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Who We Are: We’re FOR Multiple Churches

[Today, we continue the series about “Who We Are.”]
We’re not Lone Rangers. The work of Christ and for Christ is a shared work, across the Twin Cities, across the country, around the world. That’s why:
We’re FOR multiple churches.
As Vertical Church, we’re part of a worldwide family of 110 churches (and counting) under Harvest Bible Fellowship, founded in 2002 by Pastor James MacDonald. But beyond this Fellowship, we profess a shared mission and vision with all churches who align under the one true faith, as reflected in our core beliefs. “There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all” (Eph. 4:4-5).
Fueled by the Holy Spirit and God’s word, with sound doctrine, the armor of God (Eph. 6) and grace and truth (John 1), we move out into the world, confidently and boldly, knowing that God “desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Tim. 2:4). Jesus clearly proclaimed, “I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Matt. 16:18). Jesus has all authority, so we are to “go and make disciples” (Matt. 28).
Father, help us to be FOR multiple churches, so we can exalt Your Name and see Your glory magnified in the world.

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Who We Are: We’re FOR Being Fearless, Secure, Inspired, Maturing

[Today, we continue the series about “Who We Are.”]
Who are you when everyone’s looking? When no one is looking? Are those answers the same? As Christians, we don’t get our identity from culture, friends, enemies, social media, work, school, the mirror, or even our family. Our identity comes from who we are in Jesus Christ. That’s why:
We’re FOR fearless men, secure women, inspired teenagers, and maturing children.
God is our Creator and the grand designer of mankind (Gen. 2). He knit us together before we were born (Ps. 139) and He knows the plans He has for us (Jer. 29). Plans for:
* Fearless men – We want Vertical men who trust God to be fearless in all that they do. “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:9)
* Secure women – We want Vertical women who trust God to be secure in His love and confidently rest in knowing that “all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose” (Rom. 8:28).
* Inspired teenagers – We want Vertical teenagers to be inspired by ALL that God has for them. “Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity” (1 Tim.4:12).
* Maturing children – We want Vertical kids to know that God is love, God is holy, God is faithful, and God is sovereign. This hope is an anchor for their souls (Heb. 6:19) as they continue to grow and mature.  
Father, help us to be who You created us to be, so we can exalt Your Name and live authentic lives of faith in Jesus.

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