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  • Although you cannot fully know or express the fullness of God’s calling on your life, it is still wise to ask the Lord for a clearer vision of His unique purpose for your earthly existence. Prayerful development of a personal purpose statement can give you focus and passion, particularly when you review and rethink it from time to time. \n\n
  • Although you cannot fully know or express the fullness of God’s calling on your life, it is still wise to ask the Lord for a clearer vision of His unique purpose for your earthly existence. Prayerful development of a personal purpose statement can give you focus and passion, particularly when you review and rethink it from time to time. \n\n
  • Although you cannot fully know or express the fullness of God’s calling on your life, it is still wise to ask the Lord for a clearer vision of His unique purpose for your earthly existence. Prayerful development of a personal purpose statement can give you focus and passion, particularly when you review and rethink it from time to time. \n\n
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  • If I don’t define my purpose, others will gladly do it for me; or else I’ll just be driven by the tyranny of the urgent- the voices crying out for attention all around me.\n
  • Emulation: Most people have “heroic models” they seek to be like. Emulation is easily seen in fads such as hair and clothing styles, and even the way they talk and act. “Vicarious purpose.”\n\nAssociation: Gained through the association afforded in life, illustrated by the family, neighbors, friends, one’s country and/or place of employment. “Adopted purpose.”\n\nDeduction: Most people live their lives without purpose or direction. They are pulled to and fro in their daily existence. They may deduce only later in life what their purpose happens to be. “Postmortem purpose.”\n\nPersonalization: A milestone of maturity occurs when an individual develops convictions regarding purpose and “personalizes” them- his purpose becomes his own, rather than someone else’s. “Individual purpose.”\n\n\n\n
  • Emulation: Most people have “heroic models” they seek to be like. Emulation is easily seen in fads such as hair and clothing styles, and even the way they talk and act. “Vicarious purpose.”\n\nAssociation: Gained through the association afforded in life, illustrated by the family, neighbors, friends, one’s country and/or place of employment. “Adopted purpose.”\n\nDeduction: Most people live their lives without purpose or direction. They are pulled to and fro in their daily existence. They may deduce only later in life what their purpose happens to be. “Postmortem purpose.”\n\nPersonalization: A milestone of maturity occurs when an individual develops convictions regarding purpose and “personalizes” them- his purpose becomes his own, rather than someone else’s. “Individual purpose.”\n\n\n\n
  • Emulation: Most people have “heroic models” they seek to be like. Emulation is easily seen in fads such as hair and clothing styles, and even the way they talk and act. “Vicarious purpose.”\n\nAssociation: Gained through the association afforded in life, illustrated by the family, neighbors, friends, one’s country and/or place of employment. “Adopted purpose.”\n\nDeduction: Most people live their lives without purpose or direction. They are pulled to and fro in their daily existence. They may deduce only later in life what their purpose happens to be. “Postmortem purpose.”\n\nPersonalization: A milestone of maturity occurs when an individual develops convictions regarding purpose and “personalizes” them- his purpose becomes his own, rather than someone else’s. “Individual purpose.”\n\n\n\n
  • Emulation: Most people have “heroic models” they seek to be like. Emulation is easily seen in fads such as hair and clothing styles, and even the way they talk and act. “Vicarious purpose.”\n\nAssociation: Gained through the association afforded in life, illustrated by the family, neighbors, friends, one’s country and/or place of employment. “Adopted purpose.”\n\nDeduction: Most people live their lives without purpose or direction. They are pulled to and fro in their daily existence. They may deduce only later in life what their purpose happens to be. “Postmortem purpose.”\n\nPersonalization: A milestone of maturity occurs when an individual develops convictions regarding purpose and “personalizes” them- his purpose becomes his own, rather than someone else’s. “Individual purpose.”\n\n\n\n
  • Most people move in their Christian life from activities to purpose, as noted in the left chart. Many never get beyond objectives, and others spend their time confusing activity with achievement and progress. The folly of this strategy is letting activities and objectives dictate our purpose. To be effective in any endeavor, purpose must dictate activities and objectives, as noted in the right chart.\n\nActivities for the sake of activities create an illusion of progress— providing only temporary satisfaction in the quest for meaning. Activities must be linked to objectives, but that is still inadequate. Just as activities without objectives are unfulfilling, so also objectives without purpose are unfulfilling. \n\n“Why” should inform the “what” of my life. Purpose should define my activity, not vice versa.\n
  • Most people move in their Christian life from activities to purpose, as noted in the left chart. Many never get beyond objectives, and others spend their time confusing activity with achievement and progress. The folly of this strategy is letting activities and objectives dictate our purpose. To be effective in any endeavor, purpose must dictate activities and objectives, as noted in the right chart.\n\nActivities for the sake of activities create an illusion of progress— providing only temporary satisfaction in the quest for meaning. Activities must be linked to objectives, but that is still inadequate. Just as activities without objectives are unfulfilling, so also objectives without purpose are unfulfilling. \n\n“Why” should inform the “what” of my life. Purpose should define my activity, not vice versa.\n
  • Most people move in their Christian life from activities to purpose, as noted in the left chart. Many never get beyond objectives, and others spend their time confusing activity with achievement and progress. The folly of this strategy is letting activities and objectives dictate our purpose. To be effective in any endeavor, purpose must dictate activities and objectives, as noted in the right chart.\n\nActivities for the sake of activities create an illusion of progress— providing only temporary satisfaction in the quest for meaning. Activities must be linked to objectives, but that is still inadequate. Just as activities without objectives are unfulfilling, so also objectives without purpose are unfulfilling. \n\n“Why” should inform the “what” of my life. Purpose should define my activity, not vice versa.\n
  • Most people move in their Christian life from activities to purpose, as noted in the left chart. Many never get beyond objectives, and others spend their time confusing activity with achievement and progress. The folly of this strategy is letting activities and objectives dictate our purpose. To be effective in any endeavor, purpose must dictate activities and objectives, as noted in the right chart.\n\nActivities for the sake of activities create an illusion of progress— providing only temporary satisfaction in the quest for meaning. Activities must be linked to objectives, but that is still inadequate. Just as activities without objectives are unfulfilling, so also objectives without purpose are unfulfilling. \n\n“Why” should inform the “what” of my life. Purpose should define my activity, not vice versa.\n
  • Most people move in their Christian life from activities to purpose, as noted in the left chart. Many never get beyond objectives, and others spend their time confusing activity with achievement and progress. The folly of this strategy is letting activities and objectives dictate our purpose. To be effective in any endeavor, purpose must dictate activities and objectives, as noted in the right chart.\n\nActivities for the sake of activities create an illusion of progress— providing only temporary satisfaction in the quest for meaning. Activities must be linked to objectives, but that is still inadequate. Just as activities without objectives are unfulfilling, so also objectives without purpose are unfulfilling. \n\n“Why” should inform the “what” of my life. Purpose should define my activity, not vice versa.\n
  • Most people move in their Christian life from activities to purpose, as noted in the left chart. Many never get beyond objectives, and others spend their time confusing activity with achievement and progress. The folly of this strategy is letting activities and objectives dictate our purpose. To be effective in any endeavor, purpose must dictate activities and objectives, as noted in the right chart.\n\nActivities for the sake of activities create an illusion of progress— providing only temporary satisfaction in the quest for meaning. Activities must be linked to objectives, but that is still inadequate. Just as activities without objectives are unfulfilling, so also objectives without purpose are unfulfilling. \n\n“Why” should inform the “what” of my life. Purpose should define my activity, not vice versa.\n
  • Most people move in their Christian life from activities to purpose, as noted in the left chart. Many never get beyond objectives, and others spend their time confusing activity with achievement and progress. The folly of this strategy is letting activities and objectives dictate our purpose. To be effective in any endeavor, purpose must dictate activities and objectives, as noted in the right chart.\n\nActivities for the sake of activities create an illusion of progress— providing only temporary satisfaction in the quest for meaning. Activities must be linked to objectives, but that is still inadequate. Just as activities without objectives are unfulfilling, so also objectives without purpose are unfulfilling. \n\n“Why” should inform the “what” of my life. Purpose should define my activity, not vice versa.\n
  • Most people move in their Christian life from activities to purpose, as noted in the left chart. Many never get beyond objectives, and others spend their time confusing activity with achievement and progress. The folly of this strategy is letting activities and objectives dictate our purpose. To be effective in any endeavor, purpose must dictate activities and objectives, as noted in the right chart.\n\nActivities for the sake of activities create an illusion of progress— providing only temporary satisfaction in the quest for meaning. Activities must be linked to objectives, but that is still inadequate. Just as activities without objectives are unfulfilling, so also objectives without purpose are unfulfilling. \n\n“Why” should inform the “what” of my life. Purpose should define my activity, not vice versa.\n
  • Most people move in their Christian life from activities to purpose, as noted in the left chart. Many never get beyond objectives, and others spend their time confusing activity with achievement and progress. The folly of this strategy is letting activities and objectives dictate our purpose. To be effective in any endeavor, purpose must dictate activities and objectives, as noted in the right chart.\n\nActivities for the sake of activities create an illusion of progress— providing only temporary satisfaction in the quest for meaning. Activities must be linked to objectives, but that is still inadequate. Just as activities without objectives are unfulfilling, so also objectives without purpose are unfulfilling. \n\n“Why” should inform the “what” of my life. Purpose should define my activity, not vice versa.\n
  • Most people move in their Christian life from activities to purpose, as noted in the left chart. Many never get beyond objectives, and others spend their time confusing activity with achievement and progress. The folly of this strategy is letting activities and objectives dictate our purpose. To be effective in any endeavor, purpose must dictate activities and objectives, as noted in the right chart.\n\nActivities for the sake of activities create an illusion of progress— providing only temporary satisfaction in the quest for meaning. Activities must be linked to objectives, but that is still inadequate. Just as activities without objectives are unfulfilling, so also objectives without purpose are unfulfilling. \n\n“Why” should inform the “what” of my life. Purpose should define my activity, not vice versa.\n
  • Distinguish between a reason and a purpose for doing things.\n\n
  • Ultimate Purpose: The book of Revelation and the OT prophets tells us that God has an ultimate purpose which includes the whole created order. We only catch a glimpse of this ultimate purpose, and by and large it is God’s secret. The angelic world, along with God’s people, wait for its unfolding.\n\nUniversal Purpose: Shared by all God’s people; it is the same for everyone. Universal purpose is to glorify God as we participate with Him in the process of being prepared for an eternity in heaven.\n\nUnique Purpose: Specific to each Christ-follower. It enables the believer to find uniqueness, significance, meaning, and individuality in his day-to-day relationship with God. Describes how God’s ultimate and universal purpose affects me individually.\n\nAll three expressions of God’s purpose are closely related to each other. While we are all uniquely created, we share the same purpose for being on planet earth.\n
  • Ultimate Purpose: The book of Revelation and the OT prophets tells us that God has an ultimate purpose which includes the whole created order. We only catch a glimpse of this ultimate purpose, and by and large it is God’s secret. The angelic world, along with God’s people, wait for its unfolding.\n\nUniversal Purpose: Shared by all God’s people; it is the same for everyone. Universal purpose is to glorify God as we participate with Him in the process of being prepared for an eternity in heaven.\n\nUnique Purpose: Specific to each Christ-follower. It enables the believer to find uniqueness, significance, meaning, and individuality in his day-to-day relationship with God. Describes how God’s ultimate and universal purpose affects me individually.\n\nAll three expressions of God’s purpose are closely related to each other. While we are all uniquely created, we share the same purpose for being on planet earth.\n
  • Ultimate Purpose: The book of Revelation and the OT prophets tells us that God has an ultimate purpose which includes the whole created order. We only catch a glimpse of this ultimate purpose, and by and large it is God’s secret. The angelic world, along with God’s people, wait for its unfolding.\n\nUniversal Purpose: Shared by all God’s people; it is the same for everyone. Universal purpose is to glorify God as we participate with Him in the process of being prepared for an eternity in heaven.\n\nUnique Purpose: Specific to each Christ-follower. It enables the believer to find uniqueness, significance, meaning, and individuality in his day-to-day relationship with God. Describes how God’s ultimate and universal purpose affects me individually.\n\nAll three expressions of God’s purpose are closely related to each other. While we are all uniquely created, we share the same purpose for being on planet earth.\n
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  • Our purpose for existence is to glorify God as we participate with Him in the process of being prepared for an eternity in heaven. We do this by getting to know Him (i.e., applying His Word to our lives) and becoming involved in what He is doing in this world. Since God is in the people business, we participate with Him by getting involved in the lives of people. This purpose is identical for all His people i.e.m, evangelism and discipleship.\n\nJer. 9:23 ¶ Thus says the LORD, “Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom, and let not the mighty man boast of his might, let not a rich man boast of his riches; \nJer. 9:24 but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the LORD who exercises lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on earth; for I delight in these things,” declares the LORD. \n\nRom. 8:29 For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren; \n\nPsa. 103:7 He made known His ways to Moses,\nHis acts to the sons of Israel. \n
  • Our purpose for existence is to glorify God as we participate with Him in the process of being prepared for an eternity in heaven. We do this by getting to know Him (i.e., applying His Word to our lives) and becoming involved in what He is doing in this world. Since God is in the people business, we participate with Him by getting involved in the lives of people. This purpose is identical for all His people i.e.m, evangelism and discipleship.\n\nJer. 9:23 ¶ Thus says the LORD, “Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom, and let not the mighty man boast of his might, let not a rich man boast of his riches; \nJer. 9:24 but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the LORD who exercises lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on earth; for I delight in these things,” declares the LORD. \n\nRom. 8:29 For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren; \n\nPsa. 103:7 He made known His ways to Moses,\nHis acts to the sons of Israel. \n
  • Our purpose for existence is to glorify God as we participate with Him in the process of being prepared for an eternity in heaven. We do this by getting to know Him (i.e., applying His Word to our lives) and becoming involved in what He is doing in this world. Since God is in the people business, we participate with Him by getting involved in the lives of people. This purpose is identical for all His people i.e.m, evangelism and discipleship.\n\nJer. 9:23 ¶ Thus says the LORD, “Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom, and let not the mighty man boast of his might, let not a rich man boast of his riches; \nJer. 9:24 but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the LORD who exercises lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on earth; for I delight in these things,” declares the LORD. \n\nRom. 8:29 For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren; \n\nPsa. 103:7 He made known His ways to Moses,\nHis acts to the sons of Israel. \n
  • Our purpose for existence is to glorify God as we participate with Him in the process of being prepared for an eternity in heaven. We do this by getting to know Him (i.e., applying His Word to our lives) and becoming involved in what He is doing in this world. Since God is in the people business, we participate with Him by getting involved in the lives of people. This purpose is identical for all His people i.e.m, evangelism and discipleship.\n\nJer. 9:23 ¶ Thus says the LORD, “Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom, and let not the mighty man boast of his might, let not a rich man boast of his riches; \nJer. 9:24 but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the LORD who exercises lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on earth; for I delight in these things,” declares the LORD. \n\nRom. 8:29 For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren; \n\nPsa. 103:7 He made known His ways to Moses,\nHis acts to the sons of Israel. \n
  • I have glorified thee on the earth. I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do (John 17 4)\n\n
  • I have glorified thee on the earth. I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do (John 17 4)\n\n
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  • In Acts 9, when Saul of Tarsus met Jesus on the Damascus Road, he asked these two questions: "Who are you, Lord?" and "What do you want me to do?” The first question deals with purpose, and the second with objectives and activities \n
  • In Acts 9, when Saul of Tarsus met Jesus on the Damascus Road, he asked these two questions: "Who are you, Lord?" and "What do you want me to do?” The first question deals with purpose, and the second with objectives and activities \n
  • In Acts 9, when Saul of Tarsus met Jesus on the Damascus Road, he asked these two questions: "Who are you, Lord?" and "What do you want me to do?” The first question deals with purpose, and the second with objectives and activities \n
  • In the film Chariots of Fire, there is a significant scene when Eric Liddell takes his sister Jennie for a walk in the hills of Scotland to explain his commitment to training for the 1924 Olympic Games in Paris. He tells her, “I’ve decided—I’m going back to China. The missionary service accepted me.” Jennie rejoices to hear this, since she fears her brother’s calling to be a missionary is being threatened by his interest in running. \nHowever, Eric goes on to say, “But I’ve got a lot of running to do first. Jennie—Jennie, you’ve got to understand. I believe that God made me for a purpose—for China. But He also made me fast! And when I run, I feel His pleasure. To give it up would be to hold Him in contempt. You were right. It’s not just fun. To win is to honor Him.”\nLiddell was a man of focus and passion because he pursued a growing sense of God’s purpose for his life. \n\nWhen I run, I feel His pleasure—what do you do that makes you feel God’s pleasure? \n
  • In the film Chariots of Fire, there is a significant scene when Eric Liddell takes his sister Jennie for a walk in the hills of Scotland to explain his commitment to training for the 1924 Olympic Games in Paris. He tells her, “I’ve decided—I’m going back to China. The missionary service accepted me.” Jennie rejoices to hear this, since she fears her brother’s calling to be a missionary is being threatened by his interest in running. \nHowever, Eric goes on to say, “But I’ve got a lot of running to do first. Jennie—Jennie, you’ve got to understand. I believe that God made me for a purpose—for China. But He also made me fast! And when I run, I feel His pleasure. To give it up would be to hold Him in contempt. You were right. It’s not just fun. To win is to honor Him.”\nLiddell was a man of focus and passion because he pursued a growing sense of God’s purpose for his life. \n\nWhen I run, I feel His pleasure—what do you do that makes you feel God’s pleasure? \n
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  • Frederick Buechner put it this way in Wishful Thinking: A Theological ABC: “The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world's deep hunger meet.” As you become a person of calling and purpose, you come to realize that God’s good pleasure is also your good pleasure. Seek satisfaction apart from Him, and you will never find it; seek to please Him first, and you discover that satisfaction is a byproduct of the pursuit of God.\n\n
  • Valid purpose is defined by our purposeful God.\nThese are three of the most critical questions you must answer to understand your vision and uniqueness.\nGod never calls a person to do what He has not gifted or equipped him to do. \n\n
  • Valid purpose is defined by our purposeful God.\nThese are three of the most critical questions you must answer to understand your vision and uniqueness.\nGod never calls a person to do what He has not gifted or equipped him to do. \n\n
  • Valid purpose is defined by our purposeful God.\nThese are three of the most critical questions you must answer to understand your vision and uniqueness.\nGod never calls a person to do what He has not gifted or equipped him to do. \n\n
  • Valid purpose is defined by our purposeful God.\nThese are three of the most critical questions you must answer to understand your vision and uniqueness.\nGod never calls a person to do what He has not gifted or equipped him to do. \n\n
  • Valid purpose is defined by our purposeful God.\nThese are three of the most critical questions you must answer to understand your vision and uniqueness.\nGod never calls a person to do what He has not gifted or equipped him to do. \n\n
  • Valid purpose is defined by our purposeful God.\nThese are three of the most critical questions you must answer to understand your vision and uniqueness.\nGod never calls a person to do what He has not gifted or equipped him to do. \n\n
  • Valid purpose is defined by our purposeful God.\nThese are three of the most critical questions you must answer to understand your vision and uniqueness.\nGod never calls a person to do what He has not gifted or equipped him to do. \n\n
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  • 85 year-old pole vaulter\nSpiritual Gifts\nTo begin to determine your unique purpose or vision, you must first examine your spiritual gifts. This process may prove to be an unpleasant experience. Many Christians agonize over their gifts and, when asked what they are, state what they think them to be in rather nebulous terms\nThere are a number of good books and Bible study materials available to aid you in the determination of your gifts. Another major resource for determining your spiritual gifts is the observation and insight of brothers and sisters who are close to you and committed to you. Reviewing with them their thoughts and observations regarding your gifts will be very helpful. Also ask yourself what the Body of Christ is calling upon you to do in service to God.\nAvoid the temptation to compare yourself with others as you go through this process—it is pointless. You need to understand your spiritual gifts in order to come to grips with your calling Gifts are an indicator of your calling. This in turn will help you determine your vision. All of these concepts greatly influence your unique purpose. Record your thinking or your plan to study and decide on your spiritual gifts on the worksheet on page 34.\nEquipping\nEquipping is the process of developing depth in your personal relationship with God through His Word, and breadth in your relationships with other believers and non-believers. Depth in the Scriptures must become your first and most compelling commitment as you pursue the establishment of Godly purpose. Equipping, in conjunction with your gifts will assist you in determining your calling. Your calling, in turn, includes not only your development in handling the Bible, but also the assessment and focusing of your skills, history, status, and temperament.\nSince becoming strong in the Word is such a key concept, you must take practical steps to master The Book. There are five ways to assimilate God's Word, and in all of them you must become competent. You can HEAR the Word, READ the Word, STUDY the Word, and MEMORIZE the Word After the intake of Scripture, you must learn to MEDITATE on the Word. Only through meditation and reflection will you develop an adequate grasp of the Word\nReview the way God has intellectually and emotionally fashioned you Seek to discern the best way of knowing, understanding and applying the Word to your life. One or more of the methods mentioned may suit you, but your commitment to mastering the Bible is necessary to ensure progress in your purpose journey.\nRecognize that a majority of your environment will mitigate against your becoming a person of the Word of God. Only through commitment will you survive the influence of the world and be molded by God instead (Romans 12:2). Depth in the Word is complemented by a disciplined prayer life The Word and Prayer form the base of our communication with God. This can be referred to as the vertical dimension of equipping.\nThe horizontal dimension of equipping is the development of accountability to our brethren (Hebrews 10:24,25) and the ability to "defend the hope that is within you" (2 Peter 3-15)—evangelism\nEquipping, then, is the process of developing your vertical and horizontal relationships. Record your thinking and plans to progress as a person of the Word on the worksheet on page 35.\nPersonal Skills\nSkills have to do with capabilities—what you have learned and experienced in life—and the areas in which you have developed and demonstrated competence. Personal skills are different than spiritual gifts in that they can be developed through training. While a spiritual gift is bestowed by the Holy Spirit at conversion, personal skills are part of your personality and temperament, or are acquired throughout your life as a result of effort and discipline\nAn illustration of the difference, between personal skills and gifting would be a person who holds a management position and who is considered an effective manager. That person may not necessarily be gifted as a manager but he may have become skilled as a manager through training in the techniques of management. Knowing your skills is another factor in discovering your unique purpose. Record your thinking on the next worksheet, page 36\nPersonal History\nHistory has to do with your culture, lineage, geography and general background, all of which affect your lifestyle. Your history or culture has prepared you to serve certain groups or types of people most effectively, and therefore becomes part of your unique purpose.\nThe greatest impact for Christ that a person makes is normally within his or her historical and geographical spheres of influence. Understanding your particular combination of historical factors will help you realize the spheres of influence God has given you to carry out your vision or unique purpose Record your thinking on your personal history on the worksheet provided on page 37.\nStatus\nStatus deals with the roles you assume throughout your life. What are the major roles in which you presently find yourself (husband, wife, child, parent, employee or employer, child of God, brother or sister, etc)? These roles will largely determine the manifestation of your unique purpose In other words; whose you are and who you are with will determine how you will live out God's universal purpose in a unique fashion.\nAfter reviewing your status (your roles), review God's commandments pertaining to each relationship (husband to wife, Ephesians 5:25-33, wife to husband, Ephesians 5:22-24,33; employee to employer, 1 Peter 2 18-21, etc) Unique purpose is to be demonstrated through the application of God's commands to each of these relationships. God has defined them very carefully in His Word Another worksheet has been provided for you on page 38.\nTemperament\nTemperament refers to your personality type (choleric, sanguine, melancholy, or phlegmatic). Temperament affects your purpose, for God has endowed you with unique personality traits, and He will use these in your calling. Temperament testing is available and you are encouraged to take advantage of it Testing is not an exact science and needs to be reviewed with a discerning attitude Record your plan and thinking on your temperament on page 39\nCalling\nYour calling, then, is how you conclude God wants you to implement your gifts with your present level of equipping in harmony with the other components of unique purpose in the fulfillment of God's universal purpose. Having established your vision, you arc ready to determine your objectives, which will then lead you to the planning of your activities. As was illustrated on page 22, goals and objectives flow out of purpose, and specific activities then flow out of those goals. This becomes your calling in life.\n\n\n\n\n
  • 85 year-old pole vaulter\nSpiritual Gifts\nTo begin to determine your unique purpose or vision, you must first examine your spiritual gifts. This process may prove to be an unpleasant experience. Many Christians agonize over their gifts and, when asked what they are, state what they think them to be in rather nebulous terms\nThere are a number of good books and Bible study materials available to aid you in the determination of your gifts. Another major resource for determining your spiritual gifts is the observation and insight of brothers and sisters who are close to you and committed to you. Reviewing with them their thoughts and observations regarding your gifts will be very helpful. Also ask yourself what the Body of Christ is calling upon you to do in service to God.\nAvoid the temptation to compare yourself with others as you go through this process—it is pointless. You need to understand your spiritual gifts in order to come to grips with your calling Gifts are an indicator of your calling. This in turn will help you determine your vision. All of these concepts greatly influence your unique purpose. Record your thinking or your plan to study and decide on your spiritual gifts on the worksheet on page 34.\nEquipping\nEquipping is the process of developing depth in your personal relationship with God through His Word, and breadth in your relationships with other believers and non-believers. Depth in the Scriptures must become your first and most compelling commitment as you pursue the establishment of Godly purpose. Equipping, in conjunction with your gifts will assist you in determining your calling. Your calling, in turn, includes not only your development in handling the Bible, but also the assessment and focusing of your skills, history, status, and temperament.\nSince becoming strong in the Word is such a key concept, you must take practical steps to master The Book. There are five ways to assimilate God's Word, and in all of them you must become competent. You can HEAR the Word, READ the Word, STUDY the Word, and MEMORIZE the Word After the intake of Scripture, you must learn to MEDITATE on the Word. Only through meditation and reflection will you develop an adequate grasp of the Word\nReview the way God has intellectually and emotionally fashioned you Seek to discern the best way of knowing, understanding and applying the Word to your life. One or more of the methods mentioned may suit you, but your commitment to mastering the Bible is necessary to ensure progress in your purpose journey.\nRecognize that a majority of your environment will mitigate against your becoming a person of the Word of God. Only through commitment will you survive the influence of the world and be molded by God instead (Romans 12:2). Depth in the Word is complemented by a disciplined prayer life The Word and Prayer form the base of our communication with God. This can be referred to as the vertical dimension of equipping.\nThe horizontal dimension of equipping is the development of accountability to our brethren (Hebrews 10:24,25) and the ability to "defend the hope that is within you" (2 Peter 3-15)—evangelism\nEquipping, then, is the process of developing your vertical and horizontal relationships. Record your thinking and plans to progress as a person of the Word on the worksheet on page 35.\nPersonal Skills\nSkills have to do with capabilities—what you have learned and experienced in life—and the areas in which you have developed and demonstrated competence. Personal skills are different than spiritual gifts in that they can be developed through training. While a spiritual gift is bestowed by the Holy Spirit at conversion, personal skills are part of your personality and temperament, or are acquired throughout your life as a result of effort and discipline\nAn illustration of the difference, between personal skills and gifting would be a person who holds a management position and who is considered an effective manager. That person may not necessarily be gifted as a manager but he may have become skilled as a manager through training in the techniques of management. Knowing your skills is another factor in discovering your unique purpose. Record your thinking on the next worksheet, page 36\nPersonal History\nHistory has to do with your culture, lineage, geography and general background, all of which affect your lifestyle. Your history or culture has prepared you to serve certain groups or types of people most effectively, and therefore becomes part of your unique purpose.\nThe greatest impact for Christ that a person makes is normally within his or her historical and geographical spheres of influence. Understanding your particular combination of historical factors will help you realize the spheres of influence God has given you to carry out your vision or unique purpose Record your thinking on your personal history on the worksheet provided on page 37.\nStatus\nStatus deals with the roles you assume throughout your life. What are the major roles in which you presently find yourself (husband, wife, child, parent, employee or employer, child of God, brother or sister, etc)? These roles will largely determine the manifestation of your unique purpose In other words; whose you are and who you are with will determine how you will live out God's universal purpose in a unique fashion.\nAfter reviewing your status (your roles), review God's commandments pertaining to each relationship (husband to wife, Ephesians 5:25-33, wife to husband, Ephesians 5:22-24,33; employee to employer, 1 Peter 2 18-21, etc) Unique purpose is to be demonstrated through the application of God's commands to each of these relationships. God has defined them very carefully in His Word Another worksheet has been provided for you on page 38.\nTemperament\nTemperament refers to your personality type (choleric, sanguine, melancholy, or phlegmatic). Temperament affects your purpose, for God has endowed you with unique personality traits, and He will use these in your calling. Temperament testing is available and you are encouraged to take advantage of it Testing is not an exact science and needs to be reviewed with a discerning attitude Record your plan and thinking on your temperament on page 39\nCalling\nYour calling, then, is how you conclude God wants you to implement your gifts with your present level of equipping in harmony with the other components of unique purpose in the fulfillment of God's universal purpose. Having established your vision, you arc ready to determine your objectives, which will then lead you to the planning of your activities. As was illustrated on page 22, goals and objectives flow out of purpose, and specific activities then flow out of those goals. This becomes your calling in life.\n\n\n\n\n
  • 85 year-old pole vaulter\nSpiritual Gifts\nTo begin to determine your unique purpose or vision, you must first examine your spiritual gifts. This process may prove to be an unpleasant experience. Many Christians agonize over their gifts and, when asked what they are, state what they think them to be in rather nebulous terms\nThere are a number of good books and Bible study materials available to aid you in the determination of your gifts. Another major resource for determining your spiritual gifts is the observation and insight of brothers and sisters who are close to you and committed to you. Reviewing with them their thoughts and observations regarding your gifts will be very helpful. Also ask yourself what the Body of Christ is calling upon you to do in service to God.\nAvoid the temptation to compare yourself with others as you go through this process—it is pointless. You need to understand your spiritual gifts in order to come to grips with your calling Gifts are an indicator of your calling. This in turn will help you determine your vision. All of these concepts greatly influence your unique purpose. Record your thinking or your plan to study and decide on your spiritual gifts on the worksheet on page 34.\nEquipping\nEquipping is the process of developing depth in your personal relationship with God through His Word, and breadth in your relationships with other believers and non-believers. Depth in the Scriptures must become your first and most compelling commitment as you pursue the establishment of Godly purpose. Equipping, in conjunction with your gifts will assist you in determining your calling. Your calling, in turn, includes not only your development in handling the Bible, but also the assessment and focusing of your skills, history, status, and temperament.\nSince becoming strong in the Word is such a key concept, you must take practical steps to master The Book. There are five ways to assimilate God's Word, and in all of them you must become competent. You can HEAR the Word, READ the Word, STUDY the Word, and MEMORIZE the Word After the intake of Scripture, you must learn to MEDITATE on the Word. Only through meditation and reflection will you develop an adequate grasp of the Word\nReview the way God has intellectually and emotionally fashioned you Seek to discern the best way of knowing, understanding and applying the Word to your life. One or more of the methods mentioned may suit you, but your commitment to mastering the Bible is necessary to ensure progress in your purpose journey.\nRecognize that a majority of your environment will mitigate against your becoming a person of the Word of God. Only through commitment will you survive the influence of the world and be molded by God instead (Romans 12:2). Depth in the Word is complemented by a disciplined prayer life The Word and Prayer form the base of our communication with God. This can be referred to as the vertical dimension of equipping.\nThe horizontal dimension of equipping is the development of accountability to our brethren (Hebrews 10:24,25) and the ability to "defend the hope that is within you" (2 Peter 3-15)—evangelism\nEquipping, then, is the process of developing your vertical and horizontal relationships. Record your thinking and plans to progress as a person of the Word on the worksheet on page 35.\nPersonal Skills\nSkills have to do with capabilities—what you have learned and experienced in life—and the areas in which you have developed and demonstrated competence. Personal skills are different than spiritual gifts in that they can be developed through training. While a spiritual gift is bestowed by the Holy Spirit at conversion, personal skills are part of your personality and temperament, or are acquired throughout your life as a result of effort and discipline\nAn illustration of the difference, between personal skills and gifting would be a person who holds a management position and who is considered an effective manager. That person may not necessarily be gifted as a manager but he may have become skilled as a manager through training in the techniques of management. Knowing your skills is another factor in discovering your unique purpose. Record your thinking on the next worksheet, page 36\nPersonal History\nHistory has to do with your culture, lineage, geography and general background, all of which affect your lifestyle. Your history or culture has prepared you to serve certain groups or types of people most effectively, and therefore becomes part of your unique purpose.\nThe greatest impact for Christ that a person makes is normally within his or her historical and geographical spheres of influence. Understanding your particular combination of historical factors will help you realize the spheres of influence God has given you to carry out your vision or unique purpose Record your thinking on your personal history on the worksheet provided on page 37.\nStatus\nStatus deals with the roles you assume throughout your life. What are the major roles in which you presently find yourself (husband, wife, child, parent, employee or employer, child of God, brother or sister, etc)? These roles will largely determine the manifestation of your unique purpose In other words; whose you are and who you are with will determine how you will live out God's universal purpose in a unique fashion.\nAfter reviewing your status (your roles), review God's commandments pertaining to each relationship (husband to wife, Ephesians 5:25-33, wife to husband, Ephesians 5:22-24,33; employee to employer, 1 Peter 2 18-21, etc) Unique purpose is to be demonstrated through the application of God's commands to each of these relationships. God has defined them very carefully in His Word Another worksheet has been provided for you on page 38.\nTemperament\nTemperament refers to your personality type (choleric, sanguine, melancholy, or phlegmatic). Temperament affects your purpose, for God has endowed you with unique personality traits, and He will use these in your calling. Temperament testing is available and you are encouraged to take advantage of it Testing is not an exact science and needs to be reviewed with a discerning attitude Record your plan and thinking on your temperament on page 39\nCalling\nYour calling, then, is how you conclude God wants you to implement your gifts with your present level of equipping in harmony with the other components of unique purpose in the fulfillment of God's universal purpose. Having established your vision, you arc ready to determine your objectives, which will then lead you to the planning of your activities. As was illustrated on page 22, goals and objectives flow out of purpose, and specific activities then flow out of those goals. This becomes your calling in life.\n\n\n\n\n
  • 85 year-old pole vaulter\nSpiritual Gifts\nTo begin to determine your unique purpose or vision, you must first examine your spiritual gifts. This process may prove to be an unpleasant experience. Many Christians agonize over their gifts and, when asked what they are, state what they think them to be in rather nebulous terms\nThere are a number of good books and Bible study materials available to aid you in the determination of your gifts. Another major resource for determining your spiritual gifts is the observation and insight of brothers and sisters who are close to you and committed to you. Reviewing with them their thoughts and observations regarding your gifts will be very helpful. Also ask yourself what the Body of Christ is calling upon you to do in service to God.\nAvoid the temptation to compare yourself with others as you go through this process—it is pointless. You need to understand your spiritual gifts in order to come to grips with your calling Gifts are an indicator of your calling. This in turn will help you determine your vision. All of these concepts greatly influence your unique purpose. Record your thinking or your plan to study and decide on your spiritual gifts on the worksheet on page 34.\nEquipping\nEquipping is the process of developing depth in your personal relationship with God through His Word, and breadth in your relationships with other believers and non-believers. Depth in the Scriptures must become your first and most compelling commitment as you pursue the establishment of Godly purpose. Equipping, in conjunction with your gifts will assist you in determining your calling. Your calling, in turn, includes not only your development in handling the Bible, but also the assessment and focusing of your skills, history, status, and temperament.\nSince becoming strong in the Word is such a key concept, you must take practical steps to master The Book. There are five ways to assimilate God's Word, and in all of them you must become competent. You can HEAR the Word, READ the Word, STUDY the Word, and MEMORIZE the Word After the intake of Scripture, you must learn to MEDITATE on the Word. Only through meditation and reflection will you develop an adequate grasp of the Word\nReview the way God has intellectually and emotionally fashioned you Seek to discern the best way of knowing, understanding and applying the Word to your life. One or more of the methods mentioned may suit you, but your commitment to mastering the Bible is necessary to ensure progress in your purpose journey.\nRecognize that a majority of your environment will mitigate against your becoming a person of the Word of God. Only through commitment will you survive the influence of the world and be molded by God instead (Romans 12:2). Depth in the Word is complemented by a disciplined prayer life The Word and Prayer form the base of our communication with God. This can be referred to as the vertical dimension of equipping.\nThe horizontal dimension of equipping is the development of accountability to our brethren (Hebrews 10:24,25) and the ability to "defend the hope that is within you" (2 Peter 3-15)—evangelism\nEquipping, then, is the process of developing your vertical and horizontal relationships. Record your thinking and plans to progress as a person of the Word on the worksheet on page 35.\nPersonal Skills\nSkills have to do with capabilities—what you have learned and experienced in life—and the areas in which you have developed and demonstrated competence. Personal skills are different than spiritual gifts in that they can be developed through training. While a spiritual gift is bestowed by the Holy Spirit at conversion, personal skills are part of your personality and temperament, or are acquired throughout your life as a result of effort and discipline\nAn illustration of the difference, between personal skills and gifting would be a person who holds a management position and who is considered an effective manager. That person may not necessarily be gifted as a manager but he may have become skilled as a manager through training in the techniques of management. Knowing your skills is another factor in discovering your unique purpose. Record your thinking on the next worksheet, page 36\nPersonal History\nHistory has to do with your culture, lineage, geography and general background, all of which affect your lifestyle. Your history or culture has prepared you to serve certain groups or types of people most effectively, and therefore becomes part of your unique purpose.\nThe greatest impact for Christ that a person makes is normally within his or her historical and geographical spheres of influence. Understanding your particular combination of historical factors will help you realize the spheres of influence God has given you to carry out your vision or unique purpose Record your thinking on your personal history on the worksheet provided on page 37.\nStatus\nStatus deals with the roles you assume throughout your life. What are the major roles in which you presently find yourself (husband, wife, child, parent, employee or employer, child of God, brother or sister, etc)? These roles will largely determine the manifestation of your unique purpose In other words; whose you are and who you are with will determine how you will live out God's universal purpose in a unique fashion.\nAfter reviewing your status (your roles), review God's commandments pertaining to each relationship (husband to wife, Ephesians 5:25-33, wife to husband, Ephesians 5:22-24,33; employee to employer, 1 Peter 2 18-21, etc) Unique purpose is to be demonstrated through the application of God's commands to each of these relationships. God has defined them very carefully in His Word Another worksheet has been provided for you on page 38.\nTemperament\nTemperament refers to your personality type (choleric, sanguine, melancholy, or phlegmatic). Temperament affects your purpose, for God has endowed you with unique personality traits, and He will use these in your calling. Temperament testing is available and you are encouraged to take advantage of it Testing is not an exact science and needs to be reviewed with a discerning attitude Record your plan and thinking on your temperament on page 39\nCalling\nYour calling, then, is how you conclude God wants you to implement your gifts with your present level of equipping in harmony with the other components of unique purpose in the fulfillment of God's universal purpose. Having established your vision, you arc ready to determine your objectives, which will then lead you to the planning of your activities. As was illustrated on page 22, goals and objectives flow out of purpose, and specific activities then flow out of those goals. This becomes your calling in life.\n\n\n\n\n
  • 85 year-old pole vaulter\nSpiritual Gifts\nTo begin to determine your unique purpose or vision, you must first examine your spiritual gifts. This process may prove to be an unpleasant experience. Many Christians agonize over their gifts and, when asked what they are, state what they think them to be in rather nebulous terms\nThere are a number of good books and Bible study materials available to aid you in the determination of your gifts. Another major resource for determining your spiritual gifts is the observation and insight of brothers and sisters who are close to you and committed to you. Reviewing with them their thoughts and observations regarding your gifts will be very helpful. Also ask yourself what the Body of Christ is calling upon you to do in service to God.\nAvoid the temptation to compare yourself with others as you go through this process—it is pointless. You need to understand your spiritual gifts in order to come to grips with your calling Gifts are an indicator of your calling. This in turn will help you determine your vision. All of these concepts greatly influence your unique purpose. Record your thinking or your plan to study and decide on your spiritual gifts on the worksheet on page 34.\nEquipping\nEquipping is the process of developing depth in your personal relationship with God through His Word, and breadth in your relationships with other believers and non-believers. Depth in the Scriptures must become your first and most compelling commitment as you pursue the establishment of Godly purpose. Equipping, in conjunction with your gifts will assist you in determining your calling. Your calling, in turn, includes not only your development in handling the Bible, but also the assessment and focusing of your skills, history, status, and temperament.\nSince becoming strong in the Word is such a key concept, you must take practical steps to master The Book. There are five ways to assimilate God's Word, and in all of them you must become competent. You can HEAR the Word, READ the Word, STUDY the Word, and MEMORIZE the Word After the intake of Scripture, you must learn to MEDITATE on the Word. Only through meditation and reflection will you develop an adequate grasp of the Word\nReview the way God has intellectually and emotionally fashioned you Seek to discern the best way of knowing, understanding and applying the Word to your life. One or more of the methods mentioned may suit you, but your commitment to mastering the Bible is necessary to ensure progress in your purpose journey.\nRecognize that a majority of your environment will mitigate against your becoming a person of the Word of God. Only through commitment will you survive the influence of the world and be molded by God instead (Romans 12:2). Depth in the Word is complemented by a disciplined prayer life The Word and Prayer form the base of our communication with God. This can be referred to as the vertical dimension of equipping.\nThe horizontal dimension of equipping is the development of accountability to our brethren (Hebrews 10:24,25) and the ability to "defend the hope that is within you" (2 Peter 3-15)—evangelism\nEquipping, then, is the process of developing your vertical and horizontal relationships. Record your thinking and plans to progress as a person of the Word on the worksheet on page 35.\nPersonal Skills\nSkills have to do with capabilities—what you have learned and experienced in life—and the areas in which you have developed and demonstrated competence. Personal skills are different than spiritual gifts in that they can be developed through training. While a spiritual gift is bestowed by the Holy Spirit at conversion, personal skills are part of your personality and temperament, or are acquired throughout your life as a result of effort and discipline\nAn illustration of the difference, between personal skills and gifting would be a person who holds a management position and who is considered an effective manager. That person may not necessarily be gifted as a manager but he may have become skilled as a manager through training in the techniques of management. Knowing your skills is another factor in discovering your unique purpose. Record your thinking on the next worksheet, page 36\nPersonal History\nHistory has to do with your culture, lineage, geography and general background, all of which affect your lifestyle. Your history or culture has prepared you to serve certain groups or types of people most effectively, and therefore becomes part of your unique purpose.\nThe greatest impact for Christ that a person makes is normally within his or her historical and geographical spheres of influence. Understanding your particular combination of historical factors will help you realize the spheres of influence God has given you to carry out your vision or unique purpose Record your thinking on your personal history on the worksheet provided on page 37.\nStatus\nStatus deals with the roles you assume throughout your life. What are the major roles in which you presently find yourself (husband, wife, child, parent, employee or employer, child of God, brother or sister, etc)? These roles will largely determine the manifestation of your unique purpose In other words; whose you are and who you are with will determine how you will live out God's universal purpose in a unique fashion.\nAfter reviewing your status (your roles), review God's commandments pertaining to each relationship (husband to wife, Ephesians 5:25-33, wife to husband, Ephesians 5:22-24,33; employee to employer, 1 Peter 2 18-21, etc) Unique purpose is to be demonstrated through the application of God's commands to each of these relationships. God has defined them very carefully in His Word Another worksheet has been provided for you on page 38.\nTemperament\nTemperament refers to your personality type (choleric, sanguine, melancholy, or phlegmatic). Temperament affects your purpose, for God has endowed you with unique personality traits, and He will use these in your calling. Temperament testing is available and you are encouraged to take advantage of it Testing is not an exact science and needs to be reviewed with a discerning attitude Record your plan and thinking on your temperament on page 39\nCalling\nYour calling, then, is how you conclude God wants you to implement your gifts with your present level of equipping in harmony with the other components of unique purpose in the fulfillment of God's universal purpose. Having established your vision, you arc ready to determine your objectives, which will then lead you to the planning of your activities. As was illustrated on page 22, goals and objectives flow out of purpose, and specific activities then flow out of those goals. This becomes your calling in life.\n\n\n\n\n
  • 85 year-old pole vaulter\nSpiritual Gifts\nTo begin to determine your unique purpose or vision, you must first examine your spiritual gifts. This process may prove to be an unpleasant experience. Many Christians agonize over their gifts and, when asked what they are, state what they think them to be in rather nebulous terms\nThere are a number of good books and Bible study materials available to aid you in the determination of your gifts. Another major resource for determining your spiritual gifts is the observation and insight of brothers and sisters who are close to you and committed to you. Reviewing with them their thoughts and observations regarding your gifts will be very helpful. Also ask yourself what the Body of Christ is calling upon you to do in service to God.\nAvoid the temptation to compare yourself with others as you go through this process—it is pointless. You need to understand your spiritual gifts in order to come to grips with your calling Gifts are an indicator of your calling. This in turn will help you determine your vision. All of these concepts greatly influence your unique purpose. Record your thinking or your plan to study and decide on your spiritual gifts on the worksheet on page 34.\nEquipping\nEquipping is the process of developing depth in your personal relationship with God through His Word, and breadth in your relationships with other believers and non-believers. Depth in the Scriptures must become your first and most compelling commitment as you pursue the establishment of Godly purpose. Equipping, in conjunction with your gifts will assist you in determining your calling. Your calling, in turn, includes not only your development in handling the Bible, but also the assessment and focusing of your skills, history, status, and temperament.\nSince becoming strong in the Word is such a key concept, you must take practical steps to master The Book. There are five ways to assimilate God's Word, and in all of them you must become competent. You can HEAR the Word, READ the Word, STUDY the Word, and MEMORIZE the Word After the intake of Scripture, you must learn to MEDITATE on the Word. Only through meditation and reflection will you develop an adequate grasp of the Word\nReview the way God has intellectually and emotionally fashioned you Seek to discern the best way of knowing, understanding and applying the Word to your life. One or more of the methods mentioned may suit you, but your commitment to mastering the Bible is necessary to ensure progress in your purpose journey.\nRecognize that a majority of your environment will mitigate against your becoming a person of the Word of God. Only through commitment will you survive the influence of the world and be molded by God instead (Romans 12:2). Depth in the Word is complemented by a disciplined prayer life The Word and Prayer form the base of our communication with God. This can be referred to as the vertical dimension of equipping.\nThe horizontal dimension of equipping is the development of accountability to our brethren (Hebrews 10:24,25) and the ability to "defend the hope that is within you" (2 Peter 3-15)—evangelism\nEquipping, then, is the process of developing your vertical and horizontal relationships. Record your thinking and plans to progress as a person of the Word on the worksheet on page 35.\nPersonal Skills\nSkills have to do with capabilities—what you have learned and experienced in life—and the areas in which you have developed and demonstrated competence. Personal skills are different than spiritual gifts in that they can be developed through training. While a spiritual gift is bestowed by the Holy Spirit at conversion, personal skills are part of your personality and temperament, or are acquired throughout your life as a result of effort and discipline\nAn illustration of the difference, between personal skills and gifting would be a person who holds a management position and who is considered an effective manager. That person may not necessarily be gifted as a manager but he may have become skilled as a manager through training in the techniques of management. Knowing your skills is another factor in discovering your unique purpose. Record your thinking on the next worksheet, page 36\nPersonal History\nHistory has to do with your culture, lineage, geography and general background, all of which affect your lifestyle. Your history or culture has prepared you to serve certain groups or types of people most effectively, and therefore becomes part of your unique purpose.\nThe greatest impact for Christ that a person makes is normally within his or her historical and geographical spheres of influence. Understanding your particular combination of historical factors will help you realize the spheres of influence God has given you to carry out your vision or unique purpose Record your thinking on your personal history on the worksheet provided on page 37.\nStatus\nStatus deals with the roles you assume throughout your life. What are the major roles in which you presently find yourself (husband, wife, child, parent, employee or employer, child of God, brother or sister, etc)? These roles will largely determine the manifestation of your unique purpose In other words; whose you are and who you are with will determine how you will live out God's universal purpose in a unique fashion.\nAfter reviewing your status (your roles), review God's commandments pertaining to each relationship (husband to wife, Ephesians 5:25-33, wife to husband, Ephesians 5:22-24,33; employee to employer, 1 Peter 2 18-21, etc) Unique purpose is to be demonstrated through the application of God's commands to each of these relationships. God has defined them very carefully in His Word Another worksheet has been provided for you on page 38.\nTemperament\nTemperament refers to your personality type (choleric, sanguine, melancholy, or phlegmatic). Temperament affects your purpose, for God has endowed you with unique personality traits, and He will use these in your calling. Temperament testing is available and you are encouraged to take advantage of it Testing is not an exact science and needs to be reviewed with a discerning attitude Record your plan and thinking on your temperament on page 39\nCalling\nYour calling, then, is how you conclude God wants you to implement your gifts with your present level of equipping in harmony with the other components of unique purpose in the fulfillment of God's universal purpose. Having established your vision, you arc ready to determine your objectives, which will then lead you to the planning of your activities. As was illustrated on page 22, goals and objectives flow out of purpose, and specific activities then flow out of those goals. This becomes your calling in life.\n\n\n\n\n
  • 85 year-old pole vaulter\nSpiritual Gifts\nTo begin to determine your unique purpose or vision, you must first examine your spiritual gifts. This process may prove to be an unpleasant experience. Many Christians agonize over their gifts and, when asked what they are, state what they think them to be in rather nebulous terms\nThere are a number of good books and Bible study materials available to aid you in the determination of your gifts. Another major resource for determining your spiritual gifts is the observation and insight of brothers and sisters who are close to you and committed to you. Reviewing with them their thoughts and observations regarding your gifts will be very helpful. Also ask yourself what the Body of Christ is calling upon you to do in service to God.\nAvoid the temptation to compare yourself with others as you go through this process—it is pointless. You need to understand your spiritual gifts in order to come to grips with your calling Gifts are an indicator of your calling. This in turn will help you determine your vision. All of these concepts greatly influence your unique purpose. Record your thinking or your plan to study and decide on your spiritual gifts on the worksheet on page 34.\nEquipping\nEquipping is the process of developing depth in your personal relationship with God through His Word, and breadth in your relationships with other believers and non-believers. Depth in the Scriptures must become your first and most compelling commitment as you pursue the establishment of Godly purpose. Equipping, in conjunction with your gifts will assist you in determining your calling. Your calling, in turn, includes not only your development in handling the Bible, but also the assessment and focusing of your skills, history, status, and temperament.\nSince becoming strong in the Word is such a key concept, you must take practical steps to master The Book. There are five ways to assimilate God's Word, and in all of them you must become competent. You can HEAR the Word, READ the Word, STUDY the Word, and MEMORIZE the Word After the intake of Scripture, you must learn to MEDITATE on the Word. Only through meditation and reflection will you develop an adequate grasp of the Word\nReview the way God has intellectually and emotionally fashioned you Seek to discern the best way of knowing, understanding and applying the Word to your life. One or more of the methods mentioned may suit you, but your commitment to mastering the Bible is necessary to ensure progress in your purpose journey.\nRecognize that a majority of your environment will mitigate against your becoming a person of the Word of God. Only through commitment will you survive the influence of the world and be molded by God instead (Romans 12:2). Depth in the Word is complemented by a disciplined prayer life The Word and Prayer form the base of our communication with God. This can be referred to as the vertical dimension of equipping.\nThe horizontal dimension of equipping is the development of accountability to our brethren (Hebrews 10:24,25) and the ability to "defend the hope that is within you" (2 Peter 3-15)—evangelism\nEquipping, then, is the process of developing your vertical and horizontal relationships. Record your thinking and plans to progress as a person of the Word on the worksheet on page 35.\nPersonal Skills\nSkills have to do with capabilities—what you have learned and experienced in life—and the areas in which you have developed and demonstrated competence. Personal skills are different than spiritual gifts in that they can be developed through training. While a spiritual gift is bestowed by the Holy Spirit at conversion, personal skills are part of your personality and temperament, or are acquired throughout your life as a result of effort and discipline\nAn illustration of the difference, between personal skills and gifting would be a person who holds a management position and who is considered an effective manager. That person may not necessarily be gifted as a manager but he may have become skilled as a manager through training in the techniques of management. Knowing your skills is another factor in discovering your unique purpose. Record your thinking on the next worksheet, page 36\nPersonal History\nHistory has to do with your culture, lineage, geography and general background, all of which affect your lifestyle. Your history or culture has prepared you to serve certain groups or types of people most effectively, and therefore becomes part of your unique purpose.\nThe greatest impact for Christ that a person makes is normally within his or her historical and geographical spheres of influence. Understanding your particular combination of historical factors will help you realize the spheres of influence God has given you to carry out your vision or unique purpose Record your thinking on your personal history on the worksheet provided on page 37.\nStatus\nStatus deals with the roles you assume throughout your life. What are the major roles in which you presently find yourself (husband, wife, child, parent, employee or employer, child of God, brother or sister, etc)? These roles will largely determine the manifestation of your unique purpose In other words; whose you are and who you are with will determine how you will live out God's universal purpose in a unique fashion.\nAfter reviewing your status (your roles), review God's commandments pertaining to each relationship (husband to wife, Ephesians 5:25-33, wife to husband, Ephesians 5:22-24,33; employee to employer, 1 Peter 2 18-21, etc) Unique purpose is to be demonstrated through the application of God's commands to each of these relationships. God has defined them very carefully in His Word Another worksheet has been provided for you on page 38.\nTemperament\nTemperament refers to your personality type (choleric, sanguine, melancholy, or phlegmatic). Temperament affects your purpose, for God has endowed you with unique personality traits, and He will use these in your calling. Temperament testing is available and you are encouraged to take advantage of it Testing is not an exact science and needs to be reviewed with a discerning attitude Record your plan and thinking on your temperament on page 39\nCalling\nYour calling, then, is how you conclude God wants you to implement your gifts with your present level of equipping in harmony with the other components of unique purpose in the fulfillment of God's universal purpose. Having established your vision, you arc ready to determine your objectives, which will then lead you to the planning of your activities. As was illustrated on page 22, goals and objectives flow out of purpose, and specific activities then flow out of those goals. This becomes your calling in life.\n\n\n\n\n
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  • My life purpose is to be a lover and servant of God and others.\n\nThree global purposes emerge from this personal mission statement:\n\n• Global Purpose 1 (loving God completely): To know God and His character and grow into conformity with His Son in faith, hope, and love.\n\n• Global Purpose 2 (loving self correctly): To see myself in the light of God’s character and grow in humility and obedience. \n\n• Global Purpose 3 (loving others compassionately): To see others in the light of God’s character and grow in love and service.\n\n
  • My life purpose is to be a lover and servant of God and others.\n\nThree global purposes emerge from this personal mission statement:\n\n• Global Purpose 1 (loving God completely): To know God and His character and grow into conformity with His Son in faith, hope, and love.\n\n• Global Purpose 2 (loving self correctly): To see myself in the light of God’s character and grow in humility and obedience. \n\n• Global Purpose 3 (loving others compassionately): To see others in the light of God’s character and grow in love and service.\n\n
  • My life purpose is to be a lover and servant of God and others.\n\nThree global purposes emerge from this personal mission statement:\n\n• Global Purpose 1 (loving God completely): To know God and His character and grow into conformity with His Son in faith, hope, and love.\n\n• Global Purpose 2 (loving self correctly): To see myself in the light of God’s character and grow in humility and obedience. \n\n• Global Purpose 3 (loving others compassionately): To see others in the light of God’s character and grow in love and service.\n\n
  • Seven role purposes emerge from global purpose 3:\n\n• Role Purpose 1 (husband): To love and serve my wife in such a way that she is free to live up to her full potential as a woman of God. \n\n• Role Purpose 2 (father): To love and serve my daughter and son-in-law in such a way that they know that dad and mom know and love God. \n\n• Role Purpose 3 (son): To love and serve my mother and father in such a way that they know that they are honored and cherished.\n\n
  • Seven role purposes emerge from global purpose 3:\n\n• Role Purpose 1 (husband): To love and serve my wife in such a way that she is free to live up to her full potential as a woman of God. \n\n• Role Purpose 2 (father): To love and serve my daughter and son-in-law in such a way that they know that dad and mom know and love God. \n\n• Role Purpose 3 (son): To love and serve my mother and father in such a way that they know that they are honored and cherished.\n\n
  • Seven role purposes emerge from global purpose 3:\n\n• Role Purpose 1 (husband): To love and serve my wife in such a way that she is free to live up to her full potential as a woman of God. \n\n• Role Purpose 2 (father): To love and serve my daughter and son-in-law in such a way that they know that dad and mom know and love God. \n\n• Role Purpose 3 (son): To love and serve my mother and father in such a way that they know that they are honored and cherished.\n\n
  • • Role Purpose 4 (friend): To love and serve my friends in a way that nurtures commitment, transparency, and vulnerability in relationships of mutual acceptance and esteem.\n\n• Role Purpose 5 (neighbor): To love and serve my neighbors in such a way that they want to know Christ (seekers) or grow in Him (believers).\n\n• Role Purpose 6 (minister): To love and serve unbelievers and believers in such a way that seekers are evangelized and Christians are edified. \n\n• Role Purpose 7 (writer and publisher): To love and serve readers in a way that helps them manifest eternal values in a temporal arena by drawing them to intimacy with God and a better understanding of the culture in which they live.\n\n(As an exercise, lPrayerfully reflect on your own global and role purposes. Then consider what specific goals and objectives would assist you in fulfilling these purposes for your life.)\n\n
  • • Role Purpose 4 (friend): To love and serve my friends in a way that nurtures commitment, transparency, and vulnerability in relationships of mutual acceptance and esteem.\n\n• Role Purpose 5 (neighbor): To love and serve my neighbors in such a way that they want to know Christ (seekers) or grow in Him (believers).\n\n• Role Purpose 6 (minister): To love and serve unbelievers and believers in such a way that seekers are evangelized and Christians are edified. \n\n• Role Purpose 7 (writer and publisher): To love and serve readers in a way that helps them manifest eternal values in a temporal arena by drawing them to intimacy with God and a better understanding of the culture in which they live.\n\n(As an exercise, lPrayerfully reflect on your own global and role purposes. Then consider what specific goals and objectives would assist you in fulfilling these purposes for your life.)\n\n
  • 1 First, as you move through your life, having embraced a Biblical purpose, it should make a difference in the fruit of your life Peter draws attention to this in his second epistle-\nAnd besides this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, and to virtue knowledge, and to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to ^patience godliness, and to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness, love. For if these things be in you and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Peter 1 5-8)\n2.Next, your purpose should help you focus on what God hasdeclared to be of ultimate worth, and give you a satisfying sense ofhaving on your heart what is on His heart. God told Israel what themost important commodity in His economy was:\nFor the Lord's portion is his people, Jacob is the lot of his inheritance (Deuteronomy 32.9).\nPeople are of ultimate worth to God, and should become the focus of our lives as we begin to live out God's value system\n3.Third, a God-centered purpose should produce contentment in your life, for you will know why you are here on earth and where you are going. Paul reminds Timothy.\n...godliness with contentment is great gain (1 Timothy 6:6)\n25\n4. Last, the pursuit of Godly purpose in your life will yield a keener sense of dependence upon God. Throughout Scripture and recorded history, great men and women of God sensed their total dependence upon the Living God. Our Lord Jesus reminds us,\nfor without me ye can do nothing (John 75 5b)\n\n
  • 1 First, as you move through your life, having embraced a Biblical purpose, it should make a difference in the fruit of your life Peter draws attention to this in his second epistle-\nAnd besides this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, and to virtue knowledge, and to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to ^patience godliness, and to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness, love. For if these things be in you and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Peter 1 5-8)\n2.Next, your purpose should help you focus on what God hasdeclared to be of ultimate worth, and give you a satisfying sense ofhaving on your heart what is on His heart. God told Israel what themost important commodity in His economy was:\nFor the Lord's portion is his people, Jacob is the lot of his inheritance (Deuteronomy 32.9).\nPeople are of ultimate worth to God, and should become the focus of our lives as we begin to live out God's value system\n3.Third, a God-centered purpose should produce contentment in your life, for you will know why you are here on earth and where you are going. Paul reminds Timothy.\n...godliness with contentment is great gain (1 Timothy 6:6)\n25\n4. Last, the pursuit of Godly purpose in your life will yield a keener sense of dependence upon God. Throughout Scripture and recorded history, great men and women of God sensed their total dependence upon the Living God. Our Lord Jesus reminds us,\nfor without me ye can do nothing (John 75 5b)\n\n
  • 1 First, as you move through your life, having embraced a Biblical purpose, it should make a difference in the fruit of your life Peter draws attention to this in his second epistle-\nAnd besides this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, and to virtue knowledge, and to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to ^patience godliness, and to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness, love. For if these things be in you and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Peter 1 5-8)\n2.Next, your purpose should help you focus on what God hasdeclared to be of ultimate worth, and give you a satisfying sense ofhaving on your heart what is on His heart. God told Israel what themost important commodity in His economy was:\nFor the Lord's portion is his people, Jacob is the lot of his inheritance (Deuteronomy 32.9).\nPeople are of ultimate worth to God, and should become the focus of our lives as we begin to live out God's value system\n3.Third, a God-centered purpose should produce contentment in your life, for you will know why you are here on earth and where you are going. Paul reminds Timothy.\n...godliness with contentment is great gain (1 Timothy 6:6)\n25\n4. Last, the pursuit of Godly purpose in your life will yield a keener sense of dependence upon God. Throughout Scripture and recorded history, great men and women of God sensed their total dependence upon the Living God. Our Lord Jesus reminds us,\nfor without me ye can do nothing (John 75 5b)\n\n
  • 1 First, as you move through your life, having embraced a Biblical purpose, it should make a difference in the fruit of your life Peter draws attention to this in his second epistle-\nAnd besides this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, and to virtue knowledge, and to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to ^patience godliness, and to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness, love. For if these things be in you and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Peter 1 5-8)\n2.Next, your purpose should help you focus on what God hasdeclared to be of ultimate worth, and give you a satisfying sense ofhaving on your heart what is on His heart. God told Israel what themost important commodity in His economy was:\nFor the Lord's portion is his people, Jacob is the lot of his inheritance (Deuteronomy 32.9).\nPeople are of ultimate worth to God, and should become the focus of our lives as we begin to live out God's value system\n3.Third, a God-centered purpose should produce contentment in your life, for you will know why you are here on earth and where you are going. Paul reminds Timothy.\n...godliness with contentment is great gain (1 Timothy 6:6)\n25\n4. Last, the pursuit of Godly purpose in your life will yield a keener sense of dependence upon God. Throughout Scripture and recorded history, great men and women of God sensed their total dependence upon the Living God. Our Lord Jesus reminds us,\nfor without me ye can do nothing (John 75 5b)\n\n
  • 1. Life is a process, not an event; therefore the establishing of your purpose and its subsequent refinement will be a life-long process. There are no shortcuts\n2. Purpose links the eternal with the temporal aspects of life.\n3. Roles change at least every five years. For example, there is a difference between parenting a 15-year-old and a 20-year-old. Similarly, your role differs if your parents are living or deceased.\n\n
  • 1. Life is a process, not an event; therefore the establishing of your purpose and its subsequent refinement will be a life-long process. There are no shortcuts\n2. Purpose links the eternal with the temporal aspects of life.\n3. Roles change at least every five years. For example, there is a difference between parenting a 15-year-old and a 20-year-old. Similarly, your role differs if your parents are living or deceased.\n\n
  • 1. Life is a process, not an event; therefore the establishing of your purpose and its subsequent refinement will be a life-long process. There are no shortcuts\n2. Purpose links the eternal with the temporal aspects of life.\n3. Roles change at least every five years. For example, there is a difference between parenting a 15-year-old and a 20-year-old. Similarly, your role differs if your parents are living or deceased.\n\n
  • 1. Life is a process, not an event; therefore the establishing of your purpose and its subsequent refinement will be a life-long process. There are no shortcuts\n2. Purpose links the eternal with the temporal aspects of life.\n3. Roles change at least every five years. For example, there is a difference between parenting a 15-year-old and a 20-year-old. Similarly, your role differs if your parents are living or deceased.\n\n
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Discovering Your Purpose Discovering Your Purpose Presentation Transcript

  • Discovering Your Purpose Exploring Why You Are Here Dr. Ken Boa and Bill Ibsen © Dr. Kenneth Boa & Bill Ibsen 2005. All Rights Reserved.
  • Life’s Ultimate Questions
  • Life’s Ultimate QuestionsWhere did I come from? (Origin)
  • Life’s Ultimate QuestionsWhere did I come from? (Origin)Where am I going? (Destiny)
  • Life’s Ultimate QuestionsWhere did I come from? (Origin)Where am I going? (Destiny)Why am I here? (Purpose)
  • Life’s Ultimate QuestionsWhere did I come from? (Origin)Where am I going? (Destiny)Why am I here? (Purpose) What do I want my life to add up to, and why?
  • Life’s Ultimate QuestionsWhere did I come from? (Origin)Where am I going? (Destiny)Why am I here? (Purpose) What do I want my life to add up to, and why? “Lord, what do You want me to do?”
  • Aspects of the Christian Life
  • Aspects of the Christian Life Knowing
  • Aspects of the Christian Life Being Knowing
  • Aspects of the Christian Life Being Knowing Doing
  • Overview
  • Overview* The Need for Purpose (Being)
  • Overview* The Need for Purpose (Being)* Biblical Principles of Purpose (Knowing)
  • Overview* The Need for Purpose (Being)* Biblical Principles of Purpose (Knowing)* Your Unique Purpose (Doing)
  • The Need for Purpose
  • What is Purpose?
  • What is Purpose?“Define life backwards- and live it forwards”- Soren Kierkegaard
  • What is Purpose?“Define life backwards- and live it forwards”- Soren Kierkegaard
  • Why Discover Your Purpose?
  • Why Discover Your Purpose?God calls all believers to a purposeful, risk-filledjourney
  • Why Discover Your Purpose?God calls all believers to a purposeful, risk-filledjourneyMoves you toward higher purposes
  • Why Discover Your Purpose?God calls all believers to a purposeful, risk-filledjourneyMoves you toward higher purposesMoves you toward the eternal
  • Why Discover Your Purpose?God calls all believers to a purposeful, risk-filledjourneyMoves you toward higher purposesMoves you toward the eternalElicits new and deeper passion
  • Why Discover Your Purpose?God calls all believers to a purposeful, risk-filledjourneyMoves you toward higher purposesMoves you toward the eternalElicits new and deeper passionRudder in uncertain times
  • Aspects of Purpose
  • Aspects of PurposeYou cannot fully know or express the fulnessof God’s calling on your life
  • Aspects of PurposeYou cannot fully know or express the fulnessof God’s calling on your life But you can ask the Lord for a clearer picture of your unique purpose
  • Aspects of PurposeYou cannot fully know or express the fulnessof God’s calling on your life But you can ask the Lord for a clearer picture of your unique purposeWritten Purpose Statement can give youfocus and passion
  • Results of Having No Biblical Purpose
  • Results of Having No Biblical PurposeActivities and objectives become ends inthemselves
  • Results of Having No Biblical PurposeActivities and objectives become ends inthemselvesPursuit of security, significance, andsatisfaction is the main motivator
  • Results of Having No Biblical PurposeActivities and objectives become ends inthemselvesPursuit of security, significance, andsatisfaction is the main motivatorHope in institutions or individuals is destinedto disappoint
  • Results of Having No Biblical Purpose
  • Results of Having No Biblical PurposeThe world will definemy purpose for me
  • Results of Having No Biblical PurposeThe world will definemy purpose for meThe grind of lifeleads to hopelessnessand despair
  • Results of Having No Biblical PurposeThe world will definemy purpose for meThe grind of lifeleads to hopelessnessand despairLife can become anexercise in futility
  • Occasion for Despair, or Opportunity for Hope?
  • Occasion for Despair, or Opportunity for Hope? Aspirations
  • Occasion for Despair, or Opportunity for Hope? Aspirations Accomplishments
  • Occasion for Despair, or Opportunity for Hope? Aspirations Capacities Accomplishments
  • Occasion for Despair, or Opportunity for Hope? Aspirations Capacities Accomplishments Contributions
  • Tyranny of the Urgent
  • Four Ways We Find Purpose
  • Four Ways We Find Purpose Emulation (vicarious purpose)
  • Four Ways We Find Purpose Emulation (vicarious purpose) Association (adopted purpose)
  • Four Ways We Find Purpose Emulation (vicarious purpose) Association (adopted purpose) Deduction (postmortem purpose)
  • Four Ways We Find Purpose Emulation (vicarious purpose) Association (adopted purpose) Deduction (postmortem purpose) Personalization (individual purpose)
  • Activities, Objectives & Purpose
  • Activities, Objectives & PurposeRoute Most People Take
  • Activities, Objectives & Purpose ActivitiesRoute Most People Take
  • Activities, Objectives & Purpose Objectives ActivitiesRoute Most People Take
  • Activities, Objectives & Purpose Purpose Objectives ActivitiesRoute Most People Take
  • Activities, Objectives & Purpose PurposeBottom Objectives -Up Activities Route Most People Take
  • Activities, Objectives & Purpose PurposeBottom Objectives -Up Activities Route Most People Take Best Route
  • Activities, Objectives & Purpose Purpose PurposeBottom Objectives -Up Activities Route Most People Take Best Route
  • Activities, Objectives & Purpose Purpose Purpose ObjectivesBottom Objectives -Up Activities Route Most People Take Best Route
  • Activities, Objectives & Purpose Purpose Purpose ObjectivesBottom Objectives -Up Activities Activities Route Most People Take Best Route
  • Activities, Objectives & Purpose Purpose Purpose ObjectivesBottom Top- Objectives -Up Down Activities Activities Route Most People Take Best Route
  • Biblical Principles of Purpose
  • Expressions of God’s Purpose
  • Expressions of God’s Purpose Ultimate
  • Expressions of God’s Purpose Universal Ultimate
  • Expressions of God’s Purpose Unique Universal Ultimate
  • Ultimate Purpose
  • Ultimate Purpose Unrevealed mysteries
  • Ultimate Purpose Unrevealed mysteries Glory of God
  • Ultimate Purpose Unrevealed mysteries Glory of God Pleasure of God
  • Universal Purpose
  • Universal PurposeTo know God (Jer. 9:23-24)
  • Universal PurposeTo know God (Jer. 9:23-24)To become Christlike (Rom. 8:29)
  • Universal PurposeTo know God (Jer. 9:23-24)To become Christlike (Rom. 8:29)To understand the program of God (Ps. 103:7)
  • Universal PurposeTo know God (Jer. 9:23-24)To become Christlike (Rom. 8:29)To understand the program of God (Ps. 103:7)To participate with God in His program (E²)
  • Jesus’ Sense of Purpose Jesus, The Last Judgement, by Michelangelo
  • Jesus’ Sense of Purpose“For even the Son of Man didnot come to be served, but toserve, and to give His life as aransom for many” Mark 10:45 Jesus, The Last Judgement, by Michelangelo
  • Jesus’ Sense of Purpose“For even the Son of Man didnot come to be served, but toserve, and to give His life as aransom for many” Mark 10:45“For the Son of Man has cometo seek and to save that whichwas lost” Luke 19:10 Jesus, The Last Judgement, by Michelangelo
  • Jesus’ Sense of Purpose
  • Jesus’ Sense of Purpose“I have glorified You on the earth,having accomplished the workwhich You have given Me to do”John 17:4
  • Jesus’ Sense of Purpose“I have glorified You on the earth,having accomplished the workwhich You have given Me to do”John 17:4“...For this I have been born, and forthis I have come into the world, totestify to the truth. Everyone whois of the truth hears My voice.’”John 18:37
  • Jesus’ Sense of Purpose“I have glorified You on the earth,having accomplished the workwhich You have given Me to do”John 17:4“...For this I have been born, and forthis I have come into the world, totestify to the truth. Everyone whois of the truth hears My voice.’”John 18:37Jesus’ Purpose: To glorify God byseeking, serving, and saving thelost, and testifying to the truth
  • Paul’s Sense of Purpose
  • Paul’s Sense of Purpose“... that I may know Him, and the power of His resurrectionand the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed toHis death... I press on toward the goal for the prize of theupward call of God in Jesus Christ” Phil. 3:10, 14
  • Paul’s Sense of Purpose“... that I may know Him, and the power of His resurrectionand the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed toHis death... I press on toward the goal for the prize of theupward call of God in Jesus Christ” Phil. 3:10, 14“Therefore also we have as our ambition, whether at home orabsent, to be pleasing to Him” 2 Cor. 5:9
  • Paul’s Sense of Purpose
  • Paul’s Sense of Purpose“... Run in such a way that you may win...I run in such away as not without aim... but I buffet my body and makeit my slave, let possibly, after I have preached to others, Imyself should be disqualified” 1 Cor. 9:24-27
  • Paul’s Sense of Purpose“... Run in such a way that you may win...I run in such away as not without aim... but I buffet my body and makeit my slave, let possibly, after I have preached to others, Imyself should be disqualified” 1 Cor. 9:24-27“Who are You, Lord?.. What do You want me to do?” Acts 9
  • Paul’s Sense of Purpose“... Run in such a way that you may win...I run in such away as not without aim... but I buffet my body and makeit my slave, let possibly, after I have preached to others, Imyself should be disqualified” 1 Cor. 9:24-27“Who are You, Lord?.. What do You want me to do?” Acts 9Paul’s Purpose: To know and please Christ and be faithfulto evangelism and edification
  • Focus and Passion
  • Focus and Passion“I believe God made me for a purpose, but He also made me fast. And when I run, I feel His pleasure” Eric Lidell, Chariots of Fire
  • Focus and Passion“I believe God made me for a purpose, but He also made me fast. And when I run, I feel His pleasure” Eric Lidell, Chariots of Fire God’s good pleasure may also be my good pleasure
  • Pyramidof Purpose
  • Pyramidof Purpose Ultimate
  • Pyramidof Purpose Universal Ultimate
  • Pyramidof Purpose Unique Universal Ultimate
  • Pyramidof Purpose Long-term Objectives Unique Universal Ultimate
  • Pyramidof Purpose Short-term Objectives Long-term Objectives Unique Universal Ultimate
  • Pyramidof Purpose Daily Tasks Short-term Objectives Long-term Objectives Unique Universal Ultimate
  • Your Unique Purpose
  • Where to Find Your Purpose
  • Where to Find Your Purpose“The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet” Frederick Buechner, Wishful Thinking: A Theological ABC
  • Purpose: Universal and Unique
  • Purpose: Universal and Unique Universal:
  • Purpose: Universal and Unique Universal: Knowing God experientially (spiritual growth)
  • Purpose: Universal and Unique Universal: Knowing God experientially (spiritual growth) Making God known (spiritual reproduction)
  • Purpose: Universal and Unique Universal: Knowing God experientially (spiritual growth) Making God known (spiritual reproduction) Unique:
  • Purpose: Universal and Unique Universal: Knowing God experientially (spiritual growth) Making God known (spiritual reproduction) Unique: What is my calling?
  • Purpose: Universal and Unique Universal: Knowing God experientially (spiritual growth) Making God known (spiritual reproduction) Unique: What is my calling? What is my gifting?
  • Purpose: Universal and Unique Universal: Knowing God experientially (spiritual growth) Making God known (spiritual reproduction) Unique: What is my calling? What is my gifting? What has been my equipping?
  • God’s Ultimate Purposes (Rom. 11:36)
  • God’s Universal Purposes (Mt. 22:37-39; 28:18-20) God’s Ultimate Purposes (Rom. 11:36)
  • My Unique Purpose (Eph. 2:10; 1Pe.4:10)God’s Universal Purposes (Mt. 22:37-39; 28:18-20) God’s Ultimate Purposes (Rom. 11:36)
  • Long-term Goals ( Phil. 3:7-14) My Unique Purpose (Eph. 2:10; 1Pe.4:10)God’s Universal Purposes (Mt. 22:37-39; 28:18-20) God’s Ultimate Purposes (Rom. 11:36)
  • Short-term Goals- Ps. 1 Long-term Goals ( Phil. 3:7-14) My Unique Purpose (Eph. 2:10; 1Pe.4:10)God’s Universal Purposes (Mt. 22:37-39; 28:18-20) God’s Ultimate Purposes (Rom. 11:36)
  • Daily Acts (1Cor. 10:31) Short-term Goals- Ps. 1 Long-term Goals ( Phil. 3:7-14) My Unique Purpose (Eph. 2:10; 1Pe.4:10)God’s Universal Purposes (Mt. 22:37-39; 28:18-20) God’s Ultimate Purposes (Rom. 11:36)
  • Components of Unique Purpose
  • Components of Unique Purpose Gifting
  • Components of Unique Purpose Gifting Skills
  • Components of Unique Purpose Gifting Skills Temperament
  • Components of Unique Purpose Gifting Skills Temperament Heritage/History
  • Components of Unique Purpose Gifting Skills Temperament Heritage/History Environment
  • Components of Unique Purpose Gifting Skills Temperament Heritage/History Environment Status
  • Components of Unique Purpose Gifting Skills Temperament Heritage/History Environment Status Roles
  • Unique Purpose Statement
  • Unique Purpose Statement Global Purposes
  • Unique Purpose Statement Global Purposes Goals
  • Unique Purpose Statement Global Purposes Goals Objectives
  • Unique Purpose Statement Global Purposes Goals Objectives Role Purposes
  • Unique Purpose Statement Global Purposes Goals Objectives Role Purposes Goals
  • Unique Purpose Statement Global Purposes Goals Objectives Role Purposes Goals Objectives
  • Global Purposes: Example Statement
  • Global Purposes: Example Statement Loving God Completely: To know God and His character and grow into conformity with His Son in Faith, hope, and love
  • Global Purposes: Example Statement Loving God Completely: To know God and His character and grow into conformity with His Son in Faith, hope, and love Loving Self Correctly: To see myself in the light of God’s character and grow in humility and obedience
  • Global Purposes: Example Statement Loving God Completely: To know God and His character and grow into conformity with His Son in Faith, hope, and love Loving Self Correctly: To see myself in the light of God’s character and grow in humility and obedience Loving Others Compassionately: To see others in the light of God’s character and grow in love and service
  • Role Purposes: Example Statement
  • Role Purposes: Example Statement Role as Husband: To love and serve my wife in such a way that she is free to live up to her full potential as a woman of God
  • Role Purposes: Example Statement Role as Husband: To love and serve my wife in such a way that she is free to live up to her full potential as a woman of God Role as Father: To love and serve my children in such a way that they know that Dad and Mom know and love God
  • Role Purposes: Example Statement Role as Husband: To love and serve my wife in such a way that she is free to live up to her full potential as a woman of God Role as Father: To love and serve my children in such a way that they know that Dad and Mom know and love God Role as Son: To love and serve my parents in such a way that they know that they are honored and cherished
  • Role Purposes: Example Statement
  • Role Purposes: Example Statement Role as Friend: To love and serve my friends in such a way that nurtures commitment, transparency, and vulnerability in relationship of mutual acceptance and esteem
  • Role Purposes: Example Statement Role as Friend: To love and serve my friends in such a way that nurtures commitment, transparency, and vulnerability in relationship of mutual acceptance and esteem Role as Writer/Publisher: To love and serve readers in such a way that helps them manifest eternal values by drawing them to intimacy with God and a better understanding of the culture in which they live
  • Evidence of Purpose
  • Evidence of PurposeBearing fruit
  • Evidence of PurposeBearing fruitSharing God’s heart for people
  • Evidence of PurposeBearing fruitSharing God’s heart for peopleContentment
  • Evidence of PurposeBearing fruitSharing God’s heart for peopleContentmentDependence upon God
  • Principles to Remember inDiscovering Your Unique Purpose
  • Principles to Remember inDiscovering Your Unique Purpose Purpose links the eternal with the temporal
  • Principles to Remember inDiscovering Your Unique Purpose Purpose links the eternal with the temporal Remember: Roles change every five years or so
  • Principles to Remember inDiscovering Your Unique Purpose Purpose links the eternal with the temporal Remember: Roles change every five years or so Spiritual warfare
  • Principles to Remember inDiscovering Your Unique Purpose Purpose links the eternal with the temporal Remember: Roles change every five years or so Spiritual warfare Process, not an event
  • The End
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