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Who am I?  Why am I here for? U in God's P_RPOSE: Session 1: God's Divine Purpose
Who am I?  Why am I here for? “ How blessed is God! And what a blessing he is! He's the Father of our Master, Jesus Christ...
Who am I?  Why am I here for? “ How blessed is God! And what a blessing he is! He's the Father of our Master, Jesus Christ...
Who am I?  Why am I here for? “ You were made by God and for God and until you understand that, life will never make sense...
in God’s P  RPOSE U
Our Focus U in God's P_RPOSE: Introduction <ul><li>Find out the purpose of God for us and the world  </li></ul><ul><li>The...
Introduction 1 God’s Divine Purpose 2 God’s Purpose -  The History of its Fulfillment 3 God’s Purpose -  Where are we now?...
What is God’s Divine  Purpose for the World? U in God's P_RPOSE: Session 1: God's Divine Purpose Slide
God’s Divine Purpose Revelation in parts and parcels & lock, stock and Barrel  U in God's P_RPOSE: Session 1: God's Divine...
GOD @   Work John 5: 17 U in God's P_RPOSE: Session 1: God's Divine Purpose Slide
God has a  plan  for the World U in God's P_RPOSE: Session 1: God's Divine Purpose Slide
History is not a random flow of events. For  God is working  out in time  a plan  which he conceived in a past eternity an...
What is God’s Plan for the World?  U in God's P_RPOSE: Session 1: God's Divine Purpose Slide  <ul><li>God’s plan is eterna...
What is God’s Plan for the World?  U in God's P_RPOSE: Session 1: God's Divine Purpose Slide  <ul><li>But now in the New T...
What is God’s Ultimate  Plan for the World?  U in God's P_RPOSE: Session 1: God's Divine Purpose Slide  God’s plan and pur...
Flash Back! U in God's P_RPOSE: Session 1: God's Divine Purpose Slide  <ul><li>The World and all in it belongs to Him. He ...
Flash Back! U in God's P_RPOSE: Session 1: God's Divine Purpose Slide  <ul><li>Satan usurped God’s rule in the world by de...
And now... U in God's P_RPOSE: Session 1: God's Divine Purpose Slide  <ul><li>Now God  is reconciling the world unto Himse...
And very soon.. U in God's P_RPOSE: Session 1: God's Divine Purpose Slide  He will reign supreme over everything “ Therefo...
How does God go about fulfilling his Divine Purpose? <ul><li>For this we look at History – His Story </li></ul><ul><li>The...
Genesis-Revelation <ul><li>Presents a unified story of God @ Work  </li></ul><ul><li>Genesis 1-11:  Creation, Fall, Judgem...
The story of the Bible... U in God's P_RPOSE: Session 1: God's Divine Purpose Slide  HHuman beings have always been at the...
The Story of the Bible... U in God's P_RPOSE: Session 1: God's Divine Purpose Slide  GGod calls out individuals first and ...
U in God's P_RPOSE: Session 1: God's Divine Purpose The Story of the Bible... <ul><li>Abraham (Gen 12)‏ </li></ul><ul><li>...
Israel Gentiles/ nations The Story of the Bible... U in God's P_RPOSE: Session 1: God's Divine Purpose Slide
<ul><li>The nation of Israel was called to be a light to other nations/ instrument in drawing others to God (Exo.19:5-6, P...
<ul><li>In spite of their failures, God used Israel in fulfilling his purposes:  </li></ul><ul><li>Exodus 7:4-5 (The Egypt...
<ul><li>God in his appointed time sends Jesus into the world – A significant step in God’s divine plan (summing up...) - M...
U in God's P_RPOSE: Session 1: God's Divine Purpose <ul><li>Overview of Acts : </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Witness in Jerusa...
U in God's P_RPOSE: Session 1: God's Divine Purpose <ul><ul><ul><li>During all these periods of history, the promised bles...
U in God's P_RPOSE: Session 1: God's Divine Purpose <ul><ul><ul><li>Going Voluntary:  Minor prophets to preach in nearby n...
...now continues as the story of the Church....  U in God's P_RPOSE: Session 1: God's Divine Purpose The story of the Bibl...
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  1. 1. Who am I? Why am I here for? U in God's P_RPOSE: Session 1: God's Divine Purpose
  2. 2. Who am I? Why am I here for? “ How blessed is God! And what a blessing he is! He's the Father of our Master, Jesus Christ, and takes us to the high places of blessing in him. Long before he laid down earth's foundations, he had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of his love, to be made whole and holy by his love. Long, long ago he decided to adopt us into his family through Jesus Christ. (What pleasure he took in planning this!) He wanted us to enter into the celebration of his lavish gift-giving by the hand of his beloved Son.” - Apostle Paul in Eph.1:3-6 U in God's P_RPOSE: Session 1: God's Divine Purpose
  3. 3. Who am I? Why am I here for? “ How blessed is God! And what a blessing he is! He's the Father of our Master, Jesus Christ, and takes us to the high places of blessing in him. Long before he laid down earth's foundations, he had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of his love, to be made whole and holy by his love. Long, long ago he decided to adopt us into his family through Jesus Christ. (What pleasure he took in planning this!) He wanted us to enter into the celebration of his lavish gift-giving by the hand of his beloved Son.” - Apostle Paul in Eph.1:3-6 U in God's P_RPOSE: Session 1: God's Divine Purpose
  4. 4. Who am I? Why am I here for? “ You were made by God and for God and until you understand that, life will never make sense.” - Rick Warren U in God's P_RPOSE: Session 1: God's Divine Purpose
  5. 5. in God’s P RPOSE U
  6. 6. Our Focus U in God's P_RPOSE: Introduction <ul><li>Find out the purpose of God for us and the world </li></ul><ul><li>The Fulfilment of God’s purpose in history hitherto </li></ul><ul><li>Understanding our individual roles in accomplishing the overall purpose of God </li></ul>Slide
  7. 7. Introduction 1 God’s Divine Purpose 2 God’s Purpose - The History of its Fulfillment 3 God’s Purpose - Where are we now? 4 God’s Purpose – Where do I fit in? U in God’s P RPOSE
  8. 8. What is God’s Divine Purpose for the World? U in God's P_RPOSE: Session 1: God's Divine Purpose Slide
  9. 9. God’s Divine Purpose Revelation in parts and parcels & lock, stock and Barrel U in God's P_RPOSE: Session 1: God's Divine Purpose Slide
  10. 10. GOD @ Work John 5: 17 U in God's P_RPOSE: Session 1: God's Divine Purpose Slide
  11. 11. God has a plan for the World U in God's P_RPOSE: Session 1: God's Divine Purpose Slide
  12. 12. History is not a random flow of events. For God is working out in time a plan which he conceived in a past eternity and will consummate in a future eternity. John Stott U in God's P_RPOSE: Session 1: God's Divine Purpose Slide
  13. 13. What is God’s Plan for the World? U in God's P_RPOSE: Session 1: God's Divine Purpose Slide <ul><li>God’s plan is eternal, which is accomplished only through Christ Jesus (Eph.3:11)‏ </li></ul><ul><li>The plan of God remained a mystery for sometime. It was not very clear for the Old Testament people (Eph.3:8-9)‏ </li></ul>
  14. 14. What is God’s Plan for the World? U in God's P_RPOSE: Session 1: God's Divine Purpose Slide <ul><li>But now in the New Testament times through Jesus Christ the mystery is now made known to us (Eph.1:19-10)‏ </li></ul><ul><li>And the purpose of God is to sum up all things in Christ and create a new humanity (Eph. 1:10, 2:14-15)‏ </li></ul>
  15. 15. What is God’s Ultimate Plan for the World? U in God's P_RPOSE: Session 1: God's Divine Purpose Slide God’s plan and purpose is to Establish his kingdom on Earth by summing up all things in Christ and creating a new humanity
  16. 16. Flash Back! U in God's P_RPOSE: Session 1: God's Divine Purpose Slide <ul><li>The World and all in it belongs to Him. He is the rightful ruler (Gen.1:1). Man was created as God’s representative (Gen.1;26-29). </li></ul><ul><li>The purpose of God’s creation was to show forth his glory (Ps.19:1, Isa.43:7)‏ </li></ul><ul><li>Sin (Satan) separated mankind from God and marred the glory of God (Rom. 5:12 & 3:23, 8:22). “There is no one who acknowledges God.” “The whole of creation in groaning…” </li></ul>
  17. 17. Flash Back! U in God's P_RPOSE: Session 1: God's Divine Purpose Slide <ul><li>Satan usurped God’s rule in the world by deceiving people (Jn. 14:30)‏ </li></ul><ul><li>To win back his glory and reign among his creation God sent his only begotten son Jesus Christ into the World. </li></ul><ul><li>Jesus through his death on the cross of Calvary and resurrection crushed Satan and his power. </li></ul>
  18. 18. And now... U in God's P_RPOSE: Session 1: God's Divine Purpose Slide <ul><li>Now God is reconciling the world unto Himself through Jesus Christ. II Cor. 5:18 </li></ul><ul><li>He has already started the glorious task of establishing his kingdom. He is creating a new humanity. </li></ul>
  19. 19. And very soon.. U in God's P_RPOSE: Session 1: God's Divine Purpose Slide He will reign supreme over everything “ Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Phil.2:9-11
  20. 20. How does God go about fulfilling his Divine Purpose? <ul><li>For this we look at History – His Story </li></ul><ul><li>The story of the Bible </li></ul><ul><li>The story of the Church </li></ul>U in God's P_RPOSE: Session 1: God's Divine Purpose Slide
  21. 21. Genesis-Revelation <ul><li>Presents a unified story of God @ Work </li></ul><ul><li>Genesis 1-11: Creation, Fall, Judgement, Nations </li></ul><ul><li>Genesis 12-Jude: Salvation plan unfolds through the nation of Israel & reaches its pinnacle with the coming of Jesus Christ and formation of the Church </li></ul><ul><li>Revelation: Gives a glimpse of the culmination of God’s divine purpose </li></ul>U in God's P_RPOSE: Session 1: God's Divine Purpose Slide
  22. 22. The story of the Bible... U in God's P_RPOSE: Session 1: God's Divine Purpose Slide HHuman beings have always been at the centre of God’s strategy – Individuals & Communities
  23. 23. The Story of the Bible... U in God's P_RPOSE: Session 1: God's Divine Purpose Slide GGod calls out individuals first and then reaches out to others. GGod calls out a nation (Israel) and reaches out to others (Gentiles).
  24. 24. U in God's P_RPOSE: Session 1: God's Divine Purpose The Story of the Bible... <ul><li>Abraham (Gen 12)‏ </li></ul><ul><li>I'll make you a great nation       and bless you.    I'll make you famous;       you'll be a blessing.    I'll bless those who bless you;       those who curse you I'll curse.     All the families of the Earth will be blessed through you .&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>Promise to Isaac </li></ul><ul><li>Promise to Jacob </li></ul>Slide
  25. 25. Israel Gentiles/ nations The Story of the Bible... U in God's P_RPOSE: Session 1: God's Divine Purpose Slide
  26. 26. <ul><li>The nation of Israel was called to be a light to other nations/ instrument in drawing others to God (Exo.19:5-6, Ps.67, Isa.25:6-7, 49:6)‏ </li></ul><ul><li>However, they failed many a time to be the light to nations – idolatry, immorality, indifference, ethnocentricism, etc </li></ul>The Story of the Bible... U in God's P_RPOSE: Session 1: God's Divine Purpose Slide
  27. 27. <ul><li>In spite of their failures, God used Israel in fulfilling his purposes: </li></ul><ul><li>Exodus 7:4-5 (The Egyptians knew...)‏ </li></ul><ul><li>1 Samuel 17:45 – 46 (The Philistines knew...)‏ </li></ul><ul><li>Jonah 1-4 (The Assyrians knew...)‏ </li></ul><ul><li>Daniel 4:1-3 (The Babylonians knew...)‏ </li></ul><ul><li>The Ancient Near East (ANE) knew the God of Israel – Joshua 6/Jonah 1 </li></ul>U in God's P_RPOSE: Session 1: God's Divine Purpose The story of the Bible... Slide
  28. 28. <ul><li>God in his appointed time sends Jesus into the world – A significant step in God’s divine plan (summing up...) - Matthew 1:1, Acts 3:25-26, Galatians 3:8 </li></ul><ul><li>All those who believe (both Israelites & Gentiles) are now called the holy nation (I Pet.2:9)‏ </li></ul><ul><li>The book of Acts describes how the Church carried out its task – Acts 2, 8, 10, 19... </li></ul>U in God's P_RPOSE: Session 1: God's Divine Purpose The story of the Bible... Slide
  29. 29. U in God's P_RPOSE: Session 1: God's Divine Purpose <ul><li>Overview of Acts : </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Witness in Jerusalem 1:1-6:7 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Witness in Judea and Samaria 6:8 – 9:31 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Witness to ends of the earth 9:32- 28:31 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Extension to Antioch 9:32 – 12:24 </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Extension to Asia Minor 12:25 – 16:5 </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Extension to Greece 16: 6- 19:20 </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Extension to Rome 19:21 – 28:31 </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  30. 30. U in God's P_RPOSE: Session 1: God's Divine Purpose <ul><ul><ul><li>During all these periods of history, the promised blessing – and the expected mission to share that blessing with the other nations of the world – all but disappear from the sight, as a result where possible God accomplished His will through the Voluntary Obedience and godliness of his people. But where necessary He does His will through involuntary means. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>- Ralph Winter </li></ul></ul></ul>
  31. 31. U in God's P_RPOSE: Session 1: God's Divine Purpose <ul><ul><ul><li>Going Voluntary: Minor prophets to preach in nearby nation (OT)/ Paul & Barnabas (NT) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Going Involuntary: Joseph in Egypt (OT)/ Philip to Samaria (NT) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Coming Voluntary: Naaman the Syrian (OT)/ Cornelius sends for Peter (NT) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Coming Involuntary: Gentiles settled in Israel by Cyrus (OT)/ Roman military occupation in Galilee </li></ul></ul></ul>
  32. 32. ...now continues as the story of the Church.... U in God's P_RPOSE: Session 1: God's Divine Purpose The story of the Bible... Slide
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