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- Mailing Address: 107 Church Street, Montrose, PA 18801
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:
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.
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.
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 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 in history. 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.
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. 1:19-21.
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.
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.
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).
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.
We believe in the “blessed hope” of the personal imminent return of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ; and that He will come pretribulational (prior to the seven years tribulation) and premillennial ( before the thousand year reign of Christ on earth). I Thess. 4:13-16; Rev. 3:10; 19:11-21.
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: