Welcome to Woodstock Christian Congregation in Bethel!
God’s love is for free… for you… and forever!
Welcome to Woodstock Christian Congregation in Bethel!
God’s love is for free… for you… and forever!
Message audio CD’s are available after service for free! You can also download the audio from the website and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes.
This is not surprising, since he’s the most famous person in all of human history. More songs have been sung to him, artwork created of him, and books written about him than anyone who’s ever lived. Even our calendar is based off his life, dividing time before and after him.
Naturally, someone this important will have fans and foes.
And a lot of people have an idea of who Jesus is.
They may get this idea from TV or movies, maybe from past church experience and Sunday School felt boards, from history books, or maybe from just hearsay.
But just because we have ideas of who Jesus is doesn’t mean we actually know Jesus.
We’re all about Jesus—and the only way to get to know Jesus is to understand what the Bible says about him, which includes what he said about himself.
We’ve all been a bad friend at some point.
Maybe we’ve taken advantage of friends or been short with them or simply not been there when needed. And we’ve probably experienced that as well.
But Jesus is a good friend. In fact, he’s a perfect friend. And even when we’re horrible friends to him, he’s always a good friend to us.
Jesus is such a good friend and we’re such bad friends, that he knew the only way to save our friendship was to die for our sins—and he did so willingly.
Because of Jesus and his death on the cross, we have the opportunity daily to become better friends to Jesus and with Jesus.
And as we do so, we learn some amazing things about him.
As a good friend, Jesus loves us better than we could ever love him, love others—or even love ourselves.
As a good friend, Jesus guides us, showing us how to live and how to love in a way that brings glory to God and fulfillment in life.
As a good friend, Jesus forgives us our sin though we don’t deserve it—sacrificing his life so that we can live.
As a good friend, Jesus is fun, having enjoyed parties and time with his friends.
As a good friend, Jesus listens. And not only that, he prays for us when he hears our prayers. He cares about what is happening in our lives.
Jesus is truthful. He speaks the truth about himself, about us, and about the world.
Being truthful, Jesus taught that he is God, that he came down from heaven to be a man among his creation, that he was sinless, that he would die on the cross for our sins, that he forgives sin, and that he is the only way to heaven.
Being truthful, Jesus taught that we are sinners, that it’s impossible on our own to be friends with God because of our sin, and that the only way to be friends with God is through him.
Being truthful, Jesus taught that this world is broken and needs fixing. Jesus promised to return and fix this broken world. On that day, there will be no more tears, no more sickness, no more pain. Creation will be good again through Jesus.
Jesus is powerful about whom the Bible speaks of as a King and conquerer.
Being powerful, Jesus is the King of all creation—and he’s establishing his kingdom here on earth as it is in heaven. This means that nothing is out of the influence of Jesus and everything is subject to him.
Being powerful, Jesus has conquered Satan, sin, and death. Jesus died on the cross for our sins and rose from death in victory. Today, he is alive and well! And Jesus is coming back to forever destroy evil.
For those with faith in Jesus, there is no need to fear as Satan has no power over us, sin is no longer in control ofus and our sins are forgiven, and death is not the end but the beginning of life after this life with Jesus.
Being powerful, Jesus leads his church through the Holy Spirit. He calls leaders and empowers them to lead well. He brings people to him out of sin and shame into life and forgiveness. He creates community in which people serve one another and the world.
Being powerful, Jesus is generous. He gives forgiveness and grace freely to all who ask, having given his own life to provide it. He also gives us his Holy Spirit, who empowers us as Christians to live in Jesus’ victory and strength.
If you want to learn more about Jesus, the Bible is a great place to start. The following are some parts of the Bible that speak of Jesus. If you want to dig deeper, we encourage you to start reading the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John and the book of Romans.
Jesus as a good friend: John 3:16, John 15:3, John 15:15, 1 John 3:16, 1 John 4:7-21, Romans 3:21-26, John 2:1-12, John 14:4-6, 1 Corinthians 11:1, John 10:7-18, John 16:13, Romans 8:34, Hebrews 7:25, Hebrews 4:16, Luke 22:31-32
Jesus is truthful: Mark 14:61-64, John 8:58-59, John 10:30-33, Colossians 2:8-15, Hebrews 4:15, Philippians 2:1-11, John 10:17, Luke 24:44-49, Matthew 9:6, Luke 23:34, 1 John 1:9, John 14:6, Romans 1:16, Ephesians 1:13-14, 1 Thessalonians 5:9, Hebrews 5:9-10, Revelation 7:10, Revelation 21, Romans 8:18-25, Acts 4:11-12
Jesus is powerful: Revelation 19:11-16, Matthew 26:64, Isaiah 6:1-5, 1 Corinthians 15:3-11, Acts 1:1-11, Revelation 21:1-2, Ephesians 6:10, Colossians 1:17-20, 1 Corinthians 15:50-56, Romans 8:15, Matthew 16:18, Acts 1:23-25
We are located on County Route 55 in Kauneonga Lake,
across from the lakefront restaurants and next door to the Post Office.
A letter from Pastor Tony Schott
I began my walk with Jesus in 1995. In the midst of following the Grateful Dead, working in sound/lighting production and technical stage support for local and regional bands and events in the Indianapolis area, and searching for purpose for not my life and existence in general, I realized my brokenness and sinful nature had me at odds with the One True God. The God that loved me beyond my capability of even understanding, as He became man and endured the punishment and death that I deserved for my sin. I immediately began serving in the sound ministry in the Horizon Christian Fellowship (a Calvary Chapel affiliated church) on the south side of Indianapolis, where I first truly encountered my Savior, Jesus.
Most of the years since 1995, I have served in the sound ministry in the Calvary Chapel affiliated churches that the Lord has had me and my family in. I was also led to begin teaching the Bible in our home on Sunday evenings.
In 2007, the Lord called me and my family from Indianapolis, Indiana to New York. We immediately plugged into Calvary Chapel of Orange County, where I began serving in the sound ministry. Over time, I was led to also serve as a deacon, and the Lord put on our heart to begin a home Bible study again. Then, though prayer, one day in 2009, my wife and I asked God what He wanted us to do and how He wanted us to serve in the following year. He answered as we began reading our daily devotional immediately after praying. We were in Genesis 35:1, “Then God said to Jacob, ‘Arise, go up to Bethel and dwell there, and make an altar there to God…'” With this calling, we have taken steps in faith, and established the church that God directed us to here in the Town of Bethel. We also put on the Yeshua Festival since 2010 each year, sharing the Gospel while distributing free clothes, free food, free school supplies, and free entertainment and kids games.
Our mission is to share the Gospel in all Sullivan County, and the message that
“God’s love is for free… for you… and forever!”
Woodstock Christian Congregation in Bethel has been formed as a fellowship of believers in the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Our supreme desire is to know Christ and be conformed to His image by the power of the Holy Spirit.
We are not a denominational church, nor are we opposed to denominations as such; only to their over-emphasis of the doctrinal differences that have led to the division of the Body of Christ.
We believe the only true basis of Christian fellowship is Christ’s (Agape) love, which is greater than differences we possess, and without which we have no right to claim ourselves Christians.
We believe worship of God should be spiritual; therefore, we remain flexible and yielded to the leading of the Holy Spirit to direct our worship.
We believe worship of God should be inspirational; therefore, we give great place to music in our worship.
We believe worship of God should be intelligent; therefore, our services are designed with great emphasis upon the teaching of the Word of God that He might instruct us on how He should be worshipped.
We believe worship of God should be fruitful; therefore, we look for His love in our lives as the supreme manifestation that we have been truly worshipping Him.
We believe in all the fundamental doctrines of orthodox evangelical Christianity.
We believe in the inerrancy of Scripture; that the Bible (Old and New Testaments) is the inspired, infallible Word of God.
We believe that God is eternally existent in three separate persons; Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
We believe that God, the Father, is the personal, transcendent, and sovereign Creator of all things.
We believe that Jesus Christ is fully God and fully human, that he was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, provided for the atonement of our sins by His vicarious death on the cross, was bodily resurrected by the power of the Holy Spirit, ascended back to the right hand of God the Father, and ever lives to make intercession for us. After Jesus ascended to Heaven, He poured out His Holy Spirit on believers in Jerusalem, enabling them to fulfill His command to preach the Gospel to the entire world; an obligation shared by all believers today.
We believe that all people are by nature separated from God and responsible for their own sin, but that salvation, redemption, and forgiveness are freely offered to all by the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. When a person repents of sin and accepts Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior, trusting Him to save, that person is immediately born again and sealed by the Holy Spirit, all of his/her sins are forgiven, and that person becomes a child of God, destined to spend eternity with the Lord.
We believe in the gifts of the Holy Spirit mentioned in the Scriptures, and that they are valid for today and are to be exercised within scriptural guidelines. We, as believers, are to covet the best gifts, seeking to exercise them in love that the whole Body of Christ might be edified. We believe that love is more important than the most spectacular gifts, and without love, all exercise of spiritual gifts is worthless.
We believe that the church government should be simplistic rather that a complex bureaucracy, and that we depend on the Holy Spirit to lead, rather than on fleshly promotion.
We await the pre-tribulation rapture of the church, and we believe that the Second Coming of Christ with His saints to rule the earth will be personal, pre-millennial, and visible. This motivates us to holy living, heartfelt worship, committed service, diligent study of God’s Word, regular fellowship, participation in adult baptism by immersion and Holy Communion.
We seek to teach the Word of God in such a way that its’ message can be applied to the individual’s life, leading that person to a greater maturity in Christ.
We do not believe in “positive confession” (the faith movement belief that God can be commanded to heal or work miracles according to man’s will); human prophecy that supersedes the Scriptures; the incorporation of humanistic and secular psychology into Biblical teaching; the over-emphasis of spiritual gifts and experiential signs and wonders to the exclusion of Biblical teaching; or that true Christians can be demon-possessed.
We are neither Five-Point Calvinists nor are we Armenians. We adhere firmly to the Biblical teaching of God’s sovereignty and man’s responsibility. We avoid any theological systems of belief, which go beyond the written Word and thereby divide the body of Christ.
In our services, we focus on a personal relationship with God through worship, prayer and the teaching of the Word of God. We teach both expository and topically. We do not allow speaking in tongues loudly during services, nor prophecy while a Bible study is in progress because we do not believe that the Holy Spirit would interrupt Himself. We have specific “after-glow services” and believer’s meetings.
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