What We're All About
BPSM = Bethel Presbyterian Student Ministry
Everything that’s anything has a point, a purpose, a vision. It’s something that summarizes what it is in the present and encompasses what it wants to be in the future. It should be simple and easy to understand. It should be easy to visualize and worthy of pursuit. BPSM’s vision is contained below in picture and text. For the glory of God alone.
THE SCRIPTURE- "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit" (Matthew 28:18-19).
THE MISSION- Discipleship in Christ is what we're all about.
THE SHAPE- The logo is in the shape of a popular symbol in Christianity. Three distinct semicircles created by one line and sharing in one essence is the symbol of our Triune Godhead. We are disciples of the Trinity as described in Matthew 28, "of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit."
THE VISION- BPSM exists to see students grow as disciples by ENCOUNTERING CHRIST, CONNECTING IN THE HOLY SPIRIT, and
SERVING TO GLORIFY THE FATHER.
· ENCOUNTER CHRIST- Hebrews 12:1-2. This is
the foundation of everything and the starting point of BPSM. Individually and corporately, encountering Christ, by grace, through faith, in the Gospel, is essential to becoming and being a disciple.
It means we are getting rid of weights and sins so we can run the race with our eyes fixed on Christ, the beginning, middle and end of our salvation. What does this look like? Individually,
it means we get into Scripture, pray without ceasing, and obey God's Word in response to the Gospel. Corporately, it is the basis for our youth group on Sunday nights from 630p-8p, during which we'll
worship Christ by singing, praying, and teaching from God's Word.
· CONNECTING IN THE SPIRIT- Ephesians 4:1-16. After
we have realized our calling in Christ, evidence of that should be in our desire to connect with other disciples. Because we are all of "one Spirit," we connect in humility and patience, teaching and
encouraging one another to grow in Christ. The Spirit is the example, the power, and the result of the body of Christ connecting in truth and love. What does this look like? Informally, it
means students are closest to other disciples of Christ, encourage one another in their walk with Christ, and are committed to living life with the church. Formally, it means students can join
flexible "Discipleship Groups" or "D-groups," only out of desire, expecting commitment and openness, in order to connect in the Spirit and become more like Christ.
· SERVING TO GLORIFY THE FATHER- Matthew 5:14-16. After we have encountered the beauty of the Gospel of Christ and unified together as a body with Christ at the head, it is only natural that a body be serving others. Good works are not a requirement of our salvation, but they are a logical outcome of the Gospel-changed heart. Serving the church (I Peter 4:10-11) and serving the community (James 1:27) are the good works that characterize the body of Christ and the light that "gives glory to your Father who is in Heaven" (Mat. 5:16). Hopefully our good works glorify the Father and give others the desire to encounter Christ for themselves. What does this look like? Students will have many opportunities to serve the church by getting involved in different ministries inside the youth group and outside the youth group. Students will have opportunities to serve the community through monthly service projects organized by BPSM, such as serving at a food bank, raking leaves, cleaning up public areas, etc.
THE CENTER- Christ Jesus. Romans 11:36. Philippians 1:20-26. Colossians 1:15-20. Hebrews 1:1-4. Revelation 1:4-8. And many more. It is the ultimate desire of BPSM and the center around which everything else revolves, that in everything we are Christo-centric. He is the center of God's purpose in creation and the point of our lives on earth. He is our Savior and our King. He is our joy and our only boast. He is the reason, the strength and the purpose in all we do. BPSM exists by, through and for Christ Jesus because He alone is worthy.