Almost every conference, every class, every meeting I have ever been at talks about a vision.
Since grade school someone asks you what are your goals?
What do you want to do?
What do you want to achieve?
Every year at this time you see people make New Years resolutions.
We make resolutions and then we spend the rest of the year kicking ourselves for not completing them.
But what if we made our goals for the next year differently.
What if instead of saying I want to go to the gym three times a week all year, we said I want to double my time at the gym?
This year I went twice that means next year I only have to go four times!
What if we set goals that are attainable yet challenging?
If we are going to have a vision- we have to have something that we believe is worth having that vision for.
Take you Bibles and turn with me to Hebrews 11.
I know the King James says “Where there is no vision the people perish, but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.”
But consider this “Without revelation, people run wild, but one who follows divine instruction will be happy.”
This is why I like the CSB better for this verse.
They say the same things, to different times.
King James translators were translating for folks in the 17th century.
To them a vision was a revelation.
Visions and revelations are just that – revelations from God.
In a sense dreams of where he wants us to be.
God speaks to us in revelations.
He opens our eyes or reveals things we can handle.
I believe that revelation is always progressive in nature.
Without his revelation to us we just kinda do whatever.
There is no purpose in what we are trying to do.
As a child we played games.
Have you ever thought that all of those games had a goal?
We play tag, why?
Because we do not want to be it.
We do not want to be caught.
The games have a goal, because without one we run wild.
What happens when humans just run wild?
We get in trouble.
Look at the rest of this verse- one who follows divine instruction will be happy.
Vision is about knowing where you are going.
Helen Keller was once asked what could be worse than being born blind.
Her response was having your eyesight with no vision.
You could see, but there is no outlook for the future.
What I want to talk to you about this morning is building a bridge.
We know the past, we are experiencing the present, but we need to build a bridge into the future.
What is it going to take to build a bridge to our future?
As with anything you want to build, there has to be a foundation.
Before we do anything, before we set forward with any task we need to start with preparation.
I believe there are some things we need to establish in order to have a vision of what God wants for us to.
We know what our job is as a church.
It is pretty clear.
Jesus commanded us to go and make disciples.
Baptizing them and teaching them all Jesus commanded us.
That all is pretty simple.
Not so much.
Last year I started walking.
I wanted to be healthier.
But I soon discovered if I walk without a plan, I am just wandering.
The same thing is true about a vision.
Why do we need one?
If we decide to just go out and make disciples, what are we going to do with them?
If we are following what Jesus told us we need to baptize them.
Where do we get the water?
What do we do with the water when we are done?
What do we teach them?
Where do we start?
You see where I am going?
If we are going to be a church we need a plan.
There are some things we need to look at if we want to succeed.
Why are we doing this?
What is the point?
What is the goal?
How will we get there?
How will we know when we are there?
At the beginning.
Who are we?
We are a group of believers that want to tell other people about Jesus.
We want them to know that without Jesus there is no hope.
Simply put, there are two roads, one to heaven – eternity with God, and one to hell – eternity without God.
A simple choice.
We love people and demonstrate that love by telling them about Jesus.
It is who we are.
We do this with the hope we find in Jesus Christ.
One day we will be with him and we want to share that hoep.
We do it because of the love God has shown us.
It is all about the outcome.
God loves us and we love him.
We serve him knowing that there is a goal.
Lets go back to Hebrews and look at what it took for Moses to do that same thing.
It was all about the reward.
Paul writes “Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”
It is all about the outcome.
The reward what is this all about.
There needs to be a reward in sight.
Every year we have a goal.
Last year the Goal of Eastmont for the NW Impact, or Sylvia Wilson offering was 10% of the NWBC goal.
Why? Evangelism is important.