Loving God. Loving People.
We commit daily to following and Loving God. As such, we also commit to Loving all God’s People as he first loved us.
A key principle we will stand on is that ‘we will focus on the things that unite us, not the things that divide us.’
However, there are eight key essentials that the foundation of The Bridge Fellowship is built upon. These foundations are based on biblical truth and they are non-negotiable.
We believe there is one, and only one, living and true God. His divine essence is invisible, incorporeal and a personal Spirit. His divine nature is undivided and indivisible. There exists, three eternal distinctions in the one divine essence, known respectively as the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. He is self-existent, self-sufficient, eternal, infinite, omnipresent, omnipotent, omniscient, sovereign, and more. (Genesis 1:1, 26, 27; 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; I Peter 1:2; II Corinthians 13:14)
We believe that Jesus Christ is the eternal, pre-existent Son of God. He became flesh in the person of Jesus of Nazareth and was born of the Virgin Mary by miraculous conception and virgin birth. He is fully God and fully man; perfect deity and humanity. He lived a sinless human life and then offered Himself a sacrifice for the sins of every person by dying on the cross. He was buried, and on the third day He arose bodily from the dead to demonstrate His power over sin. He later ascended bodily into heaven where, at the right hand of the Father, He now intercedes for those who believe in Him. (Matthew 1:22, 23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5, 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14-15; I Corinthians 15:3-4; Romans 1:3-4; Acts 1:9-11; I Timothy 6:14; Titus 2:13)
The Holy Spirit
We believe the Holy Spirit is a divine person; equal with God the Father and God the Son. The Holy Spirit has a prime ministry in salvation as He convicts, regenerates, indwells, baptizes, fills, and seals the believer. The Holy Spirit gifts, controls, teaches, guides, assures and prays for the believer. The Holy Spirit gives gifts to edify and to enhance the body of Christ. The Holy Spirit also gives guidance, peace, and remembrance with the main function of glorifying Jesus Christ. (II Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13, 14:16-17; Acts 1:8; I Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; Ephesians 1:13, 5:1; Galatians 5:25)
We believe that the Holy Scriptures in their entirety, down to the very words of the original manuscripts, were given by divine inspiration. Inspiration was that work whereby God by his Spirit, through human writers utilizing their distinct personalities and literary styles, gave us His Word. Those sixty-six books, thirty-nine in the Old Testament and twenty-seven in the New Testament, have their place in the Bible on the basis of their inspiration and were recognized and submitted as inspired and canonical by the Church and stand as our final standard for faith and practice. The Bible is the final authority. (II Timothy 1:13, 3:16; II Peter 1:20-21; Psalm 119:105, 160, 12:6; Proverbs 30:5)
We are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. We are the supreme object of God's creation. Although we have tremendous potential for good, we are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called "sin." This attitude separates us from God. (Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a; 59:1-2; Romans 3:23)
We are created to exist forever. We 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, 2:25, 5:11-13; Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:15; I John 5:11-12; Matthew 25:31-46)
A gift from God to all people. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God's offer of forgiveness can we be saved from sin's penalty. Eternal life begins the moment we receive Jesus Christ into our life by faith. (Romans 5:1, 6:23; Ephesians 2:8, 9; John 14:6, 1:12; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26)
Because God gives us eternal life through Jesus Christ, we are secure in salvation for eternity. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by our self-effort. It is the grace and keeping power of God that gives us this security. (John 10:29; II Timothy 1:12; Hebrews 7:25, 10:10, 14; I Peter 1:3-5)