Vision statements are critical for organizations in order to be a driving force. It provides a common language and purpose. In the summer of 2014, the leadership of Chapel Pointe prayed for the words that would become our vision statement. The vision of Chapel Pointe is to be:
Transformed followers of Jesus, passionately responding to God, rooted in prayer and equipping disciples.
This is largely based on Romans 12:1-2:
“I appeal to you, therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” (Romans 12:1-2, ESV)
The primary components of the vision guide the organization in knowing what to do, and what not to do. Anything not pushing and driving us toward the four components is often viewed as a distraction.
In Romans 12, Paul instructed the people to offer their bodies as living sacrifices. Why – because it was a spiritual act of worship. Offering our bodies as living sacrifices is the key to worship. And it is a key step in living a transformed life.
Our belief, not our feelings, is to shape our lives.
The idea of transformation scares us because we know it requires a radical shift in every aspect of life. We realize that with transformation comes a major overhaul of our lives and priorities.
Transformation is a continual process, not a one-time event.
But radical change is the heart of the Christian message because the power of Christ changes everything. For the follower of Jesus, transformation is non-negotiable. 2 Cor. 3:18 says, “We all, with unveiled faces, are reflecting the glory of the Lord and are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory.”
Once transformation occurs, we move forward as passionate followers responding to God. Discerning the will of God and obeying is our response to the power of God. When truly devoted to God, we sense the prompting of the Holy Spirit in moving toward Him.
Every time God speaks it demands a response.
The level of your transformation leads to the enormity of your response. What area of life have you refused to respond with? Sharing faith? Finances? Relationships?
ROOTED IN PRAYER
Prayer is intended to be a natural expression revealing our love for God, with God as the primary subject. It is not until we put God in the proper perspective that we can pray properly about our own needs.
We cannot pray properly regarding our own situation until God is in the proper place within our hearts.
“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.” (1 John 5:14-15)
When we remain rooted in prayer, showing our dependence on God and not self, prayer becomes our first response, not an afterthought.
It is our job as a church to make disciples. Four biblical qualities of disciples challenge us as believers toward continual growth.
- Willing submission (to Jesus and Scripture).
“No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other.” (Matthew 6:24)
- A deep desire to emulate Jesus.
“Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me–put it into practice.” (Philippians 4:9)
- Passion to give up the temporary for the eternal.
“If anyone does not forsake all and take up his cross and follow me he cannot be my disciple.” (Luke 14:26-27)
- Be in a relational community of disciples.
“All the believers were together…every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts.” (Acts 2:44-46)
We want to respond to God in big ways in thanks to the enormity of what His has does for us. To do so, we have established prayer and discipleship as our default settings.
Our goal as a church is to equip our church body with truth in order to stand with Him at all times. We want to use this vision to be a catalyst for spiritual awakening in a dry culture. We want to see God move in powerful ways for great impact throughout the community.
What is the vision for your organization? Why are you going there and does everybody know where you are headed? What will you do about it?