Notes of Praise

The Birth of a Vision (Part 1)

It has certainly been a pleasure to work and worship with you through music. Pray for me, the choir and musicians as we begin to prepare for the coming year. God has great things instore for the members of Park Place Baptist Church.

The pastor has visioning teams praying and preparing to connect to God’s vision for the church. Let’s keep them in constant prayer. One of the ministries I am currently involved in is Church Revitalization for local churches. A clear vision is crucial for any local church to accomplish its unique God given role in the community. Let me share how God is at work in revealing His vision.

The Birth of a Vision – Part One of Three

Proverbs 29:18 (KJV) Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.

God has a special purpose for each person He has created. All of us have desires, ambitions, talents, and special interests that can spark a vision for what we can do and be. The realization of desires or goals in a person’s heart is the “birth of a vision.” This vision is visualized by faith to what God intends to do in our life. The Holy Spirit then inspires and motivates a person to pursue the fulfillment of the goal.

During this special time of dreaming new dreams and moving in the direction of God is hard but fulfilling and exciting.

Abraham provides us with an example of someone with a vision. God told Abraham, “I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing” (Genesis 12:2). Later God told Abraham, “Look now toward heaven, and tell [tally] the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be” (Genesis 15:5). God gave Abraham the vision of becoming the father of a great nation.

Just think of where we all would be today, if Abraham had never followed God’s Vision! God wishes all of us to follow a God sized vision. That way, He gets all the Glory when He ulti-mately brings it to fulfillment on His time table through the local church. A perfect God has cho-sen to work through imperfect believers connect-ed by the Holy Spirit to a local church. When we walk together in the Spirit of God there are no limits to what God’s people can accomplish.

 Joyful in Jesus,

Craig

(Rev. Craig Saunders is currently serving as Park Place's Worship Leader)