"Where there is no vision, the people perish."
“And the Lord answered me and said, write the vision and make it plain upon tablets, that he may run that readeth it. Because it will surely come, it will not tarry. Behold, his soul, which is lifted up is not upright in him,
but the just shall live by his faith.”
I. What is Vision?
“Vision” in Hebrew = "Chazown" Meaning to perceive, behold, look, prophesy, dream, revelation.
A. Vision gives us incentive, a goal, direction, and purpose.
1. Without a goal or purpose, the church has no incentive, and we will lack vitality and
enthusiasm to serve or occupy until the Lord comes.
2. Note also, that one of the meanings is prophesy. Prophecy is words of exhortation,
edification, and comfort. How often it is that we, as we serve the Lord, need to be
encouraged, strengthened, and reminded of our purpose. That is what vision is for.
B. How does Vision come?
1. Vision comes from God. It is His purpose that He desires to fulfill in the body of Christ. Like
His own word that doesn't return unto Him void, so also is His power to fulfill that vision in
the lives of His people.
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.”
2. Vision is communicated by God to the Set Man. The Set Man is that individual that God
has placed the mantle of leadership upon for the local assembly. That individual will be
known also by the anointing, responsibility, spirituality or giftings.
3. The Set Man has then the responsibility of communicating that vision to those individuals
that are the servants of the vision. These servants would include individuals ministering at
the universal church ministry level, sometimes called “Five-fold ministry” or “Doma (Gift)
Ministry” which are ordained Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors, and Teachers, but
also including the leadership at the local assembly level - Eldership, ministers, and
deacons. Both of these groups of individuals work with the Set Man to communicate God’s
vision for the local assembly and to equip the recipients (the congregation) to do the work
of the Ministry, or complete His Vision.
II. What is the Vision (or calling) of any local assembly?
A. The general assembly (the local church) has the same basic calling.
1. God has called us, like all His Body to holiness. Holiness is God-likeness.
(Heb. 12:14-Eph. 5:1)
2. His Spirit is at work in us to conform us to the image of His Son. (Rom. 8:29)
3. God has predestined us to be conformed. (Rom. 8:29)
4. God has called His church to represent Him as ambassadors in this world, preaching
repentance of sin and acceptance of the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior.
5. God has called every local assembly to perfection, with each assembly gifted in certain
areas of ministry.
IV. What are the specific areas of ministries for Judah?
A. Those areas of anointing through which the Lord manifests Himself:
1. God has called us to teach the word, an anointed and fresh (prophetic) word, causing His
people to be constantly drawn into a more intimate relationship with Him.
2. God has called us to equip the saints of God to do the work of the ministry and to perfect
the saints in their particular areas of calling through teaching, example, prayer, instruction,
3. God has called us to lay the foundation for His sanctuary, to nurture, balance, and set in
order those things that are lacking. God has called us to be an example or model for other
4. God has called us to establish and govern additional ministries as He directs by His Spirit.
These ministries will be part of the “Apostolic Ministry” of this body - church planting.
5. God has called us to establish “Covenant Ministries”: To provide a covering for instruction,
fellowship, accountability, and checks and balances for other ministries. God has said that
other shepherds will bring their flocks here to find rest.
6. God has called us to serve in the healing of spiritually, physically, and emotionally
wounded people, to the capacity that we reach the total man. God has called us to serve
one another, and to love one another as we love ourselves so that we (His many-
membered body, the local assembly) become compacted by the area of work that each
member individually serves in. Fruitfully working unto the Lord in love for Him, that same
love, shed abroad in vessels yielded unto the Lord, becomes the bond that unites us,
confirming our Lord's testimony, “By this shall all men know that ye are My disciples.”
7. God has called us to be vessels of His PERFECT praise, with anointed worship in which
“I AM” Himself comes to dwell in the midst to speak, heal, shower love, and reveal
Himself. Praise breaks every yoke, tears down walls, and opens prison doors, and God
has called us to become that city set on a hill, a place of refuge, a filling station for
spiritual and natural needs, a place of refreshing to encourage those who need rest.
8. God has called us to serve by setting before us an open door to those in need: to impart
love and truth, and sharing those things God has perfected in us, specifically, ministry
of word, ministry of praise and worship, ministry of giving, and ministry of serving.
9. God has called us to establish a Christian academy, Bible college and day care center.
10. God has said that He will use us and this facility to be a haven of rest and a retreat center
for Christian groups.
11. God has called us to establish a convalescent home, medical facility, and a retirement
12. God has called us to establish and provide shelter, rehabilitation facilities, and ministry
services for: drug abuse victims, battered wives and children, foster care, and temporary
housing or placement for single parents and their children, homeless juveniles, ex-convicts,
the relocation of families, and children with special needs.