Directors:
David and Lisa Slattery
Instructor:
Mike Lejeune
When:
9:15-10:30am Sundays
Where:
The Fellowship Center
Houston's First Baptist Church

Welcome to The Bridge Class at HFBC!

Who We Are:
We're a couplesí class of 40-somethings (give-or-take a few or more years)!

What We Do:
Our goal is to build bridges (thus, "The Bridge" Class) and forge strong friendships with each other as we continue to grow in our walk with the Lord.

Why Weíre Here:
Our desire is to grow in our relationship with Jesus Christ through the study of His Word and to foster active involvement in a community of people who live and love one another in a manner that displays Godís character to each other and the world around us.

Encourage one another and build each other up. (1 Thessalonians 5:11)

Contents:

Announcements Verse of the Day
Opportunities Class Member Links
Lesson Recordings Good Stuff
Recommended Reading Contacts


Announcements:


Opportunities:



Our goal is to build bridges (thus, 'The Bridge' Class) and forge strong friendships with each other as we continue to grow in our relationship with Jesus Christ through the study of His Word and to foster active involvement in a community of people who live and love one another in a manner that displays Godís character to each other and the world around us. In other words, we seek to 'Gather our Hearts, Grow our Souls, and Give our Lives'.

Effective bridges are structures made up of many different parts all working in a unified design to bring together (connect) two points separated by some obstacle.

In the Bridge Class, there are many opportunities to be a part of 'the Bridge'. These opportunities are briefly outlined below, and it is our desire to see everyone prayerfully consider a role in the Bridge Class!

  • Directors - Administer the activity of the class. Recruit, organize and equip the workers in the class.
  • Teachers - Help members grow in their knowledge and understanding of Godís Word.
  • Bridge team Leaders - Help provide connections between members through regular communications, prayer, ministry and gathering together in small groups.
  • Outreach Coordinator - Make contact with visitors to The Bridge class. Coordinate with Bridge Teams to contact and cultivate relationships with visitors.
  • Missions Coordinator - Help class members 'Give' through mission opportunities such as Houston Project, the Faith Center, adopting missionaries, and mission trips.
  • Women's Ministry Coordinator - Facilitate opportunities for women to connect with other women through fellowship, Bible study and other church-wide womenís ministry activities.
  • Men's Ministry Coordinator - Facilitate opportunities for men to connect with other men through fellowship, Bible study and other church-wide menís ministry activities.
  • Prayer Leaders - Lead prayer for class needs, write notes of encouragement and lead class prayer time.
  • Fellowship Coordinators - Plan opportunities for class-wide fellowship and social activities.
  • Hospitality Coordinators - Help create a welcoming class environment with friendly greeters and organizing Sunday morning refreshments.
  • Secretary - Keep class attendance records on Sunday mornings and provide visitor information to outreach leaders.
  • Communications Coordinators - Help class members stay informed of class activities, prayer needs and other communications through class website, emails and newsletters.



Pray For Our Troops
Daily
8:00pm
Pray For Our Troops

In WWII, there was an advisor to Churchill who organized a group of people who dropped what they were doing every night at a prescribed hour for one minute to collectively pray for the safety of England, its people and peace.

Each evening at 9:00 PM Eastern Time (8:00 PM Central) (6:00 PM Pacific), stop whatever you are doing and spend one minute praying for the safety of our troops.



Lift
Ongoing Lift - HFBC's on-line prayer database. Please visit regularly to pray for those in need.

Sundays
5:15pm
room 145
Heartfire

Weekly bible study for women of all ages. Study led by Bridge Class member Teena Haines.


Wednesday
Mornings
6-7am
IHOP
I-10 & Washington
Men's Wednesday Morning Study @ IHOP

Currently going through the book of Matthew. Study led by Fred Warren & Mark Miranda.


Lesson Recordings:

Date MP3 Audio File Comments
August 11, 2013 "Don't Quench the Spirit" - taught by Mike Lejeune
August 4, 2013 "Brokenness" - taught by Mike Lejeune
July 28, 2013 "Reflections on Rush Week" - taught by Dean Townsend
July 21, 2013 "Staying Plugged into the Holy Spirit" - taught by Mike Lejeune
July 14, 2013 "Reflections on Houston 1:8" - taught by Adam Mason
July 7, 2013 "Patience" - taught by Scott Jardine
June 30, 2013
June 23, 2013
June 16, 2013
June 2, 2013
May 26, 2013
May 19, 2013
May 12, 2013
May 5, 2013
April 14, 2013
April 7, 2013
March 24, 2013
March 17, 2013
March 10, 2013
March 3, 2013
February 24, 2013
February 17, 2013
February 10, 2013
February 3, 2013
January 27, 2013
January 20, 2013
January 13, 2013
January 6, 2013
December 30, 2012
December 16, 2012
December 9, 2012
December 2, 2012
November 18, 2012
November 11, 2012
October 28, 2012
October 21, 2012
October 14, 2012 No Recording Available
October 7, 2012
September 30, 2012
September 23, 2012
September 16, 2012
September 9, 2012
September 2, 2012
August 26, 2012
August 19, 2012
August 12, 2012
August 5, 2012
July 29, 2012
July 22, 2012
July 15, 2012
July 8, 2012
July 1, 2012
June 24, 2012
June 10, 2012
June 3, 2012
May 27, 2012
May 20, 2012
May 13, 2012
May 6, 2012
April 29, 2012
April 22, 2012
April 15, 2012
April 8, 2012 No Recording
Available
April 1, 2012 No Recording
Available
March 25, 2012
March 18, 2012
March 11, 2012
March 4, 2012
February 26, 2012
February 19, 2012
Febraury 12, 2012
January 29, 2012
January 22, 2012
January 15, 2012
January 8, 2012
January 1, 2012 No Class
December 11, 2011
December 4, 2011
November 20, 2011
November 13, 2011
November 6, 2011
October 30, 2011
October 23, 2011
October 16, 2011
October 9, 2011
October 2, 2011
September 25, 2011
September 18. 2011
September 11, 2011
September 4, 2011 No Recording
Available
August 28, 2011
August 21, 2011
August 14, 2011

Lesson Passages:

Date Passage(s) Theme Instructor
August 7, 2011
- lesson audio
Acts 6:1-7 "The Acts of the Apostles (Part 16)" Jason
July 31, 2011
- lesson audio
Acts Summary "John & Heather Young Send Off" Jason
July 24, 2011
- lesson audio
Acts 5:17-42 "The Acts of the Apostles (Part 14)" Jason
July 17, 2011
- lesson audio
Acts 5:12-16 "The Acts of the Apostles (Part 13)" Jason
July 10, 2011
- lesson audio
Acts 5:1-11 "The Acts of the Apostles (Part 12)" Jason
July 3, 2011
- lesson audio
Acts 4:32-37 "The Acts of the Apostles (Part 11)" Jason
June 26, 2011
- lesson audio
Acts 4:24-31 "The Acts of the Apostles (Part 10)" Jason
June 19, 2011
- lesson audio
"Time Alone with God" William Taylor
June 12, 2011
- lesson audio
Acts 4:1-12 "The Acts of the Apostles (Part 9)" Jason
June 5, 2011
- lesson audio
Acts 3:11-26
Acts 2:14-
Luke 5:1-12
Mark 16:7
John 21:1-5
"The Acts of the Apostles (Part 8)" Jason
May 29, 2011
- lesson audio
Acts 3:1-10
Acts 2:46-47
"The Acts of the Apostles (Part 7)" Jason
Recommended Reading:
Out Live Your Life
by Max Lucado
May 22, 2011
- lesson audio
Acts 2:42-47
Luke 10:30-37
Luke 24:49
Luke 12:16-21
Luke 14:16-24
Luke 16:1-8
Luke 19:19-31
"The Acts of the Apostles (Part 6)" Jason
May 15, 2011
- lesson audio
Acts 2:14-41
Acts 1:8
Luke 24:49
John 14:16
John 16:8
"The Acts of the Apostles (Part 5)" Jason
May 8, 2011
- lesson audio
Acts 2:1-13
Exodus 23:14-16
"The Acts of the Apostles (Part 4)" Jason
Recommended Reading:
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
by Laura Hillenbrand
May 1, 2011
- lesson audio
Acts 1:12-26
Psalm 69:25
Psalm 109:8
"The Acts of the Apostles (Part 3)" Jason
April 24, 2011 Easter Sunday - no bible study
April 17, 2011
- lesson audio
Acts 1:4-11
Acts 10:42
Luke 24:46-47
John 20:20-23
Matthew 9:13
"The Acts of the Apostles (Part 2)" Jason
Three things needed to witness:
  1. Commission
  2. Verification
  3. Holy Spirit
Operation World
the definitive prayer guide to every nation
April 10, 2011
- lesson audio
Acts 1:1-3
Luke 1:3-4
Luke 24:51-53
Matthew 16:17-18
Luke 24:46-49
Matthew 28:19-20
Luke 24:36-39
"The Acts of the Apostles (Part 1)" Jason
April 3, 2011
- lesson audio
"Special Message from John Young" John
March 27, 2011
- lesson audio
Ephesians 6:10-18
Matthew 4:1-11
Deuteronomy 8:3
Ezekiel 36:26
2 Corinthians 10:5
"The Armor of God (Part 5)" John
Recommended Reading:
Add to Your Faith
by Sinclair Ferguson
Scripture Memorization Helps:
March 20, 2011
- lesson audio
Ephesians 6:16-17
1 John 1:9
"The Armor of God (Part 4)" Jason
March 13, 2011
- lesson audio
Ephesians 6:14-15
Matthew 24:36
Romans 10:13
Matthew 28:1-10
Ephesians 1:13-14
Ephesians 2:11-16
1 Peter 3:15-16
Ephesians 4:32
Romans 8:20-25
Isaiah 52:7
"The Armor of God (Part 3)" John
BBC Article About Surrender of Italy in 1943
March 6, 2011
- lesson audio
- listening guide
Ephesians 6:14-15
1 Samuel 17:28-30
Ephesians 4:24
"The Armor of God (Part 2)" Jason
February 27, 2011
- lesson audio
Ephesians 6:10-24
James 4:13
Ephesians 5:15-16
Ephesians 1:15-23
Ephesians 2:6
1 John 3:2
Psalm 110:1
2 Corinthians 10:3-5
1 Samuel 17:26
1 Samuel 17:45-57
Isaiah 59:17
Matthew 10:19-20
Hebrews 12:1-2
"The Armor of God" John
February 20, 2011
- lesson audio
Ephesians 6:1-9
Exodus 20:12
Romans 1:29-30
Galatians 3:28
1 Corinthians 2:3
Philippians 2:12-13
Genesis 39:20-22
"Children & Parents, Slaves & Masters" John
February 13, 2011
- lesson audio
Ephesians 5:15-33
Proverbs 28:23
Proverbs 29:5
Genesis 1:27
Galatians 3:28-29
Genesis 2:22-24
Genesis 3:16
Genesis 4:7
"Husbands & Wives" John
February 6, 2011
- lesson audio
Jeremiah 18:1-17
Romans 12:1
Romans 9:21
Jeremiah 1:9
Isaiah 43:21
"The Potter's Hands" Jason
Jeremiah:
  • A prophet
  • Known as "The Weeping Prophet"
  • Born into a priestly family
  • Chosen to be a prophet before he was born
  • Ministered during the reign of King Josiah
  • Mourned at King Josiah's funeral
  • Was forbidden to marry
  • Never made a convert
  • His message broke his own heart
  • Wanted to resign, but God would not let him
  • Saw destruction of Jerusalem and Babylonian captivity
The Potter's (God's) hands:
  1. created us. He isn't playing; this is His purpose.Psalm 139:13, Job 10:8
  2. will allow things to break us to bring us to repentance. The pot was "marred."
  3. reshape us into a vessel that will glorify Him, if we are moldable.
God's hands:
  • Genesis: Created the World
  • Psalm 40: Lifted me out of the slimy pit and mud and the mire and set my feet on the rock.
  • John 2: Turned water into wine.
  • Matthew 8: Calmed the storm.
  • Mark 12: Turned the tables over in the Temple.
  • John 6: Fed 5,000 people with five loaves and two fish.
  • John 8: Drew something in the sand as he knelt with the adulterous woman.
  • John 9: Gave a blind man back his sight.
  • Luke 18: Reached out to little children and said, "Let the little children come to me..."
  • John 11: Comforted Mary and Martha in the death of their brother.
  • John 13:Washed the disciples feet.
  • Were nailed to the cross.
Who's hands are you in today?
January 30, 2011
- lesson audio
"Foundations of Faith: Evangelism (Part 4)" John
The Role of the Holy Spirit in Evangelism (John 16:5-15)
  • the Holy Spirit is HE not IT.
  • He comes from the FAther and is sent both by the Father and the Son.
  • He bears witness to the Son in the world. (John 15:26)
  1. The Holy Spirit helps v7
    John 14:16-17, 26; John 6:44(word "draws" is same word for "drags" in James 2:5, Acts 16:19, 21:30)
    Acts 16:14
  2. Holy Spirit convicts. v8-11
    He convicts the world (every nation, tribe and tongue) of:
    • sin v8
    • righteousness v10 (Luke 23:47)
    • judgment v11
  3. Holy Spirit guides in Truth v13
    Hebrews 1:1-3
  4. Holy Spirit glorifies the Son. v14
Application:
  1. The Holy Spirit is doing His work, and by His grace we can enter into it.
    Luke 10:1-16
  2. We don't have to be fearful, God is faithful to His Word and His people.
    Acts 18:9-11; John 15:26-27
  3. Our role is a simple one: a voice.
    John 1:19-23
  4. We can be confident in His message. We don't have to change it!
  5. God will not only help you effectually, but He will lead you in what to say.
  6. What do you say? Whatever you say, it should contain in some form: God, Man, Christ, Response.
Source of John's evangelism presentation:
www.twowaystolive.com
January 23, 2011
- lesson audio
Luke 15:1-7
Luke 19:28-44
"Foundations of Faith: Evangelism (Part 3)" Jason
January 16, 2011
- lesson audio
2 Corinthians 5:14-6:2
  1. The New Reality (v14-15).
  2. This foundational reality gives us a new identity (v16-17).
    • We regard no one according to the flesh, though we once regarded Christ that way (John 8:13-14)
    • Don't regard fellow brothers and sisters by what they do or where they live or what they drive, but by who they are in Christ.
    • This new identity causes us to see two types of people: those who are in Christ and those who are under God's judgement.
  3. We not only have a new identity, but a new assignment (v18-20a).
    • Reconciliation flows FROM Christ TO us. Man is not making peace with God. God is making peace with man.
    • Reconciliation is offered to man through US! So important he says it twice, both in 18 and 19. We are God's instruments to offer this reconciliation!
    • We are ambassadors for Christ; God is making His appeal through US!
    • You're not simply a goodwill ambassador, but you work FOR the Lord, speak FOR the Lord, proclaiming the message that He commands.
    • You don't join a church to give your money so the professionals can do it. Church staff is given to the church to prepare you for this job! (Ephesians 4:11-13)
    • You're it! (Romans 10:13-17)
    • This is one of the reasons you were saved. (Romans 6:20-22)
    • You're a minister! (1 Peter 2:9-10)
  4. We've been given a message (v20b-6:2).
    • Do you hear the urgency? "Now is the favorable time...now is the day of salvation"
    • Do you hear the fervency? "we imort you...be reconciled to God"
  5. But, I have a problem: My life doesn't look like this.
    1. Thank God for making you aware of your failure to live as an ambassador of Christ and your need to change.
    2. Acknowledge that scripture is true.
    3. Confess that you have not lived as an ambassador for Christ and ask for forgiveness.
    4. Ask yourself: What activities in life are luring you away from living as an ambassador for Christ?
    5. The old self must die. The old self dies by living more for Christ.
  6. Warning: Living as an ambassador of Christ is difficult, but you're in good company!
  7. You may not see results in those you interact with or even in your own life.
    • No one may repent. You're not responsible for their response, only your obedience.
    • As you begin to die to self, God will reveal to you new areas of your life in which you need to decrease, so He may increase. That's why accountability and good Christian friendships are so important, so that they will be able to point out evidences of God's grace in your life as encouragement.
    • We can't explain it, but it just happens...to the glory of God! (Mark 4:26-29)
"Foundations of Faith: Evangelism (Part 2)" John
Recommended Reading:
What is the Gospel?
by Greg Gilbert
Recommended Free Audio Book Download (thru 01/31/2011):
The Pursuit of Holiness
by Jerry Bridges
January 9, 2011
- lesson audio
Luke 19:1-10
Matthew 28:18-20
Romans 5:8
Matthew 9:35-38
"Foundations of Faith: Evangelism" Jason
Words to Describe Jesus' Mission:
  • critical
  • instructive
  • salvation
  • full of grace
  • faith
  • focus
  • holy
  • example
  • selfless
  • obedient
  • dedicated
  • messenger
  • unfathomable
  • misunderstood
Words to Describe the Mission of a Follower of Jesus:
  • committed
  • open-minded
  • faithful
  • touchable
  • loving
  • messenger
  • intentional
Examples of Jesus on His Mission:
  • woman at the well
  • Gadarene demoniac
  • offical's son
  • conversion of Paul
  • called disciples
  • feed 5,000
  • cross
  • desert
  • Lazarus
  • Zacchaeus
Three Points in considering Jesus' calling and the calling of His followers:
  1. Jesus is on mission to bring salvation to people (Luke 19:1-10)
    Two Key Words: SEEK and SAVE
    Seek carries with it the idea of an active process -
    Question: What are you presently "seeking" this week?
    Jesus' interaction/revelation with Zacchaeus is an example of God, through Jesus, reaching out to a lost mankind.
  2. Jesus commanded His followers to share His love and sacrifice to all people (Matthew 28:18-20)
    Sunday Bible Study is the church organized and dedicated to fulfilling the Great Commission.
    It is the Great COMMISSION - not the Great SUGGESTION!
    Which leads to the third observation:
  3. Every believer is responsible for being a faithful witness.
    It is not an option!
    Question: Are you sharing Christ? If so, keep on! If not, why not?

    What's your plan?

    Who is on your "seeking list?"
Recommended Reading:
Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God
by Fancis Chan and Danae Yankoski
Book mentioned in class discussion.
Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream
by David Platt
January 2, 2011
- lesson audio
Ephesians 4:25-5:10
Proverbs 26:18-19
Proverbs 18:21
Hebrews 2:14-15
1 Thessalonians 4:3-8
"Don't Waste the Love of God (part 2)" John
2010 Lesson Archive
2009 Lesson Archive
2008 Lesson Archive
2007 Lesson Archive

Recommended Reading:

The Gospel and Personal Evangelism
by Mark Dever
What is a Healthy Church?
by Mark Dever
9 Marks of a Healthy Church
by Mark Dever
Pilgrim's Progress
by John Bunyan
Same Kind of Different as Me
by Ron Hall & Denver Moore
Don't Waste Your Life
by John Piper
free on-line book
What in the World is Going On?
by David Jeremiah
The Jesus I Never Knew
by Philip Yancey
Celebration of Discipline
by Richard Foster
Making Room For Life:
Trading Chaotic Lifestyles for Connected Relationships

by Randy Frazee
The Rest of God:
Restoring Your Soul by Restoring Sabbath

by Mark Buchanan
Heaven
by Randy Alcorn
If You Want to Walk on Water, You've Got to Get Out of the Boat
by John Ortberg
Humility: True Greatness
by C.J. Mahaney
Servant King
by T.D. Alexander
When I Don't Desire God
by John Piper
free on-line book
It's Not About Me
by Max Lucado
Stories for the Heart
by Alice Gray
A Call to Spiritual Reformation: Priorities from Paul and His Prayers
by D.A. Carson
The 5 Love Languages
by Dr. Gary Chambers
The Heart of the New Testament
by H.I. Hester
What Did You Expect?: Redeeming the Realities of Marriage
by Paul Tripp
The Bruised Reed
by Richard Sibbes
(on-line book)
Life Together: The Classic Exploration of Faith in the Community
by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God
by Fancis Chan and Danae Yankoski

Verse of the Day:

Lookup a word or passage in the Bible



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Class Recipes:

Applecadabra Bars Janice Mayes-Clayton
Butterscotch Fudge Mary Kay Mohrmann
Cherry Chocolate
Chunk Cookies
Julie Overshiner
Chocolate Mint Diamonds Mary Klein
Chow Mein
Noodle Cookies
Paige Swiggart
Forgotten Cookies Susan Klapesky
Glazed Apple Cookies Janice Mayes-Clayton
Layered Ice Cream Dessert Pam Puckett
Oatmeal Chocolate
Chip Cookies
Debbie Rister
Oatmeal Raisin Cookies Carlon Thorpe
Oatmeal Raisin Cookies Debbie Rister
Oatmeal Scotchies Roseann Schneider
Peanut Butter Kisses Paige Swiggart
Pecan Squares Michelle Mayes
Reindeer Droppings Gretchen Palmer
Snickerdoodles Debbie Rister
Snowballs Tracy Townsend
Wassail Paige Swiggart
Winter Salad Mary Kay Mohrmann

Class Member Links:

Mark Pucket has two blogs about his adventures in Paris, France:
Guatemala 2008
The Clark Family's
Mission Trip Pictures
Liberia 2008
Mark Puckett's
pictures from Liberia Mission Recon Trip
Liberia 2009:
Mission Trip Report
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Team Member Testimonies
Good News International
Ministry where Mark Puckett serves
Silly Silly Girls
Alex Belt's
Art Business
Christian Internet Resources
Blake's site
Lift
HFBC's Prayer Request Database
Band of Brothers
HFBC's Men's Ministry Page
Women's Ministry
HFBC's Women's Ministry Page
Bill Glass Ministries
Champions For Life Prison Ministry

Good Stuff:


Contacts:

Directors: David Slattery
Lisa Slattery
Instructor: Mike Lejeune
Prayer Requests: Lisa Slattery
Fun Committee Chairperson: Tommie Lejeune
E-mail List or Website Issues: Blake Palmer