We’ve been talking a lot lately about the vision at Living Word Family Church. What is it, how do we know that we’re on board with it, etc.
Well, the vision is Acts 2:41-47
“41 Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them. 42 And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers. 43 Then fear came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles. 44 Now all who believed were together, and had all things in common, 45 and sold their possessions and goods, and divided them among all, as anyone had need.
46 So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, 47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.”
There it is. It seems like a lot, but it is so basic, and most every other church’s vision statement has something to do with this chunk of verses.
So how do you know that you’re aligned with the vision?
Well, in staff devotions last week we talked about just that!
1. It is a part of us.
When you live it, breathe it, can’t take your mind off of it.
2. We take ownership of it.
You refer to it as ‘mine’ our ‘ours’ when referring to the vision of LWFC.
3. We keep the end result in mind.
You don’t see the hard parts of the vision, but you see souls saved for the kingdom. Each ‘task’ you complete = souls.
4. We are all in harmony, unity and flow together.
We do not let strife come between us. We are all under the same salt covenant that says that we will never do or say anything on purpose to hurt one another, we will allow God to use us to heal one another and we will always think pure thoughts about one another.
5. We are all like-minded.
Philippians 2:2 says we fulfill God’s joy when we are all like-minded and of one accord. We all think and speak the same thing, and there are no divisions among us; we are perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. (1 Corinthians 1:10)
6. We pray over it.
We are in continuous prayer about the vision. We pray the vision over the church and believe that we will bring the vision to pass here at LWFC. We also lift one another up in prayer.
7. We see it coming to pass/working.
We not only believe that Acts 2:41-47 will come to pass, we already see it coming to pass in the spiritual realm.
8. We adapt to circumstances
We know that things will try to come against us, and are able to adapt to anything because our prayers are heard because we pray corporately as one body, in small groups and individually.
9. Others see it in us.
People recognize the vision of LWFC in us. They see the joy, love and compassion that is in us. We have the ‘DNA’ of LWFC and it flows in our veins.
10. We have passion about doing it.
We not only have all of the above, but we are joyous when we have the opportunity to perform the vision. We take pleasure in the prosperity of LWFC by doing what God has called us to do.
11. We believe it.
We not only agree with the vision, but we believe it with our whole beings. We take the vision literally, and use it like a magic decoder ring, if it can’t be seen through Acts 2:41-47, we don’t do it.
12. We adopt it as our personal mission and vision statement.
We not only believe Acts 2:41-47 to be our church’s vision statement, but we make it our own. We sign the title deed and take possession of it. Our homes and business are run with Acts 2:41-47 as our main focus.
13. We maintain cultural relevance with it.
The methods may change, but the message remains the same. Acts 2:41-47 is God’s word and is unchanging, but how we relate it to others will change. We keep the core the same, and lives are changed.
14. We are tied financially.
We give financially toward the vision and like Psalms 1 says, everything we put our hands to prospers. Our homes are blessed, our families are blessed, our communities are blessed and our church is blessed.
Where your treasure is, your heart will follow. (Matthew 6:21)
And ps. While I was searching for something totally unrelated, I found a different church’s vision statement. I don’t know who this church is affiliated with, nothing about their pastors, where they’re located, but they’ve got it. We may think our church is the best ever, but these people think theirs is the best ever, too. And as long as we are all doing what we’re called to do, we’re all accomplishing the same goal.
I think LWFC needs to get our ‘The Church We See’ confessions on a link like that, I like it. Anyone know if there is one?
What I find the greatest part of this whole thing is in verse 47, “and the Lord adds to the church DAILY, those who are being saved.” That’s my favorite. That is why I LOVE serving with the New Believer team. We not only get to meet these people who are committing their lives to Christ, but we get to befriend them. We get to watch them grow in Christ. Just like Jamie said in his post about how he got to watch me grow in Christ, I love watching others grow. I want to serve next to these people. I want to see God’s big grin when I get to Heaven and hear Him say “well done, good and faithful servant, in you I am well pleased.”
That’s pretty much the whole point of serving God, right? To please him? Well I not only want to please him, I want him to be well pleased in what I have done here. I may have had a late start on this whole thing, but I’m going to do as Paul said and run the good race. I know I’m not yet to the finish line, but I’m going to be pushing as if I were. You know how when you get to the end of a race and you can see the end and you get that sudden burst of energy? Well, I’m going to run with that sort of energy so that when I get there, it will be an even stronger burst of energy.
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