Vertical Church Chapter Four notes
An Epic Failure: Ichabod
Say it in a sentence: Until we acknowledge that the church in North America is failing, we won’t take the steps necessary to see that trend reversed.
1 Samuel 4:21 She named the boy Ichabod, saying, “The Glory has departed from Israel”–because of the capture of the ark of God and the deaths of her father-in-law and her husband
The term “Ichabod” is found in two places in the Bible, 1 Samuel 14:3 and 4:21. Ichabod was the son of Phinehas and the grandson of Eli, the “priest of the LORD in Shiloh.” The sad story of Eli and his two wayward sons, Phinehas and Hophni, is found in 1 Samuel, chapters 2 and 4. Hophni and Phinehas died in battle with the Philistines who captured the Ark of the Covenant and took it away from Israel. Upon hearing this terrible news, Eli fell backward off his chair and broke his neck and died. Phinehas’s pregnant wife went into labor and bore a son.
“And she named the child Ichabod, saying, ‘The glory has departed from Israel!’ because the ark of God had been captured and because of her father-in-law and her husband. And she said, ‘The glory has departed from Israel, for the ark of God has been captured’” (1Samuel 4:21-22). The word Ichabod means literally “inglorious” or “there is no glory,” and in her pain and despair, the woman (who is unnamed in Scripture) lamented over the loss of the glory of God from Israel.
Francis Schaeffer rightly observed, “The spirit of the age becomes the spirit of the church”
Vertical church is about faithfulness and fruitfulness; it’s about passionate worship, biblical proclamation, fervent prayer, and effective outreach that flows into every avenue of compassion for those in need.” Page 250 Ipad version
Church stats…. Page 254-255 Ipad version
Judges: When the people of God are not told the works of God, they lose the wonder of God, and everyone does that which is right in his or her own eyes. Page 261 Ipad version
“More often the term custom or tradition describes a former leaders’s clever plan for gaining selfish advantage.” Page 265 Ipad version
“do they advance our goal of the manifest presence of God in Church? Don’t let anything that isn’t in the scripture be required to your ministry.” Page 266 Ipad
“This problem is rampant in the church today, as so called “prosperity preachers” have built a theology around lavish life-style and pilfering those in poverty in the name of honouring God.” Page 270 Ipad
Soteriology is a word that comes from Greek word soterious, which means “to save”
“What if Satan allowed a few churches to burst at the seams, knowing that selfish shepherds everywhere would mimic those horizontal methods and plunge churches from coast to coast into a vortex of decline.” Page 282 Ipad
The fundamental question in everything we do must be: Will this honor God? Does this display Jesus Christ? Does this make people see how awesome the Lord is? Failure to answer ‘yes’ invites ichabod Page 282 Ipad
How many services for this Sunday in the Western world have been designed around the shallowness of what people want to need instead of what God commands and endorses with His presence? Page 286 Ipad
A church with no conflict is likely a church that is manufacturing peace in a way that prohibits glory.
The error of Eli was that he put the feelings and preferences of his sons ahead of the holiness of God. Eli feared injury to the horizontal agenda more than losing God’s favour on the vertical plane. Page 293 Ipad
What you get them with is what you’ll keep them with. Page 294
In a Vertical church, evangelism and discipleship are equal in priority because both bring more glory to God. First, we pursue better disciples, which brings more glory to God, and in turn better disciples are more effective evangelists where they live. Both priorities throw more logs onto the glory fire at the center of all we do. Page 297
The Philistines eventually sent the ark back to Israel-they had defeated Israel’ army, but they were no match for Israel’s God. Can you make any parallels to how our God feels today when we adorn His holy presence with misplaced attempts at releveance. Page 311 Ipad
No Theologian anywhere who takes the Bible seriously sees salvation as anything other than a sovereign act of God….. page 312 Ipad