Summary: Vision adds distinct and measured value to the church
The Value of Vision
January 9, 2000
I. The loss of dreams
A. The dream fragment
B. Sometimes our dreams just get lost
Lost in the shuffle of life
Lost in the day to day routines
Lost in the failed attempt to make them a reality
Lost in the voices telling you it will never happen
Q – Have you lost the ability to dream? Have you lost your vision?
II. Reclaim your dreaming
A. Now is the time to reclaim and recapture your ability to dream
B. I believe I can fly
Q – Do you know the value of vision?
V – Vitality becomes visible
Biblical Example: The church at Antioch
Key Implication: Vision adds life
A. Vision breathes new life into an organization
1.) Vision give an organization new life
Quote: Make no small plans for they have no capacity to stir men’s souls.
2.) Vision focuses on a positive future instead of a negative past
B. Vision makes life evident and visible
1.) Vision allows the people to focus on the positive
2.) Vision brings a life of its own into a church
I – Investment is required
Biblical Example: The Early Church
Key Implication: Vision without cost is nothing
A. Vision will never become reality without strong investment
Quote: If your vision doesn’t cost you something, it’s a daydream.
B. Vision requires a total investment – More than just money
1.) Tithes and Offerings
2.) Time: One thing people will rarely give
a.) Time is the money of the future
b.) What would happen if everyone would tithe their work week in time involved in ministry?
3.) Talent: Using the God given gifts to serve God
S – Success rate increases
Biblical Example: Nehemiah and rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem
Key Implication: Vision comes before great achievement
A. Vision comes before any real success can happen
1.) Vision is the road map to finding success
2.) Vision shows us where we are going – Without vision we go nowhere
Quote: All accomplishment comes from daring to begin.
B. Vision is what allows us to find true success
1.) Vision defines what is really important for us
2.) True success is not some destination down the road – Success is a journey, not a destination
I – Innovation rises
Biblical Example: Moses and Jethro
Key Implication: Vision allows for creative change
A. Vision opens the door for creative change
1.) No one likes change – Change is a fact of life
2.) Vision makes change easier and more creative
B. Vision takes us to new heights we can only dream of
1.) Without vision there is no innovation
2.) This church was founded with a vision for the community of Crooksville
Quote: Never retreat in the face of difficulties. Advance as conditions permit. If conditions don’t permit, create those conditions.
O – Overcomes obstacles
Biblical Example: Joshua and the Battle of Jericho
Key Implication: Vision can make the impossible possible
A. Vision helps to create optimal solutions
Quote: If you keep doing what you’ve always done. You’ll always get what you’ve always gotten.