Thanks for joining Bridge Church for our study called Power to Change. Jesus’ power to change transcends our human limitations and imaginations. Putting our faith in Christ begins a journey of change that can influence everyone around us. If you know someone or are facing a situation where a miracle seems to be in order, it is our prayer that you will be encouraged by this study of the miracle working power of Jesus Christ.
Bridge Church meets every Sunday at 10am, at Hollywood Theater in Covington. Come on by.
Praying for you,
Lane Corley, Pastor
Aug 19 - Jesus' Power to Change
Aug 26 - Jesus' Word Alone is Power
Sept 2 - Jesus' Power over Fads and Fantasies
Sept 9 - Jesus' Power to Provide
Sept 16 - Jesus' Power over Nature
Sept 23 - Jesus' Power over Genetics and Genealogies
Sept 30 - Jesus' Power over Death
The book of John is one of four eye witness accounts of the life and ministry of Jesus recorded in the Bible. It is written by John, who was one of Jesus' closest disciples and the only one who stayed with him through his death on the cross. He was also among the first to witness His resurrected body. He wrote his account probably 45 or 50 years after Jesus' resurrection, after a lifetime of ministry and church planting. His ministry eventually led him to be punished by exile to a deserted Island called Patmos by the Roman government, where he likely died an old man. He is also author of 1 John, 2 John, and 3 John near the back of the Bible.
The Book of John is often held up as a great entry point for new readers of the Bible, as it is easy to read and emphasizes the spiritual reason for the coming of Jesus Christ.
The Seven Signs of John
At the end of his account, John said that if everything Jesus did were written down "not even the world itself could contain the books that would be written" (John 21:25). With that in mind, after a lifetime of processing his life in Christ, he carefully selected ONLY seven of Jesus' miracles to put into his book. These have been known as the Seven Signs of John. They each reveal something unique about Jesus and His power. It's these seven miracles that our current series called Power to Change will focus on.
1. Changing Water To Wine - John 2:1-11
2. Healing the Official’s Son - John 4:46-54
3. The Invalid of Bethesda - John 5:1-18
4. The Feeding of the 5,000 - John 6:5-14
5. Jesus Walking On The Water - John 6:16-21
6. Jesus Heals a Man Born Blind - John 9:1-41
7. The Resurrection of Lazarus - John 11:17-46
SEVEN SIGNS OF JOHN: A SIMPLE PROCESS FOR EVANGELISM AND STARTING CHURCHES
By Neil Cole, https://www.cmaresources.org/article/seven-signs-in-john
The Gospel of Jesus is the flame that burns at the grassroots of the apostolic movement. Having a means of igniting that flame in such a way that those who catch it can spread it on the same day is an extremely valuable catalyst. We felt we needed a means of unveiling the true Christ to a person open to it that was simple enough that everyone could do it in any culture, language or generation. That is a tall order to fill. We found our answer in the Bible, specifically the Gospel of John.
The Seven Signs of John is based on the words that the apostle John writes near the end of his gospel. He said, "Therefore many other signs Jesus also performed in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these have been written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you may have life in His name." (John 20:30-31)
Apparently, while John was with Jesus from the start and saw all the miracles performed, he selected these particular miracles and included them in this specific order for a purpose-to open the eyes of the unbeliever to have faith in the real Christ and gain eternal life. This is not my opinion; this is what the Scriptures themselves say.
Consider it this way: the Holy Spirit is telling you that the miracle stories in the gospel of John are the stories that are best to present the true Christ to an unbelieving heart. It is quite common for American Christian leaders to exaggerate the effectiveness of a method, but in this case it is the Holy Spirit making the claim, not me.
The way it works is that each week the person or persons you are sharing with is encouraged to read one of the stories once every day. So in the first week, they read the story of Jesus turning water into wine every day. At the end of the week when you get together and read the passage again together, you ask four simple questions and have a discussion about the passage. The questions are:
1. What does this story say to you about people?
2. What does this story say to you about Jesus?
3. What does this story have to say about you?
4. Who needs to hear this story?
This can easily be done meeting once a week over a cup of coffee with anyone who is a spiritual seeker. Every organic church I have ever started began going weekly through these stories and simply asking the questions. I have yet to do so and not have someone commit to follow Christ. I am not guaranteeing you the same results, but we can take the Holy Spirit's word for it that these stories will help people believe in Jesus.
This simple and profound ministry tool crosses all cultural barriers because it is simply the Bible speaking for itself (a significant principle!). It reproduces because anyone can ask a few easily remembered questions. This is not a model of church or a human curriculum. It is simply unleashing the power of God's word to do what it does in a life. The only way you could say that this doesn't work cross-culturally is to say that the Bible doesn't work cross-culturally. Even in an oral culture that is not literate this tool will still work because it is basic story telling.
PROPHETS AND KINGS
Beginning in September, Bridge Kids, ages sitting to 6th grade, will be learning about the Prophets and Kings of the Old Testament. These incredible stories of God's power, of faith, and of failure will help shape the character and imagination of your kids. Bridge Kids classes meet on Sunday mornings at Hollywood Theater, 10am. Plan a Visit this Sunday and let us partner with you to pass on faith to the Next Generation.
2 Samuel 22:33
20 Meme or Memory Worthy Verses on the Power of God:
1 Corinthians 1:18
1 Corinthians 4:20
2 Timothy 1:7
2 Timothy 3:16-17
2 Peter 2:13
“If you don’t see the greatness of God then all the things that money can buy become very exciting. If you can’t see the sun you will be impressed with a street light. If you’ve never felt thunder and lightning you’ll be impressed with fireworks. And if you turn your back on the greatness and majesty of God you’ll fall in love with a world of shadows and short-lived pleasures.”
- John Piper
“If God is your partner, make your plans BIG!”
- D.L. Moody
“There are three stages in the work of God: impossible, difficult, done.”
- James Hudson Taylor
“We shall steer safely through every storm, so long as our heart is right, our intention fervent, our courage steadfast, and our trust fixed on God.”
- St. Francis De Sales
“Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God”
- Corrie Ten Boon
Next Series: Beginning October 7th
October is Mental Health Awareness Month. We'll pray specifically for mental health needs in our community and study what the Bible says about dealing with Anxiety, Depression, and other battles we fight in our minds.
Gather with Bridge Church
Sundays at Hollywood Theater, 10am
Come early for coffee - Come as you are - No previous church experience required