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04.23.2017 – Ps. Kris White – Scandalous: A Love that Shocked the World

2017.04.23 - Message by Ps. Kris White - The Bridge Church in Denton, TX

This Sunday, April 23rd, 2017, Pastor Kris White unpacked an amazing message called Scandalous Grace here at The Bridge Church in Denton, TX.

Scandalous Grace: The Prodigal God

The definition of scandalous is the causing of general outrage by a perceived offense against morality or law, while grace is the unmerited divine assistance given to humans for their regeneration or sanctification, or a virtue coming from God. You could also say that grace is the free and unmerited favor of God that has manifested in the salvation of sinners and the bestowal of blessings.

What is the difference between mercy and grace? Mercy is God not giving us what we do deserve, and it saves us from judgement. Grace is God giving us something we do not deserve, and it gives us abundant life.

“The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace.” (Num 6:24-26)

There are three categories of grace: 

  1. Atoning Grace
  2. Corporate Grace
  3. Individual Grace

“And he arose and came to his father. But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him. And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight, and am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet. And bring the fatted calf here and kill it, and let us eat and be merry; for this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ And they began to be merry.” (Luke 15:20-24)

The significance of the robe was to cover his shame and to restore the relationship with his son for all to witness. The ring represented authority, while the sandals represented the sign of a son.

You can see the scandal that has taken place. This story should be called the Prodigal God. 

The definition of prodigal is:

  1. Spending money or resources freely and recklessly; wastefully extravagant.
  2. Having or giving something on a lavish scale.

God sent an embrace of grace. 

“Now his older son was in the field. And as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing. So he called one of the servants and asked what these things meant. And he said to him, ‘Your brother has come, and because he has received him safe and sound, your father has killed the fatted calf. “But he was angry and would not go in. Therefore his father came out and pleaded with him. So he answered and said to his father, ‘Lo, these many years I have been serving you; I never transgressed your commandment at any time; and yet you never gave me a young goat, that I might make merry with my friends. But as soon as this son of yours came, who has devoured your livelihood with harlots, you killed the fatted calf for him. “And he said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that I have is yours. It was right that we should make merry and be glad, for your brother was dead and is alive again, and was lost and is found.’” (Luke 15: 25-32)

There is also a place of grace. 

The older brother was loyal, industrious, faithful, and righteous. Overall, he was still lost. He lived a performance based life, he was self righteous, he was very angry and offended, jealous, and he was not connected to the Father’s heart. The older brother was at the house, but not at home in his love.

The father’s aim was not to have them in the fields, but to take their place in the family and staying connected to the Father. Both of the sons operated out of fear and not love.

 “For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers,” (Romans 8:29).

When grace finds you, you can’t keep it to yourself. It’s time to take your place at the table. When you take your place in grace, you become the face of grace to others.

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04.16.2017 – Ps. Duane White – Scandalous: A Love that Shocked the World

2017.04.16 - Message by Ps. Duane White - The Bridge Church in Denton, TX

This Sunday, April 16th, 2017, Pastor Duane White unpacked an amazing message to begin our new series Scandalous: A Love that Shocked the World, here at The Bridge Church in Denton, TX on Easter Sunday.

Scandalous: A Love that Shocked the World

“And as soon as it was morning, the chief priests held a consultation with the elders and scribes and the whole council. And they bound Jesus and led him away and delivered him over to Pilate. And Pilate asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” And he answered him, “You have said so.” And the chief priests accused him of many things. And Pilate again asked him, “Have you no answer to make? See how many charges they bring against you.” But Jesus made no further answer, so that Pilate was amazed. Now at the feast he used to release for them one prisoner for whom they asked. And among the rebels in prison, who had committed murder in the insurrection, there was a man called Barabbas.  And the crowd came up and began to ask Pilate to do as he usually did for them. And he answered them, saying, “Do you want me to release for you the King of the Jews?”  For he perceived that it was out of envy that the chief priests had delivered him up. But the chief priests stirred up the crowd to have him release for them Barabbas instead. And Pilate again said to them, “Then what shall I do with the man you call the King of the Jews?” And they cried out again, “Crucify him.” And Pilate said to them, “Why? What evil has he done?” But they shouted all the more, “Crucify him.” So Pilate, wishing to satisfy the crowd, released for them Barabbas, and having scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified,”   (Mark 15:1-15).

Jesus stands before Pilate, and during this time there is a custom that at the Passover one criminal can be set free, and so enters this confusing plot-twist character named Barabbas. This guy is hours from his execution, and he deserves to die. Jesus on the other hand is innocent and has done nothing wrong.

Pilate is very certain that the crowd will pick Jesus to be set free because it was just a week ago that they lined the streets with palm leaves to welcome Jesus into the city. Jesus is their hero; surely they will set him free, but then the unthinkable happens. The same crowd that cried Hosanna, now cries crucify Him.

Jesus is enough. Jesus knew that the Father would have to treat Jesus like Barabbas, so that He could treat Barabbas like Jesus.

Barabbas on the other hand thought that it was the people that set him free, but instead, it was the love of the Father. 

This love can’t easily be described with simple, cute, or easy words; to do it justice is not possible. We would need to use words like: unfathomable love, furious love, fierce love, or scandalous: a love that shocked the world. 

This is the greatest love story of all time, but it’s not a love story like any other. This is not the love of a man for a woman – that love pails in comparison to this. This is a love story of a Father for His Son. Not his Son Jesus, but His son Barabbas. 

When you break up the name Barabbas, you see bar, which means son, or pure and clean, and you see abba, which means father or daddy. The literal meaning for Barabbas is Son of the Father. Barabbas was the son the Father who was lost and wanted back.
You are Barabbas. We are Barabbas.

“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us,” (Romans 5:8, NKJV).

While we were at our worst, the Father, through Jesus, gave His best. While Barabbas was at His worst, the Father gave His best. 

Why did God do this? It was to buy him back. He loved His wayward son, Barrabas, who had incredible worth to the Father.  He could have purchased his freedom with gold or silver. He could have used any currency He wanted, but He chose to purchase him, me, you, us with His blood. 

He loved you so  much, He thought you were to die for!

The greatest part of this love story is not that Jesus died, but Jesus did not stay dead. He conquered death and the grave because God raised Him from the dead. The Father treated Jesus like Barabbas so that he could treat Barabbas like Jesus, and when He raised Jesus from the dead every Barabbas can be raised up and seated in heavenly places with Him. You are Barabbas.

“When you were stuck in your old sin-dead life, you were incapable of responding to God. God brought you alive—right along with Christ! Think of it! All sins forgiven, the slate wiped clean, that old arrest warrant canceled and nailed to Christ’s cross,” (Colossians 2:13-14, The Message).

“He stripped all the spiritual tyrants in the universe of their sham authority at the Cross and marched them naked through the streets,” (Colossians 2:15, The Message).

Something happened from Friday to Sunday. If our love story ended on Friday, it’s a great story, but it has no power to change you. But from Friday to Sunday, everything changed.

All you have to do is believe and receive. 

But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name,”(John 1:12, NKJV).

Choosing to believe and receive what God has for you, is becoming who God has called you to become.

Are you ready to receive the power to become His Son or Daughter today?

10th Anniversary Celebration Recap

Thank you everyone who made The Bridge Church 10th Anniversary a great CELEBRATION! We appreciate our generous friends who traveled to join us or sent greetings and cards from Australia, South Africa, Kenya, Vietnam, Poland and across many States. It’s such a blessing to be connected to the body of Christ around the world! 

Friday morning kicked off the weekend with the O2 Network Leaders Day. Stuart Bell, leader of Alive Churches and Ground Level Network UK spoke first, followed by Bishop Tony Miller from The Gate Church in Oklahoma City. The day cumulated in a panel discussion with the aforementioned ministers as well as Louis Kotze, pastor of Hatfield Church in Pretoria, South Africa. Friday night the completion of the new coffee bar and cafe spaces in the foyer surprised everyone as they enjoyed the lattes and chats with old and new friends. Pastor Duane shared a stirring word for the future where he asked the poignant question, “Who’s Next?”

Saturday morning started with a bang as outreach teams passed out diapers at the MLK Center, mowed lawns and canvassed neighborhoods. Many people were prayed for and connections made to bless our community. 

Saturday night dazzled as we realized how well The Bridge cleans up! With the pews removed and the space for tables utilized, we held the first event in the auditorium. Everyone enjoyed the fun photo booth donated by Blazin’ Events and the great food by Fresh Food Catering. Danielle Vasquez and Cody White emceed the night and showed us some interesting “Then & Now” photos. Graham and Marie Catto received honors for their investment through LTS, Paul and Perrianne Brownback (The Abbey Church) received the “Super, or HUPER, friend” award for being such awesome support and friends to The Bridge. Every person who attended the first Bridge service received a gold star trophy and Kelly Fleming won a golden mic trophy for her 10 year participation on the worship team! Bishop Miller challenged us with a message about being “tied to the post” when God has need of you. Finally, Kris Dillard topped off the evening with a special song written in honor of the celebration. The lyrics were prophetically powerful. “You are mine, I’m taking you higher, higher. Do you mind if I take you over the top.” Everyone cheered with the unexpected ending tagline of “Huper x 10”.  

Sunday morning marked Day 100 of our 100 Days of Praise. Joey Hughes began the service by reading Psalm 150 and praise erupted in the packed-out house! The Bridge Kids paraded through the auditorium dressed in bright, crazy clothes and waved banners and streamers as part of their Sunday Praise Party. Bishop Miller continued where Pastor Duane left off on the Friday night with how Joshua was called to be NEXT. He shared from Joshua 3:1-5 how we are called to clarity, courage, concentration and consecration. People had the opportunity to give in the Rise and Build offering and ensure The Bridge continues to push forward to pursue all God has for the NEXT 100 years!

The grand finale was our Unhinged worship night with special guests, Bethel recording artist, Leeland. It was such a powerful worship event as over 400 people sang songs such as “The Lion and the Lamb” and “Perfect Love” and “Invisible.” After Leeland concluded the evening, people enjoyed food trucks in the parking lot and gathered on the front lawns laughing and eating together. “All Ages, All Races, and All Kinds.” The best is yet to come.

04.02.2017 – Ps. Duane White – Over the Top Faith Pt. 5

2017.04.02 - Message by Ps. Duane White - The Bridge Church in Denton, TX

This Sunday, April 3rd, 2017. Pastor Duane White unpacked an amazing message to finish out our series Over the Top Faith here at The Bridge Church in Denton, TX.

Over the Top Faith:

Seeing and hearing are connected in the life of a believer. Especially when it comes to the subject of faith.

Here are a few simple principles about sound and hearing that will help you:

  1.  What you hear affects what you believe. 
  2. Significant forces make a significant sound. 
  3. Sound precedes sight.

“So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God,” (Romans 10:17, NKJV).

What you see you produce, and what you hear you believe. Hearing drives belief and belief drives behavior. Faith comes by hearing the promise of God, but doubt and fear come by hearing the problem of the devil. What you hear affects how you feel about what you see. 

You can see the same image set to different music and it changes what you feel about the image. For example, in movies there is something called mood music. Alfred Hitchcock was the master mind behind the science of this. With the right sound track, you can scare somebody in an instant. The original music that is written for a film is called the score, or you could call it the background music, and the score is critical as to how the production makes you feel.

Your perception of what you are seeing is massively shaped by what you hear while your seeing it. The devil has mood music that he uses to influence what you believe. He is constantly trying to re-write the score of your life. If the devil is presenting you with a problem, then he sets it to scary music to make you even more afraid.

If you want to change the movie of your life let God change the score. 

Faith is an act and the first act of faith is speaking the right thing. So faith speaks the score that God has written over your life. When the devil brings a problem to scare you… SING THE PRAISE SCORE OVER your life. Believing is the attitude of faith, speaking is the initial act of faith.

Their will be other acts of obedience that will follow, but the first act of faith is to agree with God.

“that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation,” (Romans 10:9–10, NKJV).

Everything that comes from God is accessed the same way. Believe in your heart and confess with your mouth. The spirit of faith must be spoken.

“And since we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, “I believed and therefore I spoke,” we also believe and therefore speak,” (2 Corinthians 4:13, NKJV).

What you really believe, you will ultimately speak.

Have you noticed that oftentimes, not always but often, God doesn’t want to speak to you about where you are, but where He says you are headed? Why is that? Because He knows if you listen to His word faith will come and you will begin to speak the truth.

To truly live by faith, you never speak where you are, you speak where you are going. Facts never change the truth, but the truth can definitely change the facts.

Sound precedes movement, and movement precedes sight. For example, you hear the train long before you see the train. Therefore the sound reaches much farther than the sight. The exception to that is light. Nothing travels faster than light, that’s why you see the lightning before you hear the thunder. God is light, so with Him, what you see precedes what you hear, but then you need to say what you saw.

Bottom line is, you are like the train, and your sound precedes your sight. Wherever the sound goes the power will follow. As a Christian, you have the most powerful force in the earth in you, The Resurrection of the Power of Jesus Christ. The creator of the universe lives in you, but the sound you make will determine where you go.

You can’t make a depressing sound and live in joy. 
You can’t make a defeated sound and live in victory. 
You can’t make a hateful sound and walk in love. 
You can’t make a gossiping sound and live in unity. 
You can’t make a sound of fear and stay in faith. 

Your destiny is voice activated. Heaven, and all of its resources, are attracted to the sound of faith, but Hell, and all it’s resources, are attracted to the sound of fear and doubt. 

Faith is the door to the supernatural power of God. Fear is the door to the supernatural power of the devil. Which door do you want to access?
Believing and speaking are the hinges to that door.

Will you reach out and touch Jesus?