Bridge Church Northshore
January 19th Worship Gathering with Bridge Church
Connect with God, with Friends, with a Mission Greater than Yourself. Join us at 10am on Sunday's at the West St. Tammany YMCA in Covington.
Locations & Times
  • The West St. Tammany YMCA
    71256 Francis Rd, Covington, LA 70433, USA
    Sunday 10:00 AM
Build My Life: Jesus' Master Plan for Spiritual Development

Jesus’ longest explanation of life in the kingdom of God. Themes are attitudes, relationships, the Law, life on mission, prayer, giving, suffering, salvation. The Sermon on the Mount has been described as Jesus’ masterplan for the new Temple, which resides in the heart of every believer.

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Foundations: Suffering
Matthew 5:10-12
Suffering - A Blessing?

>> You are Blessed when you are insulted, persecuted, falsely accused. Matthew 5:11

>> Be glad and rejoice. Leap for joy. Really? Matthew 5:12, Luke 6:23

>> Christian suffering - “because of righteousness” “because of me” (Jesus) Matthew 5:10, 12
Suffering - A Foundational Element?

2 Timothy 3:12; Acts 14:22; Philippians 1:29; 1 Peter 4:1
Did you know? In just the last year, there have been...
- Over 245 million Christians living in places where they experience high levels of persecution
- 4,305 Christians killed for their faith
- 1,847 churches and other Christian buildings attacked.
- 3,150 believers detained without trial, arrested, sentenced or imprisoned

Resources and Ways to Help:
-- - The Voice of Martyrs
-- Book: The Insanity of God by Nik Ripken
-- Book: The Insanity of Obedience by Nik Ripken
-- Movie: The Insanity of God
-- Book: They Say We Are Infidels by Mindi Belz
7 Types of Christian Suffering:

1. Discipline and the Natural Consequences of Sin - Revelations 3:19; Romans 6:23; Proverbs 12:21; Isaiah 57:21

2. Self-Denial and Humility - Mark 8:34; Philippians 2:3-4

3. Risk-taking and Stepping Out of the Comfort Zone - 1 John 3:16-18; 2 Corinthians 1:5-7

4. Being Misunderstood and Misrepresented -

5. Experiencing Spiritual Warfare - Ephesians 6:11-12; Revelation 2:10

6. Being targeted for What You Say and Who You Are - 2 Peter 2:2-3; John 3:13

7. Being Tortured or Killed for What You Say or Who You Are - Acts 5:40; Revelation 12:11
Responding to Suffering and Persecution:

>> Embrace it as a lifestyle. 1 Peter 4:1
>> Recognize it's benefits. Romans 5:3; 2 Corinthians 4:17
>> Trust God to bring justice. 1 Peter 2:23; Romans 8:18
Next Steps:

>> Is your Christian life all about avoiding suffering instead of embracing it?

>> Is fear of losing worldly pleasure or relationships keeping you from fully following Jesus?

>> What entitlement do you need to deny or what risk do you need to take in order to grow in your Christian life this year?

The Voice of Martyrs

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Worship through Giving

God desire for us to give regularly, sacrificially, & cheerfully. Giving helps our hearts affections. Jesus said, "where your treasure is, there your heart will be also" Luke 12:34. Giving also assures that the Gospel continues to spread through the Church (Ephesians 3:10).