1) Christ-centric – Jesus. Who is Jesus Christ? Who is Christ in you?
2) Identity – People. Who are you in Christ? What is your purpose?
3) Love – Relationships. Who is Christ in others? What does Christ want to give others through you?
4) Kingdom – Manifestation. How does Christ’s kingdom change your world?
1) Love – The priority of love is defined in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 and 1 John 3:14-4:21. It is most often expressed through acceptance, hospitality, protection, mercy, justice, and compassion. Love is imperative.
2) Honor – Honor is far more than respect for authority. First Peter 2:17 exhorts us to honor ALL people. We seek to identify and call out the God-given value in all people, thus empowering everyone to steward their self and gifts well.
3) Generosity – God gives and He gives abundantly. Gifts open doors (Proverbs 18:16). Second Corinthians 9:6-11 reveals our faith ought to be focused on “sowing bountifully…giving cheerfully…dispersing abroad…(receiving) seed for sowing…” Our generosity reflects our God’s generous heart.
Seeking a kingdom that transforms nations.
Jesus instructed His followers to prioritize and “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness…” (Matthew 6:33). The kingdom of God is “righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit” (Romans 14:17) and is “not a matter of talk but power” (1 Corinthians 4:20). Jesus and His disciples didn’t just preach “The kingdom of God is at hand” (Matthew 4:17; 10:7) but demonstrated the superior reality of His Father’s kingdom (Matthew 10:8; Acts 10:38), essentially saying and showing, “Here are the possibilities of what life on earth can be like when God reigns.” After His resurrection, He gave all of His disciples the same mandate to “Go into all the world and preach the gospel…signs will follow those who believe…” (Mark 16:15-18) and to “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them…(and) teaching them” (Matthew 28:19-20). His kingdom, when received (Mark 10:15; John 3:3-5), empowers His Church to disciple, and thereby transform nations (Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 11:17, 16:15-18; Acts 1:8, 2:39) so that the “kingdom of this world become the Kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ” (Revelation 11:15).
Most people want to know an organization’s vision because they want to know what they need to do. They want to be told what they need to do because their validation, value, and acceptance come from performance. True vision must be prophetic and must be motivated by love, not self-validating ambition, so this changes from season to season for us, based on what He’s speaking prophetically to our Body. We seek to cooperate with Holy Spirit and align our hearts with who He is corporately making us and the specific responsibility He has given us to steward for that season towards our community. This empowers us to dream as children of God walking in relationship with Jesus because He enjoys blessing the redeemed desires of our heart, and this keeps us leaning in to His heart because His love for the world is greater than ours.
Our vision – what we see – has to be what Jesus sees. So specifically, that’s described above; we act on what He is speaking and revealing. But generally speaking, Jesus sees people. He sees “sheep without a shepherd (Matthew 9:36).” He sees a harvest that is ripe (John 4:35). He sees “the knowledge of the glory of God covering the earth as the waters cover the sea” (Isaiah 11:9; Habakkuk 2:14). We want our vision to align with His. If we see His general vision, we’ll have great ability to discern His specific vision.