Who We Are

The Bridge is a church that follows the basic faith of Christianity. We are neither charismatic nor traditional.  We believe that a relationship with Jesus Christ should enhance our ability to relate to the world around us.  Check out our Facebook page, The Bridge Christian Church Benicia.

We are a non-denominational fellowship affiliated with the Independent Christian Churches.  It was pioneered in 1992 when the Northern California Evangelistic Association (now known nationally as Stadia) called Pastor Flint Christensen and his family to the community. Pastor Flint holds a Masters of Arts in Ministry from Pacific Christian College.

We are a fellowship that was begun with the dream of reaching people who didn’t already have an active faith in Christ.  We “Bridge the Gap” so people can come as they are, but grow to be the men and women that God wants them to be. The leaders today are some of the first people that came to the Bridge and discovered the truth about Jesus.  Since January 3, 2016 the signature ministry at the Bridge is ICU (Innocence of Children Upheld) which focuses on mobilizing volunteers to protect, provide for and prepare children for life, especially the most vulnerable to abuse or exploitation.

Beliefs

God
We believe that God is the eternal Creator of the Universe. We believe that He created mankind for the purpose of having fellowship (a loving relationship) with us. We believe that He is a perfect, holy and just God. We believe that He sent His Son Jesus to the world so that we might be reconciled to Him.

Jesus Christ
We believe that Jesus is the Messiah prophesied in the Old Testament, the eternal Son of God, our Savior that lived a sinless life, was killed as an atoning sacrifice for the sins of mankind, was buried, was resurrected by God, is alive today and forever, is carrying out His mission still through His body the church, and will someday return to take His church to paradise in heaven. We believe that salvation is available ONLY through the covenant offered by Jesus Christ.

Bible
We believe that the Holy Bible is the divinely inspired Word of God. We believe that it is the only official source of Christian doctrine. We believe that it contains both gospel (eternal commands) and cultural applications of principles that should be adapted to fit each culture and generation. We believe that Biblical commands relating to the Death, Burial and Resurrection of Jesus Christ are eternal gospel commands. Examples include: baptism, meeting on the Lord’s Day (Sunday worship service), the Lord’s supper (Communion).

Church
We believe that God has ordained the local church body to carry out His mission of reconciling the world back to Him in Christ. We believe that the church is Christ’s physical presence (His body) on the earth as Christ is in heaven now. We believe that our purpose is to 1) reconcile the lost world to God in Jesus and 2) to mature the individual members of the church to Christlikeness.

Holy Spirit
We believe that God has given the Holy Spirit to empower Jesus’ disciples to obediently perform His ministry. We believe that the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential for a Christian individual as well as a church. We recognize that a very broad difference of opinion exists as to the works of the Holy Spirit in today’s church. To avoid confusion, we share here that The Bridge would not be considered a “pentecostal” church.

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