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
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: ‘IamJoseph
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 faminehas beenin the land, andthere arestill five years in whichthere 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 nowit wasnot youwhosent 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 everythingthere isa 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 nowit wasnot youwhosent 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.”
we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those
who are the called according toHispurpose.”
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 prosperin the
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,beingmany, 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 prophesyin proportion to our faith;7 or
ministry,let us use itinourministering; 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.”
people to serve God
needs of people on a practical basis
and presents truths to people
and admonishes people
needs of people on a financial basis
people through organization
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?