During the night Paul had a vision of a man of Macedonia standing and begging him, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” After Paul had seen the vision,
we got ready at once to leave for Macedonia, concluding that God had called us
to preach the gospel to them.
A vision is, in reality, a specific direction, or set of directions, given by God for His people to follow. They are not necessarily theological in purpose, causing us to change what we believe, but rather, visions challenge us to make decisions to change how we live. They let us know where God wants us to go, and what God wants us to do. They are for the purpose of guiding us into obedience
before God. And they are specific:
giving particular people particular tasks or destinations.
We passionately believe that God has given us as a church family here at VMC (Vineland Missionary Church). If you have any questions at all about our vision statement please feel free to contact any one of the elders, and we would be very happy to have a conversation with you about it.
We are obediently following where God is leading, and we are seeing God’s blessing in the passion of the congregation involved, and the response from the community. But as we begin to see these victories, we must also remain vigilant in our understanding that what we are doing is a spiritual task. Our obedience is a battle, as it says in Ephesians 6:12, “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” The devil does not want us to be obedient, or to succeed. Through vigilant prayer and enduring obedience, we must remain faithful through the challenges and distractions that would tempt us away from what God has called us to.
We remain, as always, reliant on the Holy Spirit to lead us and to strengthen us for this task. This means that as we progress through this vision path,
that we are open to “course corrections”: modifying our plan to better achieve
the vision that God has given us.
We also recognize that the Holy Spirit has given different people in our church family different gifts and talents. Fulfilling this vision is a team effort. Each one of us has our specific part to play in bringing this vision to fruition.
And we should be eager to receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit,
as the Apostle Paul states in 1 Corinthians 14:12,
“Since you are eager for gifts of the Spirit, try to excel in those
that build up the church.”
May God bless you as you walk with Him, serving the people
that He has called you to serve!
In essential beliefs we have unity.
There is one Body and one Spirit...there is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God and Father of us all... Eph. 4:4-6
In non-essential beliefs we have liberty.
Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment
on disputable matters...
Who are you to judge someone
else’s servant? To his own master
he stands or falls...
So then each of us will give
an account of himself to God...
So whatever you believe about
keep between yourself and God.
In all our beliefs we show charity.
If I hold in my mind not only all human knowledge but also the very secrets of God, and if I have the faith that can move mountains—but have no love, I amount to nothing at all.
1 Cor. 13:2