Our focus is on 3 simple things: Love God, Love People, and Serve Others. We believe that doing these 3 things is how every person on earth can fulfill God’s purpose for living.
Love God: Reaching Upward
Jesus replied: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. ” –Matthew 22:37-38 (NIV)
Why should we love God?
We found an awesome reason why: The reason we should love God is simply because He loved us first. And then He backed up His love with actions that spoke of His love!
This is love : not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. – 1 John 4:10 (NIV)
How Should we Love God?
Bridge of Hope we’ve defined this 1st step in the discipleship process as reaching upward through worship to know, experience, and love Jesus. We love God by:
- Acknowledging Jesus
- Obeying Jesus
- Loving one Another
- Pray-communing with God through Prayer
Love People: Doing Life Together
Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church. He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love. Ephesians 4:15-16 (NLT)
Why should we love people?
The bottom line is that Jesus commanded us to love one another. We love God by obeying His commands. The other great thing about loving people is that we build great relationships that go beyond just talking about the weather. We can really experience life together and that makes the journey so much more vibrant and exciting!
How do we love people?
At Bridge of Hope we’ve defined this 2nd step in the discipleship process as reaching inward through Small Groups to learn about and follow Jesus while building relationships as we love one another. We are encouraging each person to:
- Spur one another toward love and good deeds
- Encourage each other daily
- Teach and admonish one another with all wisdom
Serve Others: Sharing God’s Love With Our Community
“For god so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. John 3:16-18 (NIV)
Why should we serve others?
Jesus said that He came to this earth as one who serves, and our desire as a disciple of Jesus is to be like Him. If we don’t serve others, then we are acting like we are greater than Jesus.
Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.
How do we serve others?
At Bridge of Hope we’ve defined this 3rd step in the discipleship process as reaching outward through mission to share the Good News concerning Jesus by giving of yourself as we love our neighbor. We serve our community when we:
- Send people into the mission to live as a sent person
- Serve others through God’s grace as we care and help them in their need
- Tell them about Jesus