Victoria Fellowship Church (VFC)
International and Interdenominational
House Fellowship for week commencing 22nd May 2016
Quarter Theme: Living with Eternity in View
Topic: Living with a vision
Texts: Phil. 3: 12-14, Heb. 12: 1-3
Memory Verse: Heb 12:2 ““Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (KJV)
The importance of having and living with a vision is summarized in the quote: “A man without a vision is a man without a future. A man without a future will always return to his past.” (P.K. Bernard). To live with a vision is to be focused, to have a goal. Vision is a vivid mental image of what the future will or could be like. It is an aim or desired result. Vision is what we see, including the way in which we see, which for a Christian must be within the framework of God’s word.
The purpose of vision is to give us direction and passion providing a guide for our current and future choices. Living with a vision will make decision making more objective and easier. It helps us to filter what is important and what is not. Proverb 29:18, clearly stated that without a vision, restraint is cast off. It is vision that moves us forward under God. Without it, we have a tendency to get caught up drifting aimlessly, not really knowing what we are doing, where we are going nor even what we are all about.
Godly vision is the core of Christian walk. Living with a vision is also required in other areas of our lives such as – family and work. In the corporate world, companies set out their vision statement, to help them focus on the area they consider important. According to Hebrews 12:1-3, in order to give us direction, passion and focus in the mist of great crowd of witnesses, so we can avoid sin, we have been instructed to fix our eyes on Jesus, who is the author and perfecter of our faith. The priority of godly vision will be to seek to please the Lord and follow Jesus’ example, whose vision to please the father in all things (John 8:29), drove His direction and passion. Jesus’ vision of reconciling mankind to God was the driving factor for all actions He took -from his birth, his selection of disciples and ultimately His death on the cross.
Let us look at the example of Paul. Upon conversion, Paul received a vision to reach the Gentiles for Christ ( Acts 26: 12-18) This vision was the driving factor which propelled Paul to press on for the goal (Philippians 3:12). He endured hardship, ship wreck, beatings, hunger to stay focused on this vision. The birth of godly vision is in the place of prayer and within a heart that is fertile and pregnant with God’s word. Sustaining this vision is also in the place of continual prayer and meditating of the word. Sometimes you may not have the full details when the vision comes, but it becomes clearer with obedience. Every Christian must be living a vision, aligned with God’s vision to bring men to the Lord.
QUESTIONS FOR DISCUSSION
- Discuss practical steps on how to develop and maintain a vision. Nehemiah 2: 11-20; Romans 12:1-2
- VFC’s mission is “to bring men to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ and through them, make Christ known to the unsaved”. Is VFC achieving this mission or vision? What steps can be taken to as a member of the church, we contribute to it achieving this goal.
- What are the hindrances to birthing a godly vision? Discuss how the obstacle(s) can be overcomed.