Our mission is to inspire this generation to become totally devoted followers of Jesus Christ.
We will fulfill our mission as we bring people to Jesus and membership in his family, develop them to Christlike maturity, and equip them for their ministry in the church and life mission in the world, in order to magnify God’s name.
The purpose of the Church is to glorify God by fulfilling the Great Commandment (Matthew 22:36-40) and the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20).
To accomplish our mission and purpose we strive to accomplish the following priorities:
EVANGELISM/MISSION: "To share the good news of Jesus Christ with as many people as possible in our community and throughout the world." (Matthew 28:18-20, Acts 1:8, 2 Peter 3:9).
EDUCATION: "To help members develop toward full Christian maturity and train them for effective ministry. To promote personal, spiritual growth and discipleship through Bible teaching." (Ephesians 4:11-13, Matthew 18:20, Timothy 2:2)
WORSHIP: "To participate in public worship services together and to maintain personal daily devotions." (John 4:24)
MINISTRY/SERVICE: "To serve unselfishly, in Jesus’ name, meeting the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of those in our Church, community and in the world." (1 Peter 4:10-11, Matthew 25:34-40, 1 Thessalonians 5:11, Galatians 5:13)
FELLOWSHIP: "To encourage, support and pray for each other as members of the family of God. To share our lives together." (I John 1:7, Acts 2:44-47, Hebrews 10:23-25, Romans 15:5,7, John 13:34-35)
The Bridge Community Church seeks to benefit the people of Northeast Indiana by providing opportunities for spiritual, physical, intellectual, social and cultural development. (Luke 2:52)
We believe in one God, creator of all things, perfect in love and holiness who exists as three persons; Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (Matthew 28:19; II Corinthians 13:14; I Peter 1:2)
We believe that Jesus Christ is fully God and entered human form by the miracle of the virgin birth, that he lived a sinless life, and died for our sins. We believe that He rose again on the third day and now sits at the right hand of God as our advocate.(Matthew 1:18-25; John 1:1 & 14, 3:16; I Corinthians 15:3-7; Hebrews 1:3; I John 2:1)
We believe that the Holy Spirit is God. His ministry is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ and convict the world of sin, righteousness and judgment. We believe that He brings about the new birth, indwells, baptizes, seals, anoints, and endows all who are regenerated with spiritual gifts. The Holy Spirit also leads believers who daily surrender their life to Him by guiding, teaching, sanctifying and filling them. (John 15:26, 16:8, 3:3-6, 14:16-17, 14:26)
We believe the Bible is God’s inspired Word and is the sole authority for all Christian faith and life. We believe that God has preserved His Word and that by His power it has been kept from being lost, destroyed, or diluted with error. (II Timothy 3:16; Psalm 119:89; I Peter 1:23 & 25)
We believe that all people are created in the image of God. At the same time because of Adam’s sin, all people are sinful by nature and choice. Apart from forgiveness in Jesus Christ, all are lost and alienated from God. (Genesis 1:27, 3:1-6; Romans 3:23; Ephesians 2:1-3)
We believe that salvation is by grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. His death is the only payment for our sins that God will accept. All who truly believe in Christ are born again and become the children of God. (John 1:12; Ephesians 2:8-9)
We believe that the Church consists of all who believe in Jesus Christ as Savior. We believe that every local church is free to govern its own affairs under Christ and should seek to support the unity of all Christ honoring churches and ministries. (Colossians 1:28; Ephesians 4:3-6)
We believe in the priesthood of all believers, and that every born again person has direct access to God and has the responsibility for his growth in the grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ. (I Timothy 2:5; I Peter 2:2, 5, and 9)
We believe the Holy Spirit gives to every true believer spiritual gift(s). The purpose of spiritual gifts is to enable the Church to fulfill its mission of exalting Christ, empowering believers, and evangelizing the world. (I Corinthians 12:12)
We believe that God hears and answers prayer today, performs miracles, and does heal for His own glory. However, we believe that the gift of healing and the gift of miracles do not reside in any one person as they did in the Age of the Apostles. (Ephesians 4:11-12, I Corinthians 13:8)
We believe that believers are to uniquely demonstrate their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ through baptism and communion. Baptism is the outward demonstration of a believer’s inward faith that Christ has died for his/her sins, was buried, and that He has risen from the grave. We practice baptism by immersion. Communion is a physical reminder that Christ died for our sins and a memorial to Him until He comes again. As important as these are, they are not to be regarded as essential for salvation. (Matthew 28:18-20; I Corinthians 11:23-24)
We believe that the Church of Jesus Christ is to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world. The Church is responsible for addressing the specific issues of each generation based upon the authority and conviction of God’s Word; it is a grave failure for the Church to be silent on the moral issues of the day. (Matthew 5:13-16; James 4:17)