TLR 3rd Anniversary – Sermon Notes

By December 7, 2012 Sermon Notes

TLR 3rd Anniversary
“A GROWING CHURCH IS A GROWING ME!!!
A growing me has a vision”

I. The need for dreams
A. We all have dreams
1. Every human experiences dreams when they sleep
2. Dreams are needed to bring balance in our mental and emotional level
B. We all need dreams to drive us on in life
1. We are nothing but the sum of all of our dreams
2. Quote: “All men dream but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty
recesses of their minds awake to the day to find it was all vanity. But the dreamers of the
day are dangerous men, for they act out their dreams with open eyes, to make it
possible…”
Proverbs 29:18
Where there is no vision, the people are unrestrained, but happy is he who keeps the law.
Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint; but blessed is he who keeps the
law. NIV

II. Definition of Vision
A. Webster: 1. The faculty of sight, 2. Unusual foresight, 3. A mewntal image
produced by the imagination, 4. The experience of the supernatural as if with the eyes.
B. John Maxwell: Vision is…
The ability to see – Awareness
The faith to believe – Attitude
The courage to do – Action

The Vision for ministry is a reflection of what God wants to accomplish through you to
build His kingdom.

Mark 10:46-52
46 Then they came to Jericho. As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd,
were leaving the city, a blind man, Bartimaeus (which means “son of Timaeus”), was
sitting by the roadside begging. 47 When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began
to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” 48 Many rebuked him and told him
to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” 49 Jesus
stopped and said, “Call him.” So they called to the blind man, “Cheer up! On your feet!
He’s calling you.” 50 Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus.
51 “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him. The blind man said, “Rabbi,
I want to see.” 52 “Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received
his sight and followed Jesus along the road.

Vision entails strategically planning for the future. Vision is setting out and achieving
one’s objectives. Vision is not leaving everything to chance and luck, but taking steps to
positively shape one’s destiny. Bartimeaus knew Jesus was coming to town and planned
ahead to receive a miracle through him.

IN YEAR 3 we must plan to have visitation from God

If he did not plan ahead, he would have missed the miracle. I assumed that Bartimaues
must have planned where to seat, what to say, how to react to the crowd, and what to
request when eventually called upon by Jesus.

The miracle of Blind Bartimaeus reveals careful planning and execution of an action. In
our individual lives we should devise a Plan to implement our visions.

I N YEAR 3 we must have a plan to see God’s will be carried out in our life”

A GROWING CHURCH IS A GROWING ME!!! A growing me has a vision”

I. Where do we get Vision?
Vision comes from God
-God gives us vision to guide and direct
-God reveals His will and His plan by vision
-God opens our eyes, hearts and minds by vision
-God gives us vision to show us our true potential

Vision brings out the best in people
-God’s vision takes us to new levels in life
-God allows us to see things as they can become
-God’s vision is always possible
-God does not guide where He will not also provide
-God does not have impossible in His vocabulary
-God’s power has no limit

“Attempt something so impossible that if God is not in it; it is doomed to fail.”

II. Vision comes from our past
A. Vision is based on our failures
1. Nothing prepares us for the future like experience
2. Failure teaches us to expect more from ourselves and life
a.) Failure teaches us what not to do
b.) Failures are merely new opportunities to rely on God

B. Vision focuses on the future
1. Vision moves forward: There is no such thing as vision that moves in reverse
2. Vision helps us to mark and measure our success
3. Vision gives us the drive to push when the personal desire is to quit.
4. Vision gives the ability to grow and dream great dreams

III. Vision comes from within
** True vision becomes a part of who we are

1. Vision can never be taken away from you – unless you allow it.
2. Vision helps us to tackle life with enthusiasm
3. Vision makes life worth living
Quote: “Dissatisfaction and discouragement are not caused by the absence of things, but
the absence of vision.”

We can’t fear our vision
1 John4:18
There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with
punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. We love because He first
loved us.

– Through the discomfort and slow season: Will you still walk when you can’t see?
Can you finish your race? Will you fight your way through the obstacles?
– Dreams can’t be taken away, they can only be forfeited.
– You are what you settle for. Where are you going? What is your dream?
-Faith for greater things requires commitment for greater things!
Teaching , preaching ,and reading will tell us that God can. FAITH tells us God WILL
-What you have you can also give.
If you have identity you can give identity. If you have purpose you can give purpose

Christ says, “Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself
unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me. I am the vine, you are
the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from
me you can do nothing. If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask for whatever
you wish, and it will be done for you. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in
my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love.”
(John 15:4-5,7,10)