Old Bethel Church

Facilitator: First Baptist Church of Jackson

Old Bethel was the first protestant church west of the Mississippi. It ceased to exist by 1867 and its structure was rebuilt in 2009 on the original site as a reminder to all churches of the reason they exist lest they forget: 

"In 1824, a new association was formed out of Bethel Association, and was called the Cape Girardeau Association. Since Bethel Association, being led by Old Bethel,  had refused to connect themselves with any missionary organization, the ten churches that formed the Cape Girardeau Association felt it necessary to establish the new association.

During the years from 1806 until 1832, Bethel Church and the Cape Girardeau Association thrived. Beginning around that time, the association began to split into the pro- and anti-mission factions, and by 1840, the eight pro-missions churches withdrew and founded another association, leaving Bethel Church behind with their anti- missions sentiments. The church withdrew fellowship from several members during that time for supporting missions activities. The church continued insulating themselves from any but those who agreed with their stance." (http://baptistparchments.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/heartlinefall2005.pdf) 

The Cape Girardeau Baptist Association wanted to ensure their member churches understood the importance of engaging in the Great Commission commanded by Jesus in Matthew 28:18-20 so they crafted their Constitution Mission Statement in Artice II to read "As a community of churches embracing the inerrancy of the Bible, we shall assist one another as we partner together in carrying out God's Great Commission." Our forefathers were not content to only send money to a mission agency but chose to engage together in the task of taking the gospel to all the peoples of the earth.  The churches of the association today share that conviction and Old Bethel provides a physical witness of the hazards of abanding that conviction.

If you would like to tour Old Bethel or perhaps hold an event there, please contact FBC Jackson.

For directions to Old Bethel in Jackson MO, please Click Here

 
Submit Prayer Request
Donate
Unreached People Group of the Day

Paliya

Population
69,000

Primary Language
Bengali

Primary Religion
Hinduism

% Evangelical
0%

Mission Fact of the Day
Six countries have more than 500 people groups, with India exceeding 2700.
Mission Network News
  • Cry Out Now Ministries (@cryoutnow4) asks for prayer for a breakthrough in Lebanon. Learn more here: mnnonline.org/news/lebanese-…
    March 5, 2021, 2:00 AM
  • As human rights concerns continue to grow in Turkey, FMI has begun ministry there, starting with children. Read mor… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
    March 5, 2021, 11:00 AM
  • "They believe that God has given them a mission to care for Eritrean Christian refugees. And they are going to acco… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
    March 5, 2021, 8:00 AM
Contents © 2021 Cape Girardeau Baptist Association • Church Website Builder by mychurchwebsite.netPrivacy Policy