

Email: Office@bethany-lutheran.net

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No Exceptions.