Vertical Church Chapter Three notes
Say it in a Sentence: The glory of Jesus Christ revealed is what fuels the fire of a Vertical Church.
“The God has placed a longing in every human heart for Transcendent experience is a game changing. That God’s glory eclipses all other transcendent experience in the verse raises our stake in the game immeasurable” (page 183-184 Ipad two page view setting)
1 In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, 2 but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe. 3 The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.
“I began as a “truth guy”, and my own failings to be full of grace are legion. While I pray that truth is never diminished in my preaching or disciple making, God has graciously pursued me through much pain about the need to “be strong in the grace.” (page 192 Ipad version)
“Glory flows in two directions, not four. Glory goes up from the created world in a whisper and up from the redeemed world in a shout.” (page 193 Ipad version)
John 5:44 “How can you believe, when you receive glory form one another and do not seek the glory that comes from the only God?” (page 196 Ipad version)
“I don’t stand after services in a place to collect praise from the preaching” (page 198 Ipad version)
John 7:18 “The one who speaks on his own authority seeks his own glory; but the one who seeks his own glory; but the one who seeks the glory of him who sent him is true, and in him there is no falsehood” (page 199 Ipad version)
“Vertical Church teaches its people to judge every circumstance and opportunity in terms of its potential to reveal the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ” (page 211 Ipad version)
John 17: 22-24
22 And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: 23 I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.
24 “Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.
“There is only one place on the face of the earth where God has promised to reveal the glory of His great Son, Jesus Christ, and that is the church.” (Page 216 IPad version)
“When the bar ceases to be set at what I can conceive of through my life and gets raised to the level of “according to his power that is at work within us” (page 219 Ipad version)
“The harder part in all of this is that God won’t do through me what he can’t do in me. It’s easy to sit back and wish my church was more vertical, more powerful, more culturally penetrating, more glorious…” (page 221 Ipad version)
“The church of 100 needed a caregiver who was approachable and available to all. The church of 1,000 needed a leader who could rally the troops to get into a church home. The church of 2500, needed a manger to assure the quality of ministry through other staff. The church of 5000 needed a delegator letting go of much focus on a few critical duties. The church of 10,000 needs a multiplier, systemizing our philosophy and giving it away.” (page 228 Ipad version)
“I believe that promise to be true. Skills can be learned that will fill buildings and build reputations and repute fruit, but is there glory in that? How did we get to the place where we endorse all numerical advancement as “Christ building His church”
(page 234 Ipad version)
“What do you picture when you read John’s description of the disciples’ relationship with Jesus as seeing glory? Where and at what times have you been aware of God’s glory in memorable ways? How do you connect God’s glory and church? What difference would it make if God’s glory was significantly more apparent at your church next weekend?” (page 239, Ipad version)