Why do we pray together in EDGE group? First off, prayer is an acknowledgement of our infinite dependence on God. More than “what can I get”, prayer is all about relationship. Prayer is purposeful and intentional submission to God’s will for our own life, the lives of those in the EDGE group, and ultimately the world. I addition, prayer is also an expression of our dependence on others, of our being for and with each other. Praying together shows we care for others by hearing each other and joining together in asking God to continue working in our lives. Praying together with other EDGE group participants allows us to join together to believe truth about ourselves instead of lies, renew perspective, and crush strongholds.
So, I’ve got PRAYER for next week. Now what? Continue reading
Why discuss? Do we talk about the Bible to simply gain knowledge? Is our conversation a way to gage who has the most knowledge, is the best debater, or knows the least? In EDGE groups, we talk about passages in the Bible to continue the pursuit of experiencing the presence of Jesus together like it is described in 1 Corinthians 14:23-25.
“So if the whole church comes together and everyone speaks in tongues, and some who do not understand or some unbelievers come in, will they not say that you are out of your mind? But if an unbeliever or someone who does not understand comes in while everybody is prophesying, he will be convinced by all that he is a sinner and will be judged by all, and the secrets of his heart will be laid bare. So he will fall down and worship God, exclaiming, “God is really among you!”
We have found four truths that encourage us to experience Jesus together through study of the scriptures. Continue reading
Worship can be a difficult aspect to bring to EDGE group. Our biggest hang-ups come from when we can’t get our minds past thinking of worship as just a sing-along with “Four-chord-Frank” and his wonder guitar named “Spirit”. Many of us really connect to God through singing our songs of worship to Him. However, we have to allow for the fact that community worship can take on a myriad of a. Learning to bring the worship part of an EDGE group that will actually lead the group in worship is a process that involves trial and error. It can be risky because it requires something to flow from our heart. The deeper this expression of our heart, the more personal it will be. While our most intimate expressions of worship are reserved for our most private times with God, people will draw closer together as they draw closer to the same God. (There’s some geometric principle to support this so it must be true! In a nutshell, hearing the devotion of another can inspire others to greater devotion.
So, I’ve got WORSHIP for next week. Now what? Continue reading