Last week we spoke about why Springhill Church exists and that is people matter to God. They are of utmost importance to Him. People are the main reason that He has done so much including sending Jesus to redeem and save us.
Why do we need to talk about the vision of our church?
1 Corinthians 1:10 NKJV (10) Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.
Philippians 2:1-2 TPT (1) Look at how much encouragement you’ve found in your relationship with the Anointed One! You are filled to overflowing with his comforting love. You have experienced a deepening friendship with the Holy Spirit and have felt his tender affection and mercy. (2) So I’m asking you, my friends, that you be joined together in perfect unity—with one heart, one passion, and united in one love. Walk together with one harmonious purpose and you will fill my heart with unbounded joy.
Genesis 11:6 CEV (6) He said: These people are working together because they all speak the same language. This is just the beginning. Soon they will be able to do anything they want.
Genesis 11:6 NLT (6) “Look!” He said. “The people are united, and they all speak the same language. After this, nothing they set out to do will be impossible for them!
- The reason we talk about vision and purpose is for this thing called unity.
There are three things that make us who we are as a church:
Purpose – the reason someone or something exists.
“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” Mark Twain
This starts out with why we exist. Why did God call us and create a Springhill Church?
- Springhill Church exists to reach people with God’s grace, His unconditional love, and the life-changing power of His Word and the Holy Spirit.
This is our purpose in a very simple compact expression.
Mission – How you plan to arrive at your destination.
At Springhill Church, we organize ourselves around these four guiding principles to fulfill our purpose. We lead people to:
- Know Jesus – (Salvation) – To introduce people to a meaningful, life-changing relationship with Jesus.
We believe that Jesus Christ is the answer to all of man’s needs: spirit, soul, and body.
John 14:6 NKJV (6) Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.
- Encounter God – (Worship and Prayer) – We believe all of us need to have an encounter with the presence of God because it is impossible to stay the same after coming face to face with Him.
John 4:23-24 NLT (23) But the time is coming–indeed it’s here now–when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. The Father is looking for those who will worship Him that way. (24) For God is Spirit, so those who worship Him must worship in spirit and in truth.”
2 Corinthians 3:17-18 TPT (17) Now, the “Lord” I’m referring to is the Holy Spirit, and wherever he is Lord, there is freedom. (18) We can all draw close to him with the veil removed from our faces. And with no veil we all become like mirrors who brightly reflect the glory of the Lord Jesus. We are being transfigured into his very image as we move from one brighter level of glory to another. And this glorious transfiguration comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.
- Experience Life-Change – (Discipleship) – Real life-change happens as we grow in God’s Word and in the context of relationships with others.
Matthew 28:19-20 NIV (19) Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, (20) and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you…
- Make A Difference – (Service) – We believe your life will never make sense until you discover, develop and fulfill your purpose and you use that purpose to serve and meet the needs of other people.
Matthew 10:7-8 TPT (7) And as you go, preach this message: ‘Heaven’s kingdom realm is accessible, close enough to touch.’ (8) You must continually bring healing to lepers and to those who are sick, and make it your habit to break off the demonic presence from people, and raise the dead back to life. Freely you have received the power of the kingdom, so freely release it to others.
Vision – What the end results look like. (Objective)
The bigger picture for us as a church is to have a growing, healthy, and thriving church that is seeing all of these things fulfilled in every members’ life.
Ephesians 4:10-16 NKJV (10) He who descended is also the One who ascended far above all the heavens, that He might fill all things.) (11) And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, (12) for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, (13) till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; (14) that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, (15) but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ— (16) from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.
Ephesians 4:15-16 GNB (15) Instead, by speaking the truth in a spirit of love, we must grow up in every way to Christ, who is the head. (16) Under his control all the different parts of the body fit together, and the whole body is held together by every joint with which it is provided. So when each separate part works as it should, the whole body grows and builds itself up through love.