The avenue that our last ultrasound highlighted as a way to stay vertical was PRAYER… a posture and a mindset of crying out to God.
2 Chronicles 14:11 Then Asa cried out to the Lord his God, “O Lord, no one but You can help the powerless against the mighty! Help us, O Lord our God, for we trust in You alone. It is in Your Name that we have come against this vast horde. O Lord, You are our God; do not let mere men prevail against you!”
Asa didn’t merely recite a prayer that he had memorized; he simply went to the Lord with his huge need and he did so with such a realization of whom he was and whom God was. God responds to this kind of praying.
The toughest and most difficult situations in life have been turned around by God, not because people got smarter or understood more theology, but because God responds to a person and/or a group of people who humble themselves and passionately cry out to the ONE and only ONE who can make all things possible.
VCC desires to see impossible things happen…VCC desires to see lives, marriages, and relationships RESTORED all for the glory of God. Let us be known for being a praying church.
In keeping with the “ultra-sound” theme, I want to introduce another avenue of VCC which is – preaching and teaching Jesus-centered messages.
Again, this is another area of my life as a pastor that the Lord has convicted me about. For years I have taught messages about various subjects, so often leaving out the whole reason why we should come together as a Body of believers in the first place…JESUS. The conviction came one day when the Lord revealed to me how many messages that I have proclaimed that were from God’s Word, but never tied in the good news of JESUS and what He has done.
Many fine messages come from the Old Testament, using the principles and examples given to us by those biblical characters, but the message cannot end there. There is no saving power in any of the Old Testament men or women. Wonderful examples, but no one else who saves or ministers to our souls like JESUS. Even the Apostles in the New Testament referred to scriptures from the Old Testament, but they did that for one reason – to point people to Jesus Christ and the salvation He alone offers.
So whatever we preach on, whatever scripture is used, we will take it back to JESUS. We will constantly proclaim the Gospel…Even if we are already saved, we need to be reminded of the Gospel and have a clear understanding of the Gospel because a clear understanding of the Gospel changes everything.
The Gospel of Jesus changes people and we must make it apart of every lesson, every message, everything we do at VCC.
See. when we tell people what they need to hear in a spirit of love, God will work in them and many will trust in the Lord because the Gospel is the power of God bringing salvation to sinners. The Gospel has never and will never lose its POWER to RESTORE lives.
Numerical growth was NOT the priority of the Apostles in the book of Acts and it will not be VCC’s either.
But a priority of VCC that will not change is clearly presenting a Jesus-centered, gospel-centered message…As you see in the book of Acts when the apostles shared a Jesus-centered, gospel-centered message, it was the Lord who saved people and it was the LORD who ADDED to the Church.
Vertical Community Church’s task is not to save souls, but to faithfully share the Gospel of JESUS.
Remember the Mission of Vertical Community is to bring GLORY to God, to display His LOVE, and to see lives RESTORED by the GOSPEL of JESUS CHRIST.
We would love for you to join us in being a Vertical Community that not only CRIES out to GOD in prayer, but also preaches and teaches Jesus-centered, Gospel-centered messages. Remember, it’s ALL about HIM for HIM…
If the Lord has spoken to you about joining us, then please contact me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We plan to meet this Sunday
November 16th at 4:00pm
6750 Tall Oaks in Springdale
It is our desire to begin gathering often in order to pray, study the Word together, and love on the community He has planted us in.
Also, if you desire to give to reaching NWA through VCC here is our address:
Vertical Community Church
P.O. Box 10258
Fayetteville, AR 72703
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