New Life in Christ
January 6, 2013 Speaker: Series: Vision on the Move
Topic: Vision & the Church Verse: 1 John 1:1–1:3
VISION ON THE MOVE
“New Life In Christ”
Pastor Duane Cross | 01.06.2013
“Vision is the ability to understand the history, the present condition, and the potential of the church, and to conceive a plan for action that will maximize the ministry potential. More often than not, vision is a result of having spent much time absorbing the facts about the community, knowing the resources upon which the church can call (people, funding, facilities, equipment, etc) and devising sound but creative strategies for moving forward. Vision always entails progress: it is never satisfied with the status quo.” George Barna, How to Find Your Church p.104
“We proclaim to you the one who existed from the beginning, whom we have heard and seen. We saw him with our own eyes and touched him with our own hands. He is the Word of life. This one who is life itself was revealed to us, and we have seen him. And now we testify and proclaim to you that he is the one who is eternal life. He was with the father, and then he was revealed to us. We proclaim to you what we ourselves have actually seen and heard so that you may fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. We are writing these things so that you may fully share our joy.” 1 John 1: 1-3 (NLT)
“And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.” 1 John 5:11
I) Not just a Future Hope but a present reality.
II) The Fullness of Eternal Life is experienced in partnership with the Father.
“We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard. So that you may also have fellowship with us, and our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son, Jesus Christ.” 1 John 1:3
“God’s seed is deep within them, making them who they are.”
1 John 3:9 (Message)