“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
Jeremiah 29:11 NKJV

In 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered a stirring, passionate speech, which later became the manifesto of the civil rights movement. Words of reconciliation, equality, and liberty rang out from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C.

“Let freedom ring. And when this happens, when we allow freedom to ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual: ‘Free at last!’” --Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

In describing his dream of a world free from the bonds of prejudice and discrimination, Dr. King described a powerful, positive image of the future. The vision he cast that day was more than inspirational; it contained principles that could be embraced and lived out to advance the cause of ethnic equality and justice around the world.

In the same way, for Christians it is not enough to see the vision that God has for our future. We must embrace it and begin to allow our lives to be molded around it. God’s vision is powerful - it gives purpose, direction, and passion to those with the courage to run with it. It cannot be altered and tailored to fit our desires, but when embraced, it meets every need, and fills every heart with joy and expectancy! 

Embracing God’s vision for our church through the FORWARD spiritual journey, we will create a “future and a hope” for the generations to come.