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Purpose by Mind Map: Purpose
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Purpose

Inductive Review verses Ask questions Use analogies Application: Tie everything back to what has God given you that you can use for him today?

Assumptions

God Created Us

We've sinned

Jesus Died for our sins

We can enter God's presence after death if we accept the gift of Salvation from Jesus

The Bible is the inspired, inerrant word of God.

I choose to believe everything until something is proven wrong

What are God’s specific plans for you?

Plans for Good

Jeremiah 29:11, 11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future., “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” King James Version (KJV)

Ephesians 1:11, 11 In him we were also chosen,[a] having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will,

Proverbs 3:5-6, 5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

Specific order, Trust, Lean not, Acknowledge, Then HE directs our path

What is the Purpose of life?

Glorify God

Isaiah 43:7, “Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him.” - KJV

1 Corinthians 10:31, “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.” King James Version (KJV)

Be Fruitful and Multiply, Genesis 1:28, “And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.” King James Version (KJV)

Go forth and spread the good news, Mark 16:15, “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” King James Version (KJV)

Develop personal relationship with God, Matthew 22:37-38, Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.

Love they neighbor as thyself, Matthew 22:39, And the second [is] like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

How do you find your purpose?

Proverbs 22:6

Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.

What do these verses say to you about your talents and gifts?

Everyone has something creative to give to God

Romans 12:4-8, 4 For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, 5 so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. 6 We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your[a] faith; 7 if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; 8 if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead,[b] do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.

1 Corinthians 12:14-24, 14 Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many. 15 Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? 18 But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. 19 If they were all one part, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many parts, but one body. 21 The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” 22 On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23 and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, 24 while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it,

Isaiah 49:1, Listen to me, you islands; hear this, you distant nations: Before I was born the Lord called me; from my mother’s womb he has spoken my name.

Jeremiah 1:5, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew[a] you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”

Galatians 1:15, 15 But when God, who set me apart from my mother’s womb and called me by his grace, was pleased

What do these verses tell you about how to use your talents and gifts?

Service to the many leads to greatness

Matthew 25:14-30, 14 “Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his wealth to them. 15 To one he gave five bags of gold, to another two bags, and to another one bag,[a] each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey. 16 The man who had received five bags of gold went at once and put his money to work and gained five bags more. 17 So also, the one with two bags of gold gained two more. 18 But the man who had received one bag went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money. 19 “After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them. 20 The man who had received five bags of gold brought the other five. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with five bags of gold. See, I have gained five more.’ 21 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’ 22 “The man with two bags of gold also came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with two bags of gold; see, I have gained two more.’ 23 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’ 24 “Then the man who had received one bag of gold came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. 25 So I was afraid and went out and hid your gold in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.’ 26 “His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? 27 Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest. 28 “‘So take the bag of gold from him and give it to the one who has ten bags. 29 For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. 30 And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

Isaiah 58:10-11, 10 and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday. 11 The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.

Luke 6:38, 38 Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

Philippians 2:3-4, 3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

Matthew 22:35-40, 35 One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: 36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” 37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’[a] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b] 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

What is required to be on purpose?

Autonomy, Mastery and Character

Direct ones own life, get better, contribute to something bigger than ourselves

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rrkrvAUbU9Y

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6XAPnuFjJc

Alignment of Body, Mind and Spirit (heart, mind and will)

Great achievements/contributions only happen when all three pieces of us are aligned

Potential, Passion, Profits

HedgeHog Principle, What are you good at?, What do you like to do?, What gives you a sense of purpose?, How do you monetize that passion?

Takeaway

The Purpose of life is to glorify God and we each have unique talents(gifts) that we can contribute today to serve others.

Service of many leads to greatness

Isaiah 43:7

Romans 12:4-8, Matthew 22:35-40

Definition of Purpose

Noun

The reason for which something is done or created or for which something exists.

Verb

Have as one's intention or objective: "God has allowed suffering, even purposed it".

Extras

What does Jesus identify as our purpose as Christians?

Acts 26:15-18

Matthew 28:19-20

The importance of prioritizing Purpose

YOUR PURPOSE MUST COME BEFORE YOUR RELATIONSHIP Every man knows that his highest purpose in life cannot be reduced to any particular relationship. If a man prioritizes his relationship over his highest purpose, he weakens himself, disserves the universe, and cheats his woman of an authentic man who can offer her full, undivided presence. Admit to yourself that if you had to choose one or the other, the perfect intimate relationship or achieving your highest purpose in life, you would choose to succeed at your purpose. Just this self-knowledge often relieves much pressure a man feels to prioritize his relationship when, in fact, it is not his highest priority. Your mission is your priority. Unless you know your mission and have aligned your life to it, your core will feel empty. Your presence in the world will be weakened, as will your presence with your intimate partner. The next time you notice yourself "giving in" to your woman, postponing your mission and denying your true purpose in order to spend time with her, stop. Tell your woman that you love her, but you cannot deny your heart's purpose. Tell her that you will spend 30 minutes (or some specific time) with her in absolute attention and total presence, but then you must return to carry on your mission. Your woman will be more fulfilled with 30 minutes a day of undivided attention and ravishing love than she will with a few hours of your weak and divided presence when your heart really isn't into it. Time you spend with your woman should be time you really want to be with her more than anything else. If you'd rather be doing something else, she'll feel it. Both of you will be dissatisfied.

Quotes:

Happy people have two things in common. They know exactly what they want and they feel they're moving toward getting it. That's what makes life feel good: when it has direction, when you are heading straight for what you love. Barbara Sher

The purpose of life is to discover your gift. The meaning of life is to give your gift away. David Viscott

If you don't know where you are going, you will probably end up somewhere else. Laurence J. Peter

Purpose is the place where your deep gladness meets the world's needs. Frederick Buechner

“Everyone has his own specific vocation or mission in life… Therein he cannot be re­placed, nor can his life be repeated. Thus, everyone’s task is as unique as is his specific opportunity to implement it.” – Viktor Frankl

“Your work is to discover your work and then, with all your heart, to give yourself to it.” – Buddha

“One person with a belief is equal to a force of 99 who have only interests.” – John Stuart Mill

“Nothing is likely to help a person overcome or endure troubles than the consciousness of having a task in life.” ~ Viktor Frankl

“Here is the test to find whether your mission on earth is finished. If you’re alive, it isn’t.” ~ Richard Bach

“Feel what you want to give most as a gift, to your woman and to the world, and do what you can to give it today. Every moment waited is a moment wasted, and each wasted moment degrades your clarity of purpose.” —David Deida, from The Way of the Superior Man

Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction. John F. Kennedy

Goal:

The purpose of The Monday Knights’ “Resolutions for Life” Bible study is to explore 13 Biblical principles to their extremes with the aim of applying them to our daily lives and with the utmost goal of glorifying God.

Our belief is that the Bible is not a rule book for how to get into heaven. Instead it is a How-To-Guide for how to live a fulfilling life of purpose. The aim is to draw out our faith in God by showing how his word already includes the timeless principles that give us a "plum line" or foundation on which to base all decisions.