Vision Sunday | Wildest Dreams

Oct 04 Vision Sunday | Wildest Dreams

God has a vision for us. He is a dreamer for us. He has a vision that will blow our minds, vision that transcends our wildest dreams. Vision sees something before it actually is. Vision believes that God is good and He’s not done!

“God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us.” (Ephesians 3:20 MSG)

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” (John 10:10 NIV)

Vision invites us in to something bigger than our current reality. Life can seem to settle into a pattern, but vision disturbs our routine and breaks our habits. It invites us into a preferable future. Vision declares our intentions, where we are headed. And vision inspires. It’s one thing to declare, it’s another to be in the grind. What keeps us going is remembering what we set out to do.

We have been invited into God’s story to be difference makers, to live a life full of abundance, forgiveness and grace. The Church is the family of God that lives the gospel, that speaks the gospel, that serves the gospel. The gospel is God’s vision for the world, accomplished through His Son Jesus, as He compels His Church to live in the Spirit.

“And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.” (Matthew 16:18 NIV)

So what’s the big idea? What’s the vision of the Church?

WE ARE COMPELLED BY JESUS TO MAKE HIM KNOWN TO EVERYONE, EVERYWHERE.

And because of this, we believe:

1. Everyone is welcome. No matter who you are, what you do, what hang-ups or hurts you may have, you are welcome. We will do anything, try anything, and risk everything, short of sin, to reach more people for Jesus.

“For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16 NLT)

“It is my judgment, therefore, that we should not make it difficult for the Gentiles who are turning to God.” (Acts 15:19 NIV)

2. Everyone has a next best step. Because no one is perfect. We are all in process and God has a plan for everyone to grow into. We all have another step to take. We are all called to listen and obey.

“Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back; lengthen your cords, strengthen your stakes. For you will spread out to the right and to the left…” (Isaiah 54:2-3a NIV)

What does this mean? It means that we are following a God that is not the God of scarcity but abundance. We are His people, blessed to bless. We are recipients of hope, to dispense hope. We are given life to be life-giving. The local church is the hope of the world, because we are the expression of Jesus empowered by the Holy Spirit. We are the Body of Christ.

3. Everyone can make a difference. It doesn’t matter your age, your background, your economic status, or anything else. The church is a body and everyone is called to be “all in”. The message of Jesus is stewarded by the church, by His people. The success of the local church is not measured by its holding capacity, but by its sending capacity. The only way you go “deeper” is to live a life that’s not about you. Every other “deeper” is consumption.

“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” (Isaiah 43:18-19 NIV)

“A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.” (Proverbs 11:25 NIV)

WE ARE COMPELLED BY JESUS TO MAKE HIM KNOWN TO EVERYONE, EVERYWHERE.

Practical Vision for this year at Brooklake:
1. Kids Room Upgrade
2. Student Gatherings
3. Groups: New Approach
4. Wednesdays at Brooklake
5. Brooklake Studios
6. Men’s Conference
7. Website Makeover
8. Childcare & Learning Center
9. W/Ethiopia Church Plant
10. Volunteer Equipping & Care