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At Bridges, our heartbeat, our purpose, and our greatest desire is to glorify God. Therefore, we seek His glory in our church, our community, and our world. Internally, we do this through worship and the ministry of His word. Externally, we accomplish this by fulfilling our vision of "Equipping World Changers." It is our desire to raise up, equip, and send God's people into their world as His representatives, bringing Him glory every day through their thoughts, words, and deeds.
At Bridges, we value and rely on the Word of God. Therefore, each Sunday we seek to bring a message that is Biblical, focused on the text of Scripture, and relevant, applicable to our daily lives. Ultimately, we want to preach the word in such a way that God is glorified and those who listen with open hearts are "equipped for every good work." (2 Tim 3:17)
Currently were are going through the book of Romans. Romans has been called "the greatest letter ever written." In this letter the Apostle Paul paints an amazing picture of God's righteousness revealed through the gospel of Jesus Christ. He answers the question how can a holy and righteous God be in relationship with a sinful people. Join us on this journey to discover not only how we can be in relationship with God but how being in relationship with God transforms our lives.
Stephen Ministers are congregation members trained by Stephen Leaders to offer high-quality, one-to-one Christian care to people going through tough times. A Stephen Minister usually provides care to one person at a time, meeting with that person once a week for about an hour. Twice a month, Stephen Ministers gather with their Stephen Leaders for supervision and continuing education.
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InterVarsity Christian Fellowship
Chapman University - Orange, CA
Time has flown by and I am now in my third year of partnering with God to plant an InterVarsity chapter at Chapman University in Orange, CA. Our vision is to see students and faculty transformed by God, the campus renewed and world changers developed.
This past season has been a whirlwind of revival, but also challenge, on campus. I want to give glory to God for the group of student leaders who were developed last year (18 in total) and who have said “Yes!” to helping build the spiritual community on their campus this year. These students are an answer to prayer and launched 6 new small group Bible studies at the start of Fall Semester 2017. Our hope is that we continue to see students developed & empowered to lead movements on their own campus and beyond.
In particular, we have seen increased involvement from two key demographics on campus – freshmen & men. Our student leaders have taken risks to go back into the dorms and invite freshmen into relationship with them and with Jesus. As a result we have over 60 students studying scripture together each week! Likewise, we have focused on seeking out men, which is important on a campus that is 60% female. The fruit of our efforts is that we brought 15 men to our Fall Conference, have 3 men leading small groups on campus, and have a new class of freshmen men who are excited to lead next semester and next year.
Another highlight from this past year has been the opportunity to develop two leaders named Tami & Alana. Tami is a senior who recently returned from an InterVarsity summer mission trip in the slums of the Philippines. Her heart for marginalized people groups, and passion for developing younger students in their spiritual authority have been invaluable to our community. Tami has also begun helping us plant a new chapter at a local community college in her spare time. Alana is a senior who became a Christian through the ministry of InterVarsity during her freshman year. Alana’s deep love for scripture & natural teaching ability have been a strong asset to our chapter as she has discipled and developed the next generation of small group Bible study leaders on campus. Alana & Tami are both graduating this spring and currently discerning coming on staff with InterVarsity.
Finally, we have seen prayers answered as the culture of evangelism has grown on campus. Student leaders have consistently made calls to faith & seen their peers decide to follow Jesus! This year alone 17 students have decided to follow Jesus for the first time, or the first time as adults. Over the past three years we have seen 35 students make significant decisions of faith.
I am continually grateful for Bridges as my sending church and each of you as partners in ministry! Your prayers, as well as your practical and financial support have helped sustain me during my past 5 years on staff. Please continue to keep me and the InterVarsity ministry at Chapman in your prayers in the following ways this year: