Introduction to Visioning

A personal vision statement is a picture of how you see the world, your dream.
It draws passion.

  • Luther saw a reformation of the church.
  • John Knox said “Give me Scotland or I die.”
  • John Woolman saw his denomination free of slaves.

Other visionaries in more recent years have included Helen Keller, Nelson Mandela, Ann Frank, Thomas Jefferson, Ronald Reagan, John F. Kennedy, and Martin Luther King among others.

Jesus gave his personal vision statement in the synagogue on the Sabbath
at Nazareth as he began is ministry (Luke 4:18 -19 NKJV)

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,
Because He has anointed Me
To preach the gospel to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives
And recovery of sight to the blind,
To set at liberty those who are oppressed;
To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.”

This tells what Jesus is going to do (future tense). As his ministry became
realized, the same statement becomes present tense as He shares it
with his followers:

“….the blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are
cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is
preached to the poor.”

Matthew 11:4-5 NIV

Then Jesus promised that what He was doing would be commissioned to His
followers”

“I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have
been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because
I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my
name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. ”

John 14:12-13 NIV

Jesus defined His future perfect vision statement in the Garden of Gethsemane:

“I’m praying not only for them
But also for those who will believe in me
Because of them and their witness about me.
The goal is for all of them to become one heart
and mind —
Just as you, Father, are in me and I in you,
So they might be one heart and mind with us.
Then the world might believe that you, in fact, sent
me.

The same glory you gave me, I gave them,
So they’ll be as unified and together as we
are —
I in them and you in me.
Then they’ll be mature in this oneness,
And give the godless world evidence
That you’ve sent me and loved them
In the same way you’ve loved me.”
John 17:20-23 The Message

What is your personal vision? What is your burden? For what do you share passion?