Week 1: Who God Says You Are
Today’s truth: I am full of purpose.
It’s true. YOU were created full of purpose. The only problem is, culture tells us a lot of ideas to find our purpose that sound incredible, but actually, lead to dead ends and unfulfilled lives. Gabe Lyons, co-author of Good Faith and founder of Q Ideas, combines research and the Bible to explain where our true purpose comes from and how it can radically change your life for the better!
Gabe says, “One of the things we found in research is 9 out of 10 Americans… feel like they can find their purpose by just pursuing the things that can bring them pleasure… that’s so antithetical to the Christian faith. And the discouraging thing was to realize that 76% of practicing Christians believe that same idea. So it was a bit of a crisis to go, “Wow, we’ve really bought into this kind of Western idea that our purpose, our identity comes from just pursuing the things that we desire most…”
For Christians, I think, part of understanding our purpose is… how has He gifted me uniquely to contribute to His purposes in this place? It’s not really about me. It’s not about me just doing the things I enjoy. He’s given me desires of my heart. I know He wants me to enjoy those, but only if they really align with His purposes. And we can’t get those things mixed up.
So, I think we as Christians can find deeper identity by understanding God’s purpose in the world, His mission in the world, and then figuring out how has He made me, designed me, positioned me, and placed me, so that I can be a part of what He’s up to. I think then we find the deepest purpose.”
In week 1 of the World’s Biggest Small Group: Identity, we’re exploring and solidifying the truths about who God says we are. Here’s a verse to think on this week as we learn:
You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body
and knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!
Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.
15 You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion,
as I was woven together in the dark of the womb.
16 You saw me before I was born.
Every day of my life was recorded in your book.
Every moment was laid out
before a single day had passed.
17 How precious are your thoughts about me, O God.
They cannot be numbered!
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