Who we are?

People like you and me!

At the Bethelkirche people of all generations and of different life situations get together and become one big family: We are a colorful mix of children, pupils, apprentices and students, unemployed people, workers, employees, freelancers, employers, pensioners, …

What brings us together is the faith in Jesus Christ, the son of God, who shows us how God really is. We fully stand in life, both feet on the ground, and want to live as Jesus's disciples. We respect each other's dissimilarity.

Our congregation's leitmotif is find faith - strengthen life: We want that people discover Christianity for themselves and grow their faith – and we want to strengthen us and others for this life in the here and now.

  • Bethelkirche – at a glance
  • We are the Bethelkirche:
    The word "Bethel" is hebraic and means: house of God. It indicates our building. Our church shall be a place where people can live community with God and with each other.
    The word "Kirche" is German for "church". It indicates the people who enter the building. "Kirche" is derived from the Greek word "kyriaké" which means: that belongs to the Lord.
    We are an
    Evangelical Free Baptist Church:

    We are evangelic(al), because we want to pass on the Gospel, the good news of Jesus Christ and the love of God, to all people with words and actions. That means, the Bible and especially the New Testament are an important benchmark for our life. We believe that the Bible is an aid for our life – while being in private, with each other and with God.

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    The free choice of the individual is important. In our church only those people become members who decided for themselves to do so. Also as a local congregation, we are self-dependent, that means free of any church hierarchy.

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    Only people get baptized who decide for themselves to do so, and who believe with us in the God the Bible gives account of. This baptism, the believer's baptism, has given the Baptists their name. "Baptisma" is Greek for baptist.

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    "Alone you wither...". That's also valid for the faith. We don't want to live our faith alone, but celebrate together with God (worship service), learn from Jesus and follow him (as disciples), pass on the good news (evangelization), help other people (social welfare), and share our experiences, problems and joys with other people (community/congregation).