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Summary: There is a connection between faith and vision and it is the foundation of all spiritual visionary leadership.

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Introduction

1. Quote: .Source: Joel Smith, SermonCentral.com

“A dream without a positive attitude produces a

daydreamer. A positive attitude without a dream produces a

pleasant person. A dream together with a positive attitude

produces a person with unlimited possibilities and potential.” by

John Maxwell, “The Success Journey”, p-49.

2. Webster’s dictionary defines vision as: “...something supposedly

seen by other than normal sight; something perceived in a dream,

trance, etc. or supernaturally revealed, as to a prophet. (b) the

experience of having such perception or revelation.

3. Another term I looked up was ‘visionary’. The writer of

Webster’s dictionary seems to come across with skepticism when

he defines ‘visionary as “existing only in the mind; not real;

imaginary; not capable of being put into effect; not realistic;

impractical ....”

4. For us to have ‘faith’ in God requires vision. The ability to see

what is unseen to the physical eye.

5. Listen to the Bible’s definition of faith: (Heb. 11:1, NIV) “Now

faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do

not see.”

6. In fact without vision the Bible says: Proverbs 29:18 Where

there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint; but

blessed is he who keeps the law.

7. If the vision is from God then it comes in response to our faith.

Our faith brings certainty and assurance to our vision.

8. There is no greater need today in the Church than that of

‘visionary leadership’.

9. Illus. of a modern day prophet by the name of Judge Roy Moore

from Alabama.

Trans...There is no greater example than that of our Lord

Jesus Christ as found in Matthew 9:35-38. Jesus was living out

His vision and in so doing was providing leadership to those

who would follow. (Read Matthew 9:35-38) Let’s look first at

the mission.

I. Visionary Leadership

A. The Mission (Vs 35).

1. Jesus went to the cities and villages of Israel. He was no idle

dreamer but a visionary leader who lived out through action what

the Father had called Him to.

2. We can be even more specific about this plan of action because

it says that He would enter the synagogues and begin to teach ...

proclaim the gospel of the Kingdom.

3. Illus...Judge Roy Moore said: “Enough is enough...” Its time to

take a stand ... its time to get into action. Here is no idol dreamer

or speculator!

4. When, out of strong inner conviction, you know what ought to

be, then you have a vision. But it is only an idle dream until you

decide how to live it out. How do we bring to reality the vision of

what ought to be? This is what separates spiritual visionary

leadership from the worldly type. The Bible gives examples of

both.

5. Someone wrote: “The journey of a thousand miles begins with

the first step”. Likewise your visionary journey begins with the first

step of obedient faith as you live out what God is working in!

6. Illus...The Life of Reta O’Neill is another example of Visionary

Leadership. In her autobiography she first mentions her parents

responding to an invitation when she was five years old. At 98

years of age she was still keeping a prayer journal of who to pray


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