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There is a ferment occurring. In the midst of the world’s chaos, 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 community where Jesus is Lord.
"No one pours new wine into old wineskins... They pour new wine into new wineskins."
- Matthew 9:17
Pentecost Celebration Service
May 23 at 6:00 PM
160 Bernal Rd., San Jose, CA 95139
"I Will Build My Ekklesia"
Where can we experience the new wine that God is pouring out? Unfortunately the word “church” has come to mean a religious building or service. The vision Jesus used to describe the place where His Spirit would dwell was ekklesia. An ekklesia can meet at anytime and any place. An ekklesia is a community of God’s people gathered together to experience His Presence and Power. Jesus’ ekklesia serves as a sign, servant, and foretaste of His coming Kingdom.
A beautiful picture of Spirit-soaked ekklesia 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 community. Ekklesia is the place where God’s people connect in community, exercise their spiritual gifts, and serve the poor and marginalized 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 requires faith and practice. Jesus concluded his Sermon on the Mount by 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.