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Vision Statement

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16 NIV

Most organizations have a mission and vision statement. The mission statement talks about the organization's purpose. For example, the mission of the United Methodist Church is "to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world." However, a vision statement states what the future will look like living out that mission.

Since the fall of Adam and Eve in the garden, God's mission has been to offer humankind a path of redemption. To restore the order of love, kindness, and peace, which was his original plan for the earth. While at the same time giving us the free will to eat, or not, from the fruit of the tree. John 3:16 is God's vision plan, the restoration that began to unfold the day after the fall, fulfilled in the coming of Jesus, and continues until Christ's return.

Why would God bother? It seems like a lot of trouble for a creation with a track record of picking badly. The answer is the opening line of the verse, "For God so loved the world." That's it! There is no other reason than his love for us. Not only does he love us so dearly, but he desires us to choose rightly and love him back with the same level of commitment.

Father God, we thank you for the love you have shown us through the gift of your Son Jesus. We are offered redemption and restoration through his birth, death, and resurrection. We give thanks for your continued love, evidenced by the Holy Spirit. Help us to love you as we should and share it with others. Amen.


Pastor Tim

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