As with all the ministries initiated under Pastor Bogle; NightVision addresses the practical side of living as a Christian on this earth.
(The following is under the assumption that the reader has already accepted Jesus as their Lord & Savior)
We believe that all of us have 2 sides to our lives: 1) a natural side, and 2) a spiritual side. We believe both sides of living have been given to us by God our Father; and that it’s His desire for us to become victorious in both.
How to do that is a question nearly every thinking Christian ponders. It’s likely you’ve asked yourself: Why am I here? What does God want me to do? What is His plan for me? How do I balance all the responsibilities I have in the natural side of living (IE…marriage, parenting, work) with my spiritual walk with God?
We don’t proclaim to have all the answers. Figuring these questions out is part of the Christian experience. It’s the process and the growth that God is calling us into. What’s unique about NightVision is that we acknowledge the natural side of life and how we are working out our salvation together. You’ll hear us often say “all of us are on the same path, just at different parts of the journey”. Some of us are at the beginning, some of us are in the middle, and some are nearing the end of that journey.
All of us have garbage in our lives (sin) that needs to be overcome. Not forgiven, as Christians forgiveness is already ours through the grace of Jesus Christ. What we’re referring to is the victory that comes from overcoming. The Bible has much to say about being an overcomer. The term overcomer is especially prominent in the book of Revelation, where Jesus encourages His people to remain steadfast through trials (Revelation 2:26; 3:21; 21:7). First John 5:4–5 says, “For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. Who is the one who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?”
Overcomers are followers of Christ who effectively resist the power and temptation of the world’s system. An overcomer is not sinless, but they do hold fast to faith in Christ until the end. He or she does not turn away from God when times get difficult. Instead, overcoming is accomplished by getting close to God and relying upon Him for direction and strength as we live our lives (Proverbs 3:5–6; 2 Corinthians 12:9).
The Greek word most often translated “overcomer” stems from the word nike which, according to Strong’s Concordance, means “to carry off the victory. The verb implies a battle.” The Bible teaches Christians to recognize that the world is a battleground, not a playground. However, God does not leave us defenseless. Ephesians 6:11–17 tells us that the armor of the Lord is available to all believers. We’re told to “stand firm.” Sometimes all it takes to overcome temptation is to “stand firm” and refuse to be dragged into it. James 4:7 says, “Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” An overcomer is one who resists sin in spite of what lures Satan uses. The lures that get us, expose the “garbage” we need to get out of our lives.
The apostle Paul wrote eloquently of overcoming in Romans 8:37 “In all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.”
NightVision is a ministry where believers unite to learn, grow, overcome, and bear fruit. We believe there are specific fundamentals we all need to incorporate into the growing process. These fundamentals aren’t inclusive of everything we need to do, God has many ways of communicating, revealing and teaching us. However, these fundamentals are essential and will surely be present in any overcomer’s life. We often refer to them as the ABC’s, they are:
A) Read God’s Word
B) Spend time in personal prayer
C) Take Action to Bear Fruit
D) Engage in corporate fellowship…IE attend a church.