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Summary: The recasting of the vision of our church of honoring God, connecting people, growing, believers, and sharing hope.

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Seeing the BIG Picture

October 1, 2006

HONORING God

Intro: (Pictures) It has been said that a picture is word a 1000 words b/c pictures capture time, share a story, stir our memories – some pictures even capture our hearts. If a picture is worth a 1000 words, then a vision is priceless. A vision is nothing more than a picture of what can be and should be.

Trans: On Dec. 17, 1903, at 10:35 am., Orville Wright secured his place in history by executing the first powered and sustained flight from level ground. For 12 gravity-defying seconds, he flew 120 feet along the dunes of the Outer Banks of NC. This single event represented a new beginning in history, but for Orville and Wilbur Wright, it was the end of a long and tedious journey. Their journey began as little boys who dreamed of flying. But instead of only dreaming about it, they determined to make it a reality. Orville and Wilbur didn’t just believe they COULD fly, they believed they SHOULD fly.

Define: This AM as we officially kick-off our series of messages coinciding w/ our capital campaign I’m compelled not to speak about money and giving, but vision – in particular, God’s vision for our church. Over the next (4) weeks I’m going to cast a renewed vision calling us to simplify our lives around God’s will as we consider how we can impact our world beginning in White House.

Insert: What is the vision of our church? Where are we headed and what are we doing? Are we in alignment w/ the Father’s heart?

Note: Our mission is not to randomly develop our own vision, but to plug in to God’s vision and then articulate it for our community and culture. Thus while every church shares God’s Great Commission it isn’t going to be expressed the same way in different churches or locations. The thing is though, we don’t have a choice w/ regard to the mission, we only have to determine how to best accomplish His mandate in our community.

Trans: This AM, I want to paint the picture God has placed in my heart as your pastor. I believe God has called us to be a disciple-making church. But this will not occur by happen chance – we must intentionally focus our energies and build a strategy that seeks to make God’s vision a reality.

Trans: In the past few months God has been re-ordering my ideals and concepts of ministry – fine tuning them. In fact, I feel as if He has accomplished more in me in the last 6 months than in the last 6 years. And it all centers around simplifying my life and our church to be able to be on mission w/ Him.

Insert: A few months ago while in Pigeon Forge, I woke up around two in the AM sensing God was speaking to me. I felt compelled to read 1st and 2nd Timothy, Titus, and Ephesians. While many things jumped out at me, I was shattered by the reality that Paul’s first encouragement to Timothy was to entrust the truth in reliable men able to teach others and that his final challenge was to preach. I was blown away and convicted that I was preaching first and discipling last.

Insert: Milk jug analogy – preaching versus discipling.


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