Catch the Vision
By Pastor Earnest Thomas

Now when they had gone through Phrygia and the region of Galatia, they were forbidden by the Holy Spirit to preach the word in Asia. After
they had come to Mysia, they tried to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit did not permit them. So passing by Mysia, they came down to Troas.
And a vision appeared to Paul in the night. A man of Macedonia stood and pleaded with him, saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help
us.” Now after he had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go to Macedonia, concluding that the Lord had called us to preach the
gospel to them.
- Acts 16:6-10

Can you imagine waking up one morning completely blind? You would probably move around stumbling, tripping and knocking over things
in your own house because you had lost your sight. You had no vision. Now, can you imagine being part of a church or ministry without a

What is vision and why is it so important to ministry? Vision is a supernatural presentation of certain circumstances (scenery) to the mind
of a person while awake. The word literally means to perceive. Vision is supernatural because it is God-given. Vision goes beyond what
the natural man can see or perceive. True vision is always God-sized and requires God’s help to accomplish it. Vision is essential to the
church. This text is about God’s vision to God’s people with the purpose of doing God’s work. This vision did three things for Paul and his

Vision Gives DISCERNMENT to Leadership (v 9)
In verses 6-8 we see Paul and his companions on a missionary journey stumbling through out Asia Minor without any success. It seems
like every turn they made was a wrong one. But in verse 9 something happens that changes their course – God gives a vision to Paul. God
gives vision to the ministry leader. In our text that was Paul but in the local church that is the pastor. God gives the pastor vision to lead the
local congregation. One of the primary responsibilities of a pastor is to be a vision bearer. The pastor must develop ways to communicate
and share this vision with the congregation.

Vision Gives DIRECTION to Ministry (v 9)
Vision is needed to give direction to ministry. Without vision we waste time and resources knocking on closed doors. Vision creates
meaning and purpose in a person’s life. We feel like we are a part of something great that God is accomplishing through humanity.

Vision Increases DEDICATION (v 10)
A shared vision creates a common bond between people. When a leader cast a vision in a church it is no longer “his vision” but it
becomes “our vision”. A vision has been cast by the leader of this church, and now is the time for us to catch the vision.
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