Friday, August 3, 2012
The Church today is not perfect. You know that. Whether you're a believer in Jesus or not, you know that the Church is imperfect. As long as man is at the wheel, the Church will fail. It may have failed you. But what happens when we put aside our own interests, or own comforts, our own agenda and seek to glorify Him alone - seek to glorify God above all else? What happens then?
If you know Joel and I well, you know that this past spring we decided to do something crazy. I mean really crazy. I mean something I never, ever thought I would be a part of. We are part of a church plant. Crazy, right?
When I thought of church plants before, I either thought of missionaries planting a church in a far-away country or some crazy people trying to set-up church in a movie theater in the States. But here we are, part of a church plant. Seven months ago, we left what was comfortable to follow in obedience...
In these seven months, we have developed great friendships. We have people in our lives who love us, want to know us and want to do life with us. I have friends in this church who push me constantly toward a better, truer, richer relationship with Christ. We have a pastor who knows us. He understands our unique military life and has committed to stand beside us, no matter what life may bring.
Above all, our church is dedicated to bring God's glory. So what does that mean? What does it look like for a church to stop being man-focused, and instead set its sight on Him and Him alone? Well, that's what I'm excited to blog about this month. A church that goes Vertical.
Next week, I'll start blogging my way through Vertical Church, a book by James MacDonald. I hope you'll join me, and together we can learn about what is means to go vertical.