Welcome to the Bridges Community Church podcast, your destination for Sunday messages from Bridges Church. Join us each week as we dive deep into the Word of God and explore the life-transforming message of Jesus and the grace He offers us.
In each episode, we bring you the dynamic and inspiring Sunday messages delivered by our passionate and knowledgeable pastors. From thought-provoking teachings to practical insights, we unpack the truths of Scripture and their relevance to our everyday lives.
Whether you are a long-time member of Bridges Church or joining us for the first time, our Sunday messages are designed to inspire, challenge, and equip you on your spiritual journey. So grab your Bible, open your heart, and tune into the Bridges podcast as we delve into the life-giving message of God's grace that can truly transform your life.
In the Beginning…- Genesis 1:1-2 - In the Beginning…
The origin of all that exists is no small topic. Every culture, even every person, has wrestled with these questions, and Christians are no different. However, the Christian story of what happened in the beginning helps to provide hope and stability for how we relate to one another, to creation, and to God Himself. As we begin our study of the goodness of creation, we’ll see how the starting point in Genesis connects to all that will eventually unfold in the biblical story.
Hope in Exile - Colossians 3:1-15 - Exiled
As we conclude our series on exile, we’ll dive into what we perhaps need most when we’re living in a place that isn’t home: hope. There are days we can feel discouraged, days we might feel angry, and days we can feel exhausted by our world, but because of what God has done and the future He has promised, our days can also be filled with joyous hope.
Witnessing in Exile - 1 Peter 3:8-18 - Exiled
We probably prefer to share our faith in Christ with those who are eager and asking to hear all about it, and in a setting that creates no risk to our comfort whatsoever. But that’s not always the way it works, is it? Often, we’re sharing Christ with people who are suspicious or even antagonistic toward Christianity. The good news is that such settings actually provide unique opportunities to share our faith, and history would tell us those opportunities can actually be more effective.
Embracing Exile - Jeremiah 29:1-14 - Exiled
The Hebrew prophet Jeremiah lived in a fragmented culture that did not have much consensus about what is right and wrong, what society should be like, and what we are all here for. And today, we as Christians also live in a similarly fragmented culture where there are many different competing visions of reality. This often leads to a heightened sense of estrangement, as we live and work as spiritual exiles in a place that does not really feel like home, and that cannot sustain and support the deepest needs of our hearts. How, then, are we as believers to live faithfully for God and come to embrace our exilic identity, in a place that is frequently opposed to, and sometimes even hostile towards, biblical values? Jeremiah 29:1-14 gives us an extremely practical blueprint.
Responding to Exile with Lament - Psalm 39:12-13; 126:1-6 - Exiled
As spiritual exiles in this world (1 Peter 1:1), all believers have known—or will come to know—some of the painful challenges related to living in a culture that is frequently at odds with and even inhospitable towards followers of Jesus. And when those moments inevitably arrive on our doorstep, and when explanations or quick solutions don’t seem to appear on the horizon, few things can be more freeing than to know that God understands, that our frustrations and questions and doubts do not fluster Him, and that He even invites us to come and to express our deepest feelings and to air our grievances before Him in trust. So join us for this week’s sermon, as we consider how the Bible gives voice to our pain and invites us to tap into the rich reservoir of the grace and mercy that God offers in the darkest moments of our lives.
Identity in Exile - 1 Peter 2:9-12 - Exiled
Our identity is not only who we are, it determines how we see ourselves in relation to others and in relation to our world. It is the core from which everything we do springs. When we act in alignment with our identity, we thrive. When we act contrary to our identity, we feel it acutely. The question, then, is: what is our identity as believers and followers of Christ? How does who we are shape how we interact with our world—especially when our world doesn’t match our Christian identity? This week, we’ll study who the Bible says we are, and how it gives us confidence as we move out into the world.