Vision Sunday 2020
Proverbs 29:18 Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.
A. A Vision for my Self
The Apostle Paul described what it means to have a vision for yourself:
- 13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
- 14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
- 15 Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you.
It is absolutely essential that each of us have some personal desires and goals for ourselves.
If the only vision for you comes from someone else, you will be in trouble!
It is my greatest honor to stand and preach to you each week.
It is the highest calling in the world for me to open God’s Word and challenge you.
It motivates me and thrills me to urge you and provoke you to love and good works.
But if you do not have a vision for yourself, there will be no growth or advancement in your life.
The Bible says – to whom much is given, much shall be required.
God is giving you His word – His will – His wish for you as an individual. You are required to act upon it!
QUESTION: Can you name one thing – one area – one aspect of your personal life that is better this year than it was last year because of a vision you had for yourself?
It is this simple: if you don’t have a vision for yourself, you probably won’t like my vision for you.
If you don’t have any goals that you are reaching for in your own life, you won’t respond to my vision for you.
What has God revealed to you about yourself?
What has God spoken to you about concerning your own self?
Paul spoke often about his personal goals and desires.
Here is just one example:
- Philippians 1:20 According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death.
B. A Vision for my Family
As a spouse, as a parent, as a part of your family, what has God shown you about your home?
What are your dreams for your marriage? Your children? What are you doing to make that happen?
C. A Vision for my Church
What would you like to see God do in your church?
What are you praying for specifically?
A vision for your church will prompt you to:
- Go to church – if you are praying and have a vision, you won’t want to miss it when it happens!
- Give to the church – no vision is possible without sacrifice
- Grow the church – do you want to reach more? Help more? Influence more?
- be Grateful for the church – people with a vision for their church never take it for granted!
D. A Vision for my Community
Complaining about the things we don’t like about our community will not fix anything.
Griping and murmuring will not improve a single aspect.
You and I must have a vision for our city in order to bring about change.
God forbid that a single politician has a greater vision for our community than we do!
I. The Continuation of the Vision
I want to thank God this morning that He has continued to flood my heart and soul with a vision.
God has still blessed me as your pastor with a continued vision for this ministry.
All over this country this morning, pastors will mount their pulpit with no vision.
All across this nation today, church members will come in and sit down in a church with no vision.
It breaks my heart to think that God’s men and God’s people would continue to live with no vision.
But God has given me a vision for Calvary Baptist Church.
God has given me a vision for Dundalk Maryland.
Yesterday, I walked through the neighborhoods of Essex Maryland, witnessing and knocking doors.
We saturated an entire section of Essex yesterday.
Why? We still have a vision!
I’ve been making notes and meeting with people for weeks. Why? I still have a vision!
Never underestimate the importance of a vision.
- Lamentations 2:9 Her gates are sunk into the ground; he hath destroyed and broken her bars: her king and her princes are among the Gentiles: the law is no more; her prophets also find no vision from the LORD.
Where there is no vision, the people perish!
I Samuel 3
- 1 And the child Samuel ministered unto the LORD before Eli. And the word of the LORD was precious in those days; there was no open vision.
- 2 And it came to pass at that time, when Eli was laid down in his place, and his eyes began to wax dim, that he could not see;
- 3 And ere the lamp of God went out in the temple of the LORD, where the ark of God was, and Samuel was laid down to sleep;
I can’t help but see the symbolism in this passage.
The corresponding scenario is blatantly obvious.
Don’t think for a second that verse 2 and 3 is in no way connected to verse 1.
The Bible is clear – there was no open vision.
As a result, the people were perishing.
The ministry was perishing.
The temple was perishing.
The credibility of the Levites were perishing.
The younger generation was perishing.
Eli was lying down. His eyes waxed dim, and he could not see.
The lamp of God went out in the Temple of the Lord – where the ark was.
Where there is no vision, the people perish.
II. The Cooperation with the Vision
- Philippians 1:27 Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel;
- Acts 2:44 And all that believed were together, and had all things common;
God gave some great men in the Bible a vision.
They were great visions.
They were commendable visions.
They were honorable and godly visions.
But there was one constant factor in each of these cases: They could not implement the vision alone.
- Whether it was Noah’s vision to provide an ark for the saving of his house…
- Whether it was Moses’ endeavor to build a tabernacle in the wilderness…
- Whether it was David’s desire to construct a Temple for God to dwell in…
- Whether it was Nehemiah’s burning passion to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem…
Each of these cases where there was Inspiration, there had to be Implementation.
In each of these stories, the one that had the vision was tasked with taking it to the people.
In each of these situations, the people were tasked with cooperating with the vision of God’s man.
In the New Testament, Jesus came to seek and to save that which was lost.
Yet he recruited a dozen hand-picked men and commissioned them to help him.
It was the desire of the Lord Jesus Christ to come into the world to save sinners.
He shared that vision; that goal with the local church and has recruited each of us to help Him do that.
One of the most vital elements in the Vision is the cooperation of God’s people.
Where there is no vision, the people perish.
And where there is no people, the vision will perish.
I can speak from experience; where there are no people to implement the vision of God’s man, the vision will soon die and there will soon be no vision for the people to follow.
III. The Completion of the Vision
The objective of a vision is to bring about a change.
The objective of any changes should be to bring God more glory.
People that do not like change will not get excited about a vision.
If they are satisfied with the status quo, they will not want to hear about a vision, or see the vision.
People get nervous when you introduce the idea of changes.
NOTE: Nothing stays the same – either it goes forward or it goes backward.
Either it grows or it starts to die.
The purpose of God giving a pastor; a church a vision is to move us out of our current comfort zone.
You can’t have the completion of a vision without change.
You can’t have the completion of a vision without discomfort.
You can’t have the completion of a vision without somebody having to make an adjustment.
I have learned something as a pastor – people only like change when it is there idea!
The purpose of Vision Sunday is to prepare your hearts to receive the burden.
By receiving it, I mean joining together with me in implementing and completing these new
Tonight, we will look at the specific areas of the ministry here at Calvary Baptist Church and some ways
we can bring God more glory.
Conclusion: This morning, as we close, maybe God wants to rekindle His vision for yourself. Your family.
Before He can give you a fresh vision for your church and your community, He needs to help you get ahold of His plan for you as an individual.