Summary: We have been called to appropriate this gospel in such a time as this
FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS
14) For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father’s house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this.
As I begin this message, I want to go back in time a couple of years and share with you some thoughts that I shared early on in my ministry here.
In one of my first sermons, I spoke to you about vision and in particular, I talked to you about the vision the Lord had laid upon my heart for this church.
I said, "Unless we get behind that vision the vision will perish."
I said, "It was decision time for the church.
How many remember that sermon?
In that message I noted in part, "I am convinced that the Lord has a specific word for every church. A word that is as unique as the people that attend that fellowship.
The Word is Specific: To the community that the church serves; As to the gifts within that church. To the pastor and the leadership; To the socio-economic make-up of the church/community;
(Just like he had to the churches in Revelation Chapter 2)
That specific word is what I call VISION.
Abraham called it a WORD.
Martin Luther King, Jr. called it a DREAM.
John F Kennedy called it a Challenge.
The Apostle Paul spoke of it as being his vision. And I call it a VISION, for the Bible says, "Where there is no vision the people perish" A vision is merely a mental picture, or word of what GOD WANTS TO SEE ACCOMPLISHED IN A GIVEN CHURCH OR GROUP.
I believe God wants people who: See the invisible; Hear the inaudible; Believe the incredible; Think the unthinkable; Will do the impossible; Will step out of the boat; Will Wade into the water;
Will Gird up their loins; Will go forth into battle;
God has called the church to such a time as this.
In churches you’ll find that: The majority sees the obstacles; The few see the objectives;
Oblivion is the reward of the former while history records the successes of the latter.
Vision is simply seeing the invisible, hearing the inaudible, believing the unbelievable and thinking the unthinkable.
Well, why do we need a vision? If you do not have a vision my friend, you are dead still in the waters. You’re: Not moving forward; Stagnant; Satisfied with your condition; Apathetic;
"He who aims at nothing will hit their mark every time."
Visions: Produce hope in the face of despair; Are inspiring. Motivate; Give you a goal; Give the people something to unite behind; Creates unity; Call people to prayer and faith; Require faithfulness and patience;
A true vision consumes YOU!
A few examples:
LOOK AT ABRAHAM.
He saw a city whose builder and maker was God. Therefore, he set off from his home in faith and obedience. He traveled to a land not knowing where he was going. He went because he had a vision.
LOOK AT MOSES.
He left the ease of Egypt choosing to suffer afflictions with the children of God than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season, and came back 40 years later to lead a rag-tag army through 40 years of wilderness wandering. I want to tell you, you better have a vision and a Word from God if you’re leading 2 million people thru a Hot barren desert, and they’re: Grumbling; Complaining; Stiff Necked; Murmuring; You better have a vision.