We at Edgetts Wesleyan CARE for the people of the Pine River area.. We are willing to do whatever it takes to see lives touched, people saved, and our community changed forever.
Before we can care for anyone else we must properly care for ourselves. We walk consistently close to Jesus by prayer and Bible reading. We guard and monitor our physical, emotional, relational, and spiritual health. We reevaluate our priorities regularly and are accountable to each other.
The New Testament church was noticed by the world. Others said, “Behold, how they love one another”. We show this love by the discipleship and education of all believers that come to our fellowship. We also love and care for each other by active fellowship in each others homes, as well as at organized church functions. We care for each other by using our gifts to bless each other.
We care for our community by being involved in the lives of those outside our church. We do community service, participate in local government, and support our school.
In short, WE CARE! For ourselves, our church, and our community!
The What, Where, and When of “Who Cares?”
We live in a selfish world where even married couples have no clue what real love is all about. They move from person to person asking only one question, “What can I get out of this relationship?” Children are conceived with the hope that the child will “bring me some happiness”. Those children who escape the clinician’s knife are often neglected or abused. They must fend for themselves, only deepening this insidious self centeredness. Their world view is so warped by this misconception that even those who would try to help them, are not trusted.
When Jesus came into our hearts he systematically weeded out that selfish nature and filled us with perfect love. Cleansed in this way, we expect it to be easy to share our faith. However, we must never forget that those whose lives have been ‘touched’ by the selfishness of others, become suspicious of us when we show them Christ’s love. Therefore we muse be patient and show them Jesus in a consistent fashion until the happy truth is revealed. We don’t lust after them, their families, or their possessions. We really do love them. The best way to love people to Jesus is to care consistently.
“Who Cares?” This phrase can be taken two ways. As a question, it can mean, ‘does anyone really love?’ As a statement, it is the ultimate statement of apathy. We at Edgetts want to address both, first we really do love and we want to be actively involved in the lives of those in the Pine River area. We are not content to let the world come to us. We believe the Great Commission’s “Go Ye” is a command for us to move to them. It is our responsibility to reach out to our community and world. Once we go we must have a message to tell them. We believe the message of love is best communicated by the golden rule, “do unto others”. This is an action statement as well. We consider how we would want to be treated and we actively treat others in this fashion. Thus our actions become not only our responsibility, but our desire and passion. we lay aside apathy and take up heart felt concern, we lay aside our comfort and take up the ‘hard thing’, we lay aside the trivial and take up the cause of the Eternal. Simply stated- we Go & Do.
As we talk about caring we realize that caring isn’t enough. Even going and doing is inadequate to get anyone ready for heaven. Our care may convince the world of their sin but it takes the Holy Spirit to convict the world of sin. Our deeds will point the world to our Father, but the Father must hear and answer their prayers. Our sacrifice may touch their heart but only the sacrifice of Jesus can save their soul. If we do our part and God doesn’t do his part those in the Pine River area would Perish; however, as we do our part and pray, God has promised to do his part. Simply stated: We Go, Do, and Pray because we Care about the World.
We at Edgetts Wesleyan want to see revival in Luther, LeRoy, Tustin, and Everywhere! We want to see lives touched, people saved, and our community changed forever. We want God to move in such a mighty way that we will see miracles and wonders. We want people to become so curious they will not be able to drive by without stopping in to see what is going on. We want to see them so convicted they will not be able to leave until they make Jesus their Lord and Savior. We want to see such a move of God that people from our church will travel to other churches and spread revival fires to other communities until all America will know there is a God who cares.
This same active “care” must not stop after someone comes to know Jesus. The New Testament church was noticed by the world. Outsiders said, “behold, how they love one another!’. we show this love by the discipleship and education of all believers that come to our fellowship. We also love and care for each other by active fellowship in each others homes, as well as at organized church functions. We care for each other by using our gifts to bless each other. This revival of kindness will make it easier to pray for our brothers and sisters.
Before we can care for anyone else we must properly care for ourselves. We walk consistently close to Jesus by prayer and Bible Reading. We guard and monitor our physical, emotional, relational, and spiritual health. We reevaluate our priorities regularly and are accountable to each other. A personal revival will ignite a flame in our soul that can’t help but set others on fire!
For more information on our church doctrine, check out what the official Wesleyan Church website has to say about Our Core Values and Beliefs and Who the Wesleyans are!