Rhythms of LifeGiving Life through The Edge
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
The Greenhouse Experience
A powerful time together to learn and grow our capacity to give life to others. We talk about identity, the value of your story, help you identify your core values, strengths, personal purpose, and the unique calling you may have in life. We also discuss the keys for developing strong community, and how everyone needs it.