To Build Bridges Between The World And The Kingdom Of God!
Our name reflects our vision as a church – to build bridges between the world we live in and the Kingdom of God so that people can be saved through a faith in Christ and grow to be more like Him as lifelong disciples.
Our Mission Statement can be summed up in these three main points: To cultivate the Presence of God, to make disciples of non-disciples and to use our gifts to serve on another.
CULTIVATING THE PRESENCE OF GOD
The defining hallmark of God’s people is that God’s Presence resides among us and He is within us. He is willing to manifest His nearness. This carries significant implications as to how it impacts our lives -If Jesus is my model, I can also walk in miracles and power -If the Holy Spirit is always with me, I can hear and respond to Him and do the works of Jesus. Our worship is a way of ’practising’ His Presence – personally and corporately.
MAKING DISCIPLES OF NON-DISCIPLES
Everyone is a follower of something…Jesus’ invitation to people is still to ‘follow me’. It was not just a mere suggestion that His followers were in turn called to share the gospel with others and to be ‘disciple-makers.’ At the very heart of the message that we are called to partner with Jesus in sharing, is that through us, He brings hope for the poor, freedom for the brokenhearted, new eyes for the blind, and freedom for prisoners.
USING OUR GIFTS TO SERVE ONE ANOTHER
The Bible uses meaningful metaphors to describe His life that we share with fellow believers. We are part of His flock, members of His body, living stones in ‘His building’ and so on. Being joined and connected to a local expression of God’s people is important. It is here that we can learn to share His love, minister to one another and be faithful. “Each of you should use whatever gifts you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” 1 Peter 4:10
Bridges TENETS OF FAITH
In the Bible as the authoritative, infallible and inspired written Word of God
There is one God the Creator, eternally existing and expressed in three persons-God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.
In the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ; that He is the Son of God. We believe in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His substitutionary death on the cross and the atoning work of His sacrifice.
In the bodily resurrection of the Lord Jesus and in His ascension to the right hand of the Father
In the spiritually lost condition of man and the essential need for the ‘new birth’ by faith in Jesus Christ.
That salvation is a free gift on the merit of Jesus blood shed on the cross- not something earned by good works but it is a work of grace received by faith
In the promised second coming of Jesus Christ to earth
In the person and work of the Holy Spirit – that He indwells and is at work in every person who believes in Jesus and trusts Him for salvation
That the fruits and gifts of the Holy Spirit abide in the church
In the baptism of the Holy Spirit as an experience empowering believers and the resultant attendance of miracles which Jesus said would accompany His followers
In the sacraments of the Lord’s Supper and baptism by immersion for all believers
In the resurrection of both the saved and the lost, the one to everlasting life and the other to everlasting damnation
Our main values can be condensed into these 10 points:
Our name reflects our vision as a church to build bridges across all boundaries – race, religion, culture, societal differences and to see people’s lives enriched to the highest level possible. Reconciliation is a word you get to hear around our place a bit. It means lives fixed up, re-connected and restored! In the 1970s the Hamilton Assembly of God church planted an AOG church in Cambridge. The Cambridge AOG church was the forerunner of Bridges.
In 2001 the church de-affiliated from the Assemblies of God, responding to a sense that the churches character was developing in ways that no longer ‘fitted’ with the denomination. It was at that point that the name Bridges was adopted.
After 6 years as an independent church, in 2008 Bridges chose to become part of the LinkNZ network of churches, a grouping of churches throughout New Zealand who share a relational connection while retaining individual flavour and style.
From its early days, Bridges has been a church that uses the Bible as the foundation of faith. We value worshipping God highly, and place a lot of emphasis on this in our regular meetings. Individual and corporate prayer is a vital part of discerning Gods will for us, and moving forward as a church. We welcome the supernatural ministry of the Holy Spirit in our church – from the salvation of people through faith in Christ, to the empowering that comes from baptism in the Holy Spirit, and the variety of supernatural manifestations He brings, we enjoy partnering with Him to be all that God wants us to be in Christ.
LinkNZ is not a denominational ‘stream’ but rather a voluntary association of churches sharing relationships and common objectives.
As a participant in LinkNZ, we get advice and support from other senior leaders and churches in the network – to date we have particularly benefited from a relationship with Fraser Hardy. There are a variety of events organised for LinkNZ churches that Bridges benefits from and participates in.
We seek input from LinkNZ senior leaders on significant decisions affecting the church. The Leadership Team values the wisdom and insight of LinkNZ senior leaders, and willingly shares in this connection with them. LinkNZ senior leaders are also available as an objective outside ‘voice’ to assist in matters should it ever be considered helpful.
To learn more about LinkNZ, please visit their website: https://linknz.org.nz/
The Bridges Sunday School cultivates an environment where your children can fall in love with Jesus and learn what it means to live for Him in creative and engaging ways. For ages 4 and up!
A place designed for parents with little ones to have the freedom to step in and out of the Sunday Service when caring for their babies; and yet still connect and actively engage with the message.
GAP is our ministry programme designed for middle schoolers to connect with God and each other in fun ways. For year 7’s and 8’s!
Bridges Youth exists to “know you, and for you to know God.” This is our high school based ministry programme that seeks to develop relationships with students aged between 13 and 18 and to journey with them through their high school experiences.
Ten years after initial planning began, seven years after starting the build, and five years since occupying the ground floor, the second floor of our building was completed.
On the 25th of November 2017 we celebrated the opening of our new upstairs auditorium. Since then, we have hosted many groups – such as performing art groups, choir performances, school productions and more.