WHY VERTICAL COMMUNITY CHURCH?

Jesus says in Matthew 6:33 – “But seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” (ESV)

“Vertical” living is seeking God’s kingdom above all else. When we do this, He promises He will take care of the rest. Vertical Community Church understands that a real encounter with Jesus changes everything. That is why we sense the urgency and calling to point people to Jesus Christ. It is all about Him and for Him. Our desire is to LOVE PEOPLE by pointing them to the One who created them. Our goal each week is to see lives restored by proclaiming the Gospel, to display His love, and to bring Glory to God in all we do.

Vision

Showing the Love of Christ so that others may experience this Love for themselves.
(I John 4:7-21)

Motto

Love is why we are here.
This is our reason for existing. To show God's love, and to live out the message of the gospel.

Mission

Vertical Community Church exists to bring glory to God, to display His love, and to see lives restored by the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Our Beliefs

As with any belief system, the core tenants of our faith are what guide our worldview. Click on each of the different boxes below to get an explanation of our beliefs regarding each theological topic.

We believe God is the Creator and Ruler of the world. He eternally exits in three distinct persons: The Father, The Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God.

(Genesis 1:1, 26, 27; 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Isaiah 45:5-6, Isaiah 46:9-10, Matthew 28:19; John 17:3, II Corinthians 13:14; I Peter 1:2)

We believe Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus Christ was born of a virgin and is both fully God and human. He lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the sacrificial substitute to pay the penalty for sin. Jesus Christ physically rose from the dead after 3 days, ascended into heaven and will one day physically return. It is only through faith in the person and work of Jesus Christ and repentance from sin can one be restored to God and experience true life and joy. He did all this in order to display His love for you and to restore you back into a right relationship with Him.

(Matthew 1:22-23, Luke 2:52; Colossians 1:15-20: Hebrews 1:1-3; Isaiah 9:6, John 1:1-5; 14:10-30, Hebrews 4:14-15, I Corinthians 15:3-4, Romans 1:3-4, Acts 1:9-11, I Timothy 6:14-15, Titus 2:13, John 1:29; John 10:1-18; Romans 5:8; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Galatians 1:4; 1 Peter 3:18; Matthew 28:1-20; Mark 16:1-8; Luke 24:1-53; 1 Corinthians 15:12-34; John 14:3, Acs 1:11; 1 Thessalonians 4:16; Hebrews 9:28; I John 3:2; Revelation 1:7; John 3:18; 14:6, Acts 4:12; Romans 3:21-26; I Timothy 2:5-6)

We believe salvation is a free gift from God. We believe that the blood Jesus Christ shed on the Cross provides the sole basis for the forgiveness of sin. God offers salvation to those who put their faith in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus as sufficient for the payment for their sin. There is no salvation apart from a personal faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and for the forgiveness of sin. Eternal life begins the moment someone receives Jesus Christ into his or her life by faith. It is only through faith in the person and work of Jesus Christ and repentance from sin can one be restored to God and experience true life and joy.

(John 1:12, 14:6; Romans 5:1, 6:23; Galatians 3:26; Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5)

We believe a New Testament church is a local congregation of believers who have been restored back into a right relationship with Jesus Christ. The Church exits to worship God, to display His love and to give Him glory by making disciples. Upon conversion, the newly restored men and women are added to a local church in which they devote themselves to teaching, prayer, fellowship, and the Lord’s Supper. All members of the Church are to be a vital and committed part of the local church. The church acknowledges Jesus as her only Head and governs herself by democratic principles under the oversight of her Lead Pastor, Elders, and Pastors. Her two ordinances are Baptism by immersion and Lord’s Supper.

(Acts 16:5, I Corinthians 4:17, Ephesians 5:23, Colossians 1:18)

We believe the Lord’s Supper is a symbolic act of obedience that Jesus instructed believers to do that would remember His death and resurrection and anticipate His second coming. It is a time for us to examine our own lives and remember and proclaim what the Lord has done for you.

(Matthew 26:26-30; Mark 14:22-26, Luke 22:14-20, 1 Corinthians 11:23- 32)


We believe man was created in the image of God and He created them male and female. In the beginning man was innocent of sin and was endowed by His Creator with freedom of choice. By his free choice man sinned against God and brought sin into the human race. As a result, all human beings are born with a sinful nature and are born separated from God. Man is incapable of regaining a right relationship with God through his own efforts. It is only the grace of God that can restore man into His holy fellowship and enable man to fulfill the creative purpose of God.

(Genesis 1:27; Psalm 51:5, Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a, 59:1-2; Jeremiah 17:9, Romans 3:23, Romans 5:8, 12-21, Romans 7:18-25, Ephesians 2:1-3)

We believe The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son of God. Through the proclamation of the Gospel, the Holy Spirit reveals to men their need to repent of their sins and confess Jesus as Lord and Savior. He lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. He gives every believer a spiritual gift when they are saved. As Christians, we seek to live under His control daily.

( John 14:16-17, 16:7-13; Acts 1:8; I Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; II Corinthians 3:17; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 1:13, 5:18)

We believe God gives the believer eternal life through Jesus Christ, therefore the believer in Jesus is secure in that salvation for eternity. Salvation is maintained by the grace, mercy, and power of God; not by the self-effort of the believer. It is the grace and power of God that gives this security.

(John 10:29; II Timothy 1:12; Hebrews 7:25, 10:10, 14; I Peter 1:3-5)

We believe Biblical Baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Baptism is only for those who have professed faith in Jesus Christ. It is an act of obedience symbolizing the believers’ faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Savior. It also symbolizes the believers’ death to sin, the burial of the old life and the resurrection to walk in newness of life in Christ Jesus. It is a testimony to the believer’s faith.

(Matthew 3:16, Matthew 28:19-20, Mark 1:9, Acts 2:41, Acts 8:12-13, Acts 8:38-39, Romans 6:4, 1 Corinthians 15:3-4, 2 Corinthians 5:17, Colossians 2:12)

We believe the Bible is God’s Word to us. It was written by human authors; under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. The Scriptures are true, authoritative, and sufficient.

(Psalm 12:6, 19:7-11, 119:105, 160, 138:2, Proverbs 30:5, II Timothy 1:13, 3:16, II Peter 1:20-21)

Love is why we are here.

Our Leaders

God places leaders where He wants them, when He wants them to be there. At Vertical, we're fortunate to have a great group of people at the helm. These are those people. 🙂

Donnie

Donnie


Amber

Savanna


Jacob

Jacob

Membership


Now that you know everything about us, you can consider, and pray about joining. Anyone interested in taking the next step in becoming a member of Vertical Community must participate in our membership class. These are offered several times annually. In it, we cover our mission and vision, our story, and ways to get involved. If you are interested in further information, contact Donnie directly at dgrigg@verticalnwa.org. Or click the contact button to the right and reach out like that. It's up to you. 🙂