Summary: When there is no individual or collective vision, we flounder about accomplishing little in God's Kingdom work.

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A. My experience of getting glasses.

1. Young boy still in elementary school.

2. Loved to sit in the back of the class like normal boys.

3. Couldn’t see what the teacher wrote on the blackboard.

4. I’d leave my seat, slip up through the aisle, write down the material, then return to my seat.

5. I suppose the teacher caught on and she contacted my parents.

6. Mom and Dad gave me the home version eye test.

7. Discovered I was half blind.

8. Went to the eye doctor, got horrible looking glasses that would now be in style, and my blurry world became clear.

9. Then came the stigma of being called four eyes and laughed at.

10. Took one vacation to Cherokee.

11. Walking down the street, enjoying myself, walking backwards laughing at my parents, turned around and ran smack dab into a light pole.

12. Glasses were bent so much they would not stay on my face and there was no place to repair them.

13. The rest of the trip was blurry and unenjoyable.

B. Vision is important but what is vision.

C. Different translations of the word:

1. Where there is no vision the people perish is the familiar version of the verse (KJV).

2. Most other translations use the word “revelation” instead of vision.

3. Perish is also variously translated as run wild, ungovernable, unrestrained, disorderly, don’t accept divine guidance, let loose or left to run loose.

4. “That person has gone wild.”

D. What is revelation?

1. What prophets received from God.

2. God’s revealed will.

3. A word from God.

4. The purpose was so people might know and do God’s will.

E. Some examples:

1. Moses

a. God’s revealed will for him was leading the Israelites out of Egyptian slavery to the Promised Land.

b. The people went but most hadn’t caught the vision.

c. While Moses was receiving the Ten Commandments, they persuaded Aaron to make a gold calf, proclaim it was their god, all because they didn’t know what happened to Moses.

d. When they spied out the land before entering, only two of the twelve spies brought back a favorable report saying they could take the land.

2. Nehemiah

a. Though the cupbearer for a foreign king, God revealed he wanted him to rebuild the walls and gates of Jerusalem, the holy city.

b. Many shared his vision but not all; some opposed him (foreigners and his own people) and others worked but grudgingly.

c. Nevertheless, he rebuilt the wall in 52 days; a magnificent feat.

3. The period of the judges.

a. Before the monarchy was established.

b. God was working through local deliverers to rescue his people from their enemies.

c. Judges 17:6 In those days Israel had no king, so the people did whatever seemed right in their own eyes.

F. With these examples as a background, what can we learn about vision?

G. We can adopt, promote, explain, and still not completely understand it.

H. The main part says; ______________ Church __________ shall be a church that promotes the growth and multiplication of disciples. We will be focused on providing mission oriented services and relational small group discipleship to people of all ages with an emphasis on increasing the number of young and middle adults.

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