Our Beliefs and Values
We believe that the church is a community of disciples called together under the Lordship of Christ. It is a redeemed and redeeming fellowship where the Word of God is preached and the sacraments are celebrated according to Christ's own command. Under the discipline of the Holy Spirit the church seeks to be a place where people are led to experience God's love, know Jesus Christ, grow in His image, so that they may be healed, restored, and given the grace-filled power to become the people God created them to be.
At Bethany, we are Christians who are excited to be part of the United Methodist Church. United Methodists are the second largest Protestant denomination in America. Founded as a reform movement in England in the 1730's by John and Charles Wesley, the Methodist Church was established in America in 1784. Since then Methodists have played a significant role in shaping our nation, and especially Texas. Southern Methodist University in Dallas and Southwestern University in Georgetown were both founded and supported by Methodists. The Montopolis Friendship Center in Austin, Methodist Children's Home in Waco, Methodist Mission Home and Hospital System in San Antonio, and hospitals in Houston and Dallas were also begun by the Methodist Church.
United Methodists hold to the historic doctrines of the Christian faith. We are evangelical, but moderates rather than fundamentalists. We value the intellect and modern science, while at the same time looking to the Bible as the source of all that is necessary and sufficient for salvation, and the true rule and guide for faith and practice. We are willing to ask questions, to wrestle with difficult issues, and to do so with grace, respect and compassion.
United Methodists are known for our emphasis on a personal experience of God's grace through the love of Jesus Christ, lived out in practical, concrete ways in the world by putting faith and love into action. Historically we have valued well-informed and passionate preaching, worship that is lively, and small groups where people can grow in their faith.
Methodists have open hearts, and open minds-and welcome anyone interested in learning more about the Christian faith.
If you would like to know more about what it means to follow Christ, please call 512-258-6017 and ask to speak to one of our pastors or email us.
Our Mission is to make disciples* of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
(Mission statement of the United Methodist Church based on Matthew 28:19)
*Fully devoted follower of Jesus Christ
To be a Christian community in which non-religious persons and nominal Christians grow to become deeply committed disciples of Jesus Christ. We are committed to transforming lives, renewing the church and changing the world.
We are leading people to experience God's love, know Jesus Christ, and to grow in His image.
- Experience God's Love
- Know Jesus Christ
- Grow in His Image
I4 - I Am 4 Christ
- Invite - I am an Invitation to know Jesus Christ
- Involve - I am Involved and involving others in the ministry of Christ
- Inform - I am Informed and informing others of the Good News of Christ
- Inspire - I am Inspired and inspiring others to grow in Christ
Together, we are the hands and heart of Christ.
It is our desire to honor God through all our work on His behalf. To that end, we will do His work with the qualities we most value: integrity, grace, excellence, relevance, authenticity, passion, humility, faith, inclusivity, commitment, community, joy and love.
Our Boundary Lines
In order to remain focused on Experiencing God's Love, Knowing Jesus Christ, and Growing in His Image, Bethany United Methodist Church shall not: pursue ministry which is contrary to our vision and purpose; depart from the Scriptures and Biblical principles for living; do anything contrary to the spirit and intent of the United Methodist Book of Discipline; fail to be good stewards of the financial and non-financial resources entrusted to us; cease discerning God's vision for Bethany United Methodist Church.