What makes Bridwell Heights Presbyterian different from other churches?
Of course, being Presbyterian, we hold to a form of church government where the Church is ruled by a number of elders who are elected by the congregation. The word "Presbyterian" comes from the Greek word "presbyter" which means "elder." These elders are under Jesus Christ, and are therefore obligated to rule only under the authority of the Bible.
Being part of the PCA (Presbyterian Church in America)
We, like our sister churches, believe that the Bible is the infallible, inerrant, and all-sufficient word of God. Some believe that the Bible contains errors, but we believe it is without error.
We subscribe to the Westminster Standards as our doctrinal statement. It consists of the following documents:
We also believe that Christian Worship is to be regulated and defined by God's Word, the Bible.
Our worship services are designed to please and honor the Triune God of the Bible. We place Scripture reading and the preaching of the word of God at the center of worship along with Baptism and the Lord's Supper. These are God's gifts to His church and ought to always be at the center of Christian worship. We are a congregation that loves to sing God's praises, recite His Word back to Him, and actively engage in hearing and learning from God's Word.
We embrace and promote a comprehensive Christian world and life view.
There is no area of life which is not under the Lordship of Jesus Christ. It is to God and His law which all people, including governments and civil rulers, will answer. The Word of God embraces and informs the way we view marriage, the family, children, education, politics, worship, law, government, war, the church, missions, evangelism, and worship. In the world today there is a battle of opposing worldviews. There are basically only two positions: God's Word and man's ideas. We stand positively for Biblical truth and negatively against man's ideas which are opposed to Biblical truth.
The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the only hope for mankind.
Because all men fall short of obeying God's law, all men everywhere are in need of divine grace and salvation from God. This salvation is found only in the Lord Jesus Christ who died for sinners, was buried, rose again, and is alive today seated at God the Father's right hand.
We Worship God Together as Families.
We offer nursery during the morning worship service for newborns and infants but encourage people to keep as many of their children as they can with them for morning worship. The audio of the service is in the nursery via speakers. There is also a crying room with a video screen and audio of the sermon. We offer Sunday school classes for all ages, but worship together as families. We do not offer "children's" church. Children need to be in morning worship as soon as possible so they can learn how to participate as active worshipers of the Living God which includes the singing of His praises and listening actively to sermons.
Communion is served monthly. All who profess faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and are members of an evangelical church are cordially invited to participate with us in the Lord's Supper.
Teaching Elder: Pastor Patrick Hines
Ruling Elders: Jim Baird, Roger Holbrook, Phil Hudnall
Richard Bridwell, Jim Clark, Kyle King (Emeritus), Chris Lamb, Ron Lindsay, David Ray, James Watson
"Doctrines of Grace" featuring Pastor Patrick's sermons (usually from the previous Sunday) can be heard on six radio stations from 8:00-8:30 AM every Sunday morning:
1400 in Kingsport
1490 in Bristol
1590 in Johnson City
94.3 in Kingsport
97.9 in Bristol
97.7 in Johnson City