There is a ferment occurring. In the midst of the chaos of the world, God is pouring out new wine. It’s the wine of his Spirit that has the power to deliver, heal, and transform the world. This new wine is experienced in the presence of Jesus who is Lord over all.
"No one pours new wine into old wineskins... They pour new wine into new wineskins."
- Matthew 9:17
Monthly Celebration Service
October 18 at 11 AM
140 Prospect Ave • San Jose • CA 95030
"I Will Build My Ekklesia"
What can contain the new wine of God’s Spirit? Unfortunately, the idea of “church” has come to only mean a religious building. A better vision is God’s ekklesia. Ekklesia is the New Testament word for church, and it is much more than a building. An ekklesia is a community of God’s people, gathered and scattered, to proclaim Jesus’ love and power to the world. God’s ekkleisa is called to be a sign, servant, and foretaste of Jesus’ coming kingdom. God has poured His Spirit upon his ekklesia.
A beautiful picture of Spirit-infused community is in Acts 2:42. It says, “All the believers were together and had everything in common… Every day they met together… broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts.” God created you for himself. Ekklesia is the place where you can connect with God in community, exercise your spiritual gifts, and serve the poor of the world.
At the center of an ekklesia is God’s presence. God is the main character in the story of Scripture, and this story points us to God’s presence as the place of abundance. Psalms 16:11 says, “You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence…” Too often, our church activities are event-driven or self-centered. Through an ekklesia we attend to God’s presence in community.
Becoming like Jesus isn’t easy. This reality is especially true in a spiritually dark world that seeks to distort and destroy our lives. Jesus said that learning to live in God’s kingdom takes faith and practice. Jesus concludes his Sermon on the Mount, saying, “Anyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house upon a rock (Mt 7:24).”
Children are not a distraction at The Bridge Community. Instead they are an integral part of our life together. Jesus said famously, “Let the little children come to me, for such as these belongs the kingdom of God.” Jesus understood that God’s Kingdom is accessible for both adults and children. When churches “outsource” youth from their worship, they overlook how kids are shaped by intergenerational relationships. Children are best nurtured in community with adults.
Our focus is not on growing a bigger church but building a better city. Our heart as God’s people is to serve the city to see it flourish and thrive. The book of Jeremiah captures God’s love for the city and his call for his people. To those living in exile, he says, “Seek the welfare of the city… for in its welfare is your welfare (Jer 29:7).” The mission of Jesus’ ekklesia is to serve the city to bless the people living there.