To serve God, the Church, and our Mukilteo community by working-out the Call on our lives to bridge gaps: between people and Jesus Christ, between churches, between generations, between communities.
We will do this by:
- reading, meditating on, and applying the Bible, which is the inerrant and infallible Word of God
- worshipping God through song, prayer, and practical means
- providing opportunities for the Church to develop its talents and gifts
- reaching out through service to the community with our talents and finances
- emphasizing authentic and loving relationships within the Church and with those around us
WHAT WE BELIEVE
Gen 1:1; Dt 4:35, 6:4, 32:39; 2 Sam 7:22; I Ch 17:20; Ps 83:18; Isa 43:10, 44:6, 45:18; Mt 28:19; Mk 12:29; Jn 14:16-17, 26; 2 Co 13:14; 1 Pe 1:2
Gen 1:1-2, 31; Pr 8:22-23; Jn 1:1-3, 10, 17:5; Ro 1:20, 11:36; 1 Co 8:6, 11:12; Col 1:15-18; Heb 2:10; Rev 1:8
Dt 4:2, 12:32; Pr 6:23; Isa 55:11; Mt 5:18; Lk 21:33; Eph 6:17; 2 Tim 3:16-17; Heb 4:12; 2 Pe 1:21; Rev 19:13, 22:18-19
Gen 3; Hos 6:7; Ro 5:12-14; 1 Co 15:22,48
Gen 6:5, 8:21; Ro 3:10, 6:23, 7:18-19; Eph 2:8-9; Gal 5:24
Mk 6:50; Jn 1:1, 3:16, 8:58, 14:6,10; Ac 2:36, 4:12; Ro 3:22-24, 5:1; 2 Co 5:17; Php 2:5-11; Heb 5:9, 7:25, 9:22; 1 Pe 1:3-5; 1 Jn 1:8-10, 2:1-2
Ps 96:13; Ecc 12:14; Isa 66:16,24; Jer 25:31; Mt 25:31-34,41,46; Mk 9:48, 16:16; 1 Co 15:50-56; 2 Co 5:10; 2 Th 1:7-10; Heb 9:27; 2 Pe 3:7; 1 Jn 4:17, Jude 14:15; Rev 14:7, 20:15, 22:12
Mk 1:8; Lk 11:13; Jn 14:16-18,26, 16:7-15, 20:21-22; Ac 1:4-5,8, 2:4, 2:38-39, 19:1-7; 1 Co 2:13; Gal 5:16-18,22-25; Eph 4:30
Mt 24:27-30, 26:64; Lk 17:24; Ac 1:11; 1 Th 4:14-16; 1 Jn 3:2; Rev 1:7, 21:2,9-10,22:7,12,17
Gen 1:1; Dt 4:35, 6:4, 32:39; 2 Sam 7:22; I Ch 17:20; Ps 83:18; Isa 43:10, 44:6, 45:18; Mt 28:19; Mk 12:29; Jn 14:16-17, 26; 2 Co 13:14; 1 Pe 1:2
Gen 1:26-28; 2:15-25; 3:1-20; Ex 20:12; Deut 6:4-9; Josh 24:15; 1 Sam 1:26-28; Psa 51:5; 78:1-8; 127; 128; 139:13-16; Prov 1:8; 5:15-20; 6:20-22; 12:4; 13:24; 14:1; 17:6; 18:22; 22:6,15; 23:13-14; 24:3; 29:15,17; 31:10-31; Eccl 4:9-12; 9:9; Mal 2:14-16; Matt 5:31-32; 18:2-5; 19:3-9; Mark 10:6-12; Rom 1:18-32; 1 Cor 7:1-16; Eph 5:21-33; 6:1-4; Col 3:18-21; 1 Tim 5:8,14; 2 Tim 1:3-5; Titus 2:3-5; Heb 13:4; 1 Peter 3:1-7
1. There is one God who is three persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
2. God is the source of all creation, visible and invisible. Only the three persons of God existed in eternity past.
3. The Bible in its original text is wholly true in every detail. It is the standard and guide for all doctrine and behavior.
4. Death in all its forms, natural, psychological, and spiritual, entered the world as a result of the disobedience of the first two people.
5. All people are born with sin nature and although they may want to be good, none can attain salvation and right-standing with God by his or her own good works.
6. Jesus Christ, who is God, became a man, never sinned, and took the just punishment for all sin when He died on the cross. He rose from the dead, becoming the only hope of salvation for every person.
7. Every person will stand before God for judgment. Those who have not received Jesus Christ as the payment for their sin will be judged for that sin and will be sent to eternal punishment. Those who know Jesus will have their deeds judged and will receive rewards accordingly.
8. The Holy Spirit lives inside every believer in Jesus Christ. He gives power to live the life of Christ while we are still in mortal bodies. He also gives power to be a witness for Christ and do the miraculous works of God as experienced by first century believers.
9. Jesus is coming a second time for His Bride composed of all believers in Him.
10. Knowing God and making Him known is the goal and privilege of every believer in Christ.
11. Marriage is the uniting of one man and one woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime. God intends sexual intimacy to only occur between a man and a woman who are married to each other, and that no intimate sexual activity be engaged-in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman. Children are a blessing and heritage from the Lord. All human life is sacred and begins at conception (defined as the moment of fertilization). The unborn child is a living human being, created in the image of God, and must be respected and protected both before and after birth.
At Jericho Bridge Church, we understand the times. In increasing intensity, churches are irrelevant and Christians are invisible. The traditions of "doing church" hold no value to those struggling with the cares of the world. God Himself is distant at best, non-existent at worst. And by association, Christians are out-of-touch with the pulse of the community. So, the prevailing thought is to "keep those church people at arms-length, and let us get on with our lives."
JBC gets it. How can one possibly understand the passions, the loves, the loneliness, the needs, of the community if he or she hides inside the church building hoping a visitor walks in? That's not how relationships are built; that's not how trust is earned. Jericho Bridge does not "do church"; we ARE the Church. Just as Jesus Christ walked among the people, was moved by their calls for help, and met those needs through practical and spiritual means, our purpose - why we exist - is to help bridge the gaps in people's lives.
We connect. We build bridges.
We foster and develop relationships between people and Jesus, between people in the church and those not in a church, between generations, between communities, and even between churches. Our passion is to come alongside people in our community, serve with them in their passions. Only through the building of relationship bridges will we in the church be able to show Christ's love for all.
So. Watch for us! We'll be out and about in the community... tending the gardens, working the trails, cleaning up the beaches, setting the orchestra chairs and risers in place, and... just helping.
(what JBC will look like in 10 years)
• be woven into the community and recognized as “relevant”
• have impacted the Mukilteo area in practical and spiritual
• have vibrant ministries, for all ages
• remain a mid-sized church, emphasizing “church planting
relationships” as a means of church growth
• be equipping and sending workers into the harvest field
prayer / intercession
discipleship / mentoring
nurturing / growth
We in Jericho Bridge recognize that we all have sinned and therefore fall short of God's requirement of holiness (Rom 3:23). FORTUNATELY, in His mercy and undeserved love, He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to fill that gap and be our substitute, so we can have a relationship with Him. We know that all we have to do is accept Jesus' free gift, and this is not for any reward of anything we do, but solely because of His love for us.
We, therefore, humbly remain honest, authentic, and accepting of each other, remembering that we were given HUGE grace and mercy. We serve, encourage, pray for, train, and nurture each other and everyone in our community, as we walk-out the path God has laid before us. This has been and always will be an exciting and wild ride, and we hope you will join us on it!
We are affiliated with, and a member of, the TrueBridge Family of Churches (www.truebridge.org), 30+ churches in 5 states plus British Columbia. The mission of TrueBridge is “Building Healthy and Effective Churches to the Glory of God.” TrueBridge seeks to get things done through the strong relational connections that exist within the family of churches. TrueBridge churches share a common vision of relating foundationally and practically to New Testament truth. Don, Jim McCracken (founder of TrueBridge), and Rich Kao, Senior Pastor of Five Stones Church (www.fivestoneschurch.org, also part of TrueBridge) in Vancouver, BC, all served together in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, at City Hill Church.
THE LEADERSHIP TEAM
My walk with God has been one exciting wild ride! Saved by Jesus Christ when I was 22, I’ve never looked back. Our family’s latest adventure brought us to Mukilteo, Washington, from Shoreview, Minnesota. I had a full time job as an IT manager and was also pastoring a church in Shoreview when God said my time in both places was coming to a close. He began to orchestrate events so we would be freed-up to make the jump to the next new adventure. God guided us each step of the way: first to northwest Washington, then to Mukilteo, then to our neighborhood, and finally to our church and various community organizations where we plugged-in for 4 years. In October, 2012, God spoke to us to get ready for something new. He was birthing Jericho Bridge Church. We launched on September 15, 2013, and immediately got woven into the fabric of Mukilteo. I’m excited to be part of a community that has so much spirit, and I hope my life reflects Jesus Christ to those around me. I am married to the best wife in the world, and we have 3 great kids.
My favorite verses:
• Matt 25:21 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’”
• Matt 28:20b “And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
• Micah 6:8 “He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”
Coming Soon! :-)
I was born in 1943 in Seattle while my father worked at Boeing on the B17 program. I lived in Spokane until age 18 when I graduated from Shadle Park High School in 1961. It was during high school that I met Sherry and we were married in 1963 while I was a student at Seattle Pacific College. We have two children, a son, Mark, and a daughter, Lisa. Each of them have three children. Mark lives in Lynchburg Virginia and Lisa lives in Everett. After graduating from SPC in 1966 I signed up for Naval Aviation Officer Training in the Navy in New Jersey where I had started Princeton Seminary. Earlier I had enlisted in the Naval Air Reserve and because of that had to go on active duty during the Vietnam War. During the War I flew off of the Kitty Hawk and the John F. Kennedy aircraft carriers as a Naval Flight Officer in the EKA3B. Along the way I picked up my MBA at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro Georgia. In Georgia we founded two churches and left there in 1980 for missionary work in South Korea. My last position in Korea was as a professor in International Trade at Han Yang University. Returning to the States in 1986 I did some selling and eventually became associate pastor of Living Way Foursquare church in Seattle. In 1991 Sherry and I founded Alderwood Foursquare Church which we merged into Word of Life in 2003. From there I retired in March of last year. We live in Everett in an older house that we love. I was raised in a Conservative Baptist Church, later joined the Presbyterian denomination. But my life was turned around completely in Georgia when I received the baptism of the Holy Spirit in 1972 in a house church. Sherry and I were active in a new Charismatic church in Brunswick Georgia and it was from there that I was sent out to found a church in Cobbtown and another one in Statesboro.
Born in 1951, Jim was raised and has always lived in the southwest suburbs of Minneapolis, MN. Jim completed his BA in Landscape Architecture at the University of Minnesota. He received a call to ministry in 1973 and served as a youth pastor and worship leader, helping with the early years of New Testament Church in Eden Prairie, MN. He developed apostolic and teaching ministries, which extended to other newly planted regional and national churches and missions abroad as well. He also served as senior leader of New Testament Church (now City Hill Fellowship) from 1987 – 2007. Jim has planted a number of churches in the Upper-Midwest region where he now oversees 30+ churches, as the leader of TrueBridge Family of Churches (www.truebridge.org.) The mission of TrueBridge is “Building Healthy and Effective Churches to the Glory of God.” TrueBridge seeks to get things done through the strong relational connections that exist within the family of churches. Jim travels among these churches, bringing encouragement and wisdom to pastors, fulfilling a calling to be a "pastor to pastors." He also ministers at international, national, and regional conferences for Christian leaders. He provides ministry training for those requesting mentoring in leadership, using a systematic personalized program he developed for this purpose. Jim has been a volunteer Chaplain for the Eden Prairie Police and Fire Department for the past 20 years. He along with other clergy from Eden Prairie churches routinely assist police officers in situations involving trauma and tragedy. He is a passionate hunter, fisherman and golfer, and enjoys anytime he can get away into the wilderness of Northern Minnesota. He is married to Mary, wife of 41 years. Jim and Mary have four children and five grandchildren, and reside in Jordan, MN.
Board; Women's Ministries Lead
Jericho was the first city on the other side of the Jordan that the Israelites came to. It represents God’s promises. From the mountain on the other side, the Lord showed Moses the whole land of Canaan, and told him that was the Israelites’ inheritance. And God showed His faithfulness and His strength by going before Joshua and the Israelites, delivering Jericho to them by destroying the walls of the city with mere marching and a loud shout. With Jericho in our name, we are to always remember and proclaim God’s promises, and that it is He who delivers on those promises in His timing.
Isaiah 55:10-13 10 As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, 11 so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. 12 You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands. 13 Instead of the thorn bush will grow the pine tree, and instead of briers the myrtle will grow. This will be for the Lord's renown, for an everlasting sign, which will not be destroyed.
• We are to always remember God’s love for all people
The word Bridge is significant because JBC is to be a bridge, helping people cross divides they cannot span. A bridge between people and God, by pointing them to Jesus Christ; a bridge between Christians and the lost, by extending the same grace and love Jesus gives us; a bridge between the church and the community, by serving and caring about the things that are important to them; a bridge between churches, by recognizing that appreciating each other for the heart we all have for our community.
Matthew 5:16 “Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.”
We are to always remember that the way we show God’s love for others is through relationship
And, Church, to acknowledge and proclaim that we were bought for a price, that Jesus Christ is the head of The Church, and that we are His bride.
Colossians 1:16-18 16 For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy.
We are to always remember that Jesus Christ is the Head of the Church, and we are His body (eyes, ears, feet, hands)
What We Believe
The Leadership Team