Saved For a Purpose
Saved For a Purpose
8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them." (Ephesians 2:8-10, ESV)
We are saved by God's Grace!
8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast." (Ephesians 2:8-9, ESV)
"If it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works; otherwise grace would no longer be grace." (Romans 11:6, ESV)
"Grace is indeed required to turn a man into a saint, and he who doubts this does not know what either a man or a saint is"
~ Pascal (French theologian; 1623-1662)
We are saved for a Purpose!
10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them." (Ephesians 2:10, ESV)
"Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into His presence with singing! Know that the Lord, He is God! It is He who made us, and we are His; we are His people, and the sheep of His pasture." (Psalm 100:2-3, ESV)
"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come." (2 Corinthians 5:17, ESV)
"4 What is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him? 5Yet You have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor. 6 You have given him dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under his feet," (Psalm 8:4-6, ESV)
Week 7 -Saved For A Purpose
Sunday’s message showed us that we were created for a purpose--to Glorify GOD. This purpose (means) can look different for each of us--but the results (ends) must be the same-GOD’s Glory!
1. The purpose of life is a question that is at the heart of every human, not just Christians. As a group, turn to Ecc. 3:11 and discuss how this verse points to everyone being concerned with their purpose?
Today’s study will seek to simplify our understanding of Purpose! Let’s start off by discussing this question as a group:
2. Why, after we have become a Christian, are we left here on earth and not taken straight to be with our Heavenly Father?
The question of the purpose of life becomes complex only when we refuse to accept the most obvious and probably answer--that our purpose in life is not individual in nature but it is anchored to the greater reality of God’s purpose. These two are not separate, they do not even run parallel--they are called to be one and the same!
3. As a group, discuss how the following verses as they relate to God’s purpose:
a. Ex. 9:16
b. Job 42:2
c. Prov. 19:21