Life with Purpose - Part 1
Topic: Sunday Message Verse: John 10:10, Mark 10:35–10:45, 1 Corinthians 12:27, 1 Corinthians 12:18, 1 Peter 4:10
A seven-week series about entering into and experiencing more of the LIFE that only Jesus gives
John 10:10 NIV
10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
Inner Core: LIFE with Jesus
1) Glorify Jesus in everything
To glorify means to honor and to worship Jesus in everything we say and do. There is absolutely nothing in our lives that is off limits to Him. Motivated by grace and gratitude, we live to glorify Jesus every hour of our week (all 168) and every area of our lives.
2) Grow as a Jesus-follower
For Christians who have entered into LIFE with Jesus, we are called to follow Jesus as His disciples the ultimate goal of becoming more and more like Him in our everyday lives. Empowered by the Holy Spirit within us, growth happens when we learn more and obey better.
Middle Circle: LIFE with People
1) Connect with Other Christians
To experience even more of the full LIFE that Jesus has for us, we need to forge genuine, relational connections with other Christians. This is not only for our own good but also for the good of others in the church, where our LIFE with Jesus within us flows back and forth between us.
2) Invite People to Jesus
When the church is at its best, we become sign-posts (not stumbling blocks) that point people to the LIFE God created them enjoy and the LIFE Jesus made possible for them to experience. We do this when we invite people to Jesus by sharing good news, spreading good deeds, and living good lives.
Outer Ring: LIFE with Purpose
Our LIFE model shows us that we will find answers to our deep questions about purpose, just not right away. As Christians, we start at the core of our LIFE with Jesus. HE is the One who gives us our value and defines our core identity as beloved sons and daughters of our Heavenly Father. When our LIFE with Jesus is then lived out with people in relationships, both within and beyond the church, then and only then are we able to get after a purpose that really matters.
Unfortunately, far too many try to answer the question of purpose on their own, thinking that they know best how to find it. It’s an "outside-in approach" thinking that if they can only find their purpose first, then it’ll help them with people and relationships, and eventually make things right with God. And so in their search for meaning, they chase after stuff like possessions, pleasure, power, prestige, and popularity, believing that if they can somehow capture that, then they’ll find their purpose and the emptiness will be gone.
Mark 10:35-45 NIV
35 Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to him. “Teacher,” they said, “we want you to do for us whatever we ask.” 36 “What do you want me to do for you?” he asked. 37 They replied, “Let one of us sit at your right and the other at your left in your glory.” 38 “You don’t know what you are asking,” Jesus said. “Can you drink the cup I drink or be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with?” 39 “We can,” they answered.Jesus said to them, “You will drink the cup I drink and be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with, 40 but to sit at my right or left is not for me to grant. These places belong to those for whom they have been prepared.” 41 When the ten heard about this, they became indignant with James and John. 42 Jesus called them together and said, “You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. 43 Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, 44 and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. 45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
LIFE with Purpose
When we are rooted in LIFE, our true purpose is found when we live for something bigger than ourselves.
Jesus rejected all the counterfeit purposes peddled by our culture. Instead He both taught and modeled that true Kingdom greatness is found in serving others rather than being served by them.
Serve in the Church
1. Serving in a Special Place
2. Serving with Unique Gifts
God assigns. We discover. This often happens through a process of trial and error serving in different ways, along with prayer for God’s guidance and feedback from other Christians.
1 Corinthians 12:27 NIV
27 Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.
1 Corinthians 12:18 NIV
18 But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be.
1 Peter 4:10 NIV
10 Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.
The Value of Shared Ministry
We want to be the kind of church where everybody is doing something rather than some people doing everything.
Serving Partnership: The Church
OPPORTUNITIES ("try this")
AFFIRMATION ("you’re good at…")
EQUIPPING ("you can grow when…")
ENCOURAGEMENT ("way to go")
Exploring Opportunities: Get Involved
You can text “SERVE” to 989.300.0468. You’ll get a reply message that will take you to a link, which is tied to a form in our My Community database. You’ll have the opportunity to fill that out and someone on our staff will get back with you within a week. You can contact the church via email at email@example.com
Serving Partnership: You
AVAILABILITY ("I'll give it a try")
RELIABILITY ("I'll be there")
TEACHABILITY ("help me grow")
It all starts simply by saying "I'm ready."
Sermon Questions for Discussion
1. Think back to the opening message of this LIFE Series, when Pastor Dan asked the heavy questions like “Why am I here?” and “Why do I even exist in the first place?” How have your answers to these questions changed over the past six weeks?
2. Read Mark 10:42-45 together and discuss Jesus’ purpose and what He endured so that each of us could live a capital L-LIFE.
3. Why does God give us spiritual gifts to use anyway? Why not just serve on our own? Consider these verses.
> 1 Corinthians 12:27-28
> Ephesians 4:11-16
> 1 Peter 4:10-11
4. Read 1 Corinthians 12:1-11 about the Gifts of the Holy Spirit. Have you ever completed a gifts assessment or were you able to take Hopevale’s My Fit Assessment during our “Find Your Fit” Series? If ‘YES’, share your results; if not, go to hopevale.org/myfit to complete it soon.
5. When you think about serving at Hopevale, what are some roles that you have considered? Together, name all of the areas that need volunteers to make our Sunday morning Worship Services happen.
6. What is your best “next step” with Serving in the Church? Have you filled out a SERVE Card, completed a Text to SERVE, or emailed a leader from Find-a-Group? Can you think of another person to serve with (Remember LIFE with People)?
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