Posted by: TLC Fellowship | January 2, 2015

Mission and Vision

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Scripture: “I will stand at my watch and station myself on the ramparts; I will look to see what he will say to me and what answer I am to give to this complaint. 2 Then the LORD replied: “Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it. For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay. See, the enemy is puffed up; his desires are not upright— but the righteous person will live by his faithfulness.” Habakkuk 2:1-4

Every Sunday, we recite the mission and vision of TLC Fellowship, much like myself and previous generations recited as kids for the Pledge of Allegiance. At the beginning of each school day, we all stood, positioned our bodies to face the United States Flag hanging in one corner of the classroom, placed our right hands over our hearts and said those words. Coupled with prayer, that kickstarted a day of “readin’, writin’ and ‘rithmetic’.” Besides the obvious differences between the two — man-made flag vs. God-made faith — the Pledge lacks a declared mission and vision, a raison d’être (reason for existence); it’s just an “I promise” statement.

Amen for God giving our church more than that.

The mission and vision of TLC Fellowship defines who we are, who we strive to be and how we will achieve it. These are not sentences we say out loud because our pastor tells us to. The act of saying them is not a unique tradition, either. Rather, every time we recite those statements as one body, we reaffirm and put both the world and our adversary on notice that we are following a God-given purpose.

It’s important, no, critical, to always remember that the path to our purpose is not smooth, short, easy or straight line runs; there are bends, detours, one-way turns, obstacles and construction. And when we come to these points, we cannot stand, stare, scratch our hands and then point fingers and blame. Like Habakkuk wrote: “…wait for it, it will certainly come and will not delay.” Presenting the Gospel passionately, loving people unconditionally and developing disciples through a ministry of excellence takes patience and time. But if we trust the vision given by God, who has one foot on time and the other on eternity, we will be more than all right. We, as part of the universal body of Christ, will see an awesome God bring to completion what He started.

Prayer: Lord God, thank You for the vision and purpose to which You called us. Please lead us to follow the path however it turns, to use what You gave us to use for Your glory. Amen.

written by Shelby Nelms, member of TLC Fellowship


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