Knowing Your Purpose in Life
Lesson #1 – Glorify the One True God
Image and Likeness – the purpose from the beginning to the end
Gen 1:26‐28 – Image and Likeness
Exodus 19:5‐8 – My Own Possessions
Deut 4:1‐24 ‐ Idolatry
I Peter 2:9‐12 – A People For God’s Own Possessions
Phil 2:5‐11 – Worshipping properly
Rev 19:11‐21 ‐ King of kings and lord of lords
Your purpose depends on a relationship not following rules
1. How the relationship is possible
a. Rom 1:18
b. Rom 5:17‐18
c. Rom 10:9,10
d. Rom 8:1‐3
e. II Cor 5:18‐21
f. II Cor 5:14‐15
2. Can you be in a relationship with someone you do not know?
3. How do you get to know God?
Knowing who we’re glorifying The character of God
I Timothy 1:17
Eternity Definition: God exists endlessly, backward and
forward, without any interruption or limitation
caused by succession of events.
Scripture: Psalm 90:2, Genesis 21:33
Ramification: The confidence that God has never,
nor will He ever, cease to exist; therefore his
sustaining, providential control of all things and
events is assured.
Freedom Definition: God is independent of His creatures and
Scripture: Isaiah 40:13‐14
Ramification: Being free, God is not obligated to us
in any way unless He chooses to initiate an
obligation. He does not have to do anything for us
unless He chooses to do so. Consequently we
cannot put Him in our debt.
Holiness Definition: Separation from all that is common or
unclean and positively pure and thus distinct from
Scripture: Lev 11:44; Josh 24:19; Ps 99:3,5,9; Isaiah
40:25; Hab 1:12; John 17:11; I Peter 1:15; Rev 4:8; I
Ramification: The holiness of God becomes the
standard for the believer’s life and conduct. This
should put to an end the often useless discussions
over what is permitted or not in the Christian life.
Proper conduct can be tested by the simple
question, Is it holy?
Immutability Definition: God is unchangeable and thus
Scripture: Malachi 3:6; James 1:17
Ramification: Immutability offers comfort and
assurance that God’s promises will not fail and
reminds us that God’s attitudes toward sin, for
example, do not change.
Infinity Definition: God has no bounds or limits and is not
limited by the universe or by time‐space boundaries.
Scripture: I Kings 8:27; Acts 17:24‐28
Love Definition: Love in God is seeking the highest good
and glory of his perfections. Love is seeking the
good for the object loved, often through personal
Scripture: I John 4:8
Omnipotence Definition: God is all‐powerful and able to do
anything consistent with His own good nature.
Scripture: Gen 17:1; Ex 6:3; 2 Cor 6:18; Rev 1:8; 19:6
Ramification: God’s power is seen in creation (Ps
33:9), in preserving all things (Heb 1:3), in delivering
Israel from Egypt (Ps 114). The greatest display of
His power was the resurrection of Christ from the
dead (2 Cor 13:4). For the believer, God’s power
relates to the Gospel (Rom 1:16), to his security (I
Peter 1:5), to his hope of bodily resurrection (I Cor
6:14), and to daily living (Eph 1:19).
Omnipresence Definition: God is everywhere present with His
whole being at all times.
Scripture: Psalm 139:7‐11
Ramification: No person can escape the presence of
God. This warns unbelievers and comforts believers
who, because God is omnipresent, can practice the
experience of His presence in every circumstance of
Omniscience Definition: God knows everything, things actual and
possible, effortlessly and equally well.
Scripture: Acts 15:18; Ps 147:4; Matt 11:21; Ps
Righteousness Definition: Has to do with law, morality, and justice
Scripture: Psalm 11:7; Dan 9:7; Ps 19:9; Acts 17:31
Simplicity Definition: God is not composite or compounded
being. He is not divisible or composed of parts or
Scripture: John 4:24
Ramification: The simplicity of God underscores His
self‐existence, assures us that God will never be
anything other than Spirit, and enables us to
worship in spirit.
Sovereignty Definition: Means principal, chief, supreme. It
speaks first of position, then of power.
Scripture: Acts 15:18; Eph 1:11; Ps 135: 6; Prov
16:4; Eph 1:14
Truth Definition: Agreement to that which is represented
and includes the ideas of veracity, faithfulness, and
Scripture: John 17:3; Titus 1:2; Rom 3:4; Heb 6:18
Ramification: Because God is true, He can do
nothing inconsistent with Himself. His promises can
never be broken or unfulfilled and the Bible, His
Word, must also be inerrantly true.
Unity Definition: There is one God and He is indivisible.
Scripture: Deut 6:4; Eph 4:6; I Cor 8:6; I Time 2:5
So what does this have to do with glorifying God?
I Peter 2:9
I Peter 2:12
How to glorify God
II Chronicles 16:8‐36
Text Observations from text Specific Principle
Ezekiel 39:12‐14 (concerning
destruction of God’s enemies)
John 12:27, 28
I Corinthians 6:12‐20
II Corinthians 9:8‐15
I Peter 2:12
I Peter 4:12‐19
I Chronicles 16:8‐36
Romans 4:19‐23 (talking about
2 Timothy 4:18
Compare and Contrast
So if our real purpose is to glorify God (because he’s the only one worthy of being glorified) why do we
spend so much time glorifying ourselves?
One of the Character Qualities of God How we measure up
Trying this purpose out in real life
What are some real life situations where we can try this?
1. A child who is having a temper tantrum
2. A car accident
3. A tough day at work
4. A challenging marriage
5. A cancer diagnosis
6. Dealing with someone who sinned against you