People think of many different things, often all negative, when they hear the word “doctrine.” Unfortunately, the church has often oppressed, marginalized, and hurt people in the name of “doctrine.”
God commands us in the Bible to “teach what accords with sound doctrine” but to desire to use sound doctrine as an instrument of gospel-healing, not a weapon of destruction. We guard the following “1st Tier issues” closely out of a love for the glory of Jesus and an earnest desire for the eternal healing and forgiveness of Mankind in the gospel. We say with the early church father Augustine, “In essentials, unity. In non-essentials, liberty.”
What We Believe About
- Holy Spirit
- Eternal Security
- The Church
- The Christian Life
- Priesthood of Believers
We believe that God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God.
Gen. 1.1,26,27; 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 1st Peter 1:2,11; 2nd Corinthians 13:14
We believe that man was created to exist forever. He will either exist eternally separated from God by sin or in union with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life. Heaven and Hell are places of eternal existence.
John 3:16; John 2:25; John 5:11-13; Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:15; 1st John 5:11-12; Matthew 25:31-46
We believe that mankind was created in the image of God to have fellowship with Him, but through Adam’s disobedience, the entire human race was separated from God. As a result, man is incapable of regaining a right relationship with God through his own effort alone.
Romans 2:2-5; Ephesians 2:8-9; Genesis 1:27, 9:6; Psalms 51:5, 58:3; Romans 5:12, 3:23; Ephesians 2:1
We believe that the Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son as God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living godly, understanding spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. The Christian seeks to live under His control daily.
2nd Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13, 14:16,17; Acts 1:8; 1st Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 5:25;
We believe that the Bible sets forth two ordinances, the Lord’s Supper and water baptism. The Lord’s Supper is to be celebrated regularly in remembrance of Christ’s death on the cross, and in expectation of His return. Water baptism is an outward testimony of a person’s belief in Christ. Immersion is the ideal means set forth in Scripture.
Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 16:15-16; Acts 8:12,36-38, 9:18, 10:47; 1st Corinthians 11:23-26
We believe that every word in the original writings is inspired by God and without error. It is accurate in all matters to which it speaks; spiritual, historical, and scientific. The Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the foundation of the faith and practice of The Bridge Church.
2nd Timothy 3:16; 2nd Peter 1:21
We believe that because God gives man eternal life through Jesus Christ, the believer is secure in the salvation for eternity. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the Christian. It is the grace and keeping power of God that gives this security.
John 10:29; 2nd Timothy 1:12; Hebrews 7:25, 10:10,14; 1st Peter 1:3-5
We believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for sinners by dying on a cross. He rose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven’s glory and will return again to earth to reign as King of Kings, and Lord of Lords.
Matthew 1:22,23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5, 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14,15; 1st Corinthians 15:3,4; Romans 1:3,4; Acts 1:9-11; 1st Timothy 6:14,15; Titus 2:13
We believe that the church is the body of Christ, of which Jesus Christ is the head. The members of the church are those who have trusted by faith the finished work of Christ. The purpose of the church is to glorify God by loving Him and by making Him known to the lost world.
Ephesians 1:22-23, 5:24-30; 1st Corinthians 12:4-13,27
We believe that the blood of Jesus Christ, shed on the cross, provides the sole basis for the forgiveness of sin. Therefore, the only means to salvation is belief in Christ’s substitutional death and resurrection.
Acts 4:12, 13:38-39; 1st Corinthians 15:1-4; Romans 4:4-5, 5:1; John 3:16; Ephesians 2:8-9; Acts 16:31; Ephesians 1:4-5
We believe that every Christian is called to a holy life of service and testimony in the power of the Holy Spirit. Service includes the propagation of the gospel message to the whole world. There is promised reward in heaven for faithfulness in such service.
1st Peter 1:15-16; Acts 1:8; 1st Corinthians 3:12-17; John 14:1-3
We believe strongly that each believer is chosen to declare the praises of Him who called us out of darkness and into His wonderful light. To empower believers, the Lord has given us the Holy Spirit who works within us to accomplish His work. Therefore, Scripture calls believers a royal priesthood and provides each of us the privilege and authority to allow the Holy Spirit to equip and empower us to accomplish His work.
John 14:12-13; 1st Peter 2:9