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"What is God's vision? As the result of studying Scripture and learning from personal experience, I have come to recognize three things that together form God's vision for the church and for each member of the church.
1. We are to know God in ever-deepening personal fellowship and thus be conformed to the character of Christ.
2. We are to walk in love toward all believers, preserving the unity of the body of Christ.
3. We are to take part in bringing the message of salvation through Jesus Christ to all men."
..."We want to take on God's vision. But in doing so, we must remember to keep his purpose in mind. We seek to be like Jesus so that God will be glorified through us. We work for church unity and harmony among believers so that God's love will be manifested through the church. We proclaim the good news of Jesus so that the Lord will be magnified before all men."
-Jim Durkin, Your Life Will Change Through The Power Of The Word; p.164-165
"My prayer is that God will renew his vision in the hearts and minds of his people everywhere; a vision of the church filled with people ready and willing to sacrifice their lives for the privilege of taking the good news to every nation on earth; a vision of the sick being healed, the lame walking, the dead raised, and the glory given to Jesus; a vision of men and women like Daniel, Joseph, and Esther, being raised by God to places of influence among the leaders of the nations; a vision of a united church filled with young, old, black, yellow, red, white, and brown people, educated, illiterate, wealthy, and poor people, overflowing with the love of Jesus Christ for one another; a vision of the great harvest of God coming to a triumphant end; a vision of the Lord Jesus returning to the earth in power and glory.
Right now, as you read this, I urge you to commit your life to God's vision, to sharing with others the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. Perhaps you feel inadequate. You may think you have too many problems or that it would be too hard for you. But God can use you, and he wants to use you. The first and most important step is that you surrender your energy, time, money, and talents-your whole life-to him."
-Jim Durkin, Your Life Will Change Through The Power Of The Word; p.210
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