Vision Month – The Power of Purpose
Scripture: Nehemiah 4:6-15
Proverbs 29:18 (KJV) states, “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” Bill Hybels, in his book Courageous Leadership, tells us, “When a leader is casting a vision publicly, the goal is to help people know, understand, and remember the ‘main thing’.” Purpose is all about keeping the “main thing” the “main thing.” We have already identified the primary vision at Church on the Rock- Ocho Rios, which is found in the five purposes of the church as set forth in the New Testament. They are: Winning the lost – Evangelism, Connecting them to the Church – Fellowship, Training them – Discipleship and Sending them out – Ministry; in order to Glorify God – Worship.
People must envision the core values of the congregation before they can ever become part of the vision. Without knowing the church’s purpose, a congregation will be deprived of direction – leading to confusion, shattered enthusiasm, and the abandonment of the call and mission. Hybels says that “a clear vision provides a compelling picture of the future that enables us to say, ‘We know our destination. Nothing will lure us off the path from here to there. We will not be distracted’.” Since the communication of vision is so important in keeping a church moving in the right direction, this month is VISION MONTH – “the power of purpose.”
The vision of any church always fades with time unless it is reinforced. This is because people become distracted by other things. We restate our purposes on a regular basis. We teach them over and over… By continually fanning the fire of our purposes, we can overcome the tendency of our church to become complacent or discouraged. Therefore, based on this principle of repetition, you will see “the five purposes of the church” and our “purpose statement” printed in the bulletin and on the power point screen each and every week. From time to time we will even preach messages related to our “purpose statement.” These things must be done on a regular basis so that as we read in Nehemiah 4:15, “all of us [can] return… everyone to his work.” We must be encouraged to stay on track with our work and purpose, because we all have a role, and we all have a part to play in building the church and the kingdom of God!
VISION MONTH – “The Power of Purpose”
1. A clear purpose builds morale: “If your mission is unclear, your morale will be low… people working together for a great purpose don’t have time to argue over trivial issues”.
2. A clear purpose reduces frustration: This is “because it allows us to forget about things that don’t really matter… it defines what we do not do”.
3. A clear purpose allows concentration: “A focused church will have far greater impact than unfocused ones. Like a laser beam, the more focused your church becomes, the more impact it will have on society”.
4. A clear purpose attracts cooperation: “When a church clearly communicates its destination, people are eager to get on board. This is because everyone is looking for something that gives meaning, purpose, and direction to life”.