Love our community and invite them into a life-changing relationship with Jesus.
This is what we are all about as a church. It is our goal. It is who we are. It drives what we do. Note the active nature of the words: love, invite, and life-changing. The Christian faith must be active. It takes time, energy, and investment to love, invite, and change. As a church we have accepted this and are committed to bringing the hope of Jesus to the world around us. In other words, we are committed to The Great Commission given to us by Jesus Himself (Matthew 28:16-20).
While our charge is not easy, we have worked hard to develop four strategies designed to lead us forward. These strategies give us a tangible picture of a life-changing relationship with Jesus and offer a way to measure our effectiveness as we accomplish our mission. Think of it like columns on a porch. Each of the four columns is essential or the roof will fall. Likewise, each of our four strategies are essential to our mission and a life-changing relationship with Jesus.
The Bible encourages us to Know God (John 17:3). This is a process often referred to as discipleship (Mark 1:17). Our conviction is that we cannot love our community and invite them into life-change if we are not living this ourselves.
Jesus told us to develop an attitude like his, for he came not to be served but to serve (Matthew 20:28). We believe that God has gifted us and prepared works in advance for us to do (Ephesians 2:10). The church will fulfill its mission only to the degree that each person in the church is involved in service.
There are more than 40 “one another” passages in the New Testament (John 13:34, Romans 12:10, etc). Also, Acts 2:42-47 paints a beautiful picture of the church that God intended. Through these verses, and many others, it becomes apparent that God does not intend for Christians to be loners. As our church becomes a true family, growth occurs.
Invest & Invite
Jesus came to seek and to save the lost (Luke 19:10). God desires to accept us, change us, and provide us with the hope of eternity. It is our belief that this gift is to be freely received and freely offered. With this in mind, we are intentional to spend time investing in others so that we can invite them to meet God at BCC.
- God exists as a trinity of three distinct persons (Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:19)
- God is the creator of all that is (Genesis 1:1; Hebrews 11:3)
- Jesus is both Lord and Savior (John 3:16; I John 4:9)
- Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary
- Jesus was both fully human and fully God (Matthew 1:18; Colossians 1:19, 2:9)
- Jesus was placed on trial, falsely accused, and crucified on a cross to secure our salvation (Luke 23:1-46; Romans 5:9; Ephesians 2:8-9)
- Jesus died and was buried and rose on the third day (Luke 23:44-56; John 20:1-31; I Corinthians 15:3-8)
- Jesus ascended into Heaven and is now seated at the right hand of God (Acts 1:1-9; Colossians 3:1)
- Jesus will return to judge the living and the dead (Matthew 24:36-42)
- Jesus is the only name by which people can be saved (Acts 4:12)
The Holy Spirit
- The Holy Spirit exists as the third person of the Trinity
- Jesus sent Him to us as our Helper (John 16:5-15; Romans 8:26-27)
- The Bible is the Word of God
- The Bible is inspired, inerrant, and reliable (II Timothy 3:14-16; II Peter 1:20-21)
- Salvation is a process where we are both “saved” and “being saved” (Acts 2:47)
- Salvation involves: putting faith in Christ (Romans 5:1-2), repenting of sin (Luke 24:45-47; Acts 3:19, 17:30; II Peter 3:9), confessing Christ as Lord (Matthew 10:32; Romans 10:9; Philippians 2:11; I John 4:15), and being immersed into Christ by baptism (Acts 2:38; Romans 6:1-7; Galatians 3:27; Colossians 2:12; I Peter 3:21)
- When Jesus returns there will be a physical, bodily resurrection (I Corinthians 15:20-23)
- Heaven is where the saved will enjoy everlasting life (I Corinthians 15:20-23)
- Hell is where the unsaved will suffer everlasting, conscious torment (Matthew 25:46)
- Elders exercise authority over the local congregation (I Peter 5:1-4)
Bridgetown Church of Christ is an independent Christian Church/Church of Christ. Technically, we are not a part of any “denomination;” we are an autonomous local church. As one of the founders of our movement said, “We are Christians only. We do not believe that we are the only Christians.” Therefore, Catholics, Lutherans, Methodists, Presbyterians, etc. are all welcome here.
To Sum Up
Certainly this is not all that we believe but we hope that it is enough of a snapshot to let you know that Bridgetown Church of Christ is a spiritually safe church. We rely on the Bible for direction and trust in God to provide, all the while striving not to quarrel or divide but to love our community and invite them into a life-changing relationship with Jesus. That is what we are all about. It is our goal. It is who we are. It drives what we do. If you have any more specific questions, please feel free to contact us.