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Discovering Your Purpose

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Discovering Your Purpose

  1. 1. Discovering Your Purpose Exploring Why You Are Here Dr. Ken Boa and Bill Ibsen © Dr. Kenneth Boa & Bill Ibsen 2005. All Rights Reserved.
  2. 2. Life’s Ultimate Questions
  3. 3. Life’s Ultimate QuestionsWhere did I come from? (Origin)
  4. 4. Life’s Ultimate QuestionsWhere did I come from? (Origin)Where am I going? (Destiny)
  5. 5. Life’s Ultimate QuestionsWhere did I come from? (Origin)Where am I going? (Destiny)Why am I here? (Purpose)
  6. 6. 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?
  7. 7. 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?”
  8. 8. Aspects of the Christian Life
  9. 9. Aspects of the Christian Life Knowing
  10. 10. Aspects of the Christian Life Being Knowing
  11. 11. Aspects of the Christian Life Being Knowing Doing
  12. 12. Overview
  13. 13. Overview* The Need for Purpose (Being)
  14. 14. Overview* The Need for Purpose (Being)* Biblical Principles of Purpose (Knowing)
  15. 15. Overview* The Need for Purpose (Being)* Biblical Principles of Purpose (Knowing)* Your Unique Purpose (Doing)
  16. 16. The Need for Purpose
  17. 17. What is Purpose?
  18. 18. What is Purpose?“Define life backwards- and live it forwards”- Soren Kierkegaard
  19. 19. What is Purpose?“Define life backwards- and live it forwards”- Soren Kierkegaard
  20. 20. Why Discover Your Purpose?
  21. 21. Why Discover Your Purpose?God calls all believers to a purposeful, risk-filledjourney
  22. 22. Why Discover Your Purpose?God calls all believers to a purposeful, risk-filledjourneyMoves you toward higher purposes
  23. 23. Why Discover Your Purpose?God calls all believers to a purposeful, risk-filledjourneyMoves you toward higher purposesMoves you toward the eternal
  24. 24. 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
  25. 25. 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
  26. 26. Aspects of Purpose
  27. 27. Aspects of PurposeYou cannot fully know or express the fulnessof God’s calling on your life
  28. 28. 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
  29. 29. 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
  30. 30. Results of Having No Biblical Purpose
  31. 31. Results of Having No Biblical PurposeActivities and objectives become ends inthemselves
  32. 32. Results of Having No Biblical PurposeActivities and objectives become ends inthemselvesPursuit of security, significance, andsatisfaction is the main motivator
  33. 33. 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
  34. 34. Results of Having No Biblical Purpose
  35. 35. Results of Having No Biblical PurposeThe world will definemy purpose for me
  36. 36. Results of Having No Biblical PurposeThe world will definemy purpose for meThe grind of lifeleads to hopelessnessand despair
  37. 37. Results of Having No Biblical PurposeThe world will definemy purpose for meThe grind of lifeleads to hopelessnessand despairLife can become anexercise in futility
  38. 38. Occasion for Despair, or Opportunity for Hope?
  39. 39. Occasion for Despair, or Opportunity for Hope? Aspirations
  40. 40. Occasion for Despair, or Opportunity for Hope? Aspirations Accomplishments
  41. 41. Occasion for Despair, or Opportunity for Hope? Aspirations Capacities Accomplishments
  42. 42. Occasion for Despair, or Opportunity for Hope? Aspirations Capacities Accomplishments Contributions
  43. 43. Tyranny of the Urgent
  44. 44. Four Ways We Find Purpose
  45. 45. Four Ways We Find Purpose Emulation (vicarious purpose)
  46. 46. Four Ways We Find Purpose Emulation (vicarious purpose) Association (adopted purpose)
  47. 47. Four Ways We Find Purpose Emulation (vicarious purpose) Association (adopted purpose) Deduction (postmortem purpose)
  48. 48. Four Ways We Find Purpose Emulation (vicarious purpose) Association (adopted purpose) Deduction (postmortem purpose) Personalization (individual purpose)
  49. 49. Activities, Objectives & Purpose
  50. 50. Activities, Objectives & PurposeRoute Most People Take
  51. 51. Activities, Objectives & Purpose ActivitiesRoute Most People Take
  52. 52. Activities, Objectives & Purpose Objectives ActivitiesRoute Most People Take
  53. 53. Activities, Objectives & Purpose Purpose Objectives ActivitiesRoute Most People Take
  54. 54. Activities, Objectives & Purpose PurposeBottom Objectives -Up Activities Route Most People Take
  55. 55. Activities, Objectives & Purpose PurposeBottom Objectives -Up Activities Route Most People Take Best Route
  56. 56. Activities, Objectives & Purpose Purpose PurposeBottom Objectives -Up Activities Route Most People Take Best Route
  57. 57. Activities, Objectives & Purpose Purpose Purpose ObjectivesBottom Objectives -Up Activities Route Most People Take Best Route
  58. 58. Activities, Objectives & Purpose Purpose Purpose ObjectivesBottom Objectives -Up Activities Activities Route Most People Take Best Route
  59. 59. Activities, Objectives & Purpose Purpose Purpose ObjectivesBottom Top- Objectives -Up Down Activities Activities Route Most People Take Best Route
  60. 60. Biblical Principles of Purpose
  61. 61. Expressions of God’s Purpose
  62. 62. Expressions of God’s Purpose Ultimate
  63. 63. Expressions of God’s Purpose Universal Ultimate
  64. 64. Expressions of God’s Purpose Unique Universal Ultimate
  65. 65. Ultimate Purpose
  66. 66. Ultimate Purpose Unrevealed mysteries
  67. 67. Ultimate Purpose Unrevealed mysteries Glory of God
  68. 68. Ultimate Purpose Unrevealed mysteries Glory of God Pleasure of God
  69. 69. Universal Purpose
  70. 70. Universal PurposeTo know God (Jer. 9:23-24)
  71. 71. Universal PurposeTo know God (Jer. 9:23-24)To become Christlike (Rom. 8:29)
  72. 72. Universal PurposeTo know God (Jer. 9:23-24)To become Christlike (Rom. 8:29)To understand the program of God (Ps. 103:7)
  73. 73. 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)
  74. 74. Jesus’ Sense of Purpose Jesus, The Last Judgement, by Michelangelo
  75. 75. 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
  76. 76. 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
  77. 77. Jesus’ Sense of Purpose
  78. 78. Jesus’ Sense of Purpose“I have glorified You on the earth,having accomplished the workwhich You have given Me to do”John 17:4
  79. 79. 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
  80. 80. 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
  81. 81. Paul’s Sense of Purpose
  82. 82. 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
  83. 83. 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
  84. 84. Paul’s Sense of Purpose
  85. 85. 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
  86. 86. 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
  87. 87. 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
  88. 88. Focus and Passion
  89. 89. 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
  90. 90. 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
  91. 91. Pyramidof Purpose
  92. 92. Pyramidof Purpose Ultimate
  93. 93. Pyramidof Purpose Universal Ultimate
  94. 94. Pyramidof Purpose Unique Universal Ultimate
  95. 95. Pyramidof Purpose Long-term Objectives Unique Universal Ultimate
  96. 96. Pyramidof Purpose Short-term Objectives Long-term Objectives Unique Universal Ultimate
  97. 97. Pyramidof Purpose Daily Tasks Short-term Objectives Long-term Objectives Unique Universal Ultimate
  98. 98. Your Unique Purpose
  99. 99. Where to Find Your Purpose
  100. 100. 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
  101. 101. Purpose: Universal and Unique
  102. 102. Purpose: Universal and Unique Universal:
  103. 103. Purpose: Universal and Unique Universal: Knowing God experientially (spiritual growth)
  104. 104. Purpose: Universal and Unique Universal: Knowing God experientially (spiritual growth) Making God known (spiritual reproduction)
  105. 105. Purpose: Universal and Unique Universal: Knowing God experientially (spiritual growth) Making God known (spiritual reproduction) Unique:
  106. 106. Purpose: Universal and Unique Universal: Knowing God experientially (spiritual growth) Making God known (spiritual reproduction) Unique: What is my calling?
  107. 107. Purpose: Universal and Unique Universal: Knowing God experientially (spiritual growth) Making God known (spiritual reproduction) Unique: What is my calling? What is my gifting?
  108. 108. 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?
  109. 109. God’s Ultimate Purposes (Rom. 11:36)
  110. 110. God’s Universal Purposes (Mt. 22:37-39; 28:18-20) God’s Ultimate Purposes (Rom. 11:36)
  111. 111. 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)
  112. 112. 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)
  113. 113. 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)
  114. 114. 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)
  115. 115. Components of Unique Purpose
  116. 116. Components of Unique Purpose Gifting
  117. 117. Components of Unique Purpose Gifting Skills
  118. 118. Components of Unique Purpose Gifting Skills Temperament
  119. 119. Components of Unique Purpose Gifting Skills Temperament Heritage/History
  120. 120. Components of Unique Purpose Gifting Skills Temperament Heritage/History Environment
  121. 121. Components of Unique Purpose Gifting Skills Temperament Heritage/History Environment Status
  122. 122. Components of Unique Purpose Gifting Skills Temperament Heritage/History Environment Status Roles
  123. 123. Unique Purpose Statement
  124. 124. Unique Purpose Statement Global Purposes
  125. 125. Unique Purpose Statement Global Purposes Goals
  126. 126. Unique Purpose Statement Global Purposes Goals Objectives
  127. 127. Unique Purpose Statement Global Purposes Goals Objectives Role Purposes
  128. 128. Unique Purpose Statement Global Purposes Goals Objectives Role Purposes Goals
  129. 129. Unique Purpose Statement Global Purposes Goals Objectives Role Purposes Goals Objectives
  130. 130. Global Purposes: Example Statement
  131. 131. 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
  132. 132. 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
  133. 133. 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
  134. 134. Role Purposes: Example Statement
  135. 135. 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
  136. 136. 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
  137. 137. 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
  138. 138. Role Purposes: Example Statement
  139. 139. 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
  140. 140. 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
  141. 141. Evidence of Purpose
  142. 142. Evidence of PurposeBearing fruit
  143. 143. Evidence of PurposeBearing fruitSharing God’s heart for people
  144. 144. Evidence of PurposeBearing fruitSharing God’s heart for peopleContentment
  145. 145. Evidence of PurposeBearing fruitSharing God’s heart for peopleContentmentDependence upon God
  146. 146. Principles to Remember inDiscovering Your Unique Purpose
  147. 147. Principles to Remember inDiscovering Your Unique Purpose Purpose links the eternal with the temporal
  148. 148. Principles to Remember inDiscovering Your Unique Purpose Purpose links the eternal with the temporal Remember: Roles change every five years or so
  149. 149. Principles to Remember inDiscovering Your Unique Purpose Purpose links the eternal with the temporal Remember: Roles change every five years or so Spiritual warfare
  150. 150. 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
  151. 151. The End
  152. 152. Reflections Ministries Resources
  153. 153. Reflections Ministries ResourcesReflections - A free monthly teachingletter
  154. 154. Reflections Ministries ResourcesReflections - A free monthly teachingletterReflectionsMinistries.org website - Daily Growthemail and free text and audio resources
  155. 155. KENBOA.ORG KenBoa.org ken_boa Kenneth Boa

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