REFLECTIONS ON BOOK: “What On Earth Am I Here For?” DAY # 1

Favorite Quotes from the DAY # 1 of the book: “What On Earth Am I Here For?”

What on earth

  • IT’S NOT ABOUT YOU
  • You were born by his purpose for His purpose
  • You were make by God and for God – and until you understand that, life will never make sense.
  • The easiest way to discover your purpose in life: ASK GOD.
  • Without God live makes no sense.

Let me encourage you to go to: http://purposedriven.com/day1/

BELOW ARE MY NOTES FROM THE SERMON YOU WILL FIND AT THAT WEBSITE:

DAY # 1

• PDL is a spiritual pathway to: discovery, develop & fulfill God’s purpose for your life

• 3 basic questions in life:

question of existence –  why am I alive?

question of intention – what is my purpose?

question of significance – does my life matter?

WHAT WILL YOU DO WITH THE REST OF YOUR LIFE?

Preparing for What on Earth Am I Here For? Rick Warren

“Hezekiah was twenty-five years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem twenty-nine years… He did what was pleasing in the Lord’s sight… Hezekiah trusted in the Lord… There was never another king like him in the land of Judah, either before or after his time. He remained faithful to the Lord in everything, and he carefully obeyed all the commands the Lord had given Moses. So the Lord was with him, and Hezekiah was successful in everything he did.”2 Kings 18:2-7 (NLT)

“(Later) Hezekiah got sick. He was about to die. The prophet Isaiah said ‘Prepare your affairs and your family. This is it: You’re going to die. You’re not going to get well.’ Hezekiah turned away from Isaiah and, facing the wall, prayed to God: ‘God, please, I beg You: Remember how I’ve lived my life. I’ve lived faithfully in Your presence, lived out of a heart that was totally Yours. You’ve seen how I’ve lived, the good that I have done.’ … Then God said, ‘I’ve heard your prayer. I have seen your tears. Here’s what I’ll do: I’ll add fifteen years to your life.'” Isaiah 38:1-5 (Message]

  • To center your life on God, means to make him the nucleus. The hub of your heart.
  • Your past is your past – focus on what God has for your future
  • If God asked you to give him the reasons why He should let you live 15 more years what would you say?
  • If God reviewed your last 15 years, do you think it has been substantial enough to earn you another 15 years?
  • Are you willing to use the rest of your life for God’s purposes?

1. GOD WANTS ME TO CENTER [WORSHIP] MY LIFE AROUND HIM.

Love the Lord your God with all your heart …and soul and mind. This is the first and greatest commandment.” Mt. 22:37-38

“A sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.” Phil. 4:7 (Message)

2.  GOD WANTS ME TO CONNECT [FELLOWSHIP] WITH BELIEVERS.

  • the Bible calls this WORSHIP
  • A lot of people want God as a part of their life, but God wants to be the center of your life.
  • You were made by God and for God and until you understand that – life is not going to make a lot of sense

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart …and soul and mind. This is the first and greatest commandment.” Mt. 22:37-38

  • The most important thing you can do in your life is: LOVE GOD
  • How do you know that God is the center of your life? You stop worrying

“A sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.” Phil. 4:7 (Message]

  • So if God would give you 15 more years, would you use it it center your life on God?
  • What do you want your life to be centered around?
  • Centering your life around God is called worship

“Let us not give up the habit of meeting together… instead let us encourage one another.”Heb. 10:25 (GN)

  •  You need relationships, God made you to love and to be loved.
  • Everyone needs to belong. Life is not a solo act.

“Those who believed… were baptized and added to the churchThey joined with the other believers and committed themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship… They worshiped together regularly at the Temple… and met in small groups in homes …”Acts 2:41-42, 46 (NLT/LB)

  1. Believe
  2. Be baptized
  3. Join a church family
  4. Commit to regular worship
  5. Connect to a small group fellowship

Which of these is my next step? (Pick One)

3.  GOD WANTS ME TO CULIVATE [DISCIPLESHIP] SPIRITUAL MATURITY.

“Let us go on… and become mature in our understanding, as strong Christians ought to be.”Heb. 6:1 (LB)

“By now you should be teachers. Instead, you still need someone to teach you…!”Heb. 5:12 (GW)

  • How do you grow up?

learn His word

trusting His wisdom

obeying His instructions

loving His children

worshiping his character

by developing the character of Christ

  •  One of the ways we grow is through problems; when problems come are way don’t ask WHY, instead ask WHAT – WHAT do you want me to teach me Lord?
  • Every problem will either make you better or make you bitter

4.  GOD WANTS ME TO CONTRIBUTE [MINISTRY] SOMETHING BACK.

“God has given each of you some special abilities; be sure to use them to help each other.”1 Peter 4:10 (LB)

  •  1st line of the book Purpose Driven Life: “It’s not about you.”

“What can I give back to God for the blessings He’s poured out on me?” Ps. 116:12 (Message)

  • What can I give back to God?
  • Significance comes from service
  • You have a message, a mission and a ministry in this world!

5.  GOD WANTS ME TO COMMUNICATE [MISSION] HIS LOVE.

  • The Bible calls this OUTREACH [Life Mission]

“Through Christ, God has made peace between us and Himself, and He gave us the work of telling everyone about the peace we can have with Him… So we have been sent to speak for Christ!”2 Cor. 5:18, 20 (NCV)

  •  Who are you going to tell?
  • How are you going to tell them? – by your words and by your life (example)

 WHAT WILL YOU DO WITH THE REST OF YOUR LIFE?

The things written in read we will continue doing in heaven

  • CENTER ON GOD – Worship
  • CONNECT WITH BELIEVERS – Fellowship
  • CULTIVATE SPIRITUAL MATURITY – Discipleship
  • CONTRIBUTE – Ministry
  • COMMUNICATE – Mission

WHAT WILL YOU DO WITH THE REST OF YOUR LIFE?

TO CENTER YOUR LIFE AROUND GOD: (Worship)

  • Read/Re-read Purpose Driven Life during the next 40 days

TO CONNECT WITH OTHER BELIEVERS: (Fellowship)

  • Join a 40 Days of Purpose Small Group

TO CULTIVATE SPIRITUAL MATURITY: (Discipleship)

  • Watch the 40 Days of Purpose videos in your small group

TO MAKE A CONTRIBUTION WITH YOUR LIFE: (Service)

  • Sign up to HOST a new small group for six weeks – Contact Pastor Joe [joesaubert@mac.com]

H ave a friendly heart
O pen your home to a small group of friends
S erve them something to drink
T urn on the DVD or Video tape of Pastor Rick!

TO COMMUNICATE GOD’S LOVE TO OTHERS: (Mission)

Invite 5 friends to participate in the What on Earth Am I Here For small group study.

 THINKING ABOUT MY PURPOSE

 POINT TO PONDER:  It’s not about me.

VERSE TO REMEMBER: “Everything got started in him and finds its purpose in him.” COLOSSIANS 1:16B (MSG)

QUESTION TO CONSIDER: In spite of all the advertising around me, how can I remind myself that life is really about living for God, not myself?

  • Pray more – time spent with God
  • Praise more – remembering to be thankful
  • Practice more – “Living Large” – Worship, Fellowship, Discipleship, Ministry
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