This past Sunday we continued our SERIES "Body Building?" This entire series we are looking at how we can "pump up" and grow as a church body (family)." You can listen to the podcast or download it at http://wyandottefamily.libsyn.com/
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For Part 5 we talked about "Pumping up our Purpose." The slogan this past Sunday was "Know God and make Him known."
Why were we created? Why were we placed on this planet? Why in this generation? These are great questions to wrestle with? I love what Rick Warren says in his book, "The Purpose Driven Life." Here is an exert from his book and from Doug Fields Sermon, "Welcome to the Planet."...
In order to move ahead you’ve got to determine in your heart and in your mind if in fact there is a God. Not everyone believes there is a God. You probably don’t have to talk to too many people at to figure that out. There is a famous quote from atheist Bertrand Russell.
QUOTE—Unless you assume a God, the question of life’s purpose is meaningless.”
In reality you have two options. One option is to believe that there is no God. That you are here by accident. That millions and millions and millions of years ago something happened, some cosmic collision in a void darkness and in that collision humanity began to develop and grow. We are here by chance.
Or you may believe something different. Maybe you believe there is a God. That there is a creator, a designer behind this incredible thing we call earth. Within this view there are several options you can go. One is a very popular belief called deism. They believe that there is a God who created the thing. God got the whole earth spinning and then He took off. He’s impersonal and distant and doesn’t want to have anything to do with you.
There is another view that the Bible teaches. And that view is this, that God created earth and in His creation He has a design and purpose and as part of His creation He has a design and purpose for you and me.
Let’s all go down these two tracks together.
>First, if there’s no God, then there’s no reason to discuss the meaning of life. If there’s no God, is there any reason that you would spend an hour out of your week to come to church? What a waste of time if there is no God. If there is no God then there should be no morality. There should be no values. There should be nothing to enhance the way we live our life. If there is no God then when you and I die that’s all there is.
>For the second track, let’s assume and imagine there is a God. If there is a God and God created the earth, that there is a designer, there is a creator, there is somebody “Imaginerring” this whole thing called earth, and then there must be a purpose to His creation. If God created the earth and there must be a purpose to His creation therefore there’s purpose in my life. God has a purpose for or lives.
If there is purpose in my life I must either pursue it…think about it. If there is purpose in my life than I must pursue that purpose and try to get my arms around that purpose and think about it, embrace it and live it out. Or I must ignore it. Really those are my two options. I either pursue God’s purposes for my life or ignore them.
The next few blogs we are going to be looking at this love letter and discovering God’s purposes for our lives. Then you’ve got to decide, do I but into it and live it or do I ignore it? One of the key verses I want to throw out at you this week is
Ephesians 2:10—We are God’s workmanship and we were CREATED in Christ Jesus to do good things which God prepared in advance for us to do.
Let’s really think about that verse for a sec. We are God’s workmanship—you and me—which He created in Christ Jesus to do good works—so therefore there’s meaning behind why He created us—to do something good—which He prepared in advance for us to do—meaning He had purpose in your life and my life before we were created.
Being His workmanship means that God as our designer has a strong interest in what He’s created. God is the designer of your life and my life. We look around and other people might not care about you. You might even look in the mirror and not care that much about yourself. You may have been unfortunate to grow up in a family that hasn’t shown you a lot of love. But let me tell you this about God’s character, He loves you as His creation. The Bible says you are His workmanship.
The next few blogs we will talk about the 2 main purposes of our lives to Know God and make Him Known.