Biblical Vision Must Flow from God’s Word

Getting God's Vision for Your Church

The implementation of vision is primarily an act of obedience to the Word of God. When you truly delve into the Word of God, seeking His heart for your church, the result will be revival and faith. It will be a compelling study that moves you to action in ministry. God’s Word challenges us to an obedient, building, growing, forward-moving life of faith. God always calls His people forward. He commands us to occupy until He comes (Luke 19:13). He tells us to press toward the mark (Philippians 3:14) and to fight the good fight of faith (1 Timothy 6:12).

The only way to truly capture God’s vision for your church is to get alone with God and to immerse yourself in His Word. You must allow His Holy Spirit to remind you of His call and His commands. You must capture a fresh glimpse of God’s purposes for your church. Spurgeon said, “The secret of all ministerial success lies in prevalence at the Mercy Seat.”

From your time with God, the Lord will revive your purpose in ministry and will place specific projects or steps of faith on your heart. He will connect His purposes with practical steps He wants you to take in ministry—whether it’s building a new building, starting a new ministry, hiring a person for a new position, or starting a new service time. God always blesses a vision that flows from His heart and His Word. Beware, for your enemy will constantly prevent your vision from growing. As one pastor said, “Monday rips vision right off the wall!”

I encourage you to nurture this vision by scheduling an extended time with the Lord. For me, this has usually been in the early to mid-summer. I try to schedule a couple of weeks exclusively for prayer, study, personal growth, and seeking God’s vision. The church family understands it, the deacons support it, and I have come to rely heavily upon it. This is an essential time when the Lord directs my heart as a leader. Make this time a priority.

The fulfillment of biblical vision is primarily an act of obedience to God’s Word. When you get alone with God’s Word, He reignites your vision for His Work—this is a part of your calling and passion. Like stoking a fire, God’s Word will burn within you, requiring you to do what God is leading. If you are lacking vision or if you feel the flames have lessened, schedule time soon to be alone with God and to reclaim His mighty vision for your ministry call.

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