The church needs to know where we’re going and where we’re trying to take them, or they will have a hard time making the journey.
That’s what God tells us:
Proverbs 29:18 (KJV) “Where there is no vision, the people perish.”
Proverbs 29:18 (NIV) “Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint.”
A clear vision communicates three things:
1. Why we’re here: our purpose. A clear purpose provides direction. To GATHER as God's people. To GROW in faith, love and service And to GO into the world as disciples.
2. Where we’re going: a picture of the future. A clear picture provides motivation. We need to Be the Church! In the local church, the Community, and with other churches.
3. What guides us along the way: what we Value.
Values protect and provide guardrails. Jesus Christ is the only way to God. God's Word is the truth and authority on every subject. The Holy Spirit gives us power and guidance. Prayer keeps us in constant communication with God to know His plan for our lives.
Without clear vision, we’ll never end up where we want to be, much less where we need to be; and neither will anyone else!
Be wise today and always - Be the church!