Connect Groups are the heartbeat of The Bridge United Methodist Church. These small group bible studies are made up of men and women who are looking for a church community that offers conversation, open dialogue, meaningful interaction, and friends to walk with through life's ups and downs. Bible study topics vary by small group so finding the right connect group is easy. Grow your understanding of the Bible and how it applies to your everyday life.
Each group has it's own leader, meeting day/time/place, and rhythms of meeting. Some offer childcare, some offer dessert, some offer both! Because we value relationship, we intentionally keep the group size between 8 and 12 members. When a group "fills up", we will create a new group within a few weeks.
Have you been a spiritual spectator for too long, waiting on the sidelines, thinking God could never use you for something big? Maybe you have been searching for greater purpose. Well get prepared, because God has a baton ready to put in your hand.
In Unstoppable, you will learn to recognize what you can do, knowing that when God calls your name, you will be ready, hand outstretched to receive the baton.
SCOUTING THE DIVINE
The Bible is full of clever plots and compelling stories, laced with historic insights and literary beauty. Despite its richness and depth, many of us struggle to close the gap between the ancient world and our own.
Maybe you’ve asked these questions, too: What does it mean to know that Jesus is the Good Shepherd when the only place you’ve encountered sheep is at a petting zoo? How can you understand the promise of a land flowing with honey when you buy yours in a bear-shaped bottle? Can you grasp the urgency of Jesus’ invitation to abide in the vine when you shop for grapes at a local grocery store?
EPIC OF EDEN: JONAH
In the book of Jonah we find a professional holy man, a lifer in the faith who is about to have the God he thinks he understands challenge him with an assignment that he can hardly get his brain around. In The Epic of Eden: Jonah, Dr. Sandra Richter takes us on a journey through Jonah’s life that leads us all to the place where we realize that our God is way bigger than we thought. Not only will we learn everything we ever wanted to know about the brutal Assyrians of Nineveh, ancient seafaring ships, and large aquatic creatures, but we will also be challenged with the same message that confronted Jonah. Are we willing to let God be God, to move us out of our comfort zones, and embrace a calling that might just take us to the edges of the world we know?
Once upon a time there existed a version of our faith worth living and dying for, something the world found irresistible. Men and women pursued it at the risk of persecution, job loss, and eviction from their homes, temples, and society.
What if we actually followed their lead? Perhaps it would change how we read the Bible? Perhaps it would help us understand our own faith and what we believe? Perhaps we would change the world again?
THE GOSPEL OF LUKE
Jesus sums up the entire biblical message as follows: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself” (Luke 10:27 NRSV). But what does that love look like where we live? Where we work? With the people we do life with everyday?
ENCOUNTER THE FATHER
Encounter the Father offers us the option to experience the Father’s blessing and encounter the Father’s heart. In this study, you will gain a right understanding of the Father’s heart and experience freedom from shame and unholy expectation. You will explore some of the many names of God in Scripture and use them to enhance your understanding of the Father’s true nature.
STARTING FEBRUARY 20
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