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Our 7 Essentials

Essentials needed for the journey of being disciples and making disciples:

Community of Worship – Living life together in a community focused on relationship with God as demonstrated by Jesus.

Stewardship – Aligning our time, talents, and resources with God’s heart as demonstrated by Jesus.

Prayer – Learning to listen and follow God’s Spirit as demonstrated by Jesus

Word and Spirit – Learning God’s word and following the Holy Spirit as demonstrated by Jesus.

Mission – Serving our family, community, and world with our God-given gifts as demonstrated by Jesus.

Multiplication – Teach and make disciples as demonstrated by Jesus.

Shabbot Shalom – (Hebrew for “rest” and “peace”) – Create times of rest and peace in our lives to maintain balance in the discipleship journey as demonstrated by Jesus.

The Nicean Creed

We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father. Through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven: by the power of the Holy Spirit he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary, and was made man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son. With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified. He has spoken through the Prophets. We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come.

Amen.

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Our Statement of Faith

1. The Word of God. We believe that the Bible contains the words of God and is without error in the original manuscripts, written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and has supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.

2. The Trinity. We believe that there is one living and true God, eternally existing in three persons; that these are equal in every divine perfection, and that they execute distinct but harmonious roles in the work of creation, providence and redemption.

3. God the Father. We believe in God the Father, an infinite personal Spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love. We believe that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of people, that He hears and answers prayers, and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus the Messiah.

4. Jesus the Messiah. We believe that Jesus is the Messiah (Chosen/Anointed One of God), God's only begotten Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit. We believe in His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles and teachings. We believe in His substitutionary death, bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven, perpetual intercession for His people, and personal visible return to earth.

5. The Holy Spirit. We believe in the Holy Spirit who came forth from the Father and Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness and judgment, and to regenerate, sanctify and empower all who believe in Jesus the Messiah. We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Jesus and that He is an abiding helper, teacher and guide. We believe that the gifts of the Holy Spirit are as active and real in the Church today as they were in the early Church.

6. Regeneration. We believe that all people sin - by nature and by choice - and as a result are separated from a personal relationship with their Father/Creator. We believe that those who trust that Jesus has taken on their penalty for sins (past, present and future) and have decided to follow Him as the only LORD/Leader of their lives are regenerated by the Holy Spirit and are eternally reconciled to their Father/Creator.

7. The Last Things. We believe in the personal and visible return of the Lord Jesus to the earth and the complete establishment of His kingdom. We believe in the resurrection of our bodies, the final judgment and the eternal shalom of the righteous.

8. The Church. We believe in the universal Church, a living spiritual body of which Jesus is the head and all regenerated persons represent Jesus’ body on earth. We believe in the community and mission of the Church, consisting of followers of Jesus the Messiah who are baptized into Him, work together as conduits of His heavenly kingdom being brought to earth, and who worship God corporately, whether in caves or cathedrals, with a few or with many. We believe that God has laid upon disciples the primary task of being messengers of the good news of Jesus the Messiah to a broken world.



How shall the Bridge respond to the legalization of gay marriage?

Your Overseers and Pastors must respectfully decline any invitations to perform same-sex marriages. We affirm the consistent witness of Scripture that God created marriage for one man and one woman for life (Mark 10:6-9). We affirm the consistent teaching and example in Scripture that any sexual expression outside of monogamous, heterosexual marriage is forbidden, for our own ultimate good (Hebrews 13:4).

As a congregation, we welcome any person to belong to our fellowship regardless of sexual orientation. We are committed to walking alongside and encouraging all of our young and not so young singles to remain celibate until marriage. We remain committed to walking alongside our gay and lesbian worshippers, encouraging them to remain chaste, even for life if necessary. We encourage sexually-active gay and lesbian worshippers to move toward repentance in the same way in which we encourage all sexually-active unmarried heterosexual worshippers to repent and refrain from sexual expressions outside of marriage.

An attitude and posture of grace and love in all conversations on this issue is our commitment.

God remains the Supreme Ruler over all nations. We place our trust in the Triune God, and Jesus Christ is at the head of this body of believers known as the Bridge. Let us wisely use this ruling as another opportunity to invite people to a better way. Let us joyfully and confidently bear witness to the greatness of our God and King who alone is able to transform the hearts of sinners like us – to become like Him.

—Jeff Wenke
Lead Pastor
—Scott Blowers and Charles Roberts
Overseers