Vision. It’s described in the dictionary as “the act or power of anticipating that which will or may come to be; stated aims or objectives.” This small word holds a pretty big responsibility, in the sense that your vision determines what you will and will not do. If you’re in college, your vision is to graduate with a certain degree. This vision will dictate the classes you will and won’t take, how much study and social time you will have, and usually how long you can expect to receive student status. A vision helps point you in a certain direction in order to achieve certain results.
In the same way, we believe God has given us as a church a very clear vision that will determine what we spend our time, energy, and resources to accomplish.
The vision God has given us at The Exchange is:
To see people exchange their old life for new life in Christ and live out their purpose
Our greatest desire is that people will realize and understand the opportunity that is theirs to exchange their old, dead life for new life in Christ. 2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” We believe the choice to choose life in Christ is the greatest and most life-changing decision a person can make! When a person begins to walk in new life in Christ, they will find their purpose as God directs them to share this life with others.
This can be summed up in the simple statement:
GET LIFE. GIVE LIFE.
We believe that God wants us to experience this new life in Christ, not just so we can feel better about ourselves and live our same, normal lives until we die, but so we can share it with others!
God has called us to be life-giving people that are continually sharing the hope and life we have in Christ. 2 Corinthians 5:19-20 says, “And He has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us.” We believe that if we can be people that find life in Christ, faithfully walk in that life, and share that life with others that God’s kingdom will be expanded and that He will receive all the glory!
Over the next couple of weeks, we’ll be posting The Exchange core values. These values will describe the things we feel like God wants us to be about in order to see this vision come to life!