Choosing The Scripture Translation

We’ve chosen 2 Peter 1:3-9 as the scripture that reflects God’s calling to us as it pertains to the needs in our PWOC our communities.  We must now choose the translation.

“3 His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to[a] his own glory and excellence,[b] 4 by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire. 5 For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue,[c] and virtue with knowledge, 6 and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, 7 and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. 8 For if these qualities[d] are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 For whoever lacks these qualities is so nearsighted that he is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins.”
ESV – English Standard Version

3 His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 4 Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. 5 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6 and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7 and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. 8 For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind,forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins.”
NIV – New International Version

“3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: 4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. 5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; 6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; 7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. 8 For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins..”
KJV – King James Version

“3 as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, 4 by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. 5 But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, 6 to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, 7 to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. 8 For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins..”
NKJV – New King James Version

 

“3 seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us [a]by His own glory and [b]excellence. 4 [c]For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust. 5 Now for this very reason also, applying all diligence, in your faith supply moral [d]excellence, and in your moral excellence, knowledge, 6 and in your knowledge, self-control, and in your self-control, perseverance, and in your perseverance, godliness, 7 and in your godliness, brotherly kindness, and in your brotherly kindness, love. 8 For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they render you neither useless nor unfruitful in the true knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 For he who lacks these qualities is blind or short-sighted, having forgotten his purification from his former sins.”
NASB – New American Standard Bible

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We will respond to this question for one week until Friday morning (3-24-2017)

This poll is closed! Poll activity:
Start date 22-03-2017 06:58:14
End date 24-03-2017 23:59:59
Poll Results:
Which scripture translation best fits our processing?

Choosing The Vision Statement

Our next process is to write a vision statement that will lead to strategies, and from that, we can choose themes and graphics.
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Of course, we can’t and shouldn’t focus on everything.  The Lord Jesus is so much; our ladies have so many needs; and we could have so many possible ministries with them.  It might help to think of articulating a vision statement like buying a family vehicle.  What is a car?  Who is your family?  So what should you buy?  Hopefully, we would do the same and use that information to prioritize what makes the most sense for our family.
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So go back to your lists.  Pardon the analogy, but Jesus is like a car to take our PWOC family from where we are (our spiritual needs in Christ) to where we need to be (our greater spiritual maturity in Him).  And our ministries should help them “get on board” with the Lord Jesus.
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Vision Statement: (Desired End-State) A one-sentence statement
describing the clear goal and means (ministries) that guides and inspires them toward that goal.

“…vision has a variety of definitions, all of which include a mental image or picture, a future orientation, and aspects of direction or goal.
Vision provides guidance to an organization by articulating what it wishes to attain.”  sedl.org

A vision statement needs to

…be easily explained by those involved
…be clear and simple
…avoid elaborate language & buzz words
…not be confused with a mission statement

See examples of 30 top vision statements here

You might recognize these Christian organisations.  Here are their vision statements:

  • Barna.org: “provide people with credible knowledge and clear thinking, enabling them to navigate a complex and changing culture.”
  • Chic-Fil-A: “To glorify God by being a faithful steward of all that is entrusted to us and to have a positive influence on all who come into contact with ChickfilA.”Helpful vision reminder

Please add all responses to the Theme Development Facebook page HERE.
We will respond to this question for one week until Wednesday morning (3-29-2017).
Then, we will select a vision statement or clarify more if we need to.