8/7/16 - Tweetables - We Imagine

Tweetables: We Imagine (Ephesians 3:20)    

Sunday, August 7, 2016

10:00 a.m. Lower Dauphin Middle School

Speaker: Lead Pastor Justin Douglas

My four-year-old son comes up to me the other day and he says, 'Dad, can you help me with my invention?' And I'm like, 'Okay, what's up? Let's do this. What are we going to do?' He's like, 'Dad, I need to build something that helps me change my clothes real quick!' like that. And I'm like, 'Uhhhh, okay.' So, Beckett is the type of kid...before we go further...Beckett, my son, is the type of kid who like you send him into his room to change, and like 20 minutes later he comes out still in the same clothes or he comes out with the new clothes on but all of them backwards or, you know, like mix matching. Like he's not particularly fast at changing his clothes or things like that.

So for him, he has solved a problem...there's a problem that exists that 'Hurry up, change your shirt,' or 'Hurry up, go get changed,' and he's like, 'I saw a TV show where someone went in to a machine and it changed their clothes like that. Dad, I need that machine!' {Justin and congregation laughing} Right? It's like, 'I need this. It would make my life so much easier. It would make your life easier, too. Let's invent this, let's build this, we can do it.' As if it's like nothing, as if it's a typical Saturday project to build something that changes your clothes for you. Right? And so it's like, 'Dad, I need you to build it for me. Can you do it?' Think like Clark Kent telephone booth, right? Like it's like, 'Dad, can you do it?'

And in my mind, it's like this is the question that's frustrating, right? Because it's like, 'Dad, can you do it?' It's like, 'Uhhhh, yeah! I can do anything, son. That's who I am, I'm your Dad, I can do whatever you need.' 'Tell me, we can do this.' So I'm like, "Uh, yeah, I got this.' Because it's like the badge of honor, right? Like parents, especially dads probably, you know, we've got a little bit of an ego, not going to lie, and we're like, 'We can handle this. I can do this. I can build something that doesn't exist outside of cartoons. But hey, we can figure this out.' Right? And so I'm like, you know, 'Of course,' and so I'm like, 'Let me think on it and we'll get back to it, son, okay? We'll think on it.'

Now this is the type of kid who forgets nothing, right? So like we went a week with him like, 'Are we ready to invent it yet, Dad?' Like you know what I mean? Like every time I come home, I'm home for lunch, it's like, 'Dad, this morning, did you think about it? What are we gonna do? How are we gonna do it? When's it gonna happen?' Now, he has moved onto something else, so it'd be really helpful if none of you reminded him of this today. Okay? Because I still have no idea how we're going to answer this, but my internal reaction was when he started talking about this was it's impossible. Right? My internal reaction was it's impossible. His internal reaction, and even his outward reaction, was it's totally possible. It's totally doable.

And I want my kids to imagine 'more. Right? To live a life where there are little to no limits. This is why we as parents say things like this: You can be anything if you put your mind to it.' Right? How many of you guys ever heard that or said that to your kid? You're like, 'Hey, little Susie, you can be anything you want if you just put your mind to it.' 'Hey, little Bobby, you can be anything you want if you just put your mind to it.' Like we say this to kids, right? 

And here's the deal. I'll never forget this moment in junior high where me and my friend are at this revival, because that was the type of church I was raised in, the type that planned a revival week. You know? I always thought that was kind of interesting you planned a revival. It's like why do we have to wait two months? Why not just have it now? But whatever. Anyway, my friend and I are sitting here at this revival, and his brother is on my right, and you know the speaker of the night begins to go around and prophesy over people, and this wasn't weird for our upbringing. We saw this a little bit. Might be weird for you, but it wasn't really weird for us, we'd seen this.

So the guy, the speaker comes over and starts talking to my friend's brother next to me. So he says all this stuff to him. He starts communicating and prophesying over him, and I mean, I kid you not, he said a bunch of stuff, and then he says this, okay, this is what he says. He says, 'I see the sky. I see the stars. I see the planets. I see NASA.' And now, me and my friend, like, we're like praying you know because we're supposed to be praying right now while this is happening, and we like turned around and make eye contact, we're like, 'What is happening right now? He just said NASA! Like what is going on?' So then he says, he says over my friend's brother, he says, 'You, son, are going to be an astronaut.'

And like me and my friend are doing everything we can to keep the laughter inside because for us, we know a little bit about his brother's grades and you know the situation that is abounding here that makes it very unlikely that that scenario is going to play out. Not to mention, I don't know if this guy thought NASA was going to do some serious expansion, but currently, we have 52 astronauts at NASA. That means you have a 1 in 6,132,692 chance {Justin laughing} of being an astronaut at NASA! So can we talk about how like this prophet like was like, 'Let's think of the most impossible scenario...' Like it seemed like that. So he says this to my friend and the prophet finished and walked away, and I'll never forget like me and my friend like sit there and we're like, 'You know, he's not the brightest bulb in box.' You know what I mean? This is not going to work out. And, I mean, he did get caught up in drugs and he got high a lot, so maybe that's what he saw. I don't know what he saw. All I'm saying is something there was interesting.

Now here's the deal. Me and my friend walked away from this conversation, we kept coming back to it, and we would be like, 'Do you think it's possible? Is it possible that maybe, you know, things could change and he could be an astronaut? He could be at NASA or something.

There's something about us internally that wants to hope for the best, right? We live in a cynical world, it's very easy to get negative, but something about us wants to hope for the best or at least desire that the limitations around us are able to be shattered. Whenever we watch...right now we're watching all of these Olympic stories, right? So if you're watching the Olympics, you're going to hear all kinds of stories over the next few weeks of athletes who had limitations and shattered those limitations to get where they are today in Rio. Right? And so, so we all love these stories. Something about us, something inside us, leaps when we hear these kinds of stories because we want to believe that the limitations in our life are able to be shattered, that we don't have to live in a world where it's like, 'That's impossible. That can't be done.' For us, we might be able to...we might actually be the one saying that, but the truth is there's something internal in us, and I believe God has placed it there, that we really don't want to be bound by these things. So I told Beckett I would string a line across his room {Justin laughs} like a clothesline and then I would put a shirt on it and then he could just like slip his hands in {congregation laughing} and like there's your sweet machine that puts the clothes on for you. And at that point, he was like, 'No, Dad, that's not really what I'm looking for. Why don't you keep thinking about different ways you can do it?' So if any of you have any really cool ideas for how...because he was like, he was like, 'No, Dad, it has to take my clothes off and throw 'em in the dirty hamper for me. How's it gonna to do that?' I'm like, this kid right now is already like Ferris Bueller. Like, he's like ready for...it's going to be...it's going to be tough with raising him, but it'll be fun. Luckily he moves onto new things like I said. 

But it seems that "impossible" is a word we use a lot today. It seems that even in our lives that we run up against the impossible, and we quickly say there's limits here. We quickly say I'm going to live my life in a box because that's not possible, and we stop thinking with imagination. And the thing is, a kid thinks with a lot of imagination, right? Like I might ask Beckett, 'What's that drawing?' And he like tells me a like novel story, and it's like, you know, a few stick figures on a page, but his imagination is just going. Here's the deal: in our faith life, we need imagination and creativity, and often we find ourselves limited because we believe that God maybe doesn't have the power to fix our situation or doesn't have the power to come through in the way that we maybe are feeling He...we need a breakthrough.

So I want to share a few things with you real quick. Check this picture out. This is called the Oculus Rift.

It's a virtual reality headset that was released earlier this year. The Kickstarter campaign ran in 2012 for this, and then they had a bunch of prototypes, and then Facebook bought them for $2 billion before they had released this product. They just bought them because they were like, 'This is going to be big.' And they bought them, and this is virtual reality. You put this on and you can like play games. You can be in a world where you don't see anything else except like everything around you. And like when you turn, the screen turns. It's like 360° all the way around you when you turn.

How crazy is this? Keep in mind, I like...I like lost all control of every part of my body when I got a Nintendo entertainment system at 9 years old. Like I went crazy because I was like, 'The coolest invention ever made!' And now we're like, less than 30 years later, this is there. If you would've told me something like this would exist in my lifetime, at like 12 years old, I would've been like, 'When I'm 80.' Right? Like this is a crazy breakthrough that we have here.

How about this? 3-D printing. Or it's also called additive manufacturing depending on the term you prefer. But now you can make 3-D images, like literally all kinds of different things this can be used for. Jeremy Rifkin {ed. note: author, economist, futurist} claims that we are on the edge of the third industrial revolution because of 3-D printing. Once it is able to be done at a cheap rate, this will revolutionize the way that we do things. How crazy is this?

I remember...like I thought it was a breakthrough...my mom had one of those printers. I don't know, I think they were called dot matrix printers. Do you remember these? Where you had the like tabs on the side that you had to like rip off? You remember this? Like when they were all connected to one sheet and then you had to like tear them off? I thought it was a breakthrough when we could get a single piece of paper through the printer. I was like, 'WHOA!! Look at that! Technology!' Now we can print...you can print like stuff, like real stuff. Like here's the crazy thing...you can print a gun that shoots. So there's even ethical like questions of like, 'Wow, you can do that on a 3-D printer?' That is wild! All kinds of things this opens up. And here's the deal...how many of us 10 years ago were like, 'Yeah, that 3-D printer thing, that's going to be something that'll take off.' Like if you would've told one of us, we would've said, 'That's impossible.' Like that's more impossible than Beckett's idea of like changing clothes fast; that's more impossible. But now it's a reality that potentially could lead to a revolution.

Here's another cool story. These are the best ones when it's something done like this. This is Matthew Walzer {ed. note: photo below}, and obviously LeBron James as well, but Matthew Walzer's a young high school student who has cerebral palsy, and he wrote a letter to Nike and expressed his desire for a basketball shoe that someone disabled like him could get into. He talked about how he was getting ready to go into college, and as he goes to college, he doesn't want people to have to tie his shoes for him but he likes to wear basketball shoes. He likes to wear Nike basketball shoes. He doesn't want someone to tie his shoes for him and he said, "Nike says, 'If you have a body, you're an athlete,' So if you mean that, you need to make a shoe for us."

And so Tobie Hatfield {ed. note: Athlete Innovation Director at Nike, Inc.} started like working on a design for a shoe that he could do with just one hand with minimal grip. And the shoe's actually really interesting, it like...it comes off in the back and it like zips out, and it's just one hand and it pulls the whole zipper and it closes and it's really easy to do. And you're like, wow! This kid thought, I mean, was bold enough to say there's a concept that could be created to where I could still wear a really fly pair of kicks. Right? You know? But also be able to get into them myself and have some self-reliance, and not only me, an entire disabled community could have a little bit of self-esteem by something like this. And then LeBron James endorses it, and it's like LeBron's shoe even. They're called...if you ever want one or want to look into them, they're called the Zoom Soldier 8 FLYEASE because a shoe is no longer just one word, it's like a whole sentence now because there's so many of them out there. But if you...how cool is that, though?

And then when we even think about it, just the things that we have, because a lot of these are things we don't have, but let's think about something we have. Look at this picture; what's this?

It's a SmartPhone! It's an iPhone, right? SmartPhone, whatever kind you have, is a constantly innovative machine because every day thousands of apps are being released, some of them like impossible, things we never thought of. Like this whole Pokemon Go thing, right? Like what's this about, right? You walk into traffic while playing on your phone. Sounds great! You know what I mean? No problems there. But thousands of apps come out every day, right? All kinds of stuff. Here's the crazy thing that we don't think about because we live in this world and we live with tunnel vision sometimes and we don't think back: Did you know that in the Bill Clinton administration...okay, so when Bill Clinton was president, he had access to information, okay, he had access to less information, not nearly as fast, as a junior higher does on their phone today. Their SmartPhone. Think about the breakthrough where if I would've told you 20 years ago, 'Hey, did you know what? The access to information that the President of the United States has now? A junior higher'll have that in their phone in 20 years in their pocket while they're in class, and the teacher's like, 'Stop!' {Justin laughs} Right? Like that's a real thing!

Some of us, we live with these limits, and we say, 'There's no way this is going to change.' But the truth is, breakthrough is possible because we see it in our world, and sometimes we can't catch the vision for our life. But let me say this, those who dare to think beyond limits find themselves doing extraordinary things. Those who dare to think beyond their limits find themselves doing extraordinary things. But when we believe our potential is limited and when we believe we can't do much, it's very easy for us to become negative, to lose hope, to be hardened by the world, because it's not easy to lose self-esteem, to become depressed, to be anxious about everything.

When we believe we are limited in our abilities, we stop thinking creatively. We stop seeing problems as like, 'Okay, what's a creative way through this?' And we start saying, 'Nope, this is the box I live in.' The thing is is when we live like this even our faith takes a step back because God would call our stories to be impacting, to be amazing, to be stories that are like, 'Wow! That...wow, how could you...I can't even believe that! That's impossible!' But it's possible here.

Our Tweetable for today is this verse that has a lot to say about the impossible in our lives. We've been going through this series called Tweetables where we talk about small passages of the Bible that have a huge impact, and so this small passage of the Bible...if anything up to this point has like, 'Man, you have my attention,' this passage is a passage you should memorize, you should write somewhere, you should read it all the time. Here we go, Ephesians 3:20.

I'm going to read it one more time. "Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us."

Point #1, our Take-Home Tweet #1:

The passage starts by saying, "Him who is able." This is a reference to God. God is able. When we find ourselves in a place where we are limited, we find ourselves in the midst of problems, the first thing we have to say is, 'God is able.' I might not be able. Right? Like I may be like, 'I have no idea to solve this, I have no idea what's happening,' but God is able. God is always able, and this is the first domino that must fall if we expect for limitations to be broken through because if we try to break through them on our own, we will always fail. We see this throughout the Bible – characters trying to do things on their own apart from God. So when we talk about strengthening our relationship with God, we talk about the box we might put God in, this is not strengthening our relationship. When we start to say, 'You know what? I'm up against this.' Whatever "this" is in your life, God is able. Now how do I start to take steps to trust in God and His ability, because if God able, then you are not bound by your limitations. If God is able, then you are not bound by the place you are at right now. If God is able, then nothing – nothing – is out of bounds. When God seeks to elevate your story,  God is able.

Point #2

Expand your expectation #ImagineMore. For some of us, we expect very little from God. Let's just be honest. Again, we've put God in a box. We do not rely on God because we feel we might either be let down or we feel like we can't rely on God for that. We limit God's power and therefore we experience a powerless God. Let me say that again. We limit God's power and therefore we experience a powerless God. We must expand our expectation. This starts with imagination. We need to start immeasurably expanding our imagination. Let me read this passage one more time now. "Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us."

Now the word here, immeasurably, in Greek, this word in Greek is huper. Okay? Huper is the word for immeasurably in Greek, and it's actually where we get the word hyper. But not hyper like 'I'm hyped up on caffeine, I'm going crazy.' You know what I mean? Not that kind of hyper, more like the hyper like above, more than, beyond, bigger, better, faster type of hyper. And so the passage is calling us to think above, to think beyond, to think more than the situation you're in now. This passage is saying, 'You know what? God can do immeasurably, beyond, more, above where you're at right in this moment, even the most that you can imagine.' Let's say your imagination is awesome, like Alice in Wonderland awesome, right? And so your imagination is way out here. Did you know God can do immeasurably more than that imagination even? Above and beyond that. Now, we need to expand our expectation.

The next three points are ways that we can expand our expectations and imagination for God. Here we go.

Point #3

Now this can seem a little self-centered, so it's a dangerous one and I want to be careful with it. I'm not advocating that like God's a genie in a bottle, and you know He's just going to do whatever you want. That's not what I'm saying. I'm saying expect God to do more for you, and here's a way this manifests in non like financial way, which is sometimes the way we might think, like 'God, get me a jet.' You know what I mean? Whatever. I want to say it this way. Some of you I meet with, you don't expect God's grace to be there for you. Like you think you've done too much for God's grace, and I'm like, 'That's a free gift that's already been given to you, and it's proclaimed multiple times in the Bible. God has given you grace. You are forgiven. And you're like, 'But I can't...I don't know if I can expect that from God.' Hey, our expectations of God for ourselves need to grow because God loves you deeply, God created you in His image, God wants to redeem you fully, God wants you to live a story worthy of being told, and so if that's the case, we need to expect more from God for our story.

Now that's not a selfish thing, it's just to say, 'Hey, this life is difficult, and I know you're wanting me to be built up into the creation I'm called to be, to live the story I'm called to live. And so here's the deal: when we start to tell ourselves lies like, 'I'm not good enough. I'm not worth it. I'm not forgiven,' we start to deal with shame and guilt and all this other stuff that hinders us, that holds us back, or we start to believe that lie that, 'You know what? That would be a cool thing, but it's really not possible.' Have we prayed about it? Have we sought God? Have we been patient? Have we really like run down every opportunity for what God might be doing here? Because maybe we've already put God in the box. Right? And so in our own lives, we have to start saying, 'Hey, I expect God to do more.'

Point #4

We need to expect God to do more through us, so you need to expect God to do more through you. It's not about God blessing you, it's about God blessing you to be a blessing to others. When God blesses people in the Bible, he blesses them to be a blessing to others. You know what He tells Israel? He tells Israel, 'I'm blessing you so that you can be a blessing to the nations around you.' It's not just 'I'm blessing you so you can hoard it, you can hold it in, you can kick back on the La-Z-Boy and have fun.' No, He's saying, 'I'm blessing you so that you can be an example of what it looks like to give generously to those around you." And so maybe you have opportunities to give generously, and you've kind of been like, 'Ohh, that's just not possible. Ohh, I don't know if I can.' And God's saying, 'No! Are you serving in a way that's like, look! Look at all the opportunities in our world for you to serve.' We have tons of opportunities here, but even outside of here, there are so many opportunities for you to serve in our world.

Expect God to do more through you. And it can be simple. It can be that, you know what? I want to be known as the encourager at the office, so I'm going to start saying words of encouragement. When everyone else starts to gossip, when everyone else starts to speak bitterly, I'm going to be known...my story, my next few years, my next ten years, my legacy at the office, whatever...is going to be encourager. When this stuff happens, I'm going to encourage. It could be that simple, but that's huge! Do you know how many people need a word of encouragement? It can be that you know someone who has financial needs and you have some means to help, and you're like, 'I'm going to step in and help.' How awesome, how great of an experience is that to do that?

Maybe it's that you have a passion for a problem in the community, whatever problem that might be, and it might not even be in our community, it might be in the world, you have a passion for something. You're like, 'I'm going to put my effort into that because everyone's saying it's impossible for that to change, but I know if I put my effort into it, God can do something immeasurably more than I can even imagine about this thing. God can use me.' Don't be defeated by the voices that tell you you're not good enough or it's not going to work out, there's no way, because God can do immeasurably more."

Finally, Point #5:

How many of you guys like Buzz Lightyear? Right? Buzz Lightyear, right, he says this line all the time, "To infinity and beyond!" The thing is, like, infinity is beyond, so that's a little bit redundant. Buzz Lightyear, what are you talking about? Right? But the point is is like he is so optimistic. To infinity and beyond! Right? And you're like, 'Okay, that doesn't quite make sense, but okay I get it.' He is all about this idea that like he is the strongest in the universe and he can do it and he, through his powers, through Buzz Lightyear's powers, can conquer evil and write this amazing story.

And you know I look at the...even The Bridge now...and I'm like, 'Hey, look! We have a great story. I've been here a year now, I feel like I have a pretty good pulse on our DNA, we have a great story. You know what? We've done great things in Hummelstown, and we're continuing to do great things, but beyond even. Like what about that? Like think about that for a minute. Like some of us, it scares us. Right away we're like, 'Whoa. I don't know about that.' Because we've lived in a box some of us. Even as we think about church, we say, 'Wow. We could do so much because God can do immeasurably more.' Imagine something for The Bridge right now. Just imagine, imagine something big for The Bridge, whatever it might be, put it in your head right now. Imagine it. Something big. God can do more. Imagine something else really big, like bigger than what you imagined last time. God can do more. Think about that. Think about the impact we could have on this community and the community around us.

You know, for many of you, The Bridge has been kind of a refuge of sorts. You came to The Bridge at a low point in your faith, maybe where you didn't even know if you had faith in God anymore at all, and you found a community that loved you, found a community that accepted you as you were. You found a community that allowed you to be a skeptic. You found a community that truly, genuinely said, 'Don't wear a mask here. Be yourself.' We'd rather you be authentic than be something fake, and we journeyed with you through that. How many people need that? How many people in our community and beyond our community need that? That's impact. We could have huge impact. Think about this. Your own life, our life as a church, God can do immeasurably more.

One of the things we've been saying on the Strategic Leadership a lot this year is our best days are ahead of us. And we literally have formulated this statement from the passage Ephesians 3:20, "Our best days are ahead of us," because we believe God can do immeasurably more at The Bridge. That's not in any way, and I've said this before, that's not in any way a slight to what we've done. We've done great things, but we believe God can do immeasurably more than we can even imagine Him doing right now in this moment. And here's the deal: not because of us. It's not some great idea that we came up with. It's not the music. It's not the life connection. It's not the volunteers, even though you're all awesome. It's because God's power at work.

You know, I'll read the passage one more time. It says, "Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine according to his power that is at work within us." According to his power that is at work within us. The Greek word here is dynamis. It's where we get dynamite. It's where we get dynamic. Right? And dynamite, I'm just thinking here, how amazing is that? It can explode, it can break, you're like, 'Whoa,' but it can build something new. It can remove structures that have once inhibited us. Think about that in your own life. The power of God can cause a breakthrough for you. The dynamite of God. Think about that. That's amazing.

Now, I'm not a fan of flying. I actually hate flying, and I've been to Nicaragua twice. And when I go to Nicaragua, you have to land in the capitol city, in Managua. And then you fly to Puerto Cabezas, and you fly to Puerto Cabezas on like a 10- to 12-passenger plane, and it is really scary. I remember getting on the first time and everyone on the plane like fell asleep like right after takeoff. And there's two pilots, and I'm sitting in the front row, I could literally like strangle the pilot if I wanted to. He was sitting a row in front of me. It's awful. I'm like, 'This is terrible. I don't know what's happening right now.'

And there's two pilots in the front, and as soon as we get in the air, the other pilot goes to sleep. They have this like rotation where one of them goes to sleep and then the next one flies back, and they just do this all day, they like go back and forth, back and forth. Okay? So we start hitting turbulence, and like no one on the plane's awake. I have a Coke bottle in my hand that is slowly turning to shreds because I'm like, 'Ooohhhhh, God!" And so it's like a car crash every 30 seconds. Like it's VOOOOM! And you're like, 'Oh, my goodness!' Brittney's passed out next to me, completely asleep, like no worries, not a care in the world. Everyone else on the plane is passed out. I am freaking out. I'm like, 'What is happening?'

Why am I freaking out when I'm on an airplane? I'm freaking out because I'm not in control. {Justin laughs} I want to be in control! It freaks me out to put my trust in this dude that's a pilot right here, that I don't know, that doesn't even speak my language, let alone like...I'm just like, 'I don't know if this dude even has a pilot's license. This does not seem legit.' Like there's a jungle under us. I'm looking out the window, I'm like, "There's no roads visible, we haven't seen a building for an hour.' Like if we land here, if we crash land and I even survive, I don't even know if I want to because I don't know how I would get out of this jungle. Like, you know, that's how I'm thinking in my mind while we're flying across this country.

Here's the deal: I am a little bit of a control freak. I think most of us can, in a certain way, understand that, that sometimes we want to be in control of our lives. Well here's the deal. I'm not a pilot. I don't know how to get that plane from one side of Nicaragua to the other. The pilot does. He does it every day. Okay? If you see limitations in your life and you start to say, 'This is the world I live in,' you know what? Maybe you weren't meant to navigate through those limitations, maybe God was, and God knows how to get through that and you don't. But sometimes we want to control it. We want to be the pilot, and sometimes we gotta do that good old classic country song and let Jesus take the wheel, right? You know what I'm saying? And we need to let Jesus be in control because we...we by the power of our own, we're weak, but God can do immeasurably more, like dynamite more. Blow out all of these things that are holding us back and give us a breakthrough. So I pray that we would believe in a God who can do immeasurably more for each and every one of our stories. Let's pray.

Good and gracious God, we pray that You would bring us to a place where we can give up control. If we've placed You in a box, maybe because we're not comfortable with You having a certain amount of control in our lives, we pray right now that you would help us to start taking the steps to hand You more authority and more control in our lives because we know You would have a breakthrough moment for us. Whatever limitations we see, may Your spirit give us an imagination to see more and then even beyond that may we be blessed because immeasurably more is what You're capable of, so start to train within us a mind that doesn't say, 'I can't,' that starts to say, 'Maybe God can.' When we find ourselves up against walls, let's believe in that dynamic power, that dynamite, that can get us through these difficult seasons of life, that can bring us a breakthrough moment. God, You are able; in our weakness, You are able, so may we see You as able. May we begin to think imaginatively about our own lives, about the way we serve others, and even about the way this church serves this community and beyond. Lord, give us big dreams for our lives, give us big dreams for The Bridge, and show up in big ways with Your dynamic power. In the name of Jesus, amen.

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A safe place. We want people to be able to explore spirituality and the significance of Jesus without guilt or pressure. You will be encouraged and challenged to move forward in a spiritual journey at your own pace. We’ll offer unconditional love, support, and acceptance as you explore.

A different place. If you have any concept of what church is normally like, The Bridge most likely will not fit it. We’re intentionally different from “traditional church” because that doesn’t appeal to everyone. Here, the atmosphere is casual and relaxed. We talk about real-life issues in everyday language. We also believe you don’t have to disconnect from a style of music you enjoy every other day just because you decided to check out God, so the music is edgy and upbeat.

An authentic place. We are real people who are looking for real solutions to the issues of life. All of us experience problems in life at times and have to face the fact that we’re not always who we would want to be. At The Bridge, we believe that a relationship with God through Jesus is to be about all of life so we’re not going to act like problems don’t exist or like we don’t have any. Instead, we experience the highs and lows of life together, and seek to learn how a relationship with Jesus can help us through real life and give us the tools we need to live life well and in a healthy way.

A challenging place. When people who are different get together and really share life with one another, ask honest questions, engage is genuine exploration, and determine to grow and change for the better, it can be uncomfortable at times. But it can also be exciting as you see yourself and others transforming into the people we were created to be. We would love to have you join in this journey and link up with others who desire to love God and others while being transformed.