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Who We Are: We’re a Vertical Community

[Today, we continue the series about “Who We Are.”]
 
The work of Christ and for Christ is a shared work. We need each other, as “iron sharpens iron” (Prov. 27:17) and we need to keep pressing forward, believing God for big things. That’s why:
 
We’re a VERTICAL community and we serve and worship and are inspired by a God who always pursues us, always loves us, and is always willing to make us more like Jesus Christ.
 
We look vertically – to our sovereign, triune God – because He is our first love, our primary relationship. Apart from Him, we can’t do anything (John 15:5). We are committed to community – to unity and fellowship and growth – and to “how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together” (Heb. 10:24-25).
 
We serve God. We worship God. We’re inspired! We are confident that He is always pursuing us (John 15:16), always loving us and that “nothing can separate us” from His love (Rom. 8:39). We are grateful that He is always willing to make us more like Christ (2 Cor. 3:18) through His sanctifying, powerful, God-breathed word of truth (Rom 12:2, John 17:17, 2 Tim. 3:16, Heb. 4:12) and His Holy Spirit (John 14).
 
Father, help us to be a VERTICAL community as we serve, worship and are inspired by You and Your pursuing, loving, transforming ways. We long to exalt Your Name and see Your glory magnified in the world.

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Who We Are: We’re a Church That’s Going to Grow

[Today, we continue the series about “Who We Are.”]
 
When a person is committed to Jesus, he/she will focus on a personal walk with Him, worship of Him and work for Him. Faith will grow and this person will be transformed into His image “from one degree of glory to another” (2 Cor. 3:18). When this happens in a body of believers, we are like living stones, “being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood” (1 Peter 2:5). That’s why:
 
We’re a church that’s needed. We’re a church that’s going to grow. We’re a church that’s not going to settle for mediocre experiences and status quo Christianity.
 
Of course, we’re not the ONLY church that’s needed. In this broken, weary world, all churches that offer unapologetic preaching of God’s word, unashamed worship, unceasing prayer, and unafraid witness to the gospel of Jesus Christ are needed.
 
We are believing God for growth, knowing that “unless the LORD builds the house, those who build it labor in vain” (Ps. 127:1). Christianity is not the “same old, same old.” We don’t want to plateau in the faith. We want to go deeper, understand more fully, use our gifts, and continue to mine the depths of our salvation in Christ and what it means to walk faithfully before Him – individually, and collectively. This is both our high calling, and our joy.
 
Father, help us to be a church that’s needed, that’s growing, and that hungers for more than mediocre and status quo, so we can exalt Your Name and see Your glory magnified in the world.

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