Pastor Mac Hammond | October 31, 2021

Recap:
What is Living Word going to do in 2022 to advance the kingdom of God? That’s the question we started to answer this weekend as Pastor Mac talked about the specifics of what we will pursue through Vision 2022. Our vision includes expanded outreach to our church family, our community, our nation, and our world.

None of this, however, will be as effective without prayer. Living Word has always kept prayer as the foundation of its ministry. That’s why Pastor Lynne took a few moments this past weekend to talk about the launch of The Prayer Movement, a global movement to expand the foundation of prayer within the body of Christ worldwide.

Dive Deeper:
Vision provides purpose and meaning to our daily routine. It provides the reason why we keep doing what we know to do. That’s why we have laid out a vision for 2022 that includes community outreach, purposeful ministry within our four walls that reach our church family and beyond, a new church campus, the Winner’s Minute, and increased training for global missions.

The core of each of these outreaches is prayer. That’s why we just launched The Prayer Movement, a concerted effort to mobilize the power of the Internet and cultivate people worldwide to gather online for prayer, receive prayer resources, and be a resource to each other to prepare the way for God’s kingdom to impact this world.

For too long, the church has played catch up with the world because it hasn’t had the financial resources to be on the cutting edge of what society is looking for. We know we have what society needs, so we intend to expand our capacity to reach people for God’s kingdom and His glory.

Remember, God needs a vehicle through which He can reach people on this earth. Our financial capacity is one avenue through which He can have a platform to reach people with His good news. Best of all, when we make our financial capacity available to Him, we give Him first access to our heart. When we provide God first access to our heart, He can make available to us the true riches: His peace, joy, and fulfillment in our lives.

Read More:
Habakkuk 2:2-3 KJV
And the Lord answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.

Philippians 3:14 KJV
I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

Mark 16:15 KJV
And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.

2 Corinthians 9:8 KJV
And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:

Luke 16:9-13 KJV
And I say unto you, Make to yourselves friends of the mammon of unrighteousness; that, when ye fail, they may receive you into everlasting habitations. He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much. If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches? And if ye have not been faithful in that which is another man’s, who shall give you that which is your own? No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

Psalm 127:1 KJV
Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.

Discussion Questions:
1. What are you most excited for in Vision 2022?
2. What parts of the Vision directly affect you and which parts would you like to connect with?
3. What can you do financially to support Vision 2022? (Commitment Sunday is coming!)
4. Does today’s message trigger any ideas of what you can add to the vision for your personal life in 2022?

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