(This message was originally published on September 18, 2014)
Two weeks ago I asked you to pray for our work together as churches through the SBC of Virginia. Today, I would like to share a prayer for you: For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory…
I PRAY FOR YOU TO BE STRENGTHENED AS YOU SERVE
He may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—
I PRAY YOU WILL CONTEMPLATE THE LOVE OF CHRIST
that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge,
I PRAY YOU MAY BE FILLED WITH HIS HOLY SPIRIT
that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
I PRAY YOU WILL BE CONFIDENT THAT HE IS ABLE
Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen. (Ephesians 3:14-21 ESV)
Thank you for your prayers as we work together to proclaim the Gospel across this mission field and around the world. Please join us in leading the church you serve to pray for the Vision Virginia emphasis… What is Vision Virginia?
Vision Virginia is a call to pray for these ministries and the work of the Lord around Virginia and the world.
But that’s not all. Vision Virginia is the people that all of these ministries help — and those who serve in churches all across the state. Vision Virginia only exists because people do. After all, God loves people, and His mission for the Church is to love people and help them build a relationship with Him through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Vision Virginia is the mission field, but it’s also the mission force, called and empowered by a missions-hearted God.
Vision Virginia is a missions offering. Similar to World Mission Offerings, Acts 1:8 Offerings, Lottie Moon and Annie Armstrong Offerings – 100% of the gifts given through Vision Virginia go directly to the mission field. Please consider leading your church to become involved in supporting through the Vision Virginia Offering. The fund supports dozens of ministries, including things like the following:
- Appalachian Ministries
- Baptist Builders
- Church Planting
- Church Strengthening
- The DC Mission Center
- Disaster Relief
- English as a Second Language
- Statewide Evangelism
- Food Distribution
- Leadership Development
- Ministry Intern Scholarships
- Property for Church Plants
- Ready Church
- Seminarian Scholarships
- Worship Equipment for Church Plants
Thank you for your support of these vital projects. We need your church to be involved in Vision Virginia. Helpful resources to join in Vision Virginia are available here.
As always, our missionary team and SBCV staff stand ready to assist your church in the Great Commission. Please let me know if I can do anything to serve, and know that your church is vital to Vision Virginia!
Your brother in Christ,