Practices

"solid food is for the mature, who by constant practice have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil." Hebrews 5:14

“Train yourself in godliness…”  I Tim 4:8

The early Christians turned an unbelieving world upside down not only by the words they said but by the manner how they lived.  They knew that words come easy, so they loved each other deeply, prayed for their enemies, turned the other cheek, and took care of the sick and poor.  As a result of this vibrant faith, a skeptical world took notice and believed.  

Every ekklesia connected to The Bridge Community is free to be led by the Spirit when they gather and worship.  However, The Bridge Community has found seven spiritual practices beneficial in discipleship with Christ.  These spiritual practices are not “new laws” in which to gain God’s favor, but they are exercises of grace, to live in the new life in Christ.  The seven practices are: 

1. The Practice of the Sacraments (Baptism & Communion)

“But after me comes one who is more powerful than I… He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire (Mt 3:11).” 

“This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me (Lk 22:19.”

2. The Practice of Spirit-Led Worship

“You, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ (I Pt 2:5).”

3. The Practice of Discipleship

“Jesus said, ‘Come follow me (Mt 4:19).'”

“Do not be conformed to the pattern of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.  Then you will be able to test and approve God’s will–his good, pleasing and perfect will (Rom 12:1-2).”

4. The Practice of Reconciliation

“For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one…  (Eph 2:14).”

5. The Practice of Proclaiming the Gospel

“He is the one we proclaim, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone full mature in Christ (Col 1:28).”

6. The Practice of Justice and Compassion for the Poor

“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me (Mt 25:40).”

7. The Practice of Radical Hospitality

“Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it (Heb 13:2).”

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