March 21, 2021
Sermon Title: Renewing Our Vision
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2 Timothy 1:1-10
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Scripture Reading: 2 Timothy 1:1-10
Scripture Text: 2 Timothy 1:1-10; 1 Timothy 1:8
7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
8 Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God;
9 Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,
Renewing Our Vision
Summary: Renewing our church's vision for worship, prayer, service, outreach, and nurture.
Vision is that elusive (hard to find) thing that dares to dream big dreams about the future.
Vision has been called hope with a blueprint.
Vision is what an inventor has when he or she thinks outside the box to create something new.
Vision is what a mother has as she looks at her newborn baby and imagines all that child could grow up to become.
Vision has a way of ignoring its critics and chasing its dream regardless of how many people say it can't be done.
Purpose 1. Renewing Our Vision for Worship
We renew our vision for worship by embracing a lifestyle of devotion to God.
"We dream of our church having the facilities to house multitudes who gather each week to praise, honor and celebrate Jesus Christ."
Our facilities are significant to our worship only because they give us a place to gather.
"We also dream of worship services that are culturally relevant to the un-churched but that does not compromise our commitment to the Bible."
Purpose 2. Renewing Our Vision for Prayer
We sum up the prayer part of our vision purpose as "pursuing God’s heart."
"We believe God wants our church to be a church where our passion for God and God's purposes inspire us to believe him for the impossible."
Purpose 3. Renewing Our Vision for Service
Paul encourages Timothy to "fan the flame" of his gift, so it would once again burns brightly and with intensity. The way we fan the flame of our spiritual gifts is by using them. The flame loses its blaze through lack of use, and gradually our gifts become glowing embers.
Purpose 4. Renewing Our Vision for Outreach
Do you need your vision for outreach renewed? Notice again that this doesn't come through a special evangelism seminar or a book. It comes through facing our fears and testifying about Jesus.
Purpose 5. Renewing Our Vision for Nurture
"We dream of our church providing a constantly expanding network of
care groups, where Christians are growing into wholeness and non-Christians are discovering Christ."
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