Bethany Primitive Baptist Church has come a long way from its inception in 1919. This builidng you see outside was constucted in 1971 and the Fellowship Hall and dining room several years later. The church has just recently completed a thorough renovation of the interior of the sanctuary and were blessed to conduct the first services in our beautiful new surroundings on April 17, 2011. The pictures depicted on this photo page were taken that day.
The renovated pulpit area is quite different than the old one. There is now a hardwood stage and columns to the left and right, plus there are no drapes to conceal the baptistry behind the pulpit. When the Spirit of the Lord is blessing, it doesn’t matter about the surroundings because “where the Spirit of the Lord is there is liberty.” A fellow minister told Elder Wise, the Pastor, not be feel like Samson who stood between two pillars and literally brought the house down. No, we surely do not desire to do that but we do desire to show the house to the house as Ezekiel 43:10 states. Ezra stood on a pulpit of wood and was above the people and so it still is
There is plenty of light in the new sanctuary and of course we all need spiritual light to see the things of God. Brother Phillip Wise is leading the congregation in the song service which is blessed to have a good mixture of all ages. The church has several elderly members but it also has many young children that attend on a regular basis. The church is thankful for those parents that continue to bring their children and bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. It would be good if everyone were there with the first song but alas, that seems to be a lost cause. We are indeed thankful the Lord has blessed with new facilities and in addition the rest rooms have been re-modeled and are now handicapped accesible; truly we are thankful for these natural blessings and the financial contributuions that it takes to make all this possible. When left to our own strength we can do nothing. However, with the help of God and His Son we can accomplish great things. As Paul says in Phil. 4:13, “I can do all things thrrough Christ which strengtheneth me.” God give us more grace to serve Him acceptably with reverence and godly fear. (Heb. 12:28)