July 7, 2019
Sermon Title: Renewing Our Vision
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2 Timothy 1:1-10
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2 Timothy 1:1-10
Scripture Text: 2 Timothy 1:1-10
3 I thank God, whom I serve from my forefathers with pure conscience, that without ceasing I have remembrance of thee in my prayers night and day;
4 Greatly desiring to see thee, being mindful of thy tears, that I may be filled with joy;
5 When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also.
6 Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands.
7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
Renewing Our Vision
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.
Today we're going to see five specific areas where our church's purpose needs to be reviewed.
Purpose 1. Renewing Our Vision for Worship
We renew our vision for worship by embracing a lifestyle of devotion to God
As a church, for us worship is first and foremost about celebrating Jesus Christ. It's about celebrating Christ's presence among us, realizing that he is here with us when we gather as a congregation 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
There is always tension between our vision and the way things are. This is because if vision only described the status quo, it wouldn't be vision.
So the disparity between vision and the status quo creates tension, like a rubber band that's been stretched. Often we're tempted to let this tension pull the vision down to the status quo, to soften the vision and make it more palatable to the way things are.
Instead, we should let the tension pull the way things are closer to the vision, creating the necessary changes in our lives needed to pull us toward what God has for us.
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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