Dr. David Shibley
David Shibley’s insightful discussion centers around the significance of a clear and heaven-sent vision for the Church to fulfill the Great Commission. He highlights the value of individuals in God’s plan, the power of speaking God’s word, the diligence required in God’s work, and the importance of prayer and revelation. Using Joshua as an exemplary visionary leader, he emphasizes qualities such as forward-looking perspective, boldness in the face of opposition, and the courage to lead. Shibley also emphasizes the need for a life-changing encounter with Jesus and cooperating in gathering provision. The ultimate purpose of God’s blessings is to participate in His global plan, particularly the Great Commission, spreading the Gospel and fulfilling God’s vision for the nations. Strategies for funding this vision include sowing in faith, tithing, and wise risk-taking.
What You’ll Learn
- How to be a visionary
- How to focus on vision
- How to personalize God’s vision
- How to fund the vision
1. Embracing the Vision
David Shibley discusses the importance of having a clear and heaven-sent vision for the Church to fulfill the Great Commission. He emphasizes the value of individuals in God’s plan, the significance of speaking God’s word, the diligence required in God’s work, the necessity of prayer and revelation, and the need to sow in faith to reap a harvest in God’s kingdom.
2. Qualities of a Visionary
David Shibley discusses the qualities of a visionary leader, using Joshua as an example, highlighting forward-looking perspective, embracing inheritance, possessing boldness in the face of opposition, knowing God’s presence, having the courage to lead, prioritizing God’s word, and crossing personal barriers.
3. Focusing the Vision
This session continues discussing qualities of a visionary using Joshua as an example, focusing on characteristics such as being marked by God, cooperating in gathering provision, and having a life-changing encounter with Jesus. David Shibley then shifts to ten steps in focusing on vision, including knowing and developing your gift, getting a vision from God, attempting something big, having a plan for your devotional life, and being filled with the Holy Spirit for the vision to be fulfilled.
4. God’s Vision and Your Vision
The purpose of God’s blessings and empowering His people is to participate in His global plan, especially the Great Commission, which involves bringing all nations under the Lordship of Jesus Christ through world evangelism. Believers from all nations share the privilege and responsibility of spreading the Gospel and cooperating in fulfilling God’s vision for the nations.
5. Funding the Vision
David Shibley discusses the dual purpose of God’s blessings, which not only blesses His people but also empowers them to be a blessing to others, specifically referring to world evangelization. It also provides ten strategies for funding the vision God has given, including forgiveness, sowing in faith, tithing, gratitude, and wise risk-taking, among others, along with lessons from the story of a desperate widow.
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About the Instructor
Dr. David Shibley
David Shibley is the founder of Global Advance, a ministry that equips tens of thousands of church and business leaders every year in many of the world’s neediest areas. He has pastored churches in Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Texas. He is the speaker for the syndicated broadcast, WorldWatch with David Shibley. David is the author of numerous articles and 22 books.