"Vision" Nehemiah 2:17 1/2/2011

Posted by Sherry


Nehemiah 2:17

CBC 1/2/2011 SM

Where do U C CBC going N 2011?

We’re growing...sign up to teach SM Children’s worship or Nursery duty if U don’t think so.

Pastor’s duty is to provide a “vision”

17 Then I said to them, “You see the distress that we are in, how Jerusalem lies waste, and its gates are burned with fire. Come and let us build the wall of Jerusalem, that we may no longer be a reproach.”

  1. 17 Nehemiah said, you guys see broken down walls and charred gates, but I see new ones surrounding a sparkling city filled with much happier people.

How did he see that?... With his mind's eye!

  • Bible says, “walk by faith, not by sight”
    • vision, not of way things are...
    • vision of way they ought to be

Ro 4:17 ...even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.

  • Look @ how things are @ CBC
  • close ur eyes & see what it’s supposed to look like

Prov 29:18 Where there is no vision, the people perish:

  • w/out vision “WE” will perish (CBC won’t exist)

1. The Definition of Vision.

chazon - 3 meanings:

  • Open Revelation.
    • open revelation of God open in your lap
    • We are sinners,
    • our sins must be paid for,
    • Christ took that punishment for us so we can be saved.
  • Dream.
    • Not like in your sleep,
    • but as in, an aspiration.
  • Mental picture.
    • The ability to see in mind's eye the way things ought to be.

* Merge the 3 together

PERISH - (Heb. para)

  • become naked
  • zero or barren
  • to go backwards

We need the mind of Christ.

That will give us the perfect picture.

Philippians 2:5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:

Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

  • Let's get a clear mental picture of what God wants for CBC
    • everyone may not see the vision

ill.--Peanuts cartoon--Charlie Brown says, "Lucy, look at my hands. Think of the potential in these hands. Someday these hands may heal the sick, someday these hands may build mighty bridges, someday these hands may change the destiny of mankind!" Lucy responded, "Charlie, your hands, they have jelly on them."

2. The Drive of Vision.

  • the vehicle that will take you places.
  • the key that opens the door of opportunity.

Thomas Edison, "Show me a man who is perfectly satisfied and I'll show you a failure."

* People w/ NO VISION:

**"Everything that can be invented has been invented." Charles H. Duell, Commissioner of the US Patent Office, 1899 [purportedly said/disputed]

**"Sensible, responsible women do not want to vote." President Grover Cleveland, 1905.

**"There is no likelihood that man will ever tap the power of the atom." Nobel Prize Winning Physicist Robert Milligan, 1923

** Lord Kelvin, 1855, "Flying machines heavier than air are an impossibility."

***In contrast, when Walt Disney was alive he had the vision of Disney World. But he died before it became reality. At the grand opening his surviving wife was an honored guest on the platform. The emcee said to her, I just wish Walt could have seen it. She replied two words: He did.

  • Vision is the driving force that will take us where we need to be. Not where my life is, but where God wants my life.
    • vision key that starts it
    • spark that ignites it
    • gears that move it
    • vehicle that drives us to our dream

3. The Diversity of Vision.

  • Some have no vision.
    • They are negative,
    • pessimistic folks
    • tell why it can't be done or shouldn't be done.
    • They think of themselves as 'realistic',
    • God wants to take us far beyond reality
    • beyond the natural to the supernatural!

ill.--when the steamboat was invented it was set for a first trial in the Hudson river, and they say a man on the banks stood there saying, "They'll never get it going." Over and again he repeated this, until it started moving, at which time he promptly changed his tune to, "They'll never get it stopped!"

  • Only one thing is worse than having less,
    • that is settling for less as the norm.
    • Apathy is a killer.
    • And they say ignorance is bliss.
    • What's the difference between ignorance and apathy?
    • I don't know and I don't care!
  • Don't settle.
    • Don't settle for less.
    • Don't settle for less than God's best!
  • don't give up.
  • Some have no vision,
  • some have lost their vision...
  • Some have limited vision.

ill.--Zig Ziglar tells of a motivational speaker who drew great crowds and charged $30,000 a speech. He was invited to a convention of businessmen. He used a 6' blackboard and a piece of chalk for an illustration. He drew a dot in the middle. "What do you see?" he asked a man on the front row. "A dot." He proceeded to ask the entire front row what they saw, and they all answered the same. It drew on quite monotonously and in impatience each next one asked would just say, "The same." "A dot." "I see what everyone sees." At the end of the back row after the final answer the speaker said, "Herein lies your problem. Each of you sees the same little dot, and not one of you sees the 6' blackboard waiting for so much more to be written upon it."

That was $30,000! But if they got the message it was worth it. We must see the big picture!

  • We limit God w/ our limited vision.
  • Jesus said He's good for as much as we'll believe Him for.
  • If we just had a tiny speck of faith we could move mountains,
  • We are the limiting factor.
  • Jesus said he could not do many mighty works there because of their unbelief!
  • We need to see the big picture!
    • Our church building is the dot on the chalkboard.
    • It's just a tool to do the real work.
    • The big picture is people coming to hear the Word of God.
    • The big picture is that young couple that comes, on the verge of divorce, but they come and get saved and their marriage is saved!
    • that teen who was planning on taking his own life finding new life in Christ and changing his mind!
    • bringing someone to Wed. nite who will get saved in the next hour.
    • what God will do in those little lives in AWANA.

Paul Harvey said, "A blind man is bound by the limits of his touch, and ignorant man is bound by the limits of his knowledge, a great man is bound only by the limits of his vision!"

* let’s not disrespect God by dreaming small & short-sighted


  • next few weeks going to offer options for CBC
    • mtg w/ Long Range Planning committee
    • mtg w/ S.S. teachers
    • mtg w/ Deacon’s
    • mtg w/ any church member interested


pray that we will follow God, not the preacher, consultant, deacon’s or a committee


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