– Noosa Church Vision 2019 –

Introduction:
A healthy vision uses a picture to provide direction, it has a project to give traction, along with a clear challenge to stay the course. A common prayer keeps us connected to God and process grows our character. All the while, a commitment reminds us we are not alone, hope encourages us in the challenge and a piercing question reveals the heart.

As you consider this vision please remember that our platform and authority is Christ, and discovered in God’s word. The Bible references are a great guide to this 2019 vision and I encourage you to consider them well this year.

The Picture:
Isaiah’s Picture: “The mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established on the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; And all nations shall flow to it.”

Today’s Picture: Imagine the attitudes and aspirations of believers (the mountain) being established according to God’s word (on top) and clearly visible in our lives, causing people to say:

“Come let us go up to the house of God and learn His ways and walk in His paths”.
(ref. Isaiah 2:1-4)

The Project:
Conversations of life.
It’s time for the church to regain its ‘voice of hope’ to the world. It’s time for a sharpening of our ability to speak truth in love, removing condemnation all the while; through regular, organised, topical conversations giving us the opportunity to learn to speak and to learn to listen.
(ref. Acts 19:8-10)

The Challenge:
This is a clear call to our church community to live intentionally together now, in the Kingdom of Christ, demonstrating godly attitudes and aspirations.
(ref.1 Pet 1:13-21)

The Prayer:
Uphold me Lord, according to Your word, that I may live; 
(Ps 119:116)

The Process:
Like we retrain our taste for good and heathy food, we commit to create a new hunger for the righteousness of God through:
Prayer and contemplation,
Looking for deeper values – beyond avoiding indulging of the senses,
Non-judgmental public stance,
Hospitality,
Sharing of resources,
Dignity of work,
Reverence for all creation.
(ref. Matt 5:6)

The Commitment:
A tree that is repeatedly uprooted and transplanted will be hard pressed to produce healthy fruit, so:
We promise our stability to each other as a supporting friend and to challenge us to greater holiness.
(ref. Ruth 1:16-17)

The Hope:
We know that nothing great is possible without God so:
What is not possible to us by nature, we ask the Lord to supply by the help of His grace.
(ref. Isaiah 40:28-29)

The Question:
The drivers of stability tend to be Health, Finance, Relationship and Influence.
Christ says unless your house (heart) is built upon the Rock (established in Christ), you become more vulnerable to the storms of life. So, we ask each other:

How is the stability of your heart?
(ref. Matt 7:24-27, 1 Pet 2:5)

The Benediction:
To Him who is able to keep us from stumbling,
And to present us faultless
Before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy,
To God our Saviour,
Who alone is wise,
Be glory and majesty,
Dominion and power,
Both now and forever.
Amen.
(Jude 1:24-25)

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