There Must Be a Vision Caster

“Only let your conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of your affairs, that you stand fast in one Spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel…” (Philippians 1:27)

In these words we have the vision of the Apostle Paul for his best and favorite church, the Church at Philippi. This church was Paul’s sending church because they supported him while he planted the Church of Jesus Christ on the world map. Paul is in prison as he writes and he is not sure that he will ever be physically present with this church again. However, his vision for them is that they would be what he calls a “Fellowship of the Gospel.”

According to Paul a fellowship of the Gospel is a spiritual community in which every member is an authentic disciple of Jesus Christ. Every member is Christ-like and all the members are Christ-like together in ways that convince the world of the truth of the Gospel. When the world observes these people who live and act as if they only have one mind between them because they stand fast in one Spirit, the world believes the Gospel.

In the words quoted above Paul is being the vision caster for the Church in Philippi. His vision for his favorite church should cast a vision for our churches today. Especially those of us who lead churches should aspire and pray to see the churches we lead become and continue to be a fellowship of the Gospel.

Love is not love until it is shared and a vision is not a vision until it is shared by a vision caster.

One Response to There Must Be a Vision Caster

  1. Ralph says:

    We as believers tend to cut ourselves so much slack because we are taught that we aren’t perfect but are comforted by the fact that we are forgiven. But to come to a point in community that leads “the world” to take notice and believe that we are living in the Spirit would really mean that there was a lot of “authentic discipleship” going on as you put it. That would mean, for many in that community, tightening the reins of our focus on how we are living day to day. It is a wonderful vision to aspire to.

    That would be a good prayer for CR, that our ministry would cause others to be drawn to us because this community of recovering believers reflects a convincing Christ-likeness.

    Thanks Dick,

    Ralph

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