It’s the new year and along with it our dreams and visions for a great future (and a little less weight maybe?) Celebration’s vision is to raise 10,000 disciples who follow Jesus, are connected in a Life Group, and influence others for good. Here is why this vision is important and why you need to be a part of it’s achievement.
V- Value: This vision is based on the value of people in God’s sight. “For God so loved the world…” God died for every person you lay eyes on. Since God values people, we must value people. But God’s value on people goes deeper than just liking everyone and getting along with each other. He wants them to be a disciple of Jesus Christ. He wants to add value to everyone.
I- Intentional: Nothing great happens without being intentional. This is why we have developed a simple process (but really challenging) for becoming a disciple: Follow Jesus, connect relationally in your family, and influence others for good. Everything we do is intentionally put through this grid.
S-Sacrifice: Nothing of greatness comes with nothingness. You must give up to go up.
I- Initiative: Join the team. Do your part. God has called each person to function in the body of Christ. If you don’t then you are dead weight.
O- Optimistic: Someone will always lie about you, talk about you, laugh at you, but you always must stay optimistic. Likewise, anyone can find something they don’t like about our church and do the same thing, but we must always remain optimistic. We serve too wonderful a God to be pessimistic.
N- N-Vision: I know it is spelled wrong but it works. Envision how the churches vision might look like. Speak it, share it, pray for it, and believe God for it. One way I am envisioning 10,000 disciples is not seeing them all together in one spot, but rather several locations all over the place, even international places.
Habakkuk 2:3 “For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.”