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The Call, The Vision, The Mission

The church’s vision is what the church will look like in the next five to ten years of its life as it accomplishes the mission.

A Vision Statement, is not a statement describing what a certain ministry is now, but rather a Vision Statement asserts what those in the ministry would like it to become. The Vision Statement defines the direction in which the ministry will focus.
Notice the difference between a "Mission Statement" and a "Vision Statement". A "Vision Statement" explains what the ministry desires to "be" and the "Mission Statement" explains what the ministry desires to "do" (i.e., The Mission Statement explains how the Vision will be accomplished.). Mission defines the key ministry objectives (or purposes) of the ministry. Mission answers the "WHAT? " question. What is this ministry going to do to accomplish the vision?
Jesus preached the Kingdom of God (heaven).
The disciples remained in Jerusalem because of Jesus teaching.
Acts 1:1–8 NIV
1 In my former book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach 2 until the day he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles he had chosen. 3 After his suffering, he presented himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God. 4 On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. 5 For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.” 6 Then they gathered around him and asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?” 7 He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
The disciples remained in Jerusalem because Christ formed a vision for them.
The vision was twofold,
Baptized by (in) the Holy Spirit
Be witnesses
Christ’s vision for His disciples remains the same.
Power is still received through the Holy Spirit.
We are expected to be witnesses.
Vision is
The vision and mission Luke wrote about began with Jesus teaching.
Acts 1:2 NIV
2 until the day he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles he had chosen.
Instruction came through the Holy Spirit
During His incarnation Jesus was fully dependent upon God the Father and the Holy Spirit. His mission on earth was to live a life of perfect submission and obedience. Scholars identify the Gospel of Luke as describing Jesus as the perfect man.
Vision goal #1. Calvary Independent Church will be known as a church who communications come through the Holy Spirit.
Acts 1:3 NIV
3 After his suffering, he presented himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God.
Jesus gave proof that He was alive over 40 days
He spoke of the Kingdom of God
Vision goal #2. Calvary Independent Church life will be defined by the Kingdom of God. It is our goal to live and preach the kingdom
Acts 1:4 NIV
4 On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about.
A command was given Do not leave Jerusalem Wait for the gift promised by the Father
Vision goal #3. Calvary Independent will be known as a church who waits on the leading and guidance of the Holy Spirit.
Acts 1:5 NIV
5 For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”
Reason: you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit
Vision goal #4. Calvary Independent church is immersed in the Holy Spirit.
Acts 1:6–7 NIV
6 Then they gathered around him and asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?” 7 He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority.
Question: When are you going to restore the Kingdom of Israel (Reveals vision) The hoped for the kingdom of Israel
The question of God's timing was not important and not revealed
Vision goal #5 Our faith leaves the unknown things of God to God.
Acts 1:8 NIV
8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
Vision: You will receive power
The power will come through the Holy Spirit The Holy Spirit will come on you Then, you will be my witnesses Location: in Jerusalem, in all Judea, and in Samaria, and then to the ends of the earth.
Vision summary: Calvary Independent’s power comes through the Holy Spirit!
Calvary Independent will be a witness for the Kingdom of God to the ends of the earth!
What can we learn about vision?
Jesus Christ established the vision for the disciples.
The vision included a command for an immediate response. Do not leave but wait for the Father's gift. A time frame was given for the waiting period, "in a few days." They were to expect a baptism with the Holy Spirit. Power would come with the Holy Spirit
Vision: what those in the ministry would like it to become.
We want Calvary Independent Church to be an assembly who is a witness Matthew 10:7 proclaim the message Mark 13:11 the Gospel must first be preached Mark 13:11 The Holy Spirit is speaking for you Luke 24:47 repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all the nationsPeter's sermon: Acts 2:32 God raised Jesus to life of which we are all witnesses. God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah. Saul the witness: Acts 22:15 a witness to all people - Acts 26:16
The Jews and the Law
Romans 2:17
Matthew 10:7 NIV
7 As you go, proclaim this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’
Mark 13:11 NIV
11 Whenever you are arrested and brought to trial, do not worry beforehand about what to say. Just say whatever is given you at the time, for it is not you speaking, but the Holy Spirit.
Luke 24:47 NIV
47 and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.
Acts 2:32 NIV
32 God has raised this Jesus to life, and we are all witnesses of it.
Acts 22:15 NIV
15 You will be his witness to all people of what you have seen and heard.
Acts 26:16 NIV
16 ‘Now get up and stand on your feet. I have appeared to you to appoint you as a servant and as a witness of what you have seen and will see of me.
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