‘Where there is no vision, the people perish’ Proverbs chapter 29 verse 18 (KJV)
Without a vision, the Church is unlikely to get established, be sustained and grow. The vision, however, must not be the product of wishful thinking, or a list of good ideas which we hope the Lord will bless. Christ is the Head of the Church, and as we wait on Him in worship and prayer, He will, through the Holy Spirit, build a vision for His Church in the area in which we live. Never be in a hurry to be doing. Always be in an attitude of worshipping, praying and listening. As Church members we need each other to discern and confirm what Christ is saying. When we act, we do so in the power of the Holy Spirit.
Below, are some aspects of the vision Christ has given to His Body, The Church in Wickham Skeith. They are examples, not to be copied, but prayerfully encouraging you to seek Him for a vision for His Church where you live.
a) Prayer For The Sick
How rarely have I witnessed church members following the advice of James: ‘Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned he will be forgiven.’ James chapter 5 verses 14 and 15
However, there would be less need to follow this advice if we followed:
b) Healthy Lifestyles
This encourages us to examine what we eat and drink; how much exercise we get; environmental issues and the balance of nature; how we grow and produce our food. Also:
c) Spiritual Health
We spend so much time and money dealing with physical and mental health, but so little mention is made of Spiritual health. When we come to know Christ as Saviour and Lord, our spirits are restored to life, and need to be encouraged and nurtured to play the prominent role in our lives, which they were always intended to play.
2. A Permanent Building, Serving the Community
This is not a building where the church meets each Sunday and then remains empty for the remainder of the week. The Church is part of the community and will meet together in many different ways. At first, the Church may hire buildings for whatever activity God is directing.
3. A Full-Time Eldership, with each Elder Responsible for a Local Congregation of Approximately 50 Adults
The Holy Spirit will make it clear who is being called to Eldership. There are clear guidelines on the qualities of Elders in Scripture.
4. Tithing to Support the Work
Offerings to help other Christians elsewhere
Alms for the poor and needy
Refer to the page on ‘Giving’ where there is a Biblical study on these 3 aspects of giving
5. A worshipping Church – with worship having a sound Biblical base.
Worship creatively inspired by the Holy Spirit
6. Creatively inspired Deacons responsible for:
b) Practical care of widows/orphans etc.
c) Practical administration of buildings, contents, repairs etc.
d) Social interaction – activities to encourage this.
e) Fostering the sharing of talents/material goods. Supporting members within their occupations, to use their occupations within the community.
These are only some of the aspects of the vision for Christ’s Body, The Church in Wickham Skeith. Seek God for a vision for the Church where you live. This may change and evolve over time as He reveals new possibilities.