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What we believe

The following statements are a summary of our Statement of Faith—the declaration of beliefs that will be honored by anyone who teaches at Bridgeway. These beliefs are not a requirement for people to attend Bridgeway. We welcome and embrace all who seek spiritual truth. We do require anyone who wishes to become a covenant member to affirm our shorter Statement of Faith for Covenant Membership—a list of beliefs that we believe are essential for every Christian.

 

We believe in the Bible

We believe that God has perfectly revealed who he is and what he commands in the Bible.

 

We believe in the Trinity

We believe that God is a complex unity. There is only one true God, but he exists eternally as three persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

 

We believe in Jesus

We believe that Jesus is fully God and fully man. Through his life, death, and resurrection, he did all that was necessary to make salvation possible.

 

We believe in the Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit is fully God. Through his ministry, he points us to Jesus and empowers our lives.

 

We believe in the gospel

The gospel is the good news that God saves sinners through Jesus' life, death, and resurrection.

 

We believe in spiritual gifts

We believe that the Holy Spirit continues to give Jesus' followers all spiritual gifts to encourage believers and save those who do not yet believe.

 

We believe in original sin

We believe that, through Adam, sin has broken all humanity and creation, leaving the world in need of salvation.

 

We believe in salvation by grace alone

We believe that salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone.

 

We believe in Satan

We believe Satan hates God's church and is determined to crush it. Satan was defeated at the cross even as we wait for his final judgment.

 

We believe in the Church

We believe the Church is Jesus' body on the earth. Her mission is to make Jesus known through preaching the gospel, caring for the poor, and serving our neighbors.

 

We believe in baptism and communion

We believe God has given us baptism and communion to strengthen Christians' lives and celebrate their inclusion into God's family.

 

We believe in complementarianism

We believe that men and women are equals, created by God to fulfill different roles as coworkers in his kingdom.

 

We believe in marriage

We believe the pattern for sex and marriage was established by God as he officiated Adam and Eve's male-female union in Eden.

 

We believe in the image of God

We believe that all humans are equal in dignity and value, bearing the image of God from the moment of conception, regardless of ethnicity or gender.

 

We believe in heaven and hell

We believe that followers of Jesus will spend eternity with Jesus in his kingdom. Everyone who rejects Jesus will be punished with eternal separation from the presence of God.

 

We believe in Jesus' return

We believe that Jesus will return to both restore creation and judge the living and the dead.