January/February Sermon Series:
2020 Vision: “God's Mission for Woodmont”
by Nathan Parker, Senior Pastor
Jan. 5 - "An Epiphany and a Mission" (Matthew 22:36-40; Matthew 28:18-20)
Jan. 12 - “A Strategy to Carry Out the Mission” (Deut. 6:4-15; Acts 2:42-47; Luke 14:25-27; Matt. 25:31-45; Mark 16:15)
Jan. 19 - “A Vision for 2020: Hope” (Romans 8:18-25)
Jan. 26 - “A Vision for 2020: Healing" (Trey Hayman preaching)
I remember the time that I received my first pair of glasses. I was about 10 years old, and I had been straining my eyes trying to see the board at school. My teachers had noticed, and they had begun seating me towards the front of the class, but soon that wasn’t enough. I needed help. So my parents took me to the optometrist where I was prescribed my first set of corrective lenses. It was a game-changer! Suddenly I was keenly aware of what was happening beyond the few feet that I could formerly see. I could finally get a clear picture of what my teachers were talking about when they explained things on the board. My grades (and feelings of self-worth!) quickly improved.
Having a clear vision is essential for any student, just as it is for any organization. Without a sense of where we are going, we will never end up where we need to go. This January, I want us as a faith family to clarify our vision for the future. Who is Woodmont Baptist Church, and what are we going to become? Where are we going? What is the Lord calling us to be and do? These are questions with which our staff and I have prayerfully wrestled over the course of the last eighteen months, and we are ready to reveal some of our findings.
It is time for us as a church to step back and dream together about what kind of church we are going to be going forward. I am excited about laying out this vision of where we believe God is calling us to go, including our mission, vision, and values. We invite you to prayerfully join us on this journey. Over these eight weeks, we will be discussing who we believe God is calling us to be as a church. By examining God’s prescription for churches in Scripture and following where the Spirit leads, we will begin to further align Woodmont Baptist with the Lord’s will for His people, bride, and body - the church.
We will be looking at high-level questions this month, such as, “What is our purpose as a church? What are we supposed to be about, according to the Bible? How do all of our programs fit in to overall purpose? What is our vision going forward in our specific context here in Nashville?” I can’t wait to ask these questions together with our church family, and I am grateful for each of our members who is faithfully following the Lord’s lead into 2020 and beyond.
Grace and peace,