We strive to create and maintain a church culture where unbelievers are loved and unconditionally accepted, feel safe to explore faith and find it is easy to know Christ. God takes unbelievers “as-is” and then transforms them into His likeness through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. God desires us to be authentic, not pretentious. The church is not to be condemning, but loving (Acts 15:19, 1 Cor. 5:12-13).
God doesn’t simply want us to go through the motions and do good works. It’s important that we have compassion for others. In Matthew 9:36, Jesus felt compassion when he saw people who were sick and broken. This compassion moved Him to see the need for them to be reached. God created us to influence the lives of others for his glory. We make a difference as God’s witnesses by serving humanity, sharing God’s love, making disciples, and telling others about Christ. Yet, the mission should flow out of a heart of compassion. The church is not to be a passive organization, but an active movement (Matt. 5:13-16, 9:35-38, 28:19-20; Acts 1:8, 2:47).
We are committed to engaging our culture for Jesus Christ. As missionaries to our culture and community, we must meet people where they are. The “language” and style in which we minister is determined by our context. This requires a relentless commitment to change, innovation, creativity, and spiritual transformation. The church is not to be marginalized, but influential (John 1:14, 1 Cor. 9:22, 1 Chron. 12:32).
Meaningful relationships are essential to spiritual growth. God places believers in a body called the church. We are called to intentionally surround ourselves with others so that we can mutually grow together. The church is not for isolation, but community (Heb. 10:24-25, Eccl. 4:9-11, Acts 2:46, 2 Peter 3:18).
Every person is valuable in the eyes of God. We desire our church to reflect the diversity of our city and the body of Christ. We value people of different ethnicities, cultures, and backgrounds sharing life together. The world tends to classify people according to “race.” However, Revelation 7:9 speaks of a great multitude comprised of every nation, tribe, peoples, and tongue before God. At The Bridge, diversity is not about race, skin color, and physical features. It’s recognizing that we are a church of different “nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues,” yet we love and honor one another. We are all equally made in the image of God. The church is not to be divided, but unified (1 Cor. 12:13-14, Gal. 3:28, Eph. 2:14-16, Acts 2:5-13, Rev. 7:9).
God has given us all gifts and talents to serve others and advance His kingdom. He has wired us uniquely and we should seek to serve Him according to how He has designed us. We may begin serving wherever there’s a need and then begin to move towards our area(s) of gifting. The church is not a place for conformity, but creativity (2 Tim. 1:6, Mark 10:43, 1 Cor. 12:1-32, Exod. 31:2-5).
God has called us to honor all people. The term honor means weight or value. When we honor someone, we see that person as weighty and valuable. As a church, it’s important that we honor our leaders, those whom we lead, and the people around us. We are to especially honor those who work hard at preaching, teaching, and serving.(Rom.13:7, 1 Peter 2:7, 1Timothy 5:17-18).
God desires for us to serve Him with a spirit of commitment and excellence. We realize that everything we do is in His name. God deserves for us to worship and serve Him in a manner that honors Him. He wants us to reflect His glory through our lives. The church is not to be apathetic, but relentless and passionate (Mal. 1:6-10, Col. 3:17; 23-24).