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Beyond Us for Our City: Lessons from Corinth for Bolivar

“Courage to Live a God-Sized Vision” (Acts 18:9-11)

Key Scripture (Acts 18:9-11): 9 One night the Lord spoke to Paul in a vision: “Do not be afraid; keep on speaking, do not be silent. 10 For I am with you, and no one is going to attack and harm you, because I have many people in this city.” 11 So Paul stayed in Corinth for a year and a half, teaching them the word of God.

Introduction: One night the Lord gave Paul a special vision for Corinth. God affirmed, strengthened, and emboldened him. God’s vision for a community provides the courage, drive, and clarity to accomplish what He wants.

God gives courage to accomplish His vision (18:9)- Be encouraged!

  • be fearless,
  • keep speaking, and
  • refuse to be silent.

God promises His presence and protection (18:10)- Trust His Word!

1) "For I am with you...";

2) I will protect you, and

3) "because I have many people in this city."

God-sized vision is gospel-centric (18:11)- in opposition & opportunity!

  • "teaching them the word of God" (v.11)
  • The result was extended, focused Gospel ministry (v.11).
  • Is our faith up to the challenge for our community?

Our God-sized vision is to Live Beyond Us- 

  • We are One Church, Diversely Gifted, Accomplishing One Mission.
  • Our Mission is becoming disciples who make disciples.
  • How are you engaged in our shared vision of Living Beyond Us?