Subtitles section Play video Print subtitles I'm speaking about dreams. I want to ask you about when you were 17, what did your life look like when you were 17? What was your dream at the age of 17? Were you encouraged to dream, or were you in an environment where you'd be frowned upon if you dared to stand out and dream and live a big dream? I want to encourage you to dream and to dream big dreams. I want to speak into your dream, whatever it is and in whatever area it is. I want to speak into God's purpose in your life, and I want to encourage you to dream. Joseph was 17 years old and God gave him this incredible dream, just 17 years old. It was an outrageous dream. His brothers didn't like it at all. The Scripture says they were angry with him then it goes on says he dreamed another dream and they were even more angry with him. And a third time it says they were angry with him even more. In other words, they didn't like his dream. "Now Jacob dwelt," Genesis 37, "in the land where his father was a stranger, in the land of Canaan. This is the story or the history of Jacob. Joseph, being seventeen years old, was feeding the flock with his brothers. And the lad was with the sons of Bilhah and the sons of Zilpah, his father's wives; and Joseph brought a bad report of them to his father. Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age. Also he made him a," Technicolor dream coat, the Scripture says. But when his brothers," verse 4, "saw that their father loved Joseph more than all his brothers, they hated him and could not speak peaceably to him. Now Joseph had a dream, and he told it to his brothers; and here it is, they hated him even more. So he said to them, 'Please hear this dream which I have dreamed: There we were, binding sheaves in the field. Then behold, my sheaf arose, stood upright; and indeed your sheaves stood all around and bowed down to my sheaf.' And his brothers said to him, 'Shall you indeed reign over us? Or shall you indeed have dominion over us?' So they hated him even more for his dreams and for his words. Then he dreamed still another dream and told it to his brothers, and said, 'Look, I have dreamed another dream. And this time, the sun, the moon, and the eleven stars bowed down to me.' So he told it to his father and his brothers; and his father rebuked him and said to him, 'What is this dream that you have dreamed? Shall your mother and I and your brothers indeed come to bow down to the earth before you?' And his brothers were filled with envy, but his father kept the matter in mind." Joseph dared to dream. I encourage everyone here to dream a dream. Do you know Proverbs 29, verse 18 says that where there is no vision, people perish? So much God-given potential perishes because of a lack of a dream. Other translations of the same verse says, "Where there is no vision, people cast off restraint, they break out." In the New Living Translation, it talks about those who have no vision and it says the people run wild. You build a family around God-given vision and you watch how, with vision in young people's heart, it will keep them on course with purpose, it will give them the motivation to make the sacrifices and count the costs if you can just instill vision, if you can just instill dreams inside of them. In Acts chapter 2, verse 17, it actually quotes the Prophet Joel from the Old Testament and it talks about visions and dreams. It talks about prophecy and then it says "Your young men shall see vision, your old men shall dream dreams." Young men see vision, old men dream dreams. I'm a visionary myself but can I tell ya this seriously, fathers, think about this for a moment, when fathers lose sight of their dream, they no longer will instill vision in their sons and their daughters. If a father knows how to dream, and to pursue that dream, and to live out that dream, he will see that he surrounds himself with visionaries. I would encourage every father everywhere to live your life no matter age you are, not just settling down, drawing back, going down the golf course and hitting a million balls, you can play golf if you want, but live your life with a God-given dream and watch how you will inspire vision in the people around and about you. Well, three things about dreamers, the first thing is your dream will threaten some people, and Joseph's dream threatened a few people. It seems that people that threatened the most were the ones who were closest to him. His father rebuked him for dreaming but at least the Scripture says his father kept the matter of mind, but his brothers hated him and then increased that hate for him and then finally more increased that hate for him. And the Bible says they were filled with envy and your dream may cause envy in people who you love, people closest to you. And to me, it's the saddest thing that sometimes the greatest opposition to your dream doesn't come from people on the periphery of your life, it can come from your own siblings, your own brothers and sisters, the ones who you love the most, the ones you would love to see encouragement from the most. It can come from your peers, those you grew up with, those that you've done life with. And you dare to stand up and live your life with a dream, something God's birthed in your spirit and not everybody is going to like it. Your dream is gonna threaten some people. Second thing about dreamers is dreamers never stop dreaming. They keep dreaming new dreams. You know, if you look at these verses it says in Genesis chapter 37, verse 9, "Then Joseph dreamed still another dream and told it to his brothers, and said, 'Look, I have dreamed another dream. And this time, the sun, moon, and the stars have bowed down to me.'" But firstly, it was like he saw there was a crop on the field all bowing down to him. It was a dream of leadership, now he's gonna a step further and he says, "I can see the sun, the moon, and the eleven stars all bowing down." And you see, he never stopped dreaming. I want to encourage you never stop dreaming. Dreamers keep on dreaming. When our church was 10 years old, we're now 32 years old, I sat at a desk 1 day and I was inspired. I felt, you know, I felt like I wanted to write down what was in me in terms of the dream for our church, and it's the kind of dream when you dream with your eyes closed, not open. I started to think about the church that I see and slowly I began to write it down, the church that I see. It talked about a church where buildings would struggle to contain the increase. It talked a church where the city and the nation could not ignore it. I talked about many other things that relate to our church now including television, the influence of the worship, the Hillsong International Leadership College, and all sorts of other things were there but I have to tell you, it was audacious. It was almost embarrassing to show people because the church that we had right then, it was a good church, it was a medium church, it was kind of growing, it was a healthy church, but it looked nothing like what I put on that paper but I dared to dream.