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Vision Sunday

1. 3 Things

  • Define reality – we will not change what we do not acknowledge.
  • Speak for God
  • Cast vision

That is what I will do today, and that’s why this day is so important.

2. There are 2 words that keep rolling over in my spirit:

Courage and Spiritual

A. As it has always been, you and I have a choice to be happy as we are, or to find ways to impact more lives.

B. I think I speak for most of us – we want to do more.

  • Most of you here right now have family members not saved. Most of us have friends and associates not saved. Most of us are aware that our world is broken and needs Jesus.
  • So, to be happy with where we are isn’t really an option for us.
  • To do more will take courage.

Courage to:

1. Be willing to change some methods but not the message.

2. Change some attitudes in order to think and believe bigger.

  • Firefly – men’s group – plaque. “The only disability in life is a bad attitude.”

3. Follow the leading of the Holy Spirit.

  • Joshua 1:9 NIV
    “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
  • To do more will require a spiritual enabling.

Spiritual help:

1. Acts 1:8

2. We will have a renewed emphasis, in programming and application of ministry, of the need of the Holy Spirit.

3. We are in the business of dealing with the spiritual. Let’s keep that focus.

4. Will our kind of church reach our kind of world? The answer is yes if we follow the Spirit of God.

5. I want to see miracles happen. Miracles of: reconciliation – sickness & disease – addictions broken – healing of hurts – habits and hang-ups.

This is what I envision for 2018:

Training Children

Maximize children and student involvement.

1. Active participants in discipleship.

  • Grounded in the word of God.
  • Trained in sharing their faith.

2. Integrating them into the total church ministry.

  • Release them to do ministry. 
  • Acts 2:17 (NIV) says:
    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.
  • Greeters and ushers and assistants in Kids’ Church and musicians and singing.
  • If we don’t connect them to the whole church, we will lose them when they leave the Student Ministry.
  • The details and process will be worked out with Belinda, Chris, Chantelle, Monica, Manuel.

Restoring Families

  • I want us to think this year about not just restoring families, but to reinforce the value and strength of the family.
  • Let’s not forget the single parents here. Let’s not forget the singles in our church. They are family also!
  • Prime Timers
    1. Last Saturdays at 2:00 or 4:00 (depends on time of the year)
    2. Once a quarter gatherings
    3. I’d like to see a prayer force develop out of this group. They are led by John and Betty Clark.

  • 49 and below – 87% did not believe church or Jesus matter to their lives.
  • Millennials - The Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion and Public Life reports that 1/3 of American adults under 30 have no religious affiliation, referred to as “nones.” If the church does not focus on speaking to the unchurched, we will eventually be speaking to a shrinking crowd.
    1. Neglected group – will be a priority this year
    2. Opportunities for growth

  • Marriage and family groups
  • Marriage and family conference
  • Community building
    1. Valentine’s Dinner – Sunday, February 18; 5:00, Dingess Hall, free, childcare, limited space

Impacting Our Community

  • Sharing Jesus personally (loving them enough to share Jesus)
  • Hope Again Care Ministries
  • Celebrate Recovery
  • Royal Oak
    1. 2 services
    2. Outreach
    3. Young Adult Ministry on Sunday evenings
    4. Spanish-speaking congregation on Thursdays and Saturdays
  • Afresh
    1. 2 services

Our World

  • Virgin Gorda
  • Israel
  • Far East
  • Africa
  • Romania

We invite you to give a one-time gift, or monthly.

  • Use connect card
  • Online giving info (
  • For the work in Romania and orphanage there, we’ve provided a card for you to use if this work pulls your heart.

What I envision for our ministry on a continual basis:

1. Averaging now 1667

  • 2000 by the end of this year (2272 Christmas Eve)
  • Livestream averaging 205 – goal is 250

2. Properties

  • Potential for 20 acres with right-of-way
  • Explore with intentionality – new building for Children and Student Ministries, and offices

3. Worship Services

  • WincWorship
  • Revival

    a. A fresh visitation of God
    b. Renewal and refreshing
    c. Every gathering charged by the power of God.

1. This will happen when we are hungry for God. When we are no longer satisfied with the status quo. When we see God not as a luxury side item and addition, but the Lord of our lives.

2. This will happen when our personal altars become stained with our tears and our church gatherings are passionate cries to know the Living God.

3. This will happen when we step outside and watch God be God.

4. And this will happen when we dare to pray big prayers.

5. 2 Kings 7

A. City is starving

B. Mothers are boiling children and eating them.

- They are sacrificing their future.

C. Dove dung – that which was eaten and excreted is now scooped up and a small bag is selling for the equivalent of $50.

Donkey head – both represent what was, not what is.

D. But the Prophet spoke up and spoke that one word – one word of hope. “Tomorrow.” Tomorrow at this time we will have more than we dreamed.

E. Church, we can live in what used to be… we can’t live on what once was – tomorrow – revival is coming to those who hunger.

May the Winchester Church of God live large in our future.

Worship Set

Here As In Heaven 

- Christopher Brown, Mack Brock, Matt Ntele, Steven Furtick

Verse 1

The atmosphere is changing now
For the Spirit of the Lord is here
The evidence is all around
That the Spirit of the Lord is here

Chorus 1

Overflow in this place
Fill our hearts with your love
Your love surrounds us
You're the reason we came to encounter your love
Your love surrounds us

Misc 1 (Bridge)

Spirit of God fall fresh on us
We need your presence
Your kingdom come your will be done
Here as in heaven

Verse 2

A miracle can happen now
For the Spirit of the Lord is here
The evidence is all around
That the Spirit of the Lord is here

My World Needs You 

- Kirk Franklin

Verse 1

Show me your face, fill up this space
My world needs You right now, my world needs You right now
I can't escape being afraid
Fill me with You right now, my world needs You right now

Verse 2

Power fall down, bring with it a sound
That points us to You right now, erase substitutes right now
Fix what I see, and God please fix me
My world needs You right now, let us see You right now


Every heart in the world
God needs you to rescue
Storms have come and torn our hearts in two
We need you

Verse 3

Show me your face, fill up this space
My world needs You right now, my world needs You right now

Bridge 1 

Storms may come but when we call your name all things change
Kingdoms fall, one thing forever reigns is your Name

Bridge 2

The anchor that holds me in my pain, stays the same
Oh how sweet to know that your great name will never change

Bridge 3

Jesus Jesus, Jesus, Jesus
Jesus Jesus, Jesus, Jesus

Bridge 4 (2x)

Storms may come but when we call your name, all things change
Kingdoms fall, one thing forever reigns is your name
Oh how sweet to know that Your great name
Will never change, it's stays the same


Show me your face, come fill this space
My world needs You right now, my world needs You right now