On June 18th we had our first Vision Service as Water's Edge. We enjoyed some good food, worship, a message and our first baptism! It was a great turn out! We had a few join our plant team so, we are on our way to growing and developing the launch of Water's Edge.
Our goal is to keep it simple and let everything we do contribute to our vision of "taking people from the edge of life and leading them into a deeper relationship with God." In order to fulfill this vision we believe it starts with us. It starts at home. So, we all have made a commitment to set our priorities straight, get serious with our relationship with God, work on our marriages, lead our families, and invest in others' lives. Stretching many of us beyond our comfort zones we have seen tremendous growth just within our small plant team. These growing pains are teaching us how to have this authentic "deep relationship" first. So, we may go out as disciples of Jesus and lead those at the edge of life not only by Truth, but by our own experience of God.
Many times these changes are exciting, but also it can be challenging. Sometimes it can be easier to want to stay where you are in life because you feel safe, comfortable, or satisfied. But, what happens when God calls you? God called to Samuel four times. When He finally replied with a faithful heart. God gave him a vision that was uncomfortable to share. (1 Samuel 3:1-15) But, God had a work to do and needed someone who had the faith to listen and obey. When Samuel stepped out the Lord blessed him. (1 Samuel 3:6-21) "19 Thus Samuel grew and the Lord was with him and let none of his words fail."
As all of believers are called to be disciples of Christ, we all have been called do something great. But, whenever there is change or growth there is almost always some growing pains. Be encouraged and have faith that trusting and obeying God will always bring you His blessing.
Your sister in Christ,