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“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”

Romans 10:9



It is a fundamental fact that most people believe in God. Most of us believe that there is a real and living God who created the universe and is all powerful. The issue is; how must I live my life in order to please Him and is that even possible? Some will argue that it isn’t possible to please God simply because we are all sinners and since God is perfect and sinless, how could we possible do anything to deserve His grace and His mercy. So we come to the question, what must I do to be saved? The answer to the question is nothing. It is impossible to please God because all have sinned and come short of His glory (Rom.3:23). So that brings us to the second question:


Since it is impossible to please God and yet He will save us from our sin and as the writer of Jude wrote in 1:24, “He is able to keep you from stumbling, And to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy…”, therefore our redemption is not our own doing. In John 3:16, Jesus says, For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. It is very clear that it is the love of God that saves us from our sins and not anything we do to earn our salvation. So someone would ask, “What about believing?” It is true that we must believe the Gospel to be saved but without the love of God and the gift of His own Son for the salvation of the world, there would be no Gospel to believe in. We believe the Gospel of Christ and He receives us into theKingdomofGod. But after we do believe, we come to the third question:


The Apostle Paul clearly states in Rom. 10:9, believing must be expressed. There is power in the tongue; there is power in the spoken word. God created the universe by speaking it into existence. It is clearly stated in scripture the importance of speaking the Word of God. Jesus said in Mat.17:20, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you. Our words have power and therefore Paul writes in Rom. 10:9, “if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” So you believe in God and His love for you; you have confessed your belief, so let us address the next question:


You believe in God as creator of heaven and earth, you believe that God loves you so much that He sent His only begotten Son to die for your sins, and finally, you believe that your words of faith in the Gospel is your salvation. It is now a good time to pray the prayer of agreement that God will save you. Read the follow prayer out loud, hopefully with the witness of someone whom you truly believe to be a Christian: “Heavenly Father, I believe that you are The Creator of heaven and earth and I believe that You sent Your only begotten Son, Jesus to die for my sins. I now confess with my mouth that Jesus is God and that He died and rose again for my eternal life. I open the door of my heart and I invite you in to save me, in Jesus’ Name I pray and receive my salvation in Christ. Amen” You are now a born again believer in Jesus Christ, PRAISE THE LORD!

A Cluster is an aggregation of Bethel members led by a committee of Diaconate leaders,  empowered by our Bishops to be primary points of contact to address the needs of the Congregation.  
Purpose and Function: To assist with member needs and encourage spiritual fellowship in order to strengthen relationships and create a loving community within Bethel.
Find Your Cluster

CLUSTER 1 – BLUE – Zip Codes:  32202, 04, 09, 16

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Contact:  (904) 208-2440 extension 1


CLUSTER 2 – WHITE - Zip Codes:  32208, 18, 19, 26

Camden, (Ga.) and Nassau (FL) counties

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Contact: (904) 208-2440 extension 2


CLUSTER 3 – GREEN - Zip Codes:  32211, 25, 27, 33, 46, 50, 77

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Contact: (904) 208-2440 extension 3


CLUSTER 4 – RED - Zip Codes:  32206, 24, 56; St. Augustine32092, 32095

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Contact: (904) 208-2440 extension 4


CLUSTER 5 – LAVENDER/PURPLE - Zip Codes:  32207, 17, 23 ,57, 58, 59;  So. St. Johns and Flagler Counties

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Contact: (904) 208-2440 extension 5


CLUSTER 6 – YELLOW – Cluster 6 Zip Codes:  32210, 22, 44; Clay and Putnam counties

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Contact: (904) 208-2440 extension 6


CLUSTER 7 – ORANGE - Zip Codes:  32205, 15 ,20, 21,34, 54; Baker, Union, Bradford, Alachua, and Columbia Counties

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Contact: (904) 208-2440 extension 7


Armorbearers [ Washington Benefield, Leader]

Audio Visual Ministry [Jerome Davis, Leader]

B.E.S.T. Academy (Bethel Enhancing Students Totally) [Lady Estelle McKissick and Melody Davis, Leaders]

Bethel Ministers In Training (BMIT) [Elder Robert Dotson, Executive Pastor]

Campus Security [Deacon Mark Singleton]

Children’s Ministry [Elder Rosemary Winbush, Associate Pastor]

Christian Discipleship/Church Growth [Elder Robert Dotson, Executive Pastor]

Church School [Elder Connie Edwards, Leader]

College and Young Adult Ministry (Ignite) [Elder Sean Demetrus Senior, Associate Pastor]

Congregational Care and Family Ministry [Elder Reginald Caldwell, Associate Pastor and Deacon John Edwards, Leader]

Culinary Ministry [Annette Hughes, Leader]

Diaconate Ministry [Deacon John Edwards and Deaconess Doris Putman, Leaders]

Deaf Ministry [Elder Darletha Lesesne, Leader]

Deliverance Ministry [Elder DeWayne Randolph, Leader]

Fine Arts Ministry [Minister Valerie Gray, Leader]

Health and Welfare Ministry [Deaconess Wilma Lauray, Leader]

History and Archives Ministry [Camilla Thompson, Leader]

Intercessory Prayer [Elder Zella Richardson, Leader]

Keenagers Ministry [Freda Gonzales, Leader]

Married Couples Ministry [Bishop & Lady McKissick, Sr and Bishop & Lady McKissick, Jr.]

Media Ministry

Men’s Ministry [Elder Wyman Winbush, Associate Pastor]

Middle Adult Ministry [Elder Sharon Garlington, Associate Pastor]

Military Affairs Ministry [Elder Wyman, Winbush, Leader]

New Disciples/Orientation Ministry [Elder Harry Webster, Associate Pastor ]

Outreach/Evangelism [Elder James Robinson, Associate Pastor and Elder Warren Muir, Associate Pastor]

Sports and Recreation Ministries [Deacon Lester & Deaconess, Cynthia Lowe, Frank Coleman, Tommy Richardson, Teresa Hunter]

Transportation [Elder David Martin, Leader]

Trustee Ministry [Trustee Lawrence Jones]

Ushers Ministry [Deacon Lester Lowe]

Women’s Ministry [Lady Kimberly McKissick and Elder Beverly Clark, Associate Pastor]

Youth Ministry [Elder Anthony O'Neal, Associate Pastor]

Communion Services – 1st Sundays 8:00 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.

 Baby Dedications – 3rd Sundays  10:30 a.m.

Baptism – Last Wednesday of  Every Month 6:30pm


Visit Bishop Jr’s New Personal Ministry Website



April 13, 2014



The Recovery Ministry meets the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month for those who want freedom from the bondage of destructive behaviors, lifestyles and substances.  The next meeting is Tuesday, April 15th at 6:30 p.m.


All married and/or engaged couples; mark your calendar for the next Married Couples Session on Tuesday, April 22nd at 6:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room.


Men join us on Thursday, April 17th at 6:30 p.m. in room 301 to find the answers to how we can live the way God intended by “Learning to Apply Kingdom Principles.”


The Fabulous Fit Tour and Healthy Bethel Ministry is combining their efforts to help the Bethel Family and the community to get physically fit.  Join us on Saturday, April 26th from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. in the multipurpose room for the greatest ab workout available.  Now is your chance to get in on the Fit Tour hosted by Body by Demond a.k.a. “Mr. I Am Good Health.” The cost is $15.00 if purchased online at Eventbrite or $20.00 for tangible tickets and youth aged 13-18 is $10.00  the registration opens at 10:45 a.m.. If you have any other questions you may contact Nekia Coleman at 904-803-3181.


The next monthly ministry for seniors aged 55 and older will be on Monday, April 28th at 11:30 a.m. in the historic dining room.


On Sunday, April 27th, we will make available any lost or left items that have been found throughout the church.  There will be tables set-up in the vestibule that you are welcomed to peruse.


The Monthly Kingdom Kutz free haircuts will be available on Tuesday, April 15th from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. in the historic dining room.  Everyone is invited.

To stay up to date on the latest announcements visit or follow us on Twitter at @bbic_jax and the Bethel Facebook page.



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It is extremely important for you to take decisive action now. Seek the counsel of a friend or associate whom you know to be a born again believer and request direction in locating a Bible believing Gospel preaching church. Of course you are welcome to join us here at Bethel but what is most important is that you receive believers baptism by water and then to join a Christ-centered church.