Victoria Fellowship Church
International & Interdenominational
Bible Study Worksheet – April 17, 2016
Theme: Living with Eternity in View
Topic: Living with a Vision
Main Texts: Genesis 3:1-6; 11:1-9; Luke 12:15-21; Philippians 3:3-14
Key Verse: Philippians 3:14 – “I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” (NIV)
The word “vision” has several meanings. It could mean a supernatural experience in which someone has a revelation of what has taken place or what will happen in future – as in a manifestation of the Holy Spirit. “Vision” could also refer to how good one’s eyesight is. However, in the context of this study, we will define “vision” as a person’s or an organisation’s anticipated ultimate attainment – the ultimate ideal or ambition. When you have a vision, everything you do aims for realisation of that vision. In Genesis 3, Eve had the vision of being “like God” (Gen 3:5). The people that embarked on building the tower at Shinar in Genesis 11 had the vision to “make a name for ourselves” (Gen 11:4). A governor of Nigeria’s Central Bank once said his vision was to become the Emir of the city of Kano.
1. List typical visions of people, nations and organisations today, and their potential for being misguided. Every human being needs a vision to succeed in life and so a vision for attainment is not necessarily evil. In fact, a corporation must have a vision of what it wants to become and develop appropriate strategies towards that vision. An entrepreneur may have a healthy vision of establishing a business that meets the need of a community. The Wright Brothers had the vision of man flying like a bird. Much of man’s major advancements have been in the course of pursuing a vision. Young people must be encouraged and guided to have a vision, otherwise they would lack focus in life.
2. Give examples of healthy visions and attendant wise counsel to keep the visions healthy. We see in our reading in Philippians 3, Apostle Paul a man of great credentials. Before his encounter with Jesus Christ, he seemed to have had a vision, perhaps built on his pedigree – a Hebrew, highly learned, rose to being a Pharisee, etc. However, something happened after his conversion – that vision changed dramatically because it was inconsistent with his new status in Christ. His cardinal vision became “to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus” (Phil 3:14). While we may – and in fact should – have our career, family, and other healthy visions, all such visions must be subordinate to the overriding vision “to win the prize for which God has called [us]”.
3. Share personal experiences of visions you had before knowing Christ, which you had to revisit, jettison, or modify as a result of coming to know Christ. We do not attain our visions just by declaring them. A vision requires development and adoption of appropriate strategies before it can be realised. A company whose vision is to be largest player in its industry develops a growth strategy, which may include acquisition of other companies as well as organic growth. Apostle Paul shared part of his strategy for his ultimate vision when he said “So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.” (1Co 9:26-27 ESV).
4. Have volunteers in the Group share their vision for career success, and how their ultimate vision of winning the prize for which God has called them has influenced their strategy for realising the career vision.
Father, my ultimate vision is to win the prize for which you have called me. Show me aspects of any other vision I have that is incompatible with this ultimate vision, and grant me the grace to deal with them, in Jesus’ name Amen.