Chapel

Every Wednesday, the Bethlehem College & Seminary community worships God together under the preaching of the Word. You are invited to attend any of these chapels, all of which take place from 12:00–1:00pm in the Bethlehem Baptist Church Downtown Campus Sanctuary.

The theme for this semester is The Greatest of These Is LoveSo now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love” 1 Corinthians 13:13

We live in a world that talks and sings about love all the time. “All You Need is Love.” “What the World Needs Now is Love.” “What is Love?” “We Found Love.” 

On and on we could go, yet the reality is, when we look around at our world we see little evidence of love. Our relationships are focused on what we can get, not what we can give. Political discourse and divisions are at their lowest level in decades. Rather than assuming the best, we assume the worst. Rather than giving, we seek to take. Rather than love, the default posture has become distrust, misunderstanding, and hostility. 

Although Jesus told us that the world ought to know us by our love, these attitudes are often present in the church as well. But our fundamental call as followers of Jesus remains loving the Lord and our neighbors as ourselves. This semester in chapel, we will call our community back to the meaning and significance of our call to love. After all, without love, all of our efforts to serve the Lord are ultimately empty noise (1 Cor 13:1–3). It is our prayer that the Bethlehem College & Seminary community would treasure God’s love for us and our love for God and each other all the more, so that the world will truly know we are Christians by our love.

Chapel Schedule » Spring 2020

SpeakerTitleTextDate
Tim TomlinsonKnowledge and Love1 Cor. 8:1Jan. 15
Daniel ViezbickeChrist’s Love for UsJan. 22
Student-Led Worship and PrayerJan. 29
NO CHAPEL | Pastor’s ConferenceFeb. 5
Andy NaselliHow Can I Love Fellow Christians with Different Politics?Rom. 14:1-15:7Feb. 12
David MathisLove: The Fruit of the SpiritGal. 5:22; 1 John 3:16-18Feb. 19
Student-Led Worship and PrayerFeb. 26
Dave ZulegerLove in the Church1 Cor. 13:4-13Mar. 4
Sam ChoiLove for the LostJohn 20:21Mar. 11
NO CHAPEL | Spring BreakMar. 18
Charles MorganThe Second Greatest Commandment: Love Your NeighborMatt. 5:43-48Mar. 27
Chris BrunoLove Your EnemiesApr. 1
Eduardo MendesLoving Cross-CulturallyApr. 8
Greg MorseThe Greatest Commandment: Love GodApr. 15
Adam PohlmanFaith Working Through LoveApr. 22
Paul PoteatTrue and False LoveEph. 5Apr. 29
John PiperGod’s Love for GodCol. 4:7-18May 6

Chapel Schedule » Fall 2019

The verse on Bethlehem’s institutional seal is Colossians 1:17: He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” In celebration of the tenth anniversary of our school, it is fitting to focus our Fall chapel series around the theme of Christ’s supremacy and centrality using the book of Colossians as our guide.

SpeakerTitleTextDate
Tim TomlinsonFaith, Hope, and LoveCol. 1:1-8Aug. 21
Thomas BarclayPrayer to Please GodCol. 1:9-14Aug. 28
Jason MeyerChrist’s SupremacyCol. 1:15-23Sept. 4
Brian TabbFilling Up on Christ’s AfflictionsCol. 1:24-2:5Sept. 11
Lewis GuestAlive in ChristCol. 2:6-15Sept. 18
Andy NaselliWhy to Reject Man-Made ReligionCol. 2:16-23Sept. 25
Student-Led Worship and PrayerOct. 2
Joel RosenbergIs God’s Passion To Save Both Israel and Her Neighbors Our Passion, Too?Rom. 1:14-17Oct. 9
John PiperSeek the Things AboveCol. 3:1-4Oct. 16
Daniel SouzaPreach the Word to Every Nation2 Tim. 4:1-5Oct. 23
Dieudonné TamfuPut on the New SelfCol. 3:5-17Nov. 1
Joe RigneyChrist’s Centrality in RelationshipsCol. 3:18-4:1Nov. 6
Steven LeeWalk in Wisdom Towards OutsidersCol. 4:2-6Nov. 13
Student-Led Worship and PrayerNov. 20
No Chapel, Thanksgiving BreakNov. 27
Sam CrabtreeChrist-Centered EncouragementCol. 4:7-18Dec. 4