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VISION SUNDAY

TEXT: Genesis 11:1-9

MESSAGE: “Together For Our City”

“This is the LORD’s doing; it is marvelous in our eyes.” – Psalm 118:23

 

There are three lessons that we can learn about how to approach a vision for the city. We must understand: (1. Our need for the city 2. Our motivation for the city 3. God’s vision for the city)

  1. Our Need for the City (v. 3-4a; 5)

“3 And they said to one another, “Come, let us make bricks, and burn them thoroughly.” And they had brick for stone, and bitumen for mortar. 4 Then they said, Come, let us build ourselves a city and a tower with its top in the heavens…5 lest we be dispersed over the face of the whole earth.”

  1. Our Motivation for the City (v. 4b)

“…and let us make a name for ourselves…”

“The primeval history reaches its fruitless climax as man, conscious of new abilities, prepares to glorify and fortify himself by collective effort. The elements of the story are timelessly characteristic of the spirit of the world. The project is typically grandiose; men describe it excitedly to one another as if it were the ultimate achievement…” — Derek Kidner

  1. God’s Vision for the City (v. 5-8)

“And the Lord came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of man had built. 6 And the Lord said, “Behold, they are one people, and they have all one language, and this is only the beginning of what they will do. And nothing that they propose to do will now be impossible for them. 7 Come, let us go down and there confuse their language, so that they may not understand one another’s speech.” 8 So the Lord dispersed them from there over the face of all the earth, and they left off building the city.”

“For at that time I will change the speech of the peoples to a pure speech, that all of them may call upon the name of the Lord and serve him with one accord.” — Zephaniah 3:9

Q: Where is God leading Grace City this Fall?

 

What’s the timeline?

Sunday, Sept. 22 @ 5PM – Better Together Night

Sunday, Sept. 29 @ 5PM – Better Together Night

Saturday, Oct. 5 @ 10AM-2PM – Volunteer Training

Saturday, Oct. 12 @ 6PM – Prayer and Worship Night

Sunday, Oct. 13 @ 10:30AM – First Sunday Together

Week of Oct. 14-18 – City Group Open Houses

Sunday, Nov. 17 – Strategic Alliance becomes official upon FBC getting a 2/3rd vote

TAKEAWAY: How can I help?

“Between 6,000 and 10,000 churches in the U.S. are dying each year. That means around 100-200 churches will close this week. The pace will accelerate unless our congregations make some dramatic changes.”

— Thom Rainer

“I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, 21 that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.” — John 17:20-21