Our VISION at WatersEdge Community Church is to develop “passionate, broken Christ-followers seeking to reflect the surprising life of Christ and influence others toward the same."
Here’s what we mean by this definition:
We believe that the most central calling in life is a white-hot love affair with Jesus Christ. Everything of spiritual significance in our lives is birthed out of this first-hand, ongoing, ever-deepening relationship with the living God. We also believe that our next calling is the vigorous reaching out to our neighbors in sacrificial love and helping them become all they can be in Christ. This includes our near-neighbor (fellow believers) and our far-neighbor (unbelievers). Thus you will find that we are a relationship-driven church as opposed to a program-driven or event-driven one. We are intentionally event-lite and program-lite so that we can be relationship-heavy. We believe that if we passionately pursue the three great relationships --Christ, believers, unbelievers --the rest will fall into its appropriate place.
We believe that this passion is a God-gifted passion, a borrowed passion. In other words, it is the energy and vitality of the Holy Spirit within the believer; not a flesh-driven attempt to be zealous for God. As Paul puts it, “for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.” Phil. 2:13
We also believe this is a God-directed passion, one which is deeply rooted in the eternal word of God. The fire of passion and the light of God’s word must walk hand in hand.
Brokenness occurs when our innate pride and arrogance is shattered by an overwhelming sense of the greatness, majesty, and blazing holiness of our triune God. It is deepened by the ongoing realization that everything that really needs to be done in our souls and through our lives can only be done by God. Broken Christ-followers do not merely high-five their inadequacy; they embrace it moment by moment. To the deepest core of their being they believe the words of Christ – “Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.” Jn. 15:4,5
We use the word “reflect” very intentionally. At WatersEdge we are not seeking to imitate or reproduce the life of Jesus, for this is humanly impossible. Our goal is simply to be conduits through which His divine, life-giving waters can flow into this needy world.
We believe that our primary calling is not to bear fruit for Christ but to abide in Christ. Supernatural fruit is inevitable when dynamic abiding is present.
“And He is the head of the body, the church, Who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.” Col. 1:18
“but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ…” Eph. 4:15
At WatersEdge our allegiance, our devotion, and our follow-ship is toward a Person; not an organization, an institution, or a leader. We exists to worship and spotlight the Lord Jesus Christ, to flaunt His excellencies before the world, and to find our all in all in Him alone.
We believe that there is only one church in Houston…with many different expressions. We are but one of those expressions; and we rejoice in, pray for, and hold hands with the many other wonderful expressions of Christ throughout the city.
The Surprising Life of Christ
“And so it was, when Jesus had ended these sayings, that the people were astonished at His teaching,” Mtt. 7:28
“So all bore witness to Him, and marveled at the gracious words which proceeded out of His mouth…” Lk. 4:22
“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” Jn. 1:14
Central to the life of Christ as seen in the scriptures is surprise. His actions, teaching, and responses so very often resulted in the phrase, “the people marveled”. Genuine Christ-likeness is anything but the stiff, predictable, smug morality that all too often characterizes evangelicals. At WatersEdge the surprise factor is a central core value. One of our key questions in discipleship is “How can we surprise those within our natural sphere of influence with unexpected glimpses of vibrant, radical spirituality?” If the life of Christ is genuinely being released through us, it will at least occasionally catch people off-guard and temporarily disrupt their light view of God.