Vision: The Art of Seeing the Possibility
A couple of years ago I purchased my first pair of progressive lens glasses. I’m going into my third year with these fancy contraptions and I am still trying to get used to them. I feel like a country boy in the big city, because I’m still struggling to find the “zone” to look through. Speaking of vision, there is a famous rendering from Proverbs 29:18 that goes like this. “Where there is no vision the people perish.” For years preachers have used this passage to build the case of presenting a clear vision for God’s people to follow. While we all need vision in how to live, this is not exactly the meaning of this passage. After careful study of Solomon’s words, it becomes clear that Solomon is referring to the danger of living without being guided by God’s Word.
Another way of translating this famous passage as followers would be, “Where there is no revelation, people cast off all restraint.”
In other words, if man doesn’t hear and follow God’s Word he will end up doing just about anything and everything. Does that sound like today’s world? It goes without saying that apart from God’s Word, man is in a heap of trouble. We should be extremely thankful that we have the Word of God.
Our church recently adopted a new Mission and Vision statement. Our mission statement is our job description whereas our vision statement is what we desire to be. Central’s mission statement says, “The purpose of CBC is to Live for Christ, Love People, and Make Disciples.” This is what we are supposed to do. Our Vision statement is more of a description of who we need to be. It is our desired outcome. “The vision of CBC is to be a people of acceptance, healing, equipping, and sending.”
What would our church look like if this indeed became our vision? Can you imagine a church that accepted people where they were, helped them to find true healing in the name of Jesus, equipped them to be fully committed followers of Christ, then sent them into the world to help rescue other wounded people by accepting them, helping and equipping them only to send them out too? Are we there yet? Some might think so while others would say certainly not. Still others possibly see a glimpse of this vision. Regardless, this is the type of church we desire to become.
During the next four months, I will be preaching a series of messages that speak about this vision. It’s important to note this is not a vision from a man. It’s not from a convention or from a conference. It comes directly from God’s Word. February’s theme will be “Acceptance.” What does it mean to be a people of acceptance? What does the Bible teach? What examples does Jesus offer? All this and more is in our new sermon series, “Vision: The Art of Seeing the Possibility!”
Until the whole world hears,