As known to many, a vision is a vehicle that will transport the people towards its mission. As Christian, our mission is the Great Commission. As a church, our goal is to worship God corporately and live out the gospel of Christ as a community of believers.
Proverbs 29:18 states, “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” A vision is more than just a corporate tool for industrial companies. It is a kingdom tool for the advance of the Gospel of Christ. Who determines the vision of the church?
Understanding that the local church is characterized as a body, each member acts and participates as a certain part of the body (1 Cor. 12:12, “Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ.”) You can continue reading the entire passage for clearer context.
Continuing, shepherds, teachers or simply known as pastors, elders were given to the church “to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ” (Eph. 4:12-13). To clarify: pastors, teachers, elders, and overseers were used interchangeably in the Scriptures.
This thought is also present in 1 Timothy 3, Acts 20:28, 1 Peter 5:1-4, and Hebrews 13:17 (Open your Bible). Additionally, the importance of appointing elders was commanded by Paul to Titus for putting matters of the church in order (Titus 1:5).
Evidently throughout the said passages, elders—take note of the plurality of it—are vital for the church. Together with the whole eldership, with necessary prayer, meditation, and the Spirit’s guidance, the whole church will be led faithfully to exalt the name of Christ for the glory of God.
This vision must lead to deep worship, deep discipleship, deep evangelism and missions, deep prayer and study of Word, and the faithful preaching of the Gospel of Christ.
Soli Deo Gloria!
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