Our vision is to be a church of grace-filled people, empowered for community transformation and new church formation, so that the Gospel is faithfully transferred from person to person and generation to generation. As Jesus Christ works in and through us to fulfill our mission and pursue our vision, we expect to see results in three areas: Community Transformation, New Church Formation, Next Generation Empowerment.
The mission of Beth Rapha is to glorify God by making disciples through the Gospel of Jesus Christ. God’s mission and the mission of His Church are inseparably linked. If God’s mission is to be glorified through the redemption and reconciliation of a people, the Church’s mission must orient around the glory of God and seek to glorify Him through redemption and reconciliation.
Community (or "Missional") Groups are an essential part of our church, as they provide a place where deeper fellowship and better support for one another can take place. Considering that the early church worshipped in large settings - in the synagogues - as well as in homes, we unite together similarly in order to be in deeper fellowship with God and one another. God has reconciled us not only to Himself but also to each other. This "each other" is called His Church.
The creeds are statements of our basic beliefs about God. How many creeds does this Church use in its worship? This Church 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).
The Catechism is a commentary on the Creeds, but is not meant to be a complete statement of belief and practice; rather, it is a point of departure for the teacher, and it is cast in traditional question and answer form for ease of reference. The second use of the Catechism is to provide a brief summary of the Church’s teaching for an inquiring stranger.
The Holy Eucharist is the sacrament commanded by Christ for the continual remembrance of His life, death, and resurrection, until His coming again. It is also called the Lord’s Supper, Holy Communion, the Divine Liturgy, the Mass and the Great Offering.
A brief prayer usually written out.
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).
Why do we shout? We shout before the Lord in joy and gladness (Psalm 47:1, Psalm 5:11, Psalm 35:27).
Why do we lift our hands? We lift our hands to bless the Lord (Psalm 134:2, I Timothy 2:8, Psalms 119:48, 63:4).
Why do we leap? We leap to praise the Lord (Acts 3:8, St. Luke 6:23).
Why do we prophesy? To edify (build up in the faith), exhort or comfort (II Chronicles 20:14-17,21; I Corinthians 14:3,4).
Why do we speak in tongues and interpret? To interpret the message from God in an unknown language into the given language of the local congregation (I Corinthians 14:5, 13-25).