We believe Jesus has called us to simple lives focused on doing what He said and did. This is our life and mission
To Live is Christ
Jesus is Alpha & Omega, and the centre of everything (Rev 1:8). He is our Way, our Truth, and our Life (John 14:6). There is no other name by which people can be saved (Acts 4:12), or experience full life (John 10:10). Everything is from Him, through Him, and for Him (Rom 11:36). He gives us purpose. Therefore, we will imitate His life and obey his commands to love God, love people, and make disciples (Mark 12:29-31, Matt 28:18-20). Jesus is God’s Son, and we will listen to Him…
- STORY – Matthew 17:1-8 > Jesus is transfigured and affirmed
We will love God by enjoying our relationship with Him in prayer, worship, and everyday life (John 15:9-11). We will listen to Him, and know His Word to us, written and spoken. The Holy Spirit will help us understand and believe what He has revealed (John 16:13). We will love God by believing and acting in obedience to whatever the Lord reveals (John 14:21). We will respond with confession and repentance when we have not listened, and disobeyed. (Acts 3:19, 1 John 1:9). We will love God like Jesus did…
- STORY – Mark 1:32-39 > Jesus gets up early to pray and obeys specific direction from God despite pressures to do differently
Whether children, prophets or prostitutes, Jesus changed lives, because He loved them (Luke 7:36-50). Jesus always noticed the people around Him and watched for people in need (Mark 10:46-51). He often loved people by engaging and serving them, whether or not they deserved it (Mark 10:45). He built a strong community, and welcomed anyone into it (Luke 7:37-47). This was His Gospel (John 1:12-13) Jesus offered people healing – physically, emotionally, socially, and spiritually – because He loved them (Matt 9:35-36, 14:14). We will love people like Jesus did…
- STORY – John 5:1-13 > Jesus sees and heals a lame man at the Pool of Bethesda
Jesus showed us how to invite people of peace into our lives, where they can hear and see Him (Luke 10:1-9). Through relationship, we involve them in our ambition to love God and love people, and model the life of a disciple (John 13:15, 1 John 2:6). In our time with them we teach, affirm, and inspire them as disciples of Jesus (Mark 4:33-34), so they can go out and do the same (Matt 28:18-20, Acts 17:25-28), in the gifting and fullness of Christ (Eph 4:11-13). We will make disciples like Jesus did…
- STORY – Luke 5:1-11 > Jesus calls and leads His disciples to a different life
We believe the best place for these priorities to be lived out is within the context of relationships and community. The most common expression and form of community in The Edge, but not the only one, is the “Home Church” (HC). We believe HCs are one of the best ways to do life and mission together as Jesus has defined it. The Edge is essentially a large family of small groups of people passionate about imitating Jesus. This is what we want to be, and all we want to do.
We have created a video series called, "Don't Miss the Mission" that highlights what Jesus has called us to do, and His purpose for The Edge movement.
Key Concepts & Rythms
Following Jesus into People’s Lives
- If we want to find Jesus, we will always find Him moving in someone’s life. That is where He does His work, and where He calls us to work
- In our efforts to draw people to Jesus, we can have confidence in the fact that Jesus goes before us and works in that persons heart before we engage them.
- Investing into someones life is what it means to make disciples. We get involved with them, and invite them into our lives and homes as well.
- We are not really a Home Church movement as much as we are a disciple-making movement. And making disciples is not simply an assignment we accomplish with certain skills, but something that happens in people when we surrender ourselves to Jesus and then pour ourselves into other people’s lives like He did.
Acts 4:13 -20, 1 John 2:6 – To imitate Jesus, we ask ourselves 2 questions:
#1 – What are we doing that Jesus didn’t do? And let’s stop doing it.
#2 – What did Jesus do that we aren’t doing? Or,,,who was Jesus being that we aren’t being? And let’s make the change.
Family / Doing Life and Mission Together
- The picture of the relationship Jesus desires for us is a family portrait. We must function as a family with each other. We are a family with a purpose.
- When we think of “church”, we should think of who we are doing life and mission with, not just who we are worshipping with, or on a committee with.
- By doing life we mean regular communication and investment into the everyday life of each other. This can happen personally as well as through social media. It also means praying for each other and with each other often.
- As a family, we also work with each other towards the cause of impacting other people’s lives and introducing them to Jesus
People of Peace
- When Jesus sent his disciples out He told them to look for people of peace – people that receive them well and listen.
- These are people that we seem to have a real connection with, and they want to hang around us. Conversations seem to flow well and be meaningful. The relationship gets strong quickly.
- We can trust Jesus to lead us to people of peace, and also lead people of peace to us. When that happens we need to respond and commit ourselves to engaging with them and fulfill Jesus’ plan for our relationship.
- “The Glory of God is man fully alive” (St. Francis of Assisi). Jesus is glorified by life (Phil 1:21). The greatest gift we can give other people is the empowerment to become fully alive.
- The life Jesus offers is better than any life we could make for ourselves (Luke 5:1-21). As people surrender themselves to Christ, He will live through them (Gal 2:20)
- Being filled with the Holy Spirit leads us to life as it was meant to be lived. The Spirit of Jesus gives us the will and capacity to live out loud. He also gives us spiritual gifts to reach our full potential.
- Jesus not only died for us, but He also lived for us. He showed us what a full life is like. Life as Jesus modeled it is simple, relational, and intentional:
- By simple we mean flexible and organic – minimal structure – very few systems that dictate what we do. We want to keep ourselves free to follow Scripture, hear Jesus, and do whatever He says. We will depend on His voice, not our tradition or agenda
- By relational we mean loving God and loving people first. We want to approach people like Jesus, and be approachable. We want to belong to people and not just convince them to belong to us. Jesus ushered in the new Covenant, and it was about relationship, not religion.
- By intentional we mean focused and on purpose. Jesus spoke of relationship AND citizenship. There is a Kingdom we have responsibilities in as heirs of it. It’s also the call to discipleship. We want to be intentional & focused on making disciples like Jesus did
- By “Blue Ocean” we mean the capacity to be free and go where others aren’t normally going – to experiment and explore places not yet discovered, but places clearly identified by Jesus.
- The Blue Ocean lacks the usual boundaries and may cause confusion and “drifting”, but this is not the intention. We want to catch the current of the Holy Spirit and be where Jesus is.
- We want to reduce and eliminate the restrictions and unbiblical convictions that hold us back. And Instead we want to raise up and create new ideas and ways of being a people that follows and reflects the heart of Jesus.
- Freedom is part of our character and culture when living for Jesus, and exploring is part of our nature. Jesus has created us to explore and experiment. He has given us a big Kingdom to discover.
- It takes courage, determination and consistent vision-casting to keep unwanted activities and mind-sets reduced and eliminated. It takes time to change how people have been trained to think.
- Apathy can enter into people and HCs when freedom is valued without mission. We have to remember that the invitation into relationship came with the challenge of responsibility in the Kingdom