Whether you have been a follower of Christ for a few days or fifty years, below are some resources to continue growing in your understanding of Christ and the Gospel. Below you'll find some resources we have found to be helpful in deepening and expanding our faith, our understanding of Scripture, and our intimacy with God Himself. You'll also find many of these resources on the Being The Bridge table in the lobby on Sunday mornings.
A quick cautionary word: one of the most vital resources for the Christian is the church itself. These resources are not a substitute for real relationship with our brothers and sisters in Christ or for the Word of God; our hope is that these resources will serve to increase conversation, build community among His people, and deepen your hunger for His Word. As God reveals more of Himself to you through these resources, find someone with whom you can share His work!
Books: First Steps
This is a list of recommended books for those who are looking into faith or are just learning about the basic underpinnings of Christianity. This is a great place to begin if you have just recently become a believer in Jesus Christ or if you have more questions about what it means to be a Christian.
Books: Next Steps
This is a list of recommended books for those who are interested in the next layer of Christianity. This is a great place to begin if you have walked through the basics of faith and are looking to know God more intimately, communicate your faith to those around you, and learn more about making disciples.
Books: Go Deeper
This is a list of recommended books for those wanting to dig more deeply into their faith. This is a great place to begin if you feel like you've been walking as a Christian for awhile and want to be challenged regarding prayer, commitment, spiritual warfare, motivation, and sanctification. These lists are by no means exhaustive, but they are a great place to begin.
Spiritual Gifts Assessment
While it is true that a spiritual gifts assessment will not be entirely accurate, it is a helpful tool to gauge where your gifts are within the body of Christ and may provide some direction on how to joyfully serve. This assessment is taken from one of our ministry partners, Healing Haiti.
If you're interested in having a conversation about how you might use your gifts in the context of The Bridge and in daily life, once you've completed the assessment, please send your results to firstname.lastname@example.org. We'll get together and talk through the unique and wonderful way God has created you.
RightNow Media is a customizable video Bible study library. It's sort of like the Netflix of Christian Bible study. Once you sign up, you'll have access to more than 15,000 Bible studies and sermons. RightNow has resources for small groups, families, students, leadership development, and more. The best news? Through The Bridge, it's free for you! Click below to learn more, and if you want to sign up, click here.
Bible In One Year
Bible In One Year is an app and daily Bible reading plan and devotional by Nicky and Pippa Gumbel. Nicky Gumbel is Vicar of Holy Trinity Brompton (HTB), an Anglican church in central London. He is the pioneer of Alpha, an 11-session introduction to the Christian faith now running all over the world. Subscribing to Bible In One Year is a great first step into reading the Bible and learning more about the Christian faith.
IF:Table is a place to gather women and share a simple meal and dive deep with people over real stories and Christ-centered conversations.
The vision is 6 women, 4 questions, 2 hours in your home around your dinner table. If you click below, you'll find the conversation cards IF provides once per month, as well as tips on how to become an IF:Table host.
This world is not as it should be. We are broken, but we believe we were created for more - for wholeness. If you are struggling with addiction of any kind, or if there is a sin that has a seemingly unbreakable grip on you, we want to come alongside you. We believe that Jesus offers freedom. No sin is too big - no addiction too great. Pornography, sexual addiction, drugs, alcohol, food addiction - He is greater. The buttons below link to various resources in our area that can provide specialized counsel. We would also love to hear from you and pray with you. Connect with us here.
Another way to dig deeper into the Scripture Steven preaches from each week is to read our blog, based on the emails we send out each week. One is focused on Scripture and worship for the upcoming Sunday and the other onweekly ministry opportunities and schedules.
To begin receiving these emails, please click here. We post these emails to our Stay Current page weekly as well, which functions as a blog. Each post is tagged with categories, so you're able to search for specific topics and passages of Scripture. You are also able to comment on the posts, and your thoughts and questions are certainly welcomed.
Alpha is a series of sessions exploring the Christian faith, typically run over eleven weeks. Each talk looks at a different question around faith and is designed to create conversation. Alpha is run all around the globe, and everyone is welcome. We are running Alpha at The Bridge this fall.