"Where You Can Experience Healing To Heal By Loving Christ"
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In August 2001, Beth Rapha unfolded and revealed itself in the heart and spirit of Senior Pastor Jacqueline E. McCullough. Shortly thereafter, in October 2001, Daughters of Rizpah, under the direction of Pastor McCullough, took the WordAlive Medical Mission to Portmore, Jamaica, West Indies. During the Mission, Rev. McCullough announced her call to the Office of Pastor.
The creeds are statements of our basic beliefs about God. Beth Rapha uses two creeds: The Apostles’ Creed and the Nicene Creed. The Apostles’ Creed is the ancient creed of Baptism; it is used in the church’s daily worship to recall our Baptismal Covenant. The Nicene Creed is the creed of the universal Church and is used basically at the Eucharist (Holy Communion).
Frequently Asked Questions
What is worship? Worship (the Greek word proskuneo) means “to bow down and kiss.” What is praise? Praise (the Greek word eulogeos) means “to bless, speak well of.”
Why do we dance? We dance to worship the Lord (Psalms 149:3, 150:4). We dance to praise the Lord for joy and victory (I Samuel 18:6, II Samuel 6:14, Judges 11:34).
Christian Education is one of the most exciting areas of study because its programs are directly correlated with the commandments of God for diligent instruction, the teachings of the prophets in response to these commandments, and the life teachings of Jesus Christ throughout His earthly ministry.
Throughout Old Testament history the prophets were admonished to teach the law and commandments of God. Moses urged the people to keep the statutes and judgments of God and to do them. He let them know this was the source of their wisdom and understanding among the nations of the world (Deuteronomy 4:5-6).
Samuel the judge and prophet recognized that his major duty was to pray to God for his people and to teach the nation “the good and the right way.” (1 Samuel 12:23) The glory and prosperity of Judah under Jehoshaphat was due largely to the emphasis he laid upon religious instruction as the basis of national character and stability.
His Bible school faculty consisted of five princes, nine Levites and two priests who effected a moral and religious transformation, for “they taught in Judah, having the book of the law of Yahweh with them” (2 Chronicles 17:7-9). Then we witness the greatest prophet and teacher of all in Jesus Christ; who for 3 years taught His disciples with urgency and intensity, the principles of Christian living and the transformation that would be necessary for them to be equipped to spread the Gospel throughout the world!
Teaching has always been in the mind of God and it is at the heart of our ministry still today! Beth Rapha believes in the adequate preparation of Christian laity and leaders and the development of Christian Education programs throughout the church for all ages so that people can be taught how to live holy and in a manner that is pleasing to God! In a time in history when people are falling away from truth, it is imperative that we place a deliberate emphasis in the Body of Christ on the necessity of teaching and living the immutable doctrines of our God.
We pay homage to the great Apostle Paul who established churches throughout Asia Minor and trained leaders to follow the biblical precepts of Christ. We thank the apostle for teaching the Roman church the doctrines of salvation, justification, adoption, regeneration, and sanctification! We thank him for his inspired teachings to the church at Corinth on Christian unity, Christian maturation, Christian behavior, and the very source of our Christian faith in the undisputed resurrection of Jesus Christ! And, we could go on and on!
What tremendous justification and purpose we have for providing sound biblical instruction through carefully structured, highly deliberate, Christian Education programs of study! This is why with great excitement we welcome you to the Beth Rapha Christian Education Department!
The power of God is inexhaustible! We always have the ability to resist sin. When Jesus rose from the dead, He deposited gifts to His people. We, as His people, are empowered with grace and power to live a sanctified and set apart life. This consecrated life will produced the fruit of the Spirit. Our life will reflect the life of Christ. Welcome to Beth Rapha, where you can experience healing to heal by loving Christ!