What Every Heart Longs For : What Every Church Can Be
This is a total shift in church thinking. A church where honoring God and adoring His Son and proclaiming His word and seeking His face are the focus. Where challenging people, inviting them to something harder, and calling them to something deeper is the norm.
A call to pastors, church leaders and motivated disciples challenges them to fully embrace the truth about God’s church, God’s glory, God’s word and presence, and mostly about adoring His Son, Jesus Christ.
“An emergency call, and I rush from my coziness into the dark community where the police have requested a chaplain. Arriving in minutes, I find the family imploding with grief having just discovered their son hanging in the garage. In a moment of unshakable pain, he jumped off the ladder and into eternity. And I will never shake the look in their eyes when I asked why he hadn’t called a church. ‘Why would he do that?’ Across town, a pool of tears on my kitchen table as an out of town guest feels the weight of his infidelity, despairing that his famished soul finds no refuge and that he has to board a plane to feel fellowship.
‘Has your church tried to help you?’
And the Christian leader confesses he hasn’t been to church in years. Infighting, backbiting, heartbreaking, frustrating … church. Though exceptions do exist, the reality is that church in America is failing one life at a time. Somewhere between pathetically predictable and shamefully entertaining, sadly sentimental and rarely authentic, church has become worst of all … godless.
Vertical Church points to a new day where God is the seeker, and we are the ones found. In Vertical Church God shows up, and that changes everything. If you want to experience God as you never have before and witness His hand at work, if you want to wake up to the first thought, ‘Thank God it’s Sunday, ‘ if you’re ready to feel your heart beat faster as you drive to your place of worship … then devour and digest the lessons of Vertical Church.”
For further NOTES See also the BACK of the book!