What We Believe

We believe many elements of New Testament Christianity can best be obeyed within the context of a scriptural relationship to a local church, and, in fact, many Scriptural admonitions cannot be obeyed by a believer without his commitment to being a part of a local assembly of believers.
For example, though Scripture does not command membership, it does command submission to the authority of a local church (Heb. 13:17; 1 Thes. 5:12-13), forbids the forsaking of assembling with other believers (Heb. 10:25), urges the exercise of spiritual gifts for the edification of others within the body (1 Cor. 12:7; Eph. 4:16), commands financially supporting the ministry (1 Cor. 16:2), and makes possible the practice of church discipline for the purity of the body of Christ (Mt. 18:15-18; 1 Cor. 5:1-13). In the context of a local church, a believer is also better enabled to fulfill the Great Commission (Mt. 28:19-20).

If the Lord is leading you to consider becoming part of the Great Bridge family, call our church office at 757-482-4688 or use the website contact form to let us know.  We’ll arrange a time when you can meet with the pastor and discuss your membership desires.
Some things we’ll ask of you should your interest in joining continue will be:

To read our Church Covenant (Can you commit to share in this covenant with us?).
To read through our Constitution and By-Laws (Can you wholeheartedly support these doctrinal positions of the church?).
To meet with the Pastor, and be voted in by the church body.
To get involved in a ministry here at our church where you can serve faithfully and use your gifts for God’s glory.