God's Purpose for Me
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God’s purpose for me
What is God’s purpose for me?
1 Jacob lived in the land where his father had stayed, the land of Canaan. 2 This is the account of Jacob’s family line. Joseph, a young man of seventeen, was tending the flocks with his brothers, the sons of Bilhah and the sons of Zilpah, his father’s wives, and he brought their father a bad report about them.3 Now Israel loved Joseph more than any of his other sons, because he had been born to him in his old age; and he made an ornate[a] robe for him. 4 When his brothers saw that their father loved him more than any of them, they hated him and could not speak a kind word to him. (one would imagine that they were pretty mean to him. “5 Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him all the more. 6 He said to them, “Listen to this dream I had: 7 We were binding sheaves of grain out in the field when suddenly my sheaf rose and stood upright, while your sheaves gathered around mine and bowed down to it.” 8 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. 9 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.” 10 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?” 11 And his brothers envied him, but his father kept the matter in mind.
The word purpose itself means: the reason for which something is done or created or for which something exists.
ICEBREAKER—•“If you could interview anyone in history, who would you choose and why? What one or two questions would you ask?”
APPLY THE BIBLE -Read Ephesians 2:10 —What does the fact that God created you mean? What does it mean that God prepared in advance?
Q1— What did you want to be when you were a kid?
Q2— If you search “What is my purpose?” on the internet, you’ll find countless videos and articles claiming to help you find your purpose. Why is finding purpose so important to people?
Q3— READ Proverbs 19:21 “Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” - What is this verse saying about our plan vs. God’s plan for our lives?
Q4—READ— Matthew 28:18-20 - The last things a person says are often the most important, and that’s no different for Jesus. Why do you think he chose these words to say before He went back up into heaven? What does that mean for us? How would Jesus have us live our lives based on His last words?
Q5—What is one thing you want to do differently this week based on what you’ve learned today?
A LITTLE LOVE HOMEWORK:
Read - 1 Corinthians 15:10 this week and answer the following questions: What stands out to you from this verse? Where does the power to pursue and do your work come from? Why is it important to know that?
TALK ABOUT the series Nail It Down and how we can commit to settle the important teachings of God’s Word