What is the Vision of Poplar Springs Baptist Church?

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What Exactly is a Vision?

1 Samuel 3:1-10

3 The boy Samuel ministered before the Lord under Eli. In those days the word of the Lord was rare; there were not many visions.

One night Eli, whose eyes were becoming so weak that he could barely see, was lying down in his usual place. The lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the house of the Lord, where the ark of God was. Then the Lord called Samuel.

Samuel answered, “Here I am.” And he ran to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.”

But Eli said, “I did not call; go back and lie down.” So he went and lay down.

Again the Lord called, “Samuel!” And Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.”

“My son,” Eli said, “I did not call; go back and lie down.”

Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord: The word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him.

A third time the Lord called, “Samuel!” And Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.”

Then Eli realized that the Lord was calling the boy. So Eli told Samuel, “Go and lie down, and if he calls you, say, ‘Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.’” So Samuel went and lay down in his place.

10 The Lord came and stood there, calling as at the other times, “Samuel! Samuel!”

Then Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.”


3 The boy Samuel ministered before the Lord under Eli. In those days the word of the Lord was rare; there were not many visions.

What Exactly is a Vision?

Vi·sion – viZHən


  • the faculty or state of being able to see.
  • an experience of seeing someone or something in a dream or trance, or as a supernatural apparition.

A man without a vision is a man without a future. A man without a future will always return to his past.” 

Where there is no vision, the people are unrestrained, but happy is he who keeps the law – Proverbs 29:18

  • Vision draws attention to a clear direction
  • Vision can clarify danger zones
  • Vision helps guard against “negative” directions
  • Vision guards against the “enemy” and “destructive” forces
  • Vision sheds light for clear direction
  • Vision can clarify the “mission” of the church
  1. God Makes Himself Known Through Visions

Numbers 12:6

“When there is a prophet among you, I, the Lord, reveal myself to them in visions, I speak to them in dreams.

  1. A Vision Gives Direction to God’s People

Acts 16:9

During the night Paul had a vision of a man of Macedonia standing and begging him, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.”

  1. Visions Clarify Mysteries

Nebuchadnezzar’s Mysterious Dream (Daniel 2)

In the second year of his reign, Nebuchadnezzar had dreams; his mind was troubled and he could not sleep. So the king summoned the magicians, enchanters, sorcerers and astrologers[a] to tell him what he had dreamed. When they came in and stood before the king, he said to them, “I have had a dream that troubles me and I want to know what it means.”

Then the astrologers answered the king, “May the king live forever! Tell your servants the dream, and we will interpret it.”

The king replied to the astrologers, “This is what I have firmly decided: If you do not tell me what my dream was and interpret it, I will have you cut into pieces and your houses turned into piles of rubble. But if you tell me the dream and explain it, you will receive from me gifts and rewards and great honor. So tell me the dream and interpret it for me.”

Once more they replied, “Let the king tell his servants the dream, and we will interpret it.”

Then the king answered, “I am certain that you are trying to gain time, because you realize that this is what I have firmly decided: If you do not tell me the dream, there is only one penalty for you. You have conspired to tell me misleading and wicked things, hoping the situation will change. So then, tell me the dream, and I will know that you can interpret it for me.”

10 The astrologers answered the king, “There is no one on earth who can do what the king asks! No king, however great and mighty, has ever asked such a thing of any magician or enchanter or astrologer. 11 What the king asks is too difficult. No one can reveal it to the king except the gods, and they do not live among humans.”

12 This made the king so angry and furious that he ordered the execution of all the wise men of Babylon. 13 So the decree was issued to put the wise men to death, and men were sent to look for Daniel and his friends to put them to death.

14 When Arioch, the commander of the king’s guard, had gone out to put to death the wise men of Babylon, Daniel spoke to him with wisdom and tact. 15 He asked the king’s officer, “Why did the king issue such a harsh decree?” Arioch then explained the matter to Daniel. 16 At this, Daniel went in to the king and asked for time, so that he might interpret the dream for him.

KEY: Daniels 2:19 ( Nebuchadnezzar’s Dream)

During the night the mystery was revealed to Daniel in a vision. Then Daniel praised the God of heaven.

KEY:  Daniel 2:27 Daniel replied, “No wise man, enchanter, magician or diviner can explain to the king the mystery he has asked about, 28 but there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries.

  1. Visions Are Revealed by God’s Spirit

Acts 2:19

In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams.

What We Know About Vision

Growing a vision within a team is not quick and easy.

Several years ago my wife and I built our first house. It was my first, and may I say last time, that I will ever build my own house.  I came to a great appreciation of those in the building industry.  Not long after finishing the structure I was introduced to my first challenge as a landscaper.  The first task after the construction work was to create a lawn for the new house.  This too was new territory for me.

The first person that I went to with questions about how to create a beautiful lawn for our home was a farmer not far from our new place.  I had noticed for several years that this man had the prettiest and greenest yard I had ever seen.  In fact, there were no bare spots on his lawn.  It was the deepest, darkest green I had ever seen.  It looked like that perfect kind of grass you pay a lot of money for that is brought to your home on the back of a big truck and rolled out onto the landscape.  This farmer’s lawn was just about as perfect of a yard as I have every seen.

When I asked for his advice on how to plant such a lush yard, his response was simple.  “Son, it is all in the seed.”  He went on to explain that he bought a brand of seed that had very little “bad seed” or “weed seeds.”  I found out that this type of seed was not cheap.  I also discovered that preparing the soil before the expensive seeds are planted is an absolute must.  This farmer put as much prep into his yard to plant the grass seed as he did for his cornfield.

What does this have to do with “Growing a Vision?”

Here are a few basics principles I learned from a farmer on how to grow an opulent and luxurious lawn that can be applied to casting a vision for our church:

  • Vision is a seed.  It is not the finished plant.
  • A clear vision is like planting good seed without weeds or bad seeds.
  • For a vision to catch, preparation must take place.
  • Taking time (a lot of time) to plant a vision is absolutely essential for that vision to catch on. This is like preparing the soil before good grass seed goes down on it.
  • Growing vision is like growing a beautiful green lawn.  It is not cheap, it is not easy but it is worth every ounce of energy you invest.

KEY:  A good vision is a good seed that must be planted in ready soil.

As a congregation prepares for its future, it must have a clear vision, an easily understood vision, and a vision that is embraced by the entire fellowship.

Dale Roach

Sermon to Poplar Springs Baptist Church, November 5, 2017

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