Vision and Purpose: Living the Christian Life

 

During January we have been using our Covenant Vision in worship. For three Sundays we joined in declaring what we believe is God’s vision for ourselves as one part of Christ’s Body. There is a difference between saying it and actually believing or buying into what we say. Does this vision help form who we are as Christ followers? Let’s think about our vision so that, just maybe, it will become “our “ vision. I want to look at the four statements in our vision and encourage you to think about what they mean to you.

  1. Covenant’s vision is to be a Christ-centered church where our love for God is evident in all we do.

What does this mean to you? How are you living out this vision?

  1. Our vision is to be a growing church, living as exemplary followers of Jesus Christ, viewing the world biblically, making disciples intentionally, and serving the church faithfully in the power of the Holy Spirit.

What does this mean to you? How are you living out this vision?

  1. Our vision is to be a church known in the community for open doors, acts of grace, God-centered worship and growing leaders.

What does this mean to you? How are you living out this vision?

  1. This family of faith envisions each of us loving and ministering to all people whom God brings into his or her presence.

What does this mean to you? How are you living out this vision?

Now consider our stated purpose: To make disciples of Jesus Christ who love God, love each other , and serve in the world.

What does this mean to you? How are you living out this purpose?

As we enter 2017 the time is ripe for considering new things, for reevaluating our lives. Why am I a Christian? Does it make any difference in my life? How is my life formed by my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and his written word? How do I think God wants to mold or grow me in this coming year? Am I ready for the adventure?

Proverbs 29:18 says “Where there is no vision (revelation from God), the people cast off restraint (wander aimlessly  and perish); but blessed is the one who is guided by God’s word.”

What, or who is guiding you? What or who is forming your most important relationships?

I look forward to joining you in the 2017 adventure of faith.