2016 Christmas Service in Denton

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! If you’re looking for a Christmas service in Denton, Texas, we’ve got a special lineup of events and services just for you!

Join us for Christmas at The Bridge!

Sunday, December 11th

10:30 AM – Kids Christmas Party during service in the Life Center
6:30 PM – Unhinged Christmas Candlelight Communion Service

Sunday, December 18th @ 10:30 AM

Join us for a special Christmas service for the whole family, featuring vibrant worship and an interactive message! We’ll also be giving away some amazing prizes! Be sure to invite your friends and family!

Special Giveaways
  • $250 Shopping Spree giveaway for adults
  • Stockings for every child (4 years old – 5th grade)
  • Xbox One S for teens (6th-12th grade)

Sunday, December 25th @ 11:00 AM

Join us for a special 1-hour family service on Christmas morning. All kids will be in service this day to worship together as a Bridge family. Children are invited to bring their favorite Christmas present to show Pastor Duane.

Sunday, January 1st @ 11:00 AM

Join us for another special 1-hour family service on New Year’s Day.  Nursery will be provided for ages 0-3 years old.

Visit www.christmasindenton.com for more information!


05.15.2016 – Ps. Duane White – REencounter: 40 Days With the Resurrected Jesus Pt. 7

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This Sunday, May 15th, 2016, Pastor Duane White finished our REencounter: 40 Days With the Resurrected Jesus series at The Bridge Church in Denton, Texas on Pentecost Sunday.

REencounter: 40 Days With the Resurrected Jesus:

Pastor Duane has been unpacking some amazing messages about looking into the 40 days immediately following Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection, where He appeared to more than 500 people on at least eleven different occasions before His final ascension back into heaven. In Acts 1 we see some of the last instructions Jesus gives the disciples before His ascension.

 “And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, ‘which,’ He said, ‘you have heard from Me; for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.’ Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, ‘Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?’ And He said to them, ‘It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority. But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.'” (Acts 1:4–8)

During the Feast of Pentecost, which is 50 days after Passover, or 50 days from Easter, the disciples were in the upper room doing as Jesus had instructed them: waiting for the promise of the Father, also known as the person of the Holy Spirit.

There are so many things that could be said about the Holy Spirit, but there are two things that are definitely worth noting:

  1. He was promised by Jesus
    • “And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever.” (John 14:16)
    • Jesus would not promise something that was bad. Jesus prayed for the Holy Spirit to come, and once He came, He has never left the earth.
  2. He is a gift from the Father.
    • Our Father only gives two kinds of gifts: good and perfect.
    • “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and it comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.” (James 1:17)

The Holy Spirit leads us to repentance, so we “have Him”at salvation,  but Jesus, and the book of Acts, teaches us that there is more. Jesus called it another “baptism.”

“For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit,” (Acts 1:5)

In an earlier encounter, in John 20, Jesus breathed on them and said “receive the Holy Spirit,”  so He had to be talking about something different this time! They had received the Holy Spirit, but had not been baptized in the Holy Spirit yet. There is a conscience experience that is subsequent to salvation called the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Baptism in the Holy Spirit increases the potential for all the benefits of the Holy Spirit in your life. In other words, whatever the Holy Spirit does in your life in measure, why not have access to a greater dimension of that?

Let’s look at a few benefits that the Holy Spirit brings into your life.

  1. He guides you to purpose. 
    • “When He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.” (John 16:13)
  2. He garnishes you with power. 
    • “…But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you.” (Acts 1:8)
    • The Holy Spirit equips you with the power of God. The Holy Spirit clothes you with power. He has power for every situation that you will ever face.
  3. He governs your passions. 
    • Being filled with the Holy Spirit is the mark of maturity in a believer is being led by the Spirit, and the more led by the Holy Spirit you are, the more mature you become.
  4. He guards your potential. 
    • There is great potential inside you, but there is an enemy that wants to steal that seed, kill the seed, and destroy that seed. The Holy Spirit will help you guard that seed until it comes to fruition! 
    • When the Holy Spirit convicts you, it’s not to condemn you, it’s to guard the good deposit of potential in your life!

All the disciples, even after REencountering the resurrected Jesus, still had to encounter the Holy Spirit, and after they did…everything changed!

 

Watch the full message here, and find out more on how to get connected with the Holy Spirit:

 

 


05.08.2016 – Ps. Duane White – REencounter: 40 Days With the Resurrected Jesus Pt. 6

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This Sunday, May 8, 2016, Pastor Duane White continued our series REencounter: 40 Days With the Resurrected Jesus, at The Bridge Church in Denton, Texas.

REencounter: 40 Days With the Resurrected Jesus:

“Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.'” (Matthew 28:18-20)

In this message, Pastor Duane White shared three major keys to our life mission:

  1. Jesus is the source of the mission.
    • “Where purpose is absent, abuse is inevitable.” Sin occurs at the point where you don’t know, or you forget, your God given reason for living.
    • Jesus is the authority. He is authorized, and because He is authorized, He has authorized you. Verse 18 in The Message version says, “Jesus, undeterred, went right ahead and gave his charge: “God authorized and commanded me to commission you.”
    • Jesus was authorized in Heaven by the Father, but His perfection gave Him authority in the Earth, and your authority doesn’t come from your perfection, but rather from His perfection.
    • To authorize means to have official permission or approval. You don’t need permission from earth when you have permission from Heaven! If you’re going to follow the crowd, you’ll get lost in it, so don’t follow the crowd.
  2. Your mission flows from the Great Commission.
    • The Great Commission is really the only mission, and everything else we do is just submission. Submission is simply an ordering of yourself voluntarily under (sub) the mission of another. So the greatest mission we can have is to order our lives under the mission. 
    • All mission flows from the Great Commission, which begins with the command to GO!
    • Three W’s that describe our “going”
      1. WORK – your deeds and your actions.
        • You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on a stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:14-16)
        • He also said, you are the salt of the earth. You bring flavor to your world. You are a change agent, and you preserve everything you touch. We are not talking about dead works where you are trying to earn salvation, but the good works that you were destined to do with God.
      2. WORDS
        • He said to them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved.‘” (Mark 16:15-16)
        • Use your words to carry the good news. Be prepared because God will you give an opportunity to share. Tell your story!
      3. WONDERS
        • Our going should be a sign and a wonder.
        • What are signs & wonders? They are signs that make you wonder.
  3. The power of our mission is His presence. 
    • We are not alone. Remember that we are doing it with Him!
    • When the disciples went out and preached everywhere, the Lord worked with them. The power didn’t come from them, it came from Him. It was the power of the Spirit that He had promised them. They were going to have authority and power.

“Now when He had spoken these things, while they watched, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel, who also said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.” (Acts 1:9–11, NKJV)

 

To learn more about REencountering Jesus, watch the full message here:


05.01.2016 – Ps. Kris White – REencounter: 40 Days with the Resurrected Jesus Pt. 5

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This Sunday, May 1st, 2016, Pastor Kris White continued our series REencounter: 40 Days With the Resurrected Jesus at The Bridge Church in Denton, TX.

REencounter: 40 Days With the Resurrected Jesus

For the past few weeks, we’ve been looking at the encounters, or appearances, of Jesus after the Resurrection leading to His ascension and then to the day of Pentecost. This Sunday Pastor Kris unpacked an amazing message about the disciple Thomas.

“Now Thomas (also known as Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, ‘We have seen the Lord!’ But he said to them, ‘Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.’ A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said,’Peace be with you!’ Then he said to Thomas, ‘Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.'” (John 20:24-27, NIV)

What is faith? Faith is defined as believing in the unseen. What is trust? Trust is the firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability or strength of someone or something. From the beginning, in the garden of Eden, the devil has tried to use doubt and unbelief to weaken our faith. 

When you think of the disciple Thomas, you probably remember him as “doubting Thomas” due to his weakness. Thomas ran like the others that day after Jesus’ Crucifixion, but because he ran, he had missed out on seeing Jesus, and he messed up. What do you do when you’ve missed out and messed up?

Cynicism is doubt expressed. It is an attitude of scornful or jaded negativity – a sneering disbelief. Thomas was moving into cynicism and into a dangerous place. The kryptonite of unbelief was sapping the strength of his faith.

But then Jesus walks through Thomas’ wall, and He spoke peace. Jesus did not rebuke Thomas for questioning, but instead He boldly challenged him to move past his doubts. Doubts and questions will come, but the attitude of our response makes all the difference.

We can doubt without having to live a doubting way of life. Doubt encourages rethinking. Its purpose is more to sharpen the mind than to change it. Doubt can be used to pose the question, get an answer, and push for a decision. But doubt was never meant to be a permanent condition. Doubt is one foot lifted, poised to step forward or backward. There is no motion until the foot comes down. (Life Application Study Bible)

Would you let Jesus walk through the walls of your heart today and speak peace into your life? We can’t touch His scars like Thomas did, but we can let Him touch ours. We all get stuck in doubt sometimes. What will your response be? Will you retreat and regret? Or will you choose to return to Him and let Him start to redeem your weaknesses?

We know Thomas not only returned in words, but he also returned in his deeds. History tells us that Thomas took the gospel to India, where he saw many people saved, including kings, and he was later martyred for His faith.
NOT A DOUBTING THOMAS!

God is in the business of turning around our missing out and messing up. Don’t let your doubt be your downfall. Act in faith!

“And what more shall I say? I do not have time to tell about Gideon, Barak, Samson and Jephthah, about David and Samuel and the prophets, who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised; who shut the mouths of lions, quenched the fury of the flames, and escaped the edge of the sword; whose weakness was turned to strength.” (Hebrews 11:32-34)

Find out more on how to walk out in faith by watching the full message here: