S SCRIPTURE: JEREMIAH 29:11

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.

In 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., delivered a stirring, passionate speech which later became the “manifesto” of the civil rights movement. Words of reconciliation, equality, and liberty rang out from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial:

Let freedom ring. And when this happens, when we allow freedom to ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual: “Free at last!”

In describing his dream of a world free from the bonds of prejudice and discrimination, Dr. King described a powerful, positive image of the future. The vision he cast that day was more than inspiration; it contained principles that could be embraced and lived out to advance the cause of ethnic equality and justice around the world.

In the same way, for Christians, it is not enough to see the vision that God has for our future. We must embrace it and begin to allow our lives to be molded around it. God’s vision is powerful and transcendent. It gives purpose, direction, and passion for those with the courage to run with it. God’s vision cannot be altered and tailored to fit our desires, but when embraced, it meets every need, and fills every heart with joy and expectancy! By embracing God’s vision for our church through the Beyond journey, we will create a “future and a hope” for the generations to come.

How has God’s vision for Thrive Chapel inspired purpose and direction for your life?

T THINK record your observations from the verse(s) above

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E ENGAGE personalize how you will apply the verse(s) to your life

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P PRAYER

Lord, I trust in the vision that you have for me. I know that it comes from Your heart of love for me. Give me the courage to embrace it and run with it. I lift up my brothers and sisters at Thrive Chapel today. I pray for boldness and determination to see Your kingdom come, and Your will be done in our lives and in our community. Amen!