VINEYARD OF HOPE VISION
PASTOR KENNETH TYSON – SENIOR PASTOR
“Where there is no vision, the people perish; but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.”    Proverbs 29:18
I think this text, like many in the Bible, is sometimes used incorrectly. “Where there is no vision, the people perish.”
When we come to read a text from the Bible, it is always good to see exactly what God is talking about.
Where there is no vision, the people perish.”  In the first place, the word “VISION” used here has to do with the Word of God,  “Where there is no Word of God, where there is no message of life, the people perish!”  This is the primary interpretation of this passage.
In Acts 2:17 God speaks of the kind of vision that I have in my heart, the vision that I could wish every man, woman, boy and girl who is saved and who knows the Lord Jesus Christ could have.
Acts 2:17 – “And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams.”
1.  WE NEED TO HAVE A VISION OF LOST SOULS
I do not think that there has ever been an hour in the history of the church when the people of GOD needed to have a vision of souls that are lost like that vision is needed in this day and hour.  You listen to the conversation of Christians, and you listen to the preaching of preachers, and you are bound to come to the conclusion that the church today, the modern-day church, yes, even the fundamental, Bible believing church of this hour, does not have a vision of souls that are lost.
2.  WE NEED A VISION OF THE JUDGMENT SEAT OF CHRIST
When people talk about judgment, usually Christian people, they think of a Great White Throne judgment, when people are lost and stand before a Holy God and the books are opened and the names are read and they are then assigned to the lake of fire forever. But there is another judgment in the Bible never mentioned very much and that judgment is not for sinner but for saints.  It is called the judgment seat of Christ. Paul often spoke of it. Romans 14:10 says, “. . for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.” My Christians brother and sister, may God grip your heart with the truth that every believer will stand before the judgment seat of Christ.
3.  WE NEED A VISION OF THE HORRORS OF HELL
Christians need to see a picture of what Hell is like. Christians today act like they do not believe that sinners are going to Hell. Unsaved people do not act like they believe that at the end of a Christ-less life there is an eternal Hell. I believe with all my heart that we need a vision of the horrors of Hell. The Bible says so much about it, yet people think so little about it.
I could take the Bible and show you that when Jesus talked about Hell, HE never talked about it as much to the unsaved as HE did to the people of God or at least to Christian people. I believe when Christians have a vision of the horrors of Hell and what the Bible teaches about it, it will make them the right kind of Christians.
4.  WE NEED A VISION OF THE CHURCH AND IT’S IMPORTANCE
I am just absolutely positive that there are a good many people who do not give the emphasis to the church of Jesus Christ that God gives to it in His Word. I know that some may go too far and they might even emphasize the church above the head of the church. I would not want to be guilty of that. But the Word of God emphasizes over and over concerning the local church and it’s importance.
    WHO IS IN THE CHURCH?
Who is in that church? People who are born again. The people of God. Jesus said in John 3:5,7 – “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of GOD. . . Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.” Born-again people, bloodshed, Spirit-indwelt, born-again people make up the body of Christ – The Bride of Christ.
    WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THE CHURCH?
What is the purpose of the church? I talked to a man in my home the other night who said, “I am Christian but have never joined a church and never expect to. There are too many imperfect people in it.” Such people take the church of Jesus Christ too lightly.
I think the purpose of the church is to take the Gospel to the ends of the earth. In Mark 16:15 Jesus gave the church it’s purpose: “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the Gospel to every creature.”
    WHY DO I NEED THE CHURCH?
Why do I need this body of people that is made up of born-again people, whose purpose is to take the Gospel to the ends of the earth? The Word of God answers that in Acts 20:28: “..feed the church of God, which He hath purchased with His own blood.” In the church of God you are fed spiritual food. You cannot get spiritual food anywhere else. You say, “Well, I can stay home and read my Bible.” Yes, but Jesus said where two or three are gathered together, HE is in the midst of them. The Word of God speaks of them who speak often one with another. God says a book of remembrances is made of those who meet together and speak in His name. The Word of God says, “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together.” – Hebrews 10:25
5.  WE NEED A VISION OF JESUS, HIMSELF
In closing, I believe that we need a vision of Jesus, Himself. Oh, lovely wonderful Jesus! One day a group of people came to the disciples and said, “Sir, we would see Jesus” – John 12:21. That ought to be the heart cry of every believer – “Sir, we would see Jesus.”
A wonderful experience took place at the Transfiguration when upon that little mountain Jesus took Peter, James and John. While on that mountain two men from Heaven came, Moses and Elijah. There was Jesus and five men – six people on that Mount of Transfiguration. Simon Peter got so enthused that he began speaking without thinking. He said, “Let us make here three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” God wasn’t pleased with that. So we read that after a while when the clouds went back and these two men went back to Heaven, “When they had been lifted up their eyes, they saw no man, save Jesus only.” – Matthew 17:8
The Lord wants us to have a picture of God’s dear Son. I see that picture of Him in the Bible. I thank God that I see that picture of Jesus in genuinely saved people. I know people who love the LORD so much and walk so close to Him. When I see them, I think of Jesus. I see Christ in people who really love the LORD. Hebrews 2:9 says, “But we see Jesus.” We need a vision of the LORD. We need to see Him and love Him and serve Him with all our hearts.
 
“Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.”  Proverbs 29:18