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Art Moffat Pastor
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Second Presbyterian Johnstown
Second Presbyterian
Johnstown

Being A Bridge Builder

Last year there was a governor’s report that said 30,000 bridges in PA will need major construction or replaced in the the next 10 years.

Bridges tie one place to another. They make a connection.

God makes bridges too.
But I don’t mean land bridges. There is a bridge God created years ago between Heaven and earth the cross and resurrection. Bridges are passages to get us from one place over to another. Now there is a big distance between Heaven and earth. To get from here to there before Jesus’ death and resurrection was impossible.

Also, there is a big distance between the world and the church. And the church must make bridges bringing people to Christ. The world will never make that bridge to Christ. The church has to do the work.

Some of you are very good bridges. Helping people to find their way across the GAP, between the world and Jesus Christ. Helping people connect with the church and Jesus Christ.

I want you to think of ways you can be a bridge and bridge builder between the world outside and Jesus. Everyone needs a bridge sometimes. There are thousands of people out there on detours. They need a bridge. We have to be the bridge. So many people are taking detours because the church hasn’t built a bridge. Some people who are on detours get lost and stay lost because there are no bridges.

There was a time when I was on a detour. A long one. A Presbyterian Church in the town I lived built a number of bridges. I took one of those. After I got in there, different people became bridges to me—to keep me in that church. To bring me from being just a person in the church, to becoming part of the family.

There are different bridges to take us from one step then another. It isn’t just one bridge. It takes several . Everyone in the church must be a bridge.

We can’t be content. The fire is getting closer.

How hard it is to think of salvation. Today most people have it pretty good, so they think, “I’m OK”.

And the fire is getting closer.

We have to make bridges. We have to be bridges. Jesus is clear about that. To help those outside the Body of believers to know what Jesus has already done for them.
The fired is getting closer.There are many who can’t cross the chasm.
If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. Romans 10:9
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16
You can’t make yourself be born again. Only Jesus can do that for you. Jesus loves you very, very, very, much and He wants you in His kingdom with Him —Forever. Forever is a long time.
I’ll give you an example of helping someone to become “born again” or being a bridge builder.  A woman I knew from another church called me recently. Her Grandfather had just come very close to death. She couldn’t get a hold of her present pastor, so she called me to see if I would go to the hospital to visit with her grandfather.

When I arrived, This man was the most disheveled, confused looking, grumpy looking man I had seen in a long time. Thank goodness Tracy was there and she prompted our conversation. She was being a bridge at that point. She reminded her grandfather of his son that died at 19 years of age, “you want to see him again don’t you Granddad?’ she said.

I was then able to ask him when was the last time he had been in church. I heard him reply, “Four years.”

Tracy spoke up, “That was 40 years.” She was being a bridge.

I went on to ask him if knew that they way to heaven was to know Jesus Christ. Would he like to come to know Jesus Christ? This man nodded his head yes, and I began to pray with him, asking him to repeat this prayer, line by line as I prayed with him. As I prayed, this man prayed with me until I got to the part where we confessed that we are sinners and that we would like Christ’s forgiveness. At they point Granddad stopped. He didn’t’ say a word. I looked up from my prayer and I said, “It’s OK…all of us are sinners.” And he bowed his head and then said, “Big sinner.” And our simple prayer for salvation was completed. The Holy Spirit had come to Granddad. There was this glow. He looked immediately filled with joy and said, “ I feel wonderful. I’ve never had this feeling before. This is amazing.”

Tracy was a bridge.
His son was a bridge.
And the Lord used me as a final bridge.

The following scripture is a story of a bridge:

In Damascus there was a disciple named Ananias. The Lord called to him in a vision, “Ananias!”

“Yes, Lord,” he answered. Acts 9:10-15
The Lord told him, “Go to the house of Judas on Straight Street and ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul, for he is praying. In a vision he has seen a man named Ananias come and place his hands on him to restore his sight.”

“Lord,” Ananias answered, “I have heard many reports about this man and all the harm he has done to your holy people in Jerusalem. And he has come here with authority from the chief priests to arrest all who call on your name.”

But the Lord said to Ananias, “Go! This man is my chosen instrument to proclaim my name to the Gentiles and their kings and to the people of Israel.

Ananias was to be a bridge for Saul being born again. Ananias was reluctant to be a bridge like we often are. Ananias was part of God’s plan to bring Saul into God’s Kingdom.

I saw a church sign the other day that said:
Born once — die twice.
Born twice—die once.
The lord says in the following scripture:

There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. Galatians 3:28
That means the He sees all as equal and He wants us all in his Kingdom. He was a bridge to everyone that is out there.

The world is watching to see if we are bridge builders or reluctant Christians.
Pray for the Holy Spirit to use you as a bridge
— to open conversation
— to continue an understanding
— to be in The Holy Spirit to carry out in conversation which He is showing you how to move through Him that someone else will come closer to the Kingdom of Jesus.

Jesus is Lord.
Amen!

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