It is all about Jesus Christ.
Everything we are is because of Him. He gives us life. Through Him we live and have our being.
“His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness.” 2 Peter 1:3 (NIV)
Be exalted, Lord our God.
We worship God for who He is, the Creator of heaven and earth, the Prince of peace, the Lord our Saviour, the One who is and who was and who is to come.
“I will praise your name, Lord, for it is good.” Psalm 54:6 (NIV)
We are bought by the blood of Jesus Christ. We are no longer slaves but children of the Father and co-heirs with Jesus. As God’s children, we can have an intimate relationship with Him.
“The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.” Romans 8:16 (NIV)
God’s Word, the Bible, brings light into our lives so that we can live according to His truth.
“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16 (NIV)
God our Father has adopted us into His family. Together His family, the church, grows in knowledge of God and in faith.
“Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God, honour the emperor.” 1 Peter 2: 17 (NIV)
We, as the church, want to be the reflection of Jesus Christ to the world. We will follow His great commission (Matthew 28:19) to go out and make disciples of all nations.
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8 (NIV)
WHO IS OUR VISION?
As the year progress we should keep our eyes on Jesus to lead and to guide us.
We should not be distracted by our busy schedules and activities but keep focusing on what Jesus wants us to do for His kingdom.
“Where there is no clear prophetic vision, people quickly wander astray. But when you follow the revelation of the word, heaven’s bliss fills your soul.” Proverbs 29:18 (TPT)
Liberty’s overarching vision is ‘Sons of heaven, fathers on earth’. This speaks of sonship, which is identity – we are rooted as sons and daughters. Once we know who we are, we know what to do. We know our calling and purpose.
Our purpose lies in fathering. To raise up a generation that is kingdom minded. We will focus on a time and season of vision. 20/20 is perfect vision.
The question for our vision is not “what is our vision”. It is “Who will be our vision and Who will be our specific focus for 2020”? The question changes everything.
Jesus, the Christ is the vision. We learn through Jesus how He did things. John 5:19 (NIV): “… He can do only what He sees His Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.” Jesus knew what to do, because He watched His Father.
In Matthew 16:15 Jesus asked: “Who do you say I am?” Who we say Jesus is determines how we live. That is the bottom line.
Who Jesus is to me, will determines how I will live, because that determines my identity.
Our planning and vision should be Christ-centered and Holy Spirit-inspired. John 15:5 talks about Jesus saying, “I am in you”. Without Christ in us, we can accomplish absolutely nothing. We are visionless outside of Him. We will see and hear nothing outside of the place of intimacy with the Holy Spirit.
Jesus announces and unveils the person and the function of the Holy Spirit (John 14:26). Jesus did what He saw the Father did, but the Holy Spirit will only speak of what He hears. He won’t take us in a new direction but will reveal more of heaven to us by reminding us of what Jesus said and did, pointing us back to Jesus and the Father. The Father, Son and Holy Spirit is one in nature.
This is a season of getting closer and going deeper in our walk with Jesus. Hearing and seeing more clearly so that we can become and so that we can do more specifically, building the Kingdom of heaven as we become sons and daughters of heaven and as we release heaven on earth.
Vision starts with identity and purpose in Christ.
Listen to the sermon: Rusk Sunday: 2020 vision by Basson Nel.