Several may ask what it means to be, “first a vertical and then a Missional church.” I think I will call the church in the Bible a Vertical Church. That’s what we are going for, and from the very beginning it will be an experiment that asked these important questions:
• What if there was a church that believed God actually wrote a book called the Bible and that human souls were profoundly altered in hearing its truths proclaimed with passion and practicality, as the very words of God?
• What if there was a church that believed God was actually listening when we prayed, that He considered the pleas of His people when they cried out to Him from their hearts in faith and powerfully moved in people’s lives in response?
• What if there was a church that believed the fields are truly “ripe to harvest,” and that authentically being the hands and feet of Jesus to people in pain was far superior to seeing the gospel as a horizontal transaction of human persuasion and cultural understanding?
• What if there was a church where the people had as their first and most fervent focus, the adoration of God’s Son? Where worship was not part of the service or part of the week, but the consuming passion of the congregation and its leaders—not for themselves or even for the good feeling it brings, but truly for blessing the heart of God and inviting His presence in the midst of every ministry involvement?
Harvest Bible Chapel Douala is not all of those things, not perfectly, but it will help to remember what we are shooting for. We want to be a Vertical church. Just that. If we get the vertical right, the horizontal takes care of itself. People who are truly intimate with God the Father will have a genuine heart to transfer that love relationship to those around them. People who have God’s heart must have a heart for lost people. People who love the Word of God and seek to obey it will always have a powerful impact on the lost around them, and in their lives. YES! I believe it with all my heart and I am seeing it before my eyes. We want to make the focus and consuming passion of this church a vertical one, and the Missional elements of ministry will happen as naturally as breathing.
“Yes, when I, even I, the Son of Man am lifted up from the earth, I will draw all peoples to myself” (John 12:32).
“Think over what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything.” 2 Timothy 2:7
You ARE LOVED! – Pastor Ebua Kum,