Service Schedule

Sundays 

Traditional Service 8:00 am

Sunday School 9:15 am (adult and children's options available)

Contemporary Blend 10:30 am (child care available)

Junior Church (K-5th Grade) 10:30 am

BYM Sr (8th thru 12th grade) - 6:00 pm

 

Wednesdays

Choir Practice 6:30 pm

Prayer Meeting 7:30 pm

Kidz Klub (age 4 thru 4th grade) - 6:30 pm

BYM Jr (5th thru 8th grade) - 6:30 pm

Men's and Ladies' Bible Studies - 6:30 pm

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We are located at 155 Reedsville Road, Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972

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Wet Cement Theology

 A blog from Jeff Byerly at Bethesda EC Church

The world doesn't need another know-it-all theologian. My goal is simply to search the Scriptures, analyze current theological dicussions, respond to the events of the global, national, and local communities in which I live, and share my life incarnationally in order to act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with my God. As I do this please realize that I am wrong from time-to-time and more often than I think. :-) I am also naturally skeptical and often doubt convictions that are held tightly by many others. I invite you to dialogue with me in this same spirit--to explore how Jesus intersects with our world and to keep our sanity as we view this world from his kingdom perspective. 

JOIN THE REVOLUTION

Posted by Jeff Byerly on Friday, March 21, 2014 @ 2:08 PM

Jesus was a revolutionary and his words were words of revolt toward the philosophies and ambitions of the world. Jesus says: “Repent for the kingdom of God has come near!” In this case as always, repent simply means change your thinking, (literally change-thinking from the Greek). This was called Good News!

Jesus walked into a setting that was charged with expectation, and at the same disappointment. Isaiah had explained that a king like David was coming, and the people, and the land, and the all that is in the world would take note and respond with delight! Or else be defeated and swallowed up! The tension that existed was heightened by the fact that people believed Isaiah and hoped beyond hope for a king to vanquish their enemies, while at the same time living in despair, crying out, “How long must we wait?” This is the cultural tension that existed as Jesus walked among the villages of Galilee, and eventually the region of Judea.

So there was a sense of revolt in the air—it permeated the culture. Even the Romans could not get over the difficulty they had breaking the Jewish region under their rule. The people living there resisted to abandon their hope—the hope for a new established kingdom.

The revolutionary Jesus came and spoke words that described the image of a new God-ordained kingdom into his setting. Change your thinking! Because it’s coming! It’s around the corner! Isaiah’s vision will be established shortly. But what does that mean? What dreams came to light to Jesus’ hearers when he talked about the kingdom?

Among other things, kingdoms primarily consist of kings, land, and citizens. Kingdom is therefore about a society—with a ruler, with sacred space, and participants who enjoy it. No wonder Herod, as well as the religious leaders, shook in their boots over John the Baptist’s announcements, and the following throng that pursued Jesus throughout the region.

When Jesus announced the Good News of a coming kingdom, he was really concerned with society. People who were poor or oppressed or enslaved or overlooked would have remembered the vision of Isaiah and changed their thinking to consider the grand reversal of everything for which their world stood. The kingdom would not primarily be about our own personal spiritual struggles or victories regarding sin. It would be about obeying the king in the sacred space wherever his people come together. Now, let me be honest; that requires a lot of change on a personal level; however, it isn’t molded in isolation, but rather exposed in light of getting along within our communities.

As a result, the church takes on the partial and imperfect manifestation of God’s kingdom rule on earth. Our local expressions of church become the opportunity for kingdom to be established in our neighborhoods. I must say, God help us! I just can’t say that I’ve seen this well done yet. Many of us are casting the vision, but when I think of what church has been and still exists as today, we need to really change our thinking!

Jesus has summoned his disciples to bless the world—to capture Isaiah’s vision—to live as citizens of his kingdom—to live beyond a focus upon our own personal spirituality—to change our thoughts from me to us, and to an us that includes them too—to advance this change of thinking throughout the world. Jesus calls us to this kingdom.

Will you change your thinking? Join the revolution!

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