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TRANSFORMING THE CITY BY MAKING DISCIPLES

 

 

 

 



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Eddie Harmon - 12/14/14 - Jesus, The Advent


Rich Bowman - 12/07/14 - Jesus, The Apologetic

 

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The Grass Isn't Greener  - November 30th - Carvens Lissaint - Thanksgiving

The Grass Isn't Greener - November 23rd - Rich Bowman - Seasons

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All of Me: - Carvens Lissaint - Loving God with your Strength

All of Me: - Josh Edney - Loving God with your mind

 

OUR MISSION

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Transforming the city by making disciples.

TRANSFORM

We believe that God calls the Church to be a change agent in any community that it is placed in. The message of The Gospel is that Christ saves sinners. In light of that, we steward a message that radically changes lives. We will therefore preach, teach and train people to live out its implications in their neighborhoods.

THE CITY

When we think City, we think lots of people from all walks of life- ethnically, culturally, and financially diverse. Jesus was notorious for having a variety of networks made up for all types of people. To that end, we not only want to be in the City, but we want to look like the City- ethnically, culturally, and financially diverse.

DISCIPLES

For three of His years on earth, Jesus' primary focus was twelve men. He would teach, live with, and serve with these men in order for them to do what He had done. In fact, He said the work they did would be greater than His own (John 14:12). As a church, we cannot miss this mark.

  • Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.

    II Corinthians 5:20

What We Believe

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The Tri-une God(Click to expand)

We believe in one God, eternally existing in three equally divine Persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, who know, love, and glorify one another. This one true and living God is infinitely perfect both in his love and in his holiness. He is the Creator of all things, visible and invisible, and is therefore worthy to receive all glory and adoration. Immortal and eternal, he perfectly and exhaustively knows the end from the beginning, sustains and sovereignly rules over all things, and providentially brings about his eternal good purposes to redeem a people for himself and restore his fallen creation, to the praise of his glorious grace.

Revelation(Click to expand)
God has graciously disclosed his existence and power in the created order, and has supremely revealed himself to fallen human beings in the person of his Son, the incarnate Word. Moreover, this God is a speaking God who by his Spirit has graciously disclosed himself in human words: we believe that God has inspired the words preserved in the Scriptures, the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments, which are both record and means of his saving work in the world. These writings alone constitute the verbally inspired Word of God, which is utterly authoritative and without error in the original writings, complete in its revelation of his will for salvation, sufficient for all that God requires us to believe and do, and final in its authority over every domain of knowledge to which it speaks. We confess that both our finitude and our sinfulness preclude the possibility of knowing God’s truth exhaustively, but we affirm that, enlightened by the Spirit of God, we can know God’s revealed truth truly. The Bible is to be believed, as God’s instruction, in all that it teaches; obeyed, as God’s command, in all that it requires; and trusted, as God’s pledge, in all that it promises. As God’s people hear, believe, and do the Word, they are equipped as disciples of Christ and witnesses to the gospel.


Creation of Humanity(Click to expand)
We believe that God created human beings, male and female, in his own image. Adam and Eve belonged to the created order that God himself declared to be very good, serving as God’s agents to care for, manage, and govern creation, living in holy and devoted fellowship with their Maker. Men and women, equally made in the image of God, enjoy equal access to God by faith in Christ Jesus and are both called to move beyond passive self-indulgence to significant private and public engagement in family, church, and civic life. Adam and Eve were made to complement each other in a one-flesh union that establishes the only normative pattern of sexual relations for men and women, such that marriage ultimately serves as a type of the union between Christ and his church. In God’s wise purposes, men and women are not simply interchangeable, but rather they complement each other in mutually enriching ways. God ordains that they assume distinctive roles which reflect the loving relationship between Christ and the church, the husband exercising headship in a way that displays the caring, sacrificial love of Christ, and the wife submitting to her husband in a way that models the love of the church for her Lord. In the ministry of the church, both men and women are encouraged to serve Christ and to be developed to their full potential in the manifold ministries of the people of God. The distinctive leadership role within the church given to qualified men is grounded in creation, fall, and redemption and must not be sidelined by appeals to cultural developments.


The Fall(Click to expand)
We believe that Adam, made in the image of God, distorted that image and forfeited his original blessedness—for himself and all his progeny—by falling into sin through Satan’s temptation. As a result, all human beings are alienated from God, corrupted in every aspect of their being (e.g., physically, mentally, volitionally, emotionally, spiritually) and condemned finally and irrevocably to death—apart from God’s own gracious intervention. The supreme need of all human beings is to be reconciled to the God under whose just and holy wrath we stand; the only hope of all human beings is the undeserved love of this same God, who alone can rescue us and restore us to himself.


The Plan of God(Click to expand)
We believe that from all eternity God determined in grace to save a great multitude of guilty sinners from every tribe and language and people and nation, and to this end foreknew them and chose them. We believe that God justifies and sanctifies those who by grace have faith in Jesus, and that he will one day glorify them—all to the praise of his glorious grace. In love God commands and implores all people to repent and believe, having set his saving love on those he has chosen and having ordained Christ to be their Redeemer.


The Gospel(Click to expand)
We believe that the gospel is the good news of Jesus Christ—God’s very wisdom. Utter folly to the world, even though it is the power of God to those who are being saved, this good news is christological, centering on the cross and resurrection: the gospel is not proclaimed if Christ is not proclaimed, and the authentic Christ has not been proclaimed if his death and resurrection are not central (the message is: "Christ died for our sins . . . [and] was raised”). This good news is biblical (his death and resurrection are according to the Scriptures), theological and salvific (Christ died for our sins, to reconcile us to God), historical (if the saving events did not happen, our faith is worthless, we are still in our sins, and we are to be pitied more than all others), apostolic (the message was entrusted to and transmitted by the apostles, who were witnesses of these saving events), and intensely personal (where it is received, believed, and held firmly, individual persons are saved).


The Redemption of Christ(Click to expand)
We believe that, moved by love and in obedience to his Father, the eternal Son became human: the Word became flesh, fully God and fully human being, one Person in two natures. The man Jesus, the promised Messiah of Israel, was conceived through the miraculous agency of the Holy Spirit, and was born of the virgin Mary. He perfectly obeyed his heavenly Father, lived a sinless life, performed miraculous signs, was crucified under Pontius Pilate, arose bodily from the dead on the third day, and ascended into heaven. As the mediatorial King, he is seated at the right hand of God the Father, exercising in heaven and on earth all of God’s sovereignty, and is our High Priest and righteous Advocate. We believe that by his incarnation, life, death, resurrection, and ascension, Jesus Christ acted as our representative and substitute. He did this so that in him we might become the righteousness of God: on the cross he canceled sin, propitiated God, and, by bearing the full penalty of our sins, reconciled to God all those who believe. By his resurrection Christ Jesus was vindicated by his Father, broke the power of death and defeated Satan who once had power over it, and brought everlasting life to all his people; by his ascension he has been forever exalted as Lord and has prepared a place for us to be with him. We believe that salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name given under heaven by which we must be saved. Because God chose the lowly things of this world, the despised things, the things that are not, to nullify the things that are, no human being can ever boast before him—Christ Jesus has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness, and redemption.


The Justification of Sinners(Click to expand)
We believe that Christ, by his obedience and death, fully discharged the debt of all those who are justified. By his sacrifice, he bore in our stead the punishment due us for our sins, making a proper, real, and full satisfaction to God’s justice on our behalf. By his perfect obedience he satisfied the just demands of God on our behalf, since by faith alone that perfect obedience is credited to all who trust in Christ alone for their acceptance with God. Inasmuch as Christ was given by the Father for us, and his obedience and punishment were accepted in place of our own, freely and not for anything in us, this justification is solely of free grace, in order that both the exact justice and the rich grace of God might be glorified in the justification of sinners. We believe that a zeal for personal and public obedience flows from this free justification.


The Power of the Holy Spirit(Click to expand)
We believe that this salvation, attested in all Scripture and secured by Jesus Christ, is applied to his people by the Holy Spirit. Sent by the Father and the Son, the Holy Spirit glorifies the Lord Jesus Christ, and, as the other Paraclete, is present with and in believers. He convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment, and by his powerful and mysterious work regenerates spiritually dead sinners, awakening them to repentance and faith, and in him they are baptized into union with the Lord Jesus, such that they are justified before God by grace alone through faith alone in Jesus Christ alone. By the Spirit's agency, believers are renewed, sanctified, and adopted into God's family; they participate in the divine nature and receive his sovereignly distributed gifts. The Holy Spirit is himself the down payment of the promised inheritance, and in this age indwells, guides, instructs, equips, revives, and empowers believers for Christ-like living and service.


The Kingdom of God(Click to expand)
We believe that those who have been saved by the grace of God through union with Christ by faith and through regeneration by the Holy Spirit enter the kingdom of God and delight in the blessings of the new covenant: the forgiveness of sins, the inward transformation that awakens a desire to glorify, trust, and obey God, and the prospect of the glory yet to be revealed. Good works constitute indispensable evidence of saving grace. Living as salt in a world that is decaying and light in a world that is dark, believers should neither withdraw into seclusion from the world, nor become indistinguishable from it: rather, we are to do good to the city, for all the glory and honor of the nations is to be offered up to the living God. Recognizing whose created order this is, and because we are citizens of God’s kingdom, we are to love our neighbors as ourselves, doing good to all, especially to those who belong to the household of God. The kingdom of God, already present but not fully realized, is the exercise of God’s sovereignty in the world toward the eventual redemption of all creation. The kingdom of God is an invasive power that plunders Satan’s dark kingdom and regenerates and renovates through repentance and faith the lives of individuals rescued from that kingdom. It therefore inevitably establishes a new community of human life together under God.


God’s New People(Click to expand)
We believe that God’s new covenant people have already come to the heavenly Jerusalem; they are already seated with Christ in the heavenlies. This universal church is manifest in local churches of which Christ is the only Head; thus each “local church” is, in fact, the church, the household of God, the assembly of the living God, and the pillar and foundation of the truth. The church is the body of Christ, the apple of his eye, graven on his hands, and he has pledged himself to her forever. The church is distinguished by her gospel message, her sacred ordinances, her discipline, her great mission, and, above all, by her love for God, and by her members’ love for one another and for the world. Crucially, this gospel we cherish has both personal and corporate dimensions, neither of which may properly be overlooked. Christ Jesus is our peace: he has not only brought about peace with God, but also peace between alienated peoples. His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity, thus making peace, and in one body to reconcile both Jew and Gentile to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility. The church serves as a sign of God’s future new world when its members live for the service of one another and their neighbors, rather than for self-focus. The church is the corporate dwelling place of God’s Spirit, and the continuing witness to God in the world.


Baptism and the Lord’s Supper(Click to expand)
We believe that baptism and the Lord’s Supper are ordained by the Lord Jesus himself. The former is connected with entrance into the new covenant community, the latter with ongoing covenant renewal. Together they are simultaneously God’s pledge to us, divinely ordained means of grace, our public vows of submission to the once crucified and now resurrected Christ, and anticipations of his return and of the consummation of all things.


The Restoration of All Things(Click to expand)
We believe in the personal, glorious, and bodily return of our Lord Jesus Christ with his holy angels, when he will exercise his role as final Judge, and his kingdom will be consummated. We believe in the bodily resurrection of both the just and the unjust—the unjust to judgment and eternal conscious punishment in hell, as our Lord himself taught, and the just to eternal blessedness in the presence of him who sits on the throne and of the Lamb, in the new heaven and the new earth, the home of righteousness. On that day the church will be presented faultless before God by the obedience, suffering and triumph of Christ, all sin purged and its wretched effects forever banished. God will be all in all and his people will be enthralled by the immediacy of his ineffable holiness, and everything will be to the praise of his glorious grace.

OUR CONVICTIONS

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Our seven firmly held beliefs.

PRAYER

We pray big and we play big. The scriptures are filled with imagery that if God is on your side, there isn't anything that you can't handle. We should therefore ask God for tremendous requests, and live expectantly, believing He will show up.


DIVERSITY

We'll take the salad. Our hopes are not to try to melt every group into one culture, like a melting pot. Rather, we want each group and individual to express their unique flavor like the components of a salad.


TRANSFORMATION

It's ok to not be ok. But it's not ok to stay that way. We are all in process, changing every day. We understand that people are struggling with a whole host of sins. We think that's OK. Yet, we believe it's never OK to be at peace with any sin.


MULTIPLICATION

Pass the baton, someone is waiting for you. Like a relay race, someone is waiting for you to pass on the Gospel message and the wisdom to live the Christian life. Each believer is called to make disciples- to train other believers.


UNITY

Division means two visions. God has given this church a unique vision. We have prayed and fasted to hear God speak to how He has shaped the gifts, insights and experiences of everyone.

PARTNERSHIP

You evolve as you're involved. Our hope is that each believer would get involved through Sunday Gatherings, City Groups, and by involving families and friends into the life of the church.

APPLICATION

It's a playbook, not a script. Far too often churches use the Bible to know more of the book, but don't teach people to live for God. The Bible is a playbook. We will do everything we can to study, memorize, preach, and teach the Word of God.


 

BROOKLYN, NY

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Brooklyn is the most populous of New York City's five boroughs, with approximately 2.5 million residents, and the second-largest in area.

 

Since 1896, Brooklyn has had the same boundaries as Kings County, which is now the most populous county in New York State and the second, most densely populated county in the United States, after Manhattan County. It is also the western most county on Long Island. Today, if it were an independent city, Brooklyn would rank as the fourth most populous city in the U.S., behind only the other boroughs of New York City combined, Los Angeles, and Chicago.

 

Check out how much diversity abounds in Brooklyn. Over on the right you can take a look at the demographic statistics according to the 2010 Census.

  • 42.8% White
  • 35.7% Non-Hispanic White
  • 34.3% Black
  • 0.5% Native American
  • 10.5% Asian
  • 3.0% Two or more races
  • 8.9% Other races
  • 19.8% Hispanic or Latino
  • The Gospel changes the world, and the world lives in Brooklyn.

MEET JAMES T. ROBERSON, III

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Take a glimpse into the life of our lead pastor.

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I'm James T. Roberson III, and after a long stint away from home - 19 years to be exact - my family and I are back in New York to fulfill God's call and be a part of what He is doing in this city.


The Lord has instilled in me a tremendous passion for His Word and His people. I have been called to share His love in the urban setting, and in my heart, I knew someday I would return to New York to spread The Gospel. In December 2012, the Lord began to make His call on our lives a tangible reality. He has led us to Brooklyn, NY to plant The Bridge Church.


I was born and raised in Westchester, NY. Though I grew up in church, my relationship with God was defined more by praying for wins in football and passing classes in school. I graduated from Yorktown High School (this was a miracle), and left New York to attend college at Valley Forge Military College in Wayne, PA. While at Valley Forge, I was captain of the football team and graduated with an A.A. in Liberal Arts. I was granted a full athletic scholarship to attend James Madison University (JMU) in Harrisonburg, Va, where I played defensive tackle, and graduated with a B.A. degree in Speech Communications and a minor in Theater. It wasn't until college, that I was introduced to a consistent lifestyle of living for God, through Campus Crusade for Christ. Once my collegiate football career ended, I helped start a campus ministry called IMPACT, geared towards reaching out to the African American community. This experience was a turning point in my life, and I realized the most influential way to change the world was to preach The Gospel. In that moment, I committed my life to ministry.


I have enjoyed serving in campus ministries and at Churches in the Southern region of the United States, and ministering to a wide spectrum of people. Throughout my career in ministry, I have served in several denominations: National Baptist Convention, Southern Baptist Convention, Presbyterian Church in America, and an Independent Bible Church in Texas. I have been involved in campus ministry at JMU, Howard University in Washington, DC., and at University of North Central Texas. I have led a youth camp in Chattanooga, TN, and I have been challenged on how to integrate older adults within a church. Finally, I have served in four church plants: Infinity Church in Maryland; Christ Our King Community Church in Raleigh, NC; Church on the Rock in Raleigh, NC (Lead Pastor); and Blueprint Church in Atlanta, GA (Missional Communities Pastor). In 2011, I graduated from Southeast Baptist Theological Seminary with a M.A in Christian Leadership, and I also spent two years at Dallas Theological Seminary and Shaw University Divinity School.


Outside of ministry, I was the Director of Research and Development for a non-profit organization called Jobs for Life, where I was responsible for creating a curriculum based on the Christian worldview of working . Additionally, I was a Therapy Support Coordinator for Biogen Idec, a pharmaceutical company, where I counseled patients who were prescribed Avonex for the treatment of Multiple Sclerosis. God has blessed me with a variety of experiences to reach a wide array of people. The best places to reach a wide array of people are located within an urban context, such as major metropolitan cities in the Northeast and West Coast. Through these experiences, the Lord has equipped me to go back home and continue to reach people for His Glory.


Throughout this journey, my wife Natarsha has been, and continues to be my strongest supporter and fantastic friend. We met in college, and we have been married for nine years. Natarsha has a passion for service and loves mentoring and empowering women. We have two daughters, Faith and Leah, who I guarantee will make you smile within seconds of meeting them. Needless to say, I have been tremendously blessed with an incredible family.


I enjoy helping people lead. I love helping people discover their next steps in life. I desire to help you discover who you are in Christ. I am here to serve. Find out more about how I can help you.


You can read more about what I'll be doing as we embark in this new journey through my blog posts. On the blog, I will also be posting videos, devotionals, social commentary and book reviews. Feel free to subscribe to receive updates. I look forward to seeing you there!


I invite you to check out our Timeline which will give you an idea of our plan for The Bridge Church. I also encourage you to check The Bridge Church's Mission and Vision, and partner with us.


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Thanks for joining me in this journey. The Glory is His.

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