June 14, 2020
Sermon Title: Renewing Our Vision
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Scripture Reading: 1 Timothy 1:8
Scripture Text: 2 Timothy 1:1-10
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,
10 But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel:
Renewing Our Vision
Consider these famous predictions that underestimated the incredible power of vision:
Thomas Watson, the chairman of IBM in 1943 said, "I think there is a market for maybe five computers in the world."
Ken Olson, president and founder of Digital Equipment Corporation said in 1977, "There is no reason why anyone would want a computer in their home."
Consider this Western Union memo from 1876: "The Telephone is has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication."
Or consider the words of Decca Recording company, when why they turned down signing the Beatles in 1962: "We don't like their sound and guitar music is on the way out."
Charles Duell, commissioner of the U.S. Office of Patents said in 1899, "Everything that can be invented has been invented."
You get the idea. Vision has a way of ignoring those who say it can't be done and doing it anyway.
Yet we go through times when our vision fades.
The flame of our vision begins to dim, its passion begins to ease, and its heat begins to cool.
Timothy's vision had dissipated. The excitement and enthusiasm he'd once felt when he joined Paul's ministry team some years earlier was gone. Somewhere between his bad health, his discouragement about the church in Ephesus, and his fear for Paul's life, Timothy's vision had slipped away. Timothy needed his vision renewed, and that's a big reason why Paul wrote him a second letter.
Purpose 1. Renewing Our Vision for Worship
Purpose 2. Renewing Our Vision for Prayer
Purpose 3. Renewing Our Vision for Service
Purpose 4. Renewing Our Vision for Outreach
Purpose 5. Renewing Our Vision for Nurture
I believe God wants to pull us closer to our vision this year.
God wants a congregation of renewed vision for worship, prayer, service, outreach, and nurture. He calls us to let the tension between this vision and the way things are to stretch us, to pull us, to excite us, to fan the flame so we once again burn bright.
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