Dr. Montia Setzler, Senior Pastor
January 3, 2016

Series: A Fresh Vision for a New Year
A Vision for a Fresh Start

Instructions: Draw 4 straight lines connecting all the dots without lifting your pen.

4 straight dots

Hebrews 11:8–26 (HCSB)

8 By faith Abraham, when he was called, obeyed and went out to a place he was going to receive as an inheritance. He went out, not knowing where he was going. 9 By faith he stayed as a foreigner in the land of promise, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, coheirs of the same promise. 10 For he was looking forward to the city that has foundations, whose architect and builder is God. 11 By faith even Sarah herself, when she was unable to have children, received power to conceive offspring, even though she was past the age, since she considered that the One who had promised was faithful. 12 Therefore from one man – in fact, from one as good as dead – came offspring as numerous as the stars of heaven and as innumerable as the grains of sand by the seashore. 13 These all died in faith without having received the promises, but they saw them from a distance, greeted them, and confessed that they were foreigners and temporary residents on the earth. 14 Now those who say such things make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. 15 If they were thinking about where they came from, they would have had an opportunity to return. 16 But they now desire a better place – a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them.

  • The Line of the Unknown. vv 8-10
  • The Line of the Impossible. vv 11, 12
  • The Line of Negative or No Feedback. vv 13, 14

“Man who says ‘It cannot be done’ should not interrupt man who is doing it.” (Chinese Proverb)

  • The Line of the World’s Pull. vv 15, 16

A great vision works in two ways:

  1. You work on it.
  2. It works on you.
  • Trust v 8

“Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is not safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” (Helen Keller)

  • Sacrifice. v 9
  • Be patient. v 10
  • Bless other people. v 12
  • Be persistent. v 13
  • Maintain my joy. vv 13, 14
  • Make eternal choices. vv 15, 16

Faith is like a muscle, it only grows stronger with exercise. For us to have a fresh vision of ourselves there are lines we must cross and exercise enough faith for God to see us through.