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How Vital Is Vision?. Where there is no vision, people perish Proverbs 29:18. Two Indispensables for Spiritual Understanding. Regeneration John 3:3 “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a man be born again, he can not see the Kingdom of God.” Illumination Ephesians 1:15-19.

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How Vital Is Vision?

Where there is no vision, people perish

Proverbs 29:18

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Two Indispensables for Spiritual Understanding

  • Regeneration

    John 3:3 “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a man be born again, he can not see the Kingdom of God.”

  • Illumination

    Ephesians 1:15-19

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Ephesians 1:15-19

15 Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints,

16 do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers:

17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him,

18 the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints,

19 and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power

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  • The Spiritual Concept

  • The Sad Condition

  • The Serious Consequences

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The Spiritual Concept

  • Spiritual Vision – the most important kind of vision a person can have

  • Everything begins with Vision

    Oswald Chambers:

    “It is easier to serve God without vision, easier to work for God without a call, because then you are not bothered by what God requires; common sense is your guide, veneered with Christian sentiment. But if once you truly hear the full commission of Jesus Christ, the awareness of what God wants will be your goal from that point on, and you will no longer be able to work for Him on the basis of common sense.”

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Spiritual Vision - Colossians 1:9

J. B. Phillips – “We are asking God that you may see things, as it were, from His point of view by being given spiritual insight and understanding.”

  • Spiritual vision = seeing things from God’s point of view

    Dawson Trotman

    “Vision is getting on your heart what God has on His heart.”

    God has people on His heart!

    All people!

    “Where there is no vision, people perish.”

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What is the difference in the church in Acts and most churches today?

  • Jesus?

  • Holy Spirit?

  • Bible?

  • Strategy?

    • Building

      individuals vs. institutions

    • Explosion (outward) vs. Implosion (inward)

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The Strategy in a Word churches today?

  • Jesus trained twelve men “whom He called Apostles.” Luke 6:13

    stolos = to send

    apo = away from

  • Ephesians 4:11; 1 Corinthians 12:28

    • His strategy begins with Apostles

    • Temporarily in – Vocationally out

      A global mission requires a global vision!

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The Great Commission churches today?

Total world impact!

“make disciples of all nations”

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The Formula at Work churches today?

No Vision = total failure

Limited Vision = little success

Vision - plan - action = only a dream

Vision + plan – action = a haunting dream (guilt)

Vision + plan + action = a spiritually productive ministry

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Understanding Your Potential churches today?

  • The richest deposits on earth

    • Cemetery

  • A little success - often a great enemy

  • A Seed

    • What you see is not all there is!

      The most important thing in your life is to have and pursue a vision that agrees with God!

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The Sad Condition churches today?

  • No awareness of God’s plan for reaching the world!

  • No Spiritual Vision in the pulpit

  • No Spiritual Vision in the people

  • No Spiritual Vision in public life

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The Serious Consequences of No Vision churches today?Proverbs 29:18

  • “para” = to cast off restraint

  • “para” = to dissolve

  • “para” = to be unclothed

  • “para” = to perish

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The Serious Consequences of No Vision churches today?Proverbs 29:18

  • “para” = to cast off restraint

    • The Moral Effect of No Vision

  • “para” = to dissolve

    • The Social Effect of No Vision

  • “para” = to be unclothed

    • The Personal Effect of No Vision

      • Genesis 3

      • Zechariah 3

      • Matthew 22

      • Luke 15

      • Revelation 19

  • “para” = to perish

    • The Eternal Effect of No Vision

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The Fox Formula churches today?

  • The Principle

    When dogs run in packs they will:

    1. sleep

    2. secure their own survival

    3. accept new members when they adhere to the rules of the pack

    4. fight among themselves

    Until a fox goes by!

  • The Pursuit

  • The Analogy of the Church

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God’s Vision churches today?

  • Matthew 28 18-20

    • Only One commandment in the Great Commission

    • Make disciples of all nations!

  • Total World Vision

    • Seeing the masses through the person

    • Building the person to impact the masses

      to the ends of the earth

      to the end of time