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Striving to be a bridge in our community & world

Bridges are all about connecting, not dividing. At New Covenant Fellowship, the bridge has become a meaningful symbol, because it’s another way to think about a covenant—it represents how hard God works to bridge the chasms in our lives and our world.

When those chasms are bridged—between young and old, conservative and liberal, people who live in big homes and those who are homeless, those who were raised in the church and those who are new to the faith—this world begins to look and function a bit more like God intended.

We hope you’ll visit—join us in worship at 10:30 on Sunday mornings, ask questions, experience God’s grace, grapple with what the Bible teaches us, and work with us to bring more of God’s mercy and justice to our world.

As a community of believers, we strive to be:

Biblical
Relational
Intergenerational
Doing justice
Giving freely
Embracing diversity

RON'S BLOG
Good Friday As Good News, Part VI

As I have been mentioning in the previous posts in this series, the meanings of the cross in the New Testament writings are many. They form a prism with all of the facets focusing on what God is doing through Jesus for the world. I believe that there are many meanings of the cross beyond those already mentioned. These include such facets as the cross as Warfare by God’s Warrior-Prince-of-Peace (or, Anti-Warfare by God’s Anti-Warrior); the cross as the great equalizer; the cross as God’s judgment on our religious, economic, and political institutions; the cross as a demonstration of human faithfulness at all costs; and the cross as ultimate human rebellion.

But I want to end this series with a brief look at one of the most commonly mentioned meanings of the cross—a meaning of the cross that needs to be redeemed for at least some of us: the cross described in terms of “being saved” and “salvation” and “Savior.”

It is terribly sad that “Are you saved?” has become the stereotyped way for people to make fun of the arrogance and judgmental attitudes of many Christians. This stereotype is unfortunately often quite deserved by us Christians. But, it does not capture the Biblical writers’ intent. The Biblical concept of “saved” is actually a beautiful and powerful concept.

In Biblical thinking, the concept of “salvation” includes “being valuable enough to be wanted,” “being salvageable – not beyond original potential,” “being made whole,” “being liberated,” “being healed,” and “being rescued.” These all sound like pretty wonderful things! (more…)

Contact Us

If you have any questions or prayer needs or would like to meet with someone, please call or email us at:

(217) 355-2038
ncf.thebridge@gmail.com
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