OUR VISION for 2017
Summary of the vision for Jubilee Church, 29th January 2017.
A key start to our vision this year is based on the understanding of the biblical concept of the 'Jubilee Year'. The Jubilee Year (as outlined in Leviticus 25) included a number of key activities. No land was farmed, all debts were cancelled and all property was returned to its original owners. The implications of these measures were that everything was owned by God, the people were required to trust God completely during the fallow year and above all, significant time was made available to celebrate and spend time with their creator and redeemer.
The key central theme for the coming year for us at Jubilee is ‘Intimacy with God.’
In developing this vision a Venn diagram with three overlapping circles, representing the Trinity, is shown here; the key space for the purposes of our vision is the area where all the circles overlapped - Father, Son and Holy Spirit - in a sense where the greatest intimacy of God takes place.
An image made by the overlapping areas of the three circles - a triquetra - was used by the early church; similar to the more familiar ichthus fish.
In John chapter 15 Jesus said He was the vine and we were the branches. A branch not grafted into the root stock (namely Christ) was good for nothing and fit only for burning. But a branch that received the life source from Christ and absorbed the life giving energy of the parent plant was able to bear much fruit. “Remain in me, and I will remain in you.” (John 15:4)
A verse that also speaks strongly of intimacy with God is: “Love the Lord with all your heart, soul and mind.” (Matthew 22:37)
Whilst the Trinity is one well known and traditional way of looking at the three circles, they can also be considered as being ‘the Word, Prayer and the Spirit’ as vital areas of focus for our church in the coming year.
So rather than being goal-oriented as has been typical of previous vision days, we need to be relationship oriented. We also need to consider our individual journey into Christ for the coming year and how the particular areas of prayer, God’s word and being open to the Spirit could be enhanced. However we should not just think of this as just an individual process but also a corporate responsibility to encourage one another to draw closer to God.
This year’s vision is definitely a departure from the norm - relationship with God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit is trumpeted above all things. And who knows? Increased well-being and possibly even fruitfulness might be the result.
DWP January 2017