Mission and Vision
We are looking at our mission and vision over the next few weeks. Working from our purpose and values, we hope our vision is bold enough that we never finish fulfilling it, while also being realistic enough to let us see progress and not become discouraged.
Our Church uses the phrase "Living and Sharing the Gospel". We can certainly look at the scriptures and see what is referred to as the Great Commission - going into the world and making disciples - but this reflects only the "sharing" part of "Living and Sharing the Gospel". Firstly needs to come the Christian Life, where we become living examples of the gospel, showing how God's grace has changed and blessed us. The "living" is quite appropriately placed first, before the sharing. Without genuine Christian beliefs and behaviours built into our lives, our sharing is just talk and lacking in substance. Living the gospel therefore becomes a foundation and launching pad to "go out". But neither "living the gospel" or "sharing the gospel" are passive. They are dynamic, and active. The purpose and over-arching vision driving us is the gospel. How, now, do we go about this work?
"Vision without a task is only a dream. A task without a vision is but drudgery. But a vision with a task is a dream fulfilled." - Willie Stone.
We closed our service this week with a song by Robin Mark, called "Lord, Enlarge Our Vision." The words are below:
Lord enlarge our vision and increase our faith
May we stand securely in the words You gave
We can reach this world and win this land
And walls will tumble down, walls will tumble down
There's a light that's shining on this western shore
And it blazes brighter than it did before
We can send Your light through all this land
And see Your kingdom come, and see Your Kingdom come
O Lord there is a price to pay
I know I have a part to play
No part too small, no price too high
We're not satisfied 'til we stand
In Your promised land
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