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Who We Are: Our Best Days are Ahead

[Today, we conclude our series about “Who We Are.”]
Whatever good has come from our Vertical Church – however many new salvations, soul-level healings, grace-filled relationships, big prayers, and however much passionate and Christ-centered worship, sacrificial serving, however many fearless men, secure women, inspired teenagers, maturing children, pioneering leaders, and multiple churches, and Holy Spirit influence that changes the world – it has all most surely been because of God’s mighty work in us and among us and through us. That’s why we are sure:
Our best days are ahead and we know that this is the Lord’s doing and it is marvelous in our eyes.
It’s God’s good work: “Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit” (Zech. 4:6). Christ is the head of the church (Col 1:18) and nothing, not even the gates of Hades, will not prevail against it (Matt 16:13-18). God is faithful (Deut. 7:9) and will always be (2 Tim. 2:13). We are firmly committed to the work He has for us here on earth today, even as we continually look for our Blessed Hope (Titus 2:13). “Our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself” (Phil 3:20-21). We await Jesus’ return!
As grateful as we are for all that He has done in our church body, we humbly ask for more. Father, we thank you that our best days are ahead. We know this is Your good work and it’s marvelous in our eyes (Ps. 118:23). We exalt Your Name and magnify Your glory in the world. Amen.

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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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