You can’t fake glory. You can’t manufacture it, or manipulate it, or manifest it at will. Only God Himself can bring glory into a church, and when He does, communities get shaken and lives get changed, and the fame of Jesus Christ curls continuously upon the shore of human hearts like a Hawaii 5-0 wave. Church is supposed to be a tsunami of glory every Sunday, and that is what we gather for. Push out of your mind your concepts of church as community, church as mission, church as evangelistic tool, or church as instruction in Scripture. Church can be all of those things with great power if God is in the house. Vertical Church points to a new day where God is the seeker and we are the ones found. In Vertical Church God shows up, and that changes everything.
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This is a significant week in the life our church and our fellowship of churches, with the release of the book, Vertical Church. It’s the story of our twenty-five-year try-fail-try again pursuit of the single goal of experiencing God’s glory—and one that I fervently pray will be used in churches around the world to ignite a renewed hunger and passion for His manifest presence.
In addition, the first worship CD from our Vertical Church Band releases today…and I cannot adequately express how fired up I am about these songs of ascription to our Savior.
And, in a colossal effort to bring the message of Vertical Church to as many people as possible, we’re preparing to head out on a 40-city Vertical Tour across North America next week.
Let God be remembered in the midst of His church, let Jesus Christ be proclaimed and petitioned and adored in the center and as the center of His church. Let the Holy Spirit move in power, drawing every person gathered deeper into the life-giving presence of Jesus in His church.
Let God Himself be the main attraction at church again, and let us be tireless in our insistence that church is for God, about God, through God, and to the glory of His great Son.