How can you know and fulfill your God-given purpose? That’s the big question of this powerful series on the life of Joseph that we completed this past Sunday.
See the outline and check out the video as posted below! I’ve greatly appreciated this series and what it’s done in the lives of those who have taken it in!
The Journey Through–Purpose
Genesis 45:3-8 “Then Joseph said to his brothers, ‘I am Joseph; does my father still live?’ But his brothers could not answer him, for they were dismayed in his presence.4 And Joseph said to his brothers, ‘Please come near to me.’ So they came near. Then he said: ‘I am Joseph your brother, whom you sold into Egypt. 5 But now, do not therefore be grieved or angry with yourselves because you sold me here; for God sent me before you to preserve life. 6 For these two years the famine has been in the land, and there are still five years in which there will be neither plowing nor harvesting. 7 And God sent me before you to preserve a posterity for you in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance.8 So now it was not you who sent me here, but God; and He has made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house, and a ruler throughout all the land of Egypt.’”
Big Question: How can we know and fulfill God’s purpose for our lives?
1. Believe God has a purpose for you.
Ecclesiastes 3:1 “To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven…”
2. Remember that God is in control.
Genesis 45:5 “But now, do not therefore be grieved or angry with yourselves because you sold me here; for God sent me before you to preserve life.”
Genesis 45:7 “And God sent me before you to preserve a posterity for you in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance.”
Genesis 45:8 “So now it was not you who sent me here, but God; and He has made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house, and a ruler throughout all the land of Egypt.”
Romans 8:28 “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”
Isaiah 55:10-11 “For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, and do not return there, but water the earth, and make it bring forth and bud,that it may give seed to the sower and bread to the eater, 11 So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth it shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.”
3. Discover your gifts and direction.
Romans 12:4-8 “For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, 5 so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another. 6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; 7 or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching; 8 he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.”
1. Prophet—motivates people to serve God
2. Servant—meets the needs of people on a practical basis
3. Teacher—studies and presents truths to people
4. Encourager—encourages and admonishes people
5. Giver—meets the needs of people on a financial basis
6. Organizer—leads people through organization
7. Mercy—identifies and sympathizes with people in need
4. Determine your direction and be faithful.
ACTION: How can you start heading in the direction of the destination God has for you?