In our 2023 Summer Series, various speakers will be speaking on the topic of building bridges within the church and community.
Repairing Broken Bridges
Barry Day focuses on the challenges and complexities of relationships, particularly when they break down or encounter difficulties. Barry discusses various scenarios in which relationships can become strained or fall apart, such as conflicts with friends, strained family relationships, marital issues, and even disagreements within the Church. He emphasizes the importance of building and rebuilding bridges in these relationships and draws parallels to biblical figures who faced similar challenges.
Barry also explores why relationships fail, citing reasons like faulty design, poor construction, inadequate maintenance, and external forces. He highlights the role of pride and prejudice in relationship breakdowns and stresses the need to avoid building our lives and relationships on worldly principles.
He provides insights into the complexities of human relationships and the importance of working to repair and strengthen these bridges when they face challenges or break down.
Building Bridges in the Home
In this session by Daniel Mayfield, the focus is on the importance of the family as the foundation of culture and society. Daniel explains that strong families are essential for building a Christian culture and how the breakdown of family structures can lead to the erosion of cultural values. He discusses the theological aspects of family and emphasizes that families are vital in waging spiritual warfare against the challenges posed by a godless culture. The message revolves around the idea that strong, united families are a powerful force in building a Christian culture.
Navigating the Bridge Between Command and Tradition
Jon Arvin distinguishes between commands, which are obligations imposed by God, and traditions, which are instructions passed down from people. He emphasizes that traditions, while not inherently bad, should not be treated as equivalent to God's word and that they are subject to change and interpretation. The text encourages a thoughtful examination of traditions and their role in faith and community, emphasizing the need for discernment and an awareness of how traditions can affect the building of bridges between individuals and generations.
Building Bridges Between Generations
Chris Kidwell discusses the importance of setting an example and engaging with others, especially between generations, to build bridges. Chris shares his personal journey from pursuing a career in music to becoming a preacher, highlighting the influence of mentors and elders who encouraged and modeled the path for him. He emphasizes that building bridges between generations requires not only demonstrating the right behavior but also actively engaging with and mentoring others. Chris draws insights from Titus 2, stressing the role of older individuals as models of good works for the younger generation and how this can positively impact the church and its members.
Building Bridges Through Culture
In this session by Parker LaGrange, he discusses the theme of Jesus as a bridge builder who aimed to connect mankind back to God despite barriers and differences. He emphasizes the importance of understanding and utilizing the different cultures we encounter, specifically addressing the challenges and opportunities presented by American culture's secularism. Parker also references the growing number of religious "nuns" in society, individuals who don't identify with any religious background, and encourages the audience to be proactive in building bridges and turning trends in favor of Christianity. Finally, he examines Acts chapter 17, where Paul delivers a sermon in Athens, as a model for engaging with culture and building bridges.
Building Bridges with the Unchurched
In this lesson by Tyler King, he discusses the intriguing theme of unlikely companionships, drawing parallels to his own experience with a roommate who had vastly different backgrounds. He also explores the idea of building bridges with the unchurched, inspired by Jesus's ability to form relationships with those considered outcasts in society, particularly in the Gospel of Luke.