In this special message for Vision Weekend, Pastor Robert shares how the vision of Gateway Church (to see people saved, healed, set free, discipled, equipped, empowered and serving) will be carried out in 2012.
The vision for people in the church is like a process or an assembly line. We progress from being saved to healed and set free, then to being discipled, equipped, etc. Jesus showed us in John 13:3–5 how He empowered His disciples and how we can live an empowering life.
Jesus taught us that power only comes from God. This enables us to live free from insecurity because we can know that not only is He the One who gave it to us, but He’s the only One who can take it away. We discover when we don’t try to hold on to anything (e.g., power, leadership, finances) and give it away, that He gives us even more.
Jesus knew that He came from God. We’re also empowered when we walk in the humility of knowing where we came from. We know we’ve sinned and made mistakes, but we now live by grace and know God has redeemed us.
Just like Jesus (John 8:14), we can know where we’re going and be empowered for God’s purpose in our lives in order to serve. God desires for all of us to be His servants, and He gives us everything we need to fulfill our purpose