If we do not know who we are, we’ll never know how we ought to live. God’s promise is true: “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” (2 Corinthians 5:17). If you have given your life to Christ, you are a new creation. What does this mean? Today we will discuss what it means to discover your purpose in Christ. Once we become followers of Jesus, our purpose is not just linked to our own life and our time on earth. We become part of a much greater purpose than our own.
(The goal is to grow in our relationship with Christ and each other. It is ok if you don’t cover every question.)
1. What did you want to be when you grew up? (Ex: fireman, nurse, astronaut, lawyer, policeman,teacher, mother). What was so attractive about that job?
2. Which of the following statements do you most closely identify with? (1) I’ve always had a clear sense of destiny and knew what I was placed here to do/be (2) I’ve been searching to find my place in the world and the reason why I’m here?
3. Have a volunteer read Jeremiah 29:11-13 - Who is speaking in these verses? Why is that significant given what is said?
4. How do you explain the promise made and the reality that believers don’t always face “smooth sailing” in life?
5. Is there someone in your life whom you could love more deeply this week so they may see God at work in you, attracting them to Him because of your example?
6. What situation in your life has caused you to worry and fret? How can you show your trust in God’s provision for you, now that you realize you matter to Him?
7. What special abilities and talents do you have that point to how “fearfully and wonderfully made” you are? Is there a way for you to use those to serve God in ways you haven’t so far?
"See, we count as blessed those who have endured. You have heard of Job’s endurance and have seen the outcome from the Lord. The Lord is very compassionate and merciful." James 5:11 CSB
The apostle Paul tells us that "My goal is to know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death," Philippians 3:10 CSB
Close your time in prayer, asking God to help your group realize His plan for each of them as unique creations. Pray that your group would be characterized by having a deep sense of purpose in spreading the gospel. Ask the Lord to instill in each group member the truth that He loves them and has a special plan for their lives.