Welcome to the first day of the rest of your life!
We all have dreams, or visions, of what we would like our lives to be. When Pastor Miles was a college football player, he kept an NFL team photo on his bedroom wall and envisioned himself in the NFL. Maybe you are pursuing a health and fitness plan and have a vision (or a preferred future) of what you’d like to look like or the clothes you’d like to wear at the end of your program. Whatever the vision, God has given us the ability to have vision for ourselves and our ministries because He wants to instill His vision in our lives. As the Rock turns 12 years old next month, we can look back and realize that God has done amazing things through our church, but He is not finished yet; He has more vision for us.
As the Rock turns 12 years old next month, we can look back and realize that God has done amazing things through our church, but He is not finished yet; He has more vision for us.
In Acts 1, it is written that after Jesus’ death and resurrection, he spent time with His followers, speaking and teaching for forty days before ascending into heaven. Before he leaves them, they ask Him in verse 6, “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” His response is no; the ministry of Christians is not ending—it is only beginning.
And He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority. But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” (v. 7-8)
The same answer applies to the Rock Church. In sharing the vision for the Rock moving forward into the future, Pastor Miles wants each person to hear God’s individual vision for him or her. What is your part in the kingdom? Each time you listen to a sermon, a radio message, or read an inspiring book, ask God what His vision or preferred future is for you.
1. Jesus has empowered us for an unexplainable life.
God has made His power available to us, therefore our lives should be unexplainable. This means that things should be happening in our lives that are awe-inspiring!
Don’t settle for the average or easily attainable. If you are single, don’t settle for the wrong relationship. God has power to bring you someone extraordinary!
If you are in a difficult marriage, don’t settle for the same patterns that have entrapped you. God has power to bring hope for change and restoration to turn your marriage around.
2. Jesus empowered His church to be pervasive.
Jesus empowers you to do what He wants you to do, not what you want to do. Your ideas may be good, and they may actually be pieces of what He wants for you, but God has much more to His plan. Ask Him.
When we apply Acts 1:8 to our church, we can see that God has plans for us to reach San Diego, California, the nation, and the world. This is why the Rock has a 2-word vision statement: Pervasive Hope, which means that for every way someone can be lost, we want to provide a practical way for him or her to be found, in the very s/he has ended up.
As you may know, the Rock is re-launching its North County campus soon. Next Sunday is the dedication of the building as construction begins. Pastor Miles shared his vision that 1,000 people would migrate from the Point Loma campus to minister in North County. Please pray to consider whether God wants you to be one of those 1,000.
3. Jesus’ power is greatest when we die.
When you die to yourself, you are making a commitment that your life is not about you anymore. You no longer live for your own gain and your own desires, but rather for God’s. Think of the hours of community service and ministry that the church has offered in its 12 years of existence. None of that kind of community impact can take place unless individuals are surrendering to God on His terms and seeking His will for their lives and their resources. When we each individually surrender to God and come together as a church family, anything is possible, because we are walking in His power.
Pastor Miles closed today’s message with a challenge for every person to attend church every Sunday until Easter. And he added a special challenge to the men of the church: for all of 2012, commit to spend one hour every single day in alone time with the Lord. Some days you may be just praying and sitting silently before Him, some days you may be reading your Bible and journaling, but whatever you are doing, you are focused solely on spending time with God—no cell phone, no computer, no TV, no radio, no people. Please pray about accepting this challenge; God will not disappoint! Next Sunday, for those men who accept this 2012 challenge, Pastor Miles is going to ask them to stand in agreement.