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Key Thought:

“Your purpose is to give glory to God and make Him known!” –Pastor Bil Cornelius


Key Quote

“Fulfilling God’s purpose for your life will satisfy you.” –Pastor Bil Cornelius



Start talking. Find a conversation starter for your group.
  • What is a new hobby you’d like to pick up this year?
  • What is one food that you could eat every day for the rest of your life?
  • If you could hang out with any celebrity who would you choose?
  • What is your favorite genre of movie?



Start thinking. Ask a thoughtful question.
  • Why doesn’t the world’s pleasures satisfy? Why is it that Jesus only can satisfy?
  • What does God’s Word say about our purpose in life?
  • What is significant about knowing that you were designed by God with a purpose?
  • Why is it so easy to fall back into old habits and sins that distracts us from God?



Start sharing. Choose questions that create openness.
  • How can you give God glory from where you are now?
  • Who is someone that you could share the love of Jesus with this week?
  • How do you fight back against worldly pleasures that distract you from being all-in with God’s purpose?
  • What is something in your life that no longer mattered once you gave your life to Jesus?



Start praying. Be bold, and pray with power.

Dear Jesus, thank you for the wisdom that you’ve provided in your Word. Help us to read it, apply it, and live our lives in a way that is pleasing to you. In your name we pray, Amen.



Start doing. Commit to a step and live it out this week.
  • This week find at least one person that you can have a conversation with about Jesus.
  • Write out a list of the things you do for fun, or to feel fulfilled in the moment. Determine if, and how, any of those items on your list prevent you from putting all of your trust in God and living a life freely within the purpose God has for you.
  • Write out 5 ways you can give God glory from where you are right now.
  • Ask a trusted friend to hold you accountable to removing a distraction from God’s calling on your life.


Scriptures

The Lord has made everything for his own purposes. Proverbs 16:4 TLB

I said to myself, “Come on, let’s try pleasure. Let’s look for the ‘good things’ in life.” But I found that this, too, was meaningless. 2 So I said, “Laughter is silly. What good does it do to seek pleasure?” 3 After much thought, I decided to cheer myself with wine. And while still seeking wisdom, I clutched at foolishness. In this way, I tried to experience the only happiness most people find during their brief life in this world.

4 I also tried to find meaning by building huge homes for myself and by planting beautiful vineyards. 5 I made gardens and parks, filling them with all kinds of fruit trees. 6 I built reservoirs to collect the water to irrigate my many flourishing groves. 7 I bought slaves, both men and women, and others were born into my household. I also owned large herds and flocks, more than any of the kings who had lived in Jerusalem before me. 8 I collected great sums of silver and gold, the treasure of many kings and provinces. I hired wonderful singers, both men and women, and had many beautiful concubines. I had everything a man could desire!

9 So I became greater than all who had lived in Jerusalem before me, and my wisdom never failed me. 10 Anything I wanted, I would take. I denied myself no pleasure. I even found great pleasure in hard work, a reward for all my labors. Ecclesiastes 2:1-10

So I came to hate life because…Everything is meaningless..(4:8) and depressing. Ecclesiastes 2:17,4:8 NLT

All has been heard; the end of the matter is: Fear God…worship Him..and keep His commandments, for this is..the full, original purpose of his creation..the foundation of all happiness…the adjustment to all inharmonious circumstances and conditions under the sun..and the whole duty for every man. Ecclesiastes 12:13 AMP

You, Lord, give perfect peace to those who keep their purpose firm and put their trust in You. Isaiah 26:3 TEV

It’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. Long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, he had his eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living, part of the overall purpose he is working out in everything and everyone. Ephesians 1:11 MSG

Teacher, which is the most important commandment..?” Jesus replied, “ ‘You must love the LORD your God with all your heart..soul..and..mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.” Matthew 22:36-37 NLT

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations..And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20 NIV


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