Summary: A sermon that discusses how to get God's vision for our lives.
What is God’s vision?
Dare we dream together.
Duncan McGregor was a very famous All black In 1905 part of the Originals team that travelled to Britain, Ireland, France and the United States and that only lost one out of 35 games. While on tour, the British press dubbed him the "Flying Scotsman" in recognition of his speed.He scored four times in one match in a Test match against the English.
But it was the game against Wales that the All blacks lost that, according to a recent book, Duncan McGregor helped cause them to lose
A portion of blame for that defeat has been aimed at McGregor, who TP McLean claimed sold secrets when giving a lecture in Bristol on New Zealand's methods of play a day before facing the Welsh in front of more than 50,000 fans at a packed Cardiff Arms Park.
Tobin's book reveals how McGregor's ticket-only lecture demonstrated their unique scrum formation, how All Black front row hookers used the inside leg and foot to hook the ball, and how the New Zealanders were prepared to break the rules if their opponents were attacking close to their try line. ..
If this is true, then it shows the importance and value of team culture.
Vision is important – but the game is often won or lost because of the team culture.
In Psalm 133 one of the great passages on unity we notice that unity precedes the blessing.
The psalm opens with the words – How good and pleasant it is when god’s people dwell together in unity. For their God bestows his blessing – the blessing follows the unity
Likewise in Acts chapter 2 we read when all the believers were together – It is the togetherness that it seems is a prerequisite for Pentecost.
Unity is important and we find that in John chapter 17 Jesus prays for it.
Now there is great unity in a cemetery if you go to a cemetery among dead people you won’t find a single argument. Any disagreements will be settled on the day that the deceased meets with jesus in Paradise. Opinion won’t matter anymore the only thing that will matter is the truth.
Jesus is the truth so Jesus will settle every issue every argument and discussion and theological disagreement – settled in the person of Jesus who is the Truth. Disunity is normally caused by the lack of truth. Sometimes we might consider that we have the truth but that is not necessarily the case we have a slant on things but sometimes we have missed out a wholelot of facts. The missing facts make us shallow. Like the Samaritan woman who meets Jesus at the well. She is living by the truths that she considers worthwhile to steer her life but they are shallow truths and everytime they bring them up Jesus puts them into perspective until he demolishes every argument. The arguments crumble and eventually truth explodes in her face all over her and she runs back to town and says John chapter 4 28 Then, leaving her water jar, the woman went back to the town and said to the people, 29 “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Messiah?”
I think that is where unity gathers around truth not the urban and personal myths that have run our lives but Jesus the truth that is the place of vision and it is from that place that vision real vision is really birthed.
Jesus in John chapter 17 has some profound things to say about vision. 6 “I have revealed you[a] to those whom you gave me out of the world. They were yours; you gave them to me and they have obeyed your word. 7 Now they know that everything you have given me comes from you. 8 For I
gave them the words you gave me and they accepted them. They knew with certainty that I came from you, and they believed that you sent me.
. 8 For I gave them the words you gave me and they accepted them. Jesus is truth and he released that truth to his followers. Where there is truth disunity is dispelled.
But I think we often live out of Urban myths. Some people still believe that there are Alligators living in New yorks sewers and that the moon landings didn’t happen but that is not truth – They are Urban myths. The bible and jesus expose truth.
Vision and unity are partners and they gather and grow out of God’s truth. Many great Christian movements have failed because of disunity and when disunity happens - vision fails.
I don’t know what happened in the famous Crystal Cathedral in the USA but it seems it failed on two scores – unbalanced financial stuff and family relationships in the Schuller family.( By Adelle M. Banks.) The urban myths of Prosperity Doctrine and self focus may well be found to be the source of the collapse of this ministry. A little myth embedded in the foundation of a ministry will prove to be a huge distortion moving forward if not corrected. Judas did that! I guess he started with the kind of attitude – that goes – “I feel like a coke – I’ll just use the ministry money.” It is a lie and he moves into more and more until he is really replacing God with money – You can’t fulfil avision like that nor canyou get unity – it kills Judas.