Here are some of the core beliefs that we hold at Bridge. These things underlie the life and activity of Bridge Community Church.
We Believe the Gospel
The Gospel is the good news that "...God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us." (Romans 5:8)
To expand on that a little bit, we believe that the history of mankind, if viewed as a story, can be seen in four acts: Creation, Fall, Redemption, and Glory. God created us, in His goodness, and love, to be in a relationship with Him. But our first parents - Adam and Eve - turned away from God. They didn't trust Him, and they fell out of a relationship with Him by rebelling against Him. This is what we call sin. As the parents of all humanity, their sin did not just affect themselves but everyone, and it is because of this "Fall" - humanity's turning its back on God - that we experience the effects of sin today. Though God created the world be to perfect, we separated ourselves from His perfection, and we now experience suffering, pain, heartache, violence, tragedy, and death. This is the bad news.
But that's not the end of the story. You see, "Gospel" actually means "good news". The Gospel is the good news that even though we have turned our backs on God, He has not turned His back on us. God became a man, took the name Jesus, and lived among us. He lived a perfect life. He never sinned, and He never turned His back on the Father. And instead of receiving the reward for His obedience, Jesus swapped places with sinners like you and me. The Scripture says that "For our sake He (the Father) made Him (the Son) to be sin who knew no sin, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God." (2 Corinthians 5:21). That means that if we put our trust and hope in Jesus, our sins are counted to Him and forgiven because of Jesus' death on the cross, and we are given perfect standing before the Father. We are then counted as sons and daughters of God, and will enjoy a relationship with Him forever.
We Believe in the Trinity
We believe that God is one God in three persons: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. We believe that God has always existed in this way, and that all three persons are equal in power and glory.
We Believe in the Incarnation
Basically put, we believe that God became man. God the Son, the second person of the Trinity, was born in human history, and now exists eternally as the God-Man. He is both fully God and fully man, and because He did this, He was able to save sinful men and women from an eternity apart from God.
We Believe that the Bible is God's Word
Why do we believe the things expressed above? First and foremost, we believe in them because we believe that God has spoken. He has both acted in history and explained His actions through the authors of the Scripture, and that although the Bible has many human authors, it is God's Word given to them all. And because it is God's Word given to men, we are to receive it as the authority ordering our lives.
We Believe in the Resurrection of the Dead
As mentioned in our explanation of the Gospel, we believe that there is more to us than this life that we live on earth. We believe that every person ever created will exist forever, either living with God in His Kingdom, or apart from Him in Hell. Nobody deserves to live with Him eternally - the Scripture says that all have sinned and fallen short of God's glory. It is only by grace through faith in Jesus that we can have hope to live with God eternally.
We Believe that God has Called Us to Mission
We believe that God calls us to be His ambassadors, taking with us His love and grace to a world in need. We are meant to be like Him, to reflect Him, and to invite others to know Him. And we are meant to do this both in word (telling people about Jesus) and in deed (showing them in tangible ways what His love looks like).
This is a only but a summary of what we believe - there is much more to our faith than these truths.
This is a brief summary of our beliefs! As a church plant in the PCA, we affirm our agreement with the Apostles' Creed, the Nicene Creed, and the Westminster Standards. If you want to get a fuller picture, you can read further through the Westminster Confession of Faith here.