CORE VALUES

The motto of Bridge City Fellowship, “Connecting people to Christ and to one another,” reflects the vision of the church. We desire to engage people personally with the hope of the Gospel, which reconciles us to God and restores us to others in loving community.

Our four core values express how we seek to live out this vision:  Gospel-Driven, Bible-Based, Community-Centered, and Missions-Minded.  

Gospel-Driven: The Gospel (good news!) as revealed in the Bible drives all that we do. It is the power of God to save and sanctify sinners (Romans. 1:16). It is the heart of the Scriptures, the heart of Christianity, and the heart of this church.

Bible-Based: If the God who made everything were to remain hidden, there would be no possibility of knowing Him. But thankfully, God has revealed Himself to His creation through the Bible, so that we might know Him personally, walk with Him joyfully, and reflect Him to the world faithfully. This is our aim, and to get there, we base all of our teaching, practices, and mission in God’s revelation of Himself—the Bible. 

Community-Centered: Everyone yearns for genuine community. Post-modern society has largely substituted this with virtual community, which leaves people thirsty for the real thing. We exist to meet this true need with authentic community that feeds faith and shows the reality of Christ’s love to a watching world.   

Missions-Minded: Jesus has called every believer to join Him in His mission—to proclaim the good news of His Gospel and to display His beauty and glory to our neighborhood, our city, and the world.  

FIVE SOLAS

 

We are a non-denominational church that is reformed in its theology. By “reformed,” we mean that God is in control of everything, including our salvation. It is all by His grace and not by our own efforts. A good expression of the heart of reformed theology can be found in the Five Solas of the Reformation.

The Five Solas are Latin phrases that summarize the heart of the Protestant Reformation of the 1500s. They continue to serve as defining marks of Reformed Theology. Below is a brief description of each.  

 

 Sola Scriptura (Scripture Alone)

The Bible alone is the only infallible source of divine revelation and the final authority for all matters of faith and practice. In other words, it has no mistakes and tells us both what we should believe about God and how to live that out.

 

Sola Gratia (Grace Alone)

Salvation cannot be obtained through human effort. It is only by the undeserved grace of God that we can be forgiven, declared righteous, and restored in our relationship to Him.

 

Sola Fide (Faith Alone)

Together with the previous sola, this emphasizes that the free gift of grace must be received by faith alone and not by works (Ephesians 2:8-9). 

 

Solus Christus (Christ Alone)

Christ is the only Mediator between God and man, and our salvation is accomplished only through His sinless life, sacrificial death, and resurrection.

 

Soli Deo Gloria (To God Alone be the Glory)

If the first four solas are true, the only logical conclusion is that God alone deserves all the glory for our salvation. In fact, our whole life is to serve this single purpose of bringing glory to God. As stated in the Westminster Catechism, “Man’s chief end is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever” (WSC 1).