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You might be in a community group, city group, mission group, shepherd group, discipleship group, life group, or [fill in the blank] group.
Regardless of what you call the group, you should be asking what defines that fellowship. Why is it worth spending all this time together? Small groups need a vision. For our purposes in this article, A vision is a statement of the functional purpose of your small group.
Why do you have a small group? What specifically do you hope to accomplish? How will you know if your little community is making progress and bearing fruit?
I have found that developing a vision has unified and inspired our group in really life-giving ways. This might help make later points more concrete and understandable. As a small group, our shared life and ministry will be marked by these six aims. I have added brief descriptions with each point to give you a better idea of what we mean.
Know and serve one another persistently. We will be persistent learners of one another. Depend on the Lord prayerfully.
We need God every hour, every minute of every hour, so prayer will be our means to everything. We will look to God for everything we need, never taking his provision for granted. Meet God through his word faithfully and expectantly. We need those pages more than we need food, and there are always more riches to be seen, enjoyed, and applied in our lives.
We read faithfully — meaning regularly and with the eyes of faith — and we read expectantly — anticipating God to speak and move each time we open his book. Pursue disciples for Jesus boldly and globally.
Go, and make disciples. God saved us in order to send us. We are lights in a world of darkness that is desperately in need. Therefore, we are to be bold where we are, and we are to be behind what God is doing among the nations.
We will witness for Jesus where we are, and send and support witnesses where we are not. Rest in the gospel confidently and humbly.
We have been saved by grace through faith, wholly apart from anything we have done or earned. We want our relationships, our meetings, and our ministry together to be shaped by and soaked with the gospel.
This message should produce the boldest confidence and courage, and it should produce the most tender and compassionate humility. Work out our salvation soberly and joyfully. It is not pretty or easy, but it is undeniably good and important.
Year by year, week by week, even day by day, we will be identifying areas of weakness or failure, receiving forgiveness because of the finished work of Christ, and then working together for change.
Yours might be the same, similar, or completely different. The point is that it offers a few objective points that bring the purpose of a small group into focus and help you assess its health and progress.
It will take some careful thought and prayer, and probably some focused attention and interaction with others in the group.
So, is it worth it? Here are three reasons to go ahead and invest your time, energy, and prayer into a vision statement for your small group. Vision breeds commitment and investment.Creating a personal vision statement can provide focus and direction for your life, especially when facing decisions.
A Christian personal vision statement considers God's will as part of the vision and is based on the teachings of Jesus Christ. Spiritual vision will be the keynote for this study. The text is found in Proverbs , “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.” Good vision is an asset.
Bible Verses About Vision "He said, "Hear now My words: If there is a prophet among you, I, the LORD, shall make Myself known to him in a vision I shall speak with him in a dream.". Mysterious Night Vision Field Journal.
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Without a vision, not only will other people miss out on what God has ordained for them (through your vision), but you will get caught up in a careless, spiritual decay that will lead to your not accomplishing anything much to the glory of God.
The Art of Spiritual Writing demonstrates that by taking the time to learn and implement the process and craft of writing, we can begin to uncover new ways to connect with ourselves, our readers, and God. And as we grow in our writing ability, our spirituality blossoms as well.