5 Core Values
EVERYONE HAS A NEXT STEP.
Following Jesus means changing to be more like Him. Jesus will always be changing something in us, around us, or through us. Your next step may include:
Coming to a worship service regularly.
Attending Starting Point.
Accepting Jesus as your Savior.
Serving in a ministry.
Joining a small group.
Attending the Discovery Class.
Becoming a member.
Reading the Bible & praying daily.
LIFE IS BETTER CONNECTED.
God did not call you to do life alone. Christianity is a team sport. You need people around you who will encourage you through the lows and celebrate the highs of life (Hebrews 10:24-25). In order to grow spiritually, you must have people who have permission to step into your life and have hard conversations. So keep attending church, get connected to a small group and see God do something great in your life.
SAVED PEOPLE SERVE PEOPLE.
When you follow Jesus, serving will come naturally because God has gifted, called, equipped and empowered you to serve Him inside and outside the church. We don’t get a gold star for sitting in a chair each week; God has called us to do so much more. God wants us to get our hands dirty serving others just like Jesus got His hands dirty serving us.
FOUND PEOPLE FIND PEOPLE.
It is impossible to follow Jesus and not be concerned about people far from Jesus (Luke 15; 19:10). God put you where you are (family, work, neighborhood, school, etc.) because God wants to use you to make much of His Son, Jesus. We must pray for those far from Jesus, invest in relationships with them, and then invite them to church or whatever their next step is toward Jesus. Pray. Invest. Invite.
WE GIVE BECAUSE HE GAVE.
We follow the most generous person in history. Jesus spent His life serving and giving to others and then ended His life in the greatest act of generosity possible. On the cross He gave sacrificially, He gave generously, and He gave everything. What Jesus did on the cross should make us grateful, and our gratitude should lead us to outrageous generosity.
Statement of Faith
THE SCRIPTURES: We believe in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as verbally inspired by God and inerrant in the original writing and that they are of supreme and final authority in faith and life. 2 Tim. 3:16,17; 1 Pet. 2:19-21.
THE TRUE GOD: We believe in one God eternally existing as the creator and supreme ruler of heaven and earth. His glory, majesty, and holiness are inexpressible. The unity of the Godhead exists in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. 1 Cor. 8:6; Ex. 20:2,3; Deut. 6:4; 2 Cor. 13:14.
THE SON OF GOD: We believe that Jesus Christ was begotten by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, and is true man. Jn. 1:1,2,14; Lk. 1:35; Phil. 2:6,7.
THE SPIRIT OF GOD: We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine person equal to all parts of the Godhead in nature and attributes. He convicts of sin, righteousness, and judgment leading men to repentance and faith whereupon He indwells and seals them unto the day of redemption. Jn. 16:8-11; Rom. 8:9; Eph. 1:13,14.
We believe the Holy Spirit is capable of working in miraculous ways in this day and age. However, we believe sign gifts were used by God to give testimony to His new revelation (Deuteronomy 13:1-4; 18:21-22), and these gifts are no longer necessary today (1 Timothy 3:16-17). These gifts began to lessen even during the time of the apostles (Philippians 2:27; 1 Timothy 5:23; 2 Timothy 4:20 contrasted to Acts 5:16; 19:11). One example of these gifts was tongues, which were spoken human languages (Acts 2:4-12).
THE CONDITION OF MAN: We believe that man was created in the image of God; that he sinned and thereby incurred not only physical death, but also spiritual death which is separation from God; that all human beings are born with a sinful nature; and in the case of those who reach moral responsibility, become sinners in thought, word, and deed. Gen. 3:1-6,24; Rom. 5:12; Eph. 2:1,3.
Atonement for Sin: We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice. 1 Pet. 2:24; Eph 1:7; Acts 4:12.
By Grace through Faith: We believe we are justified by grace alone through faith that comes as a result of the Spirit’s work of conviction leading to repentance. Eph. 2:8,9; Titus 3:5; Acts 3:19.
Eternal Security: We believe in the eternal security of all the truly redeemed; once saved, they are kept by God’s power and are thus secure in Christ forever. Jn. 10:27-30; I Pet. 1:5; Heb. 7:25. This assurance in no way gives the believer license to continue in sin. Rom. 13:13,14; Titus 2:11,12.
Of Christ: We believe in the resurrection of the crucified body of our Lord, in His ascension into heaven, and in His present life there for us as High Priest and Advocate. Eph. 1:6; I Cor. 15:3,4.
Of Believers: We believe in the bodily resurrection of the justified unto everlasting blessedness in heaven’s glory. 2 Cor. 4:14; 1 Thess. 4:16; Rev. 20:6.
Of the Unsaved: We believe in the bodily resurrection of the wicked dead unto everlasting punishment in the lake of fire. Rev. 20:11- 15.
Universally: We believe that the Church consists of all believers having become part of the body of Christ at the moment of conversion. 1 Cor. 12:12,13; Eph. 5:25-27; Eph. 1:22,23.
Locally: We believe that a church of Christ is a congregation of believers associated by the faith and fellowship of the Gospel. It shall be governed by the Scriptural standards of pastors and deacons, with every believer utilizing the gift of grace within them, being active in the work of self-edification, evangelism, and observance of the ordinances. Mt. 28:19,20; 1 Tim. 3:15; Eph. 4:7,11-13; 1 Tim. 3.
Baptism: We believe that Christian Baptism is the believer’s immersion in water symbolizing the death, burial, and resurrection of our Lord demonstrating the believer’s death to sin and commitment to a new life. Rom. 6:3-6.
Lord’s Supper: We believe that the Lord’s Supper is a memorial of the death of the Lord Jesus Christ whereupon the believer solemnly examines himself for worthiness. 1 Cor. 11:23-32.
THE RETURN OF CHRIST:
We believe in the “blessed hope” of the personal return of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ; and that He will come before the thousand year reign of Christ on earth. 1 Thess. 4:13-16; Rev. 3:10; 19:11-21.
Sanctification: We believe that Christians are set apart unto God and that the Holy Spirit’s progressive work of sanctification coupled with obedience to the written Word enables each believer to live a victorious life over the old nature. 1 Thess. 5:24; Heb. 10:10; Gal. 5:16; Rom. 12:1; 6:22.
Separation: We believe that saved persons should not bring reproach to the Lord and should thus separate themselves from all worldly practices, associations, and religious apostasy. 1 Jn. 2:15-17; 1 Cor. 6:9-10; 2 Cor. 6:14-17; 2 Jn. 9-11.
Member's Lifestyle Statement
Bridgewater members promise that they trust in the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation, and are in accord with the Doctrinal Statement of the Church. They also promise the following:
That I will make it a practice to pray for the church and its members (1 Thessalonians 5:17).
That I will live before the world in such a way that the name of my Lord and the church will not be brought into disrepute (Philippians 2:14-15).
That I will endeavor to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace with the other members of the church (Ephesians 4:1-3).
That I will attend the services as often as God permits, absenting myself only when I can do so in good conscience toward Him (Hebrews 10:24-25).
That I will give to the support of the church in proportion as the Lord prospers me (1 Corinthians 16:1-2).