The angels declare to the shepherds that they have "good news of great joy." Oftentimes, we assume that following Jesus as Lord means sacrificing joy and happiness, when, in fact, just the opposite is true. The Christian experience is not the denial of happiness, but the temporary denial of things that only pretend to provide happiness. We are made with a desire for deeper joy than the trivial things of this world can satisfy, and in Christ, God made a way for that desire to be fulfilled.
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Whenever an important event is on the calendar, you spend a lot of time preparing for it. Whether you're getting ready for your wedding, the birth of a child, a big move—whatever it is, you invest a lot of time and energy into things that deserve it. The return of our Savior is a significant event, and so we are called to eagerly prepare for it through repentance. We turn to Christ as our King so that we may live with him forever, under his gracious reign, in his perfect Kingdom.
Jesus of Nazareth is the most influential and recognizable figure in history. That familiarity has brought with it many attempts to mold Jesus to fit personal contexts and agendas. It's crucial that we know who Jesus truly was as a historical figure and what he believed his mission (and the mission of his followers) was.
When tragedy strikes our lives, we search for answers. "Why?" "How could this happen?" "How could God allow this?" When we understand the scope of God's power and plan, we can abandon our demand for answers and rest in the goodness and care of our loving Father.
We're excited to announce that we'll be launching at Rennell Elementary on Sept. 14! Read about our motives behind and view on this next season in the life of BridgePoint.
Mark wrote his gospel narrative to a people caught up in the trials and hardship of war. He wanted to give them a hope and confidence that would allow them to share the news of the empty tomb, not keep silent. With his book, which he considers "the beginning" of the good news of Jesus, he hopes to charge people to continue the story as they live out the mission of Jesus.
Lead pastor, Justin Fordinal, answers questions about BridgePoint Community Church.
As Christians, we are not called to retreat from the world, nor are we called to conform to everything in it. We don't fit neatly into worldly categories, but are instead called to a mission higher than earthly agendas. Sometimes, it can be difficult to navigate this tension of how to live in and for this world, but not of it. Fortunately, we have a wonderful instruction from Peter and a perfect example in the person of Jesus.
The good news of Jesus is just that: news. It's news to be shared and enjoyed. Oftentimes, we confuse the news of the Gospel with advice, cloaking dos and don'ts with the claim that they are the message of Christianity. But we know the how the beauty of the Gospel is not advice, it's the news that Jesus defeated sin and death on the Cross, which produces a joyful commitment to Him, not begrudging submission to a list of rules.
We take a look at how being created in God's image informs what it means to live in the context of community. And we discuss what that means for the community of BridgePoint and how we plan on digging deeper into these wonderful truths.