2022 Annual Vision Theme

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Previous Years’ Vision Themes

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2021 Annual Vision Theme

  • This theme will motivate God’s people to be alert and always ready for His return — with the biblical assurance that this world is not their home and that the return of the Lord is guaranteed and imminent.
  • This theme will address perhaps the most covered and extensive area in all of Scripture: biblical prophecy — a foreordained timeline that God accurately predicted including the return of Israel to the land, the unification of the European nations, as well as all of the signs leading up to the Second Coming of Christ.
  • This theme will cause God’s people to realign their priorities on how they live in the end times and what to expect in the unfolding plan of God in the Word of God as the coming of the Lord draws closer
  • This theme will challenge God’s people to study the Word of God more diligently, to research more carefully and to rightly divide the Word of God in order to interpret the Scriptures regarding His Second Coming.
  • This theme will identify that God is dealing with the hearts of men that have yet to receive the Lord Jesus Christ in salvation by grace through faith.
  • This theme of the end times will prepare the Church to worship God more sincerely, to serve the Lord more faithfully, and to look forward to heaven more earnestly.
  • This theme will remind us all that ultimately God made the world — that God keeps the world — and that God will end the world.
  • This theme will warn us against the doctrine of false preachers and teachers who deny and reject the biblical doctrine of the physical return of Christ and the establishment of a physical Kingdom of Heaven.
  • This theme will reexamine the general spiritual condition of mankind where few people think that God is real and do not believe that God is sovereign and that everything is under His hand; that God is Judge and every person will ultimately face Him and will either pay for their own sins by eternal separated from Him — or benefit from the substitutionary payment of sin by Jesus Christ — the Son of God.
  • This theme will alert people that the biblical reason God has not brought judgment to bear is because He wants to give as many people as possible an opportunity to turn to the Lord for salvation — and that this is the gracious reason for the long delay.
  • This theme will reset our hearts and minds on the King because He is the first and the last — the beginning and the end; and because He has put eternity in our hearts nothing can satisfy us except the eternal things of God: His Word, His Spirit, and His love.

Pastor Richard Scheer

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2020 Annual Vision Theme

  • This theme clearly identifies the true condition of every human heart.
  • This theme reminds us that where our treasures reside is the genuine location of our heart.
  • This theme warns us that false gods and life-less idols will glamour for our attention and loyalty.
  • This theme will instruct us that the lusts of the flesh, the lusts of the eyes and the pride of life will be our chief temptations. 
  • This theme highlights the counterintuitive principles of giving and receiving. 
  • This theme will assure us that material goods and possessions are temporary, addictive and ensnaring to the point of holding us captive. 
  • This theme clarifies the differences between good and evil treasures which produce either good or evil fruit revealed in the heart. 
  • This theme alerts us to the dangers of possessing, hoarding, accumulating, in order to fill a spiritual gap in the heart that only God can fill.
  • This theme cautions us that things can and will ensnare the human heart to the point that spiritual things will become unimportant and insignificant.
  • This theme urges us to resist the temptations of the immediate and to invest in the two things that will last for all eternity — the Word of God and the souls of men and women.
  • This theme prepares us for the spiritual treasures that await those that have given themselves over and surrendered to eternal truths.

Pastor Richard Scheer

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2019 Annual Vision Theme

  • This theme will cause the reader of the Word of God to be exposed to forty different human authors who, under the superintendence of the Holy Spirit, committed God’s purposes and plans to writing.
  • This theme will provide the student of the Word of God with multiple topics in the Bible — the birth of evil, the question of sin, the redemption of Man, the foundation of the church, the restoration of Israel, the Worship of God and the Kingdom of God and of His Christ.
  • This theme will reveal the fact that all of Scripture is essential and profitable in order to discern the will of God.
  • This theme will remind all believers that there are rules and basic principles that must be followed in order to unlock and understand the truths of the Word of God.
  • This theme will verify that the Word of God is self-defining and self-interpreting.
  • This theme will explore how the Word of God addresses and answers the probing questions of man’s existence here and in the hereafter.
  • This theme will highlight the fact that the Bible presents truths that are often counter-intuitive — for example: tangible things are temporary while invisible things are eternal; those that exalt themselves shall be brought low and those that humble themselves shall be exalted; love your enemies; bless them that curse you and do good to them that hate you.
  • This theme will establish the fact that the Word of God is the spiritual diagnostic tool which reveals the motives and intentions of every human heart.
  • This theme will expose the human tendency to think that our ways are above His ways and that our thoughts are above His thoughts.
  • This theme will identify that the inspiration, the preservation, and the revelation of the Word of God was made possible for personal and cooperate application.
  • This theme will challenge the church to translate and publish the Word of God in order to reach every tribe, kindred, tongue and nation.

Pastor Richard Scheer

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2018 Annual Vision Theme

  • This theme will focus our attention on the most foundational and fundamental aspect of our humanity — our desire, our need and our propensity to worship something or someone. 
  • This theme will place the heart of the issue of worship at the center of our conversation and at the forefront of our consideration. 
  • This theme will clarify the confusion surrounding the peripheral issues, extra-biblical practices and unbiblical traditions that often cloud the central idea of worship.
  • This theme will present a biblical theology of worship.
  • This theme will hold each individual and the local church to a level of understanding and accountability regarding worship that cuts through the contemporary rhetoric of expediency.
  • This theme will explore the biblical nature of man in order to address the spiritual, the psychological and the physical aspects of worship. 
  • This theme will reveal both the subjective and objective characteristics of worship. 
  • This theme will expand the discussion of worship to include areas that have been ignored and neglected personally and corporately as a church.
  • This theme will address the personal, generational, and cultural considerations that are so necessary to a biblical worldview of worship.
  • This theme will confront the alternatives and the distractions to biblical worship that are clearly described in the Scriptures. 
  • This theme will provide a blue print for individual consecration as well as a road map for the church which faces the simultaneous tasks of disciple-making and evangelism all to the glory of God. 
  • This theme will prepare the church for its celestial worship of the Lord Jesus Christ in heaven for all eternity.

Pastor Richard Scheer

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2017 Annual Vision Theme

  • This theme will challenge us to keep the main thing the main thing.
  • This theme will redirect the entire congregation in the mentoring of others by modeling, advising and guiding.
  • This theme will motivate us to train and disciple the future generations of Christian saints and soldiers.
  • This theme will remind us that Christianity’s perspectives, values and practices must be practiced or rehearsed in each generation, time and again, over and over, year after year.
  • This theme will connect our faith journeys both with those who came before us and those who will follow us.
  • This theme will encourage us to live the Christian life intentionally knowing that the generations behind us are following in our footsteps.
  • This theme will minimize the disconnect often associated with the loss of inter-generational mentoring.
  • This theme will influence us to remember and reflect upon those that have built bridges for us.
  • This theme will provide a platform for the younger generation to listen and learn from the mistakes of those that have gone down the path before them.
  • This theme will warn us that there will be those that will fall out, step out and run out from under the umbrella of faith and will need to be recovered, reclaimed and restored.
  • This theme will incorporate the entire church community as mentor / teacher in which no one, yet everyone, may move in and out of the interplay of teaching and learning, of forming and being formed.

Pastor Richard Scheer

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2016 Annual Vision Theme

  • This theme will magnify the Son of God.
  • This theme will highlight the characteristics and attributes of the Son of God.
  • This theme will clarify the earthly ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ.
  • This theme will reveal the level of obedience displayed by our Lord toward His heavenly Father.
  • This theme will remind the church of its global mission to be sent as the Lord was sent by His Father.
  • This theme will encourage the church to seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness.
  • This theme will provide the blueprint for the believer and the church as it validates Christlikeness as a biblical fruit of the Spirit.
  • This theme will prepare the Christian and the church for the sufferings, afflictions and persecutions that will accompany the faithful and consecrated life of commitment and full surrender.

Pastor Richard Scheer

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2015 Annual Vision Theme

  • This church theme will IDENTIFY areas of primary importance in the lives of God’s people.
  • This church theme will CAUSE us to biblically reexamine many of the truths upon which our walk of faith is based.
  • This church theme will REMOVE those things that are contrary to sound doctrine.
  • This church theme will RESTORE the biblical foundation for believers.
  • This church theme will RECOVER those that have been injured or wounded by the church.
  • This church theme will UNITE fellow believers.
  • This church theme will EXPOSE the need to know God as well as experience God personally.
  • This church theme will SOLIDIFY the spiritual ground on which we are to walk with God.
  • This church theme will SHELTER the church from false teachers and false doctrines.
  • This church theme will PROTECT us from future spiritual erosion.
  • This church theme will PROVIDE a true and level surface upon which to build the rest of our Christian life. 
  • This church theme will MAGNIFY those things that matter to God.
  • This church theme will DESIGN a personal blueprint upon which God can construct a victorious and genuine Christian life.

Pastor Richard Scheer

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2014 Annual Vision Theme

  • This church theme biblically FOLLOWS the commission for each ONE reach ONE.
  • This church theme RESTS upon the stewardship principles taught by Jesus Christ to His disciples.
  • This church theme will DETERMINE the believer's rewards here and in the hereafter.
  • This church theme will REVEAL the character and condition of our individual souls.
  • This church theme will cause us to reexamine every stewardship area of our lives.
  • This church theme will cause us to realign our priorities with the priorities of God.
  • This church theme will cause our love and loyalties to be more centered on the kingdom of God and His righteousness.
  • This church theme will be the benchmark upon which every resource decision will be gauged.
  • This church theme will be the focus of this church regarding all aspects of resource management until the Lord takes us home either by death or by the Rapture.
  • This church theme will redirect earthly treasures in order to be reassigned for eternal purposes.
  • This church theme will measure our faithfulness on earth and determine our level of responsibility in heaven.

Pastor Richard Scheer

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2013 Annual Vision Theme

As we set a course for our church, I want to make this as clear and as understandable as I can.

  • This church theme is not meant to be an advertising campaign to sell clothes or to get people to eat at your franchise restaurant.
  • This church theme is not meant to be like a gimmick in order to sell new or used cars.
  • This church theme is not meant to be like a quarterly incentive to get the sales numbers up so that corporate office would be proud.
  • This church theme is not meant to be like a political rally to stir up people for a day or for a week.
  • This church theme is not meant to be like some spiritual merit badge that we will place on a ribbon that we wear around our neck at the next fellowship meeting.
  • This church theme is the REASON for the existence of the local church.
  • This church theme is the FOUNDATION for the entire mission of the Lord Jesus Christ.
  • This church theme is the FUTURE of this church.
  • This church theme will cause us to reexamine all of our lives and every area of our lives.
  • This church theme will cause us to align our priorities with the priorities of God.
  • This church theme will cause our love and our loyalties to be more centered on the kingdom of God and His righteousness.
  • This church theme will be the bedrock upon which every other church theme in the future will be built upon.
  • This church theme will be the focus of this church until the Lord takes us home either by death or by the Rapture.
  • This church theme will be the life blood of every ministry that we endeavor to accomplish through our local church here in Lancaster.

Pastor Richard Scheer

First Bible Baptist Church
555 Central Ave.
Lancaster, NY 14086
Tel: (716) 684-5525
Fax: (716) 684-2502

Service Times
Sunday School - 9:00AM
Morning Worship - 10:30AM
Sunday Evening - 6:00PM
Wednesday Evening - 7:00PM