Our Mission: to be a church that is empowered by the Spirit of God to Spread the gospel, Make disciples and Love our community.
What We Believe:
We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God.
We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ. We believe that He was both, fully human and fully God in His existence on earth. We believe in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His Ascension to the right hand of the Father and in His personal return in power and glory
We believe that we are saved by grace, through faith, in the finished work of Jesus and our Salvation is sealed through the Holy Spirit.
We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling, the Christian is empowered for service and enabled to live a godly life.
We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.
We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ. We are united by saving faith in the finished work of Jesus and by believers baptism .
So what does this mean for our partners?
As partners, we have the joy and freedom to be ourselves, come as we are, be loved by family, and leave better than we were when we came!
It means that the partners, not the church leaders, are the driving and functioning force of the church. The church leaders exist to give Spiritual, Practical, and Functional leadership and direction to the church. However, the ultimate job of the church leaders is to, “Equip the saints for the work of the ministry,” (Ephesians 4:12).
This means that we, as partners can take responsibility for the ministry and function of the church and not simply sit back and watch the leadership do everything. Therefore, the mission, vision and core values of our church are not a burden but a lifestyle that we embrace.
As partners of Edgewood Church, we take responsibility for our own spirituality. We do not expect the church or the pastor to negotiate our relationship with God; but rather, pursue a personal relationship with God as our first priority. We do this in our own time with God as well a participating in the gatherings and events at church.
We also have the privilege of participating in the Community of our church. We are a family and enjoy the benefits of the close, loving environment. We maintain unity in our family by working through conflict in a Godly, Biblical manner. We don’t gossip or cause division, but rather seek unity and live for the sake of others. We support the church leaders and pray for each other as we “Bear on another’s burdens”. Living in love and unity with each other is one of the best ways to come to a realization of what God imagined us to be when he created us. As we live in community together, we will begin to see each other’s strengths and gifting. As we develop our gifts, we will learn how to work in harmony and balance with each other and function together as partners with Christ.
We understand that, everywhere we go, the Gospel goes, in us. Therefore, even if our gifting is not in evangelism or public speaking, we can still share our grace stories and weekly testimony with the lost world around us. Our personal testimony, integrity, and reputation is crucial in our ability to represent Christ in our community, so we can reflect the image and love of Jesus, by having a good testimony and godly lifestyle. We can also share the Gospel by taking part in the outreach events of the Church.
We understand that, as church partners, it is our privilege and responsibility to steward our time, talents, resources, and money for the work or God through the ministries of Edgewood Church. We understand that the church is supported by our regular tithes and offerings. Since we are participating in the life of the church, we get to see, first hand, the joy of ministry and the fruit of our effort and giving. It is therefore a joy and not a burden to give to the work of God at Edgewood Church.