Pastor Steve Williams : Why Your Vision Matters

VISION · 44:41 · Recorded July 12, 2020

Why Your Vision Matters

Proverbs 29:18 (NAS) Where there is no vision, the people are unrestrained, but happy is he who keeps the law.

What’s “vision” all about?

Seeing the future in a way that moves me steadily toward it.

Hebrews 11:13 (Phi) All these whom we have mentioned maintained their faith but died without actually receiving God’s promises, though they had seen them in the distance, had hailed them as true and were quite convinced of their reality.

Finding a link between need, ability and passion.

Activating my faith, hope & love receptors.

1 Thessalonians 1:3 (CSB) We recall, in the presence of our God and Father, your work produced by faith, your labor motivated by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.

1 Corinthians 13:13 (NLT) Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.

What vision does for us

1. It brings meaning, purpose & focus to my life.

Matthew 4:19 (NIV) “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.”

Ephesians 1:11-12 (MSG) It’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. Long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, he had his eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living, part of the overall purpose he is working out in everything and everyone.

2. It helps me navigate challenges in the right direction.

Ephesians 5:15-17 (Phi) Live life, then, with a due sense of responsibility, not as men who do not know the meaning and purpose of life but as those who do. Make the best use of your time, despite all the difficulties of these days. Don’t be vague but firmly grasp what you know to be the will of God.

Living on purpose – by design, not default.

3. It gives me reverence for how God works through difficulties.

Solidifying my convictions.

Developing my determination.

Granting new insights to me.

Inspiring better innovation through me.

2 Thessalonians 1:11 (MSG) We pray for you all the time—pray that our God will make you fit for what he’s called you to be, pray that he’ll fill your good ideas and acts of faith with his own energy so that it all amounts to something.

  • Who is a person of vision that you admire or detest, depending on the nature of their vision?

  • Read 1 Corinthians 13:13; Colossians 1:3-5; 1 Thessalonians 1:2-3. Why do you think these three qualities are so important? What practical difference do they make in how you live your life day-to-day?

  • Which of the aspects Steve mentioned in the opening section of the message regarding what vision is all about do you identify most with? Have questions about?

  • Look over each of the “7 domains” of living identified in point #1. Can you think of examples of how having a greater sense of vision for each domain could make a difference in how we’d live it out?

  • As you consider the ways God can work through our difficulties mentioned in point #3, which have you experienced personally? Which do you think God may be working right now in your life?

  • What’s your main take-away idea from this message you’re going to be working on this week, and how can your group pray for or assist you with it?

  • Parents – Check out the information on our kid’s page at northpointe.org/kids where you’ll find info on Sunday services and family resources to help you as you navigate this current season.

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