Community points to the horizontal dimension of our Christian experience. We look inward (or around) to one another in the body of Christ and our fundamental responsibility is to encourage and edify one another.
PURSUING LIFE TOGETHER
Life was never meant to be lived in isolation from others, but in relationship with those who share with us a common faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. Our community groups and d-groups are designed to facilitate this communal dimension in the life of Bridgeway.
ACCOUNTABILITY AND ENCOURAGEMENT
We grow spiritually only to the extent that we are held accountable by others who love us and are encouraged by them to persevere and press into the heart of God. And they, in turn, are equally dependent on us for the same blessings. In a word, we must entrust ourselves to one another.
EXERCISE OF SPIRITUAL GIFTS
All spiritual gifts were bestowed for the “common good” (1 Cor. 12:7), to be used by all believers to strengthen, encourage, teach, and love one another as we grow up together in Christ. We believe that all the spiritual gifts described in the New Testament are valid for today and are essential for life and growth in the church.
SERVING ONE ANOTHER
The relationship among Christians in a local church is not mere casual acquaintance but a mutual inter-dependence that flows from a spiritual unity graciously fashioned by God himself. Thus we are to sacrifice for the sake of the other and “through love” we are to “serve one another” (Gal. 5:13), just as Christ served us by giving himself to redeem us from sin.
TRAINING AND EQUIPPING
God’s desire is that all his children serve in ministry, and not simply those who are paid for their services. To this end, we are each called not only to be trained and equipped but also to train and equip others for the work to which God has called us.