At Jesus' birth, the angels heralded the news of his arrival. They gave a royal announcement, saying, "The King has come! And he is bringing the peace—the shalom—that the world once enjoyed!" One day, when our King returns, that promise of peace will be fulfilled, and all will be as it was created to be.
Sometimes, though, it is difficult to trust that promise will actually be fulfilled. It is in those times that we must look not only to what our King will accomplish but to what he has already accomplished in his death and resurrection. The cross and the empty tomb testify that not only does our King love us enough to bring the peace he promises to but is powerful enough to do so, as well.
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.
Election seasons can be volatile. There are many opinions voiced and many issues at stake. Regardless of our political affiliation or the outcome we desire, if we are Christians, only one person ought to have our undivided loyalty: Jesus. The church—not a political party—is God's means of accomplishing his ministry of reconciliation in the world. Let us be careful to represent it with grace and hope.
In the third and final part of our blog series on music in corporate worship, we explore how singing together edifies the body of Christ and how our songs glorify God.
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.
In an increasingly post-Christian world, there seems to be a disconnect between what it means to follow Jesus and be a part of his bride—the church. Being a faithful follower of Jesus means that we're a part of the church.
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.