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
d. Rom. 8:28
e. 1 Tim 1:8-94.
Maybe the more difficult question to ask is, “What is God’s purpose?”. To answer this question, let’s look at Ps. 100. As a group, discuss what we see from these verses about God’s purpose for our lives?
God created man in His image (Gen 1:27), and as such, it is impossible for man to fulfill God’s purpose in his life apart from God Himself. An example of this can be seen in the life of King Solomon, who tried living for his flesh and passions apart from God’s purpose...only to state at the end of his life that the only meaningful existence and purpose to life, is a life spent in honor and obedience to God. Think about that! Do you understand the purpose of your life--to Glorify God! My dad has spent the majority of his ministry serving as a Chaplain either in a hospital or at a hospice facility. He has told me many times that in his dealings with dying patients, he has NEVER heard one say, ‘I wish I would have done more for myself’! Rather, that these conversations dealing with nonbelievers saw them state, ‘there must have been more to life’ and those conversations with believers stating that they wished that had been more sensitive to God’s direction and that they had done MORE to glorify GOD. Don’t regret what you have dedicated your life to--embrace God’s purpose for your life. Bring Him glory, not yourself! (John 3:30)