If you’ve spent much time in church life, or for that matter in corporate life you’ve heard the importance of “Vision Casting”. In church life, we often include the scripture from Proverbs 29:18. “Where there is no vision the people perish” (KJV). The word vision is more accurately translated “revelation,” and the term perish is more accurately “cast off restraint.” Meaning, without the leading of the Holy Spirit, calling people to holiness and obedience to God’s Word, then people will give themselves over to their own sinful desires. In fact the rest of the verse adds much-needed context, “but blessed is he who listens to wisdom”. Read this way, it doesn’t fit quite as easily into a sermon on building expansion or adding facilities. It does however make the case for the necessity of vision in growth for the disciple of Christ.
We adopted what we call a purpose statement this year at OHBC, it’s “To know Christ and Make Him known”. I had the opportunity to preach on the importance of this as well as the relevancy it holds for our church. We pointed out that without knowing someone you simply can’t please them and you simply can’t describe the difference they make in your life. The same holds true for our relationship with Jesus, first it’s necessary that I know Him, then, I’ll do a much better job of making Him known. My prayer for all of us is a relationship with our Savior that becomes just that. So we can know Him so well, so closely, that living a life that makes Him known is just our nature.
These coming weeks we’ll be taking some time to talk about vision as it relates specifically to our church. As it relates specifically to our calling and as it relates specifically to each one of us. We’ll look at what it means to be part of a church body, and what we believe God’s direction is for our church.
On Sunday, the 29th of this month we will be having a Ministry Fair. It’s an opportunity for each of us to see all the ministries our church is involved in and figure out where we can plug in. Part of the vision for the church is outlined in Paul’s 1st letter to the Corinthians chapter 12, where he outlines the importance of everyone being involved and serving. I hope and pray you’ll make plans to come, I pray that the Lord will give you a clear vision of where He would have you serve. Finally, I pray we’ll all be part of what Christ will do both in us and through us at Oconee Heights in 2017!
Love you all,