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Who We Are: We’re FOR Passionate, Christ-centered Worship

[Today, we continue the series about “Who We Are.”]
Most people aren’t impressed with lip service. Talk is cheap, and flattering talk is cheaper still. We can be sure God isn’t fooled by these things. He knows our true thoughts and intentions (Heb. 4:12-13) and looks at the heart (1 Sam. 16:7). That’s why:
We’re FOR passionate, Christ-centered worship.
The prophet Isaiah had sobering words from the Lord – “…this people draw near with their mouth and honor me with their lips, while their hearts are far from me (Isa. 29:13). In contrast, Jesus said …” true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him” (John 4:23). We don’t want to be lukewarm about the things of God. “So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth” (Rev. 3:16). That’s why, at Vertical Church, nothing less than passionate, Christ-centered worship will do.
We are Christ-centered. We worship Jesus. Lots of people have faith, but the object of faith matters. Jesus Christ alone has the highest name and is given the highest place. Praising Him gives God glory (Phil. 2). God’s glory is over all the earth: “All the earth worships you and sings praises to you; they sing praises to your name.” (Ps 66:4). He is so worthy!
Father, help us to be FOR passionate, Christ-centered worship, so we can exalt Your Name and live authentic lives of faith in Jesus.

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Who We Are: We’re FOR Big Prayers

[Today, we continue the series about “Who We Are.”]
Do you know what it means to “think big” in prayer? The truth is, however big we’re thinking, it’s not big enough. At least, that’s what God says. He says He is “able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think” (Eph. 3:20). That’s why:
We’re FOR big prayers.
The bigger our understanding of God, the bigger our prayers can be. As humans, we are bound by space, time and resources, but God is not (Isa. 57:15). We have limited knowledge and strength, but God does not (Rom. 11:33-34, Ps. 121). We can be fickle, but God doesn’t change (Ps. 15:4, Heb. 13:8). We have limits, but with God all things are possible (Matt. 19:26).
With God, creation was spoken into existence (Gen. 1), bushes burn but don’t burn up (Ex. 3), water becomes walls or piles into a heap (Ex. 14:29, Josh. 3:16), bread rains down from Heaven (Ex. 16:4), donkeys speak (Num. 22:28), the sun stands still (Josh. 10:13), a 4-days dead Lazarus is raised to life (John 11), and on and on.
One of the pillars of Vertical Church is “Unceasing prayer” – that we would be "praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints" (Eph. 6:18). Father, we are FOR big prayers, because you are a big God. Help us exalt Your Name and live authentic lives of faith in Jesus.

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