This post is a discernment exercise. This post contains the values of The Bridge Montrose, an EFCA Church in Houston, Texas. How would evaluate the values of this church? Any red flags or warnings? Or does this appear to be okay? Feel free to discuss and pick this apart.
“Intelligence is something we are born with. Thinking is a skill that must be learned.”
Edward De Bono
“To live is to think.”
That very night the believers sent Paul and Silas to Berea. When they arrived there, they went to the Jewish synagogue. 11 And the people of Berea were more open-minded than those in Thessalonica, and they listened eagerly to Paul’s message. They searched the Scriptures day after day to see if Paul and Silas were teaching the truth. 12 As a result, many Jews believed, as did many of the prominent Greek women and men.
Acts 17: 10-12 NLT
Empire State Building in New York City
This blog likes run discernment exercises that will allow people to think critically for themselves and to study what a church is saying. This blog wants to get people to think for themself and to think in a constructive way that is creative. I have not done this in a while but I want to have another discernment exercise of an EFCA church. After all this blog pays attention to the EFCA and reads and researches the organization. The Bridge Montrose is an EFCA Church in Houston, Texas. Its led by Heath Haynes. On the webpage of The Bridge Montrose they express their values. How would you look at their values? Is this healthy for a church? Or does this raise red flags and would you stay away from this organization. Feel free to study their values and discuss below.
Together in Biblical Community
Missional to the Community
Living as a family AND living deployed from our neighbors to the ends of the earth for the Gospel mission, understanding that every Christian is a disciplemaker and every disciplemaker is a missionary with a mission field to claim.
Scripture – Jeremiah 29:7, Ezekiel 3:18, Matthew 5:14-16, John 1:14, John 15:15, John 17:1-26, Acts 2:47
Living Under Biblical Authority
It is our joy to submit our entire lives to God’s leading through His commands and teaching in all Scripture (the Bible) because it shows us who God is through revealing His will and Character as well as showing us who we are and our purpose in life.
Scripture – Psalm 1:2-3, Psalm 19:7-11, Matthew 5:17-20, John 1:1-5, John 5:39-40, Colossians 1:9-10, 2 Timothy 3:16-17
Living in Biblical Freedom
Through the work of Jesus, we embrace freedom from slavery to our selfish desires (sin) and to go to any and all who need to see His Truth and love.
Scripture – John 8:31, John 8:34-35, Romans 8:1-11, 2 Corinthians 3:17, Galatians 5:1 , 1 Peter 2:16-17
Committed to Multiplying Disciples and Churches
As we live out these values, we will spread God’s glory by cultivating and multiplying followers of Jesus who impact the world around them resulting in the need to send out Gospel Communities (churches) over and over again.
Scripture – Matthew 28:18-20, 1 Corinthians 14:12, 2 Timothy 2:2
Common Definitions– HERE