What On Earth Am I Here For? – Week 1
September 7-8, 2013
Rom. 8:28 “We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him....who have been called according to His purpose.”
Rom. 8:30 “Those God predestined, he also called; and those he called, he also justified; and those he justified, he also glorified.”
KALEO = used over 100 times in NT to describe
God’s purpose...assignment... reason... for your life
used 10x more than PURPOSE! (Jesus calling!)
Latin: VOCATION- weakened to “career”
Eph. 1:18-19 “ My prayer is that light will flood your hearts and that you will understand the hope that was given to you when God CALLED YOU. Then you will discover the glorious blessings that will be yours together with all of God's people!
8 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR LIFE’S CALLING
1. MY CALLING IS A _________________ FROM GOD!
I don’t earn it... deserve it ... work for it.
It is graciously given to me by God. It’s a present.
Gal. 1:6 “God, by his grace through Christ, has called you to become his people.” WHAT IS GRACE? Undeserved kindness
2 Tim. 1:9 “He has saved us and called us to a holy life –
not because of anything we’ve done but because of his own purpose and grace.” -
2. I’M CALLED FOR GOD’S _____________________!
God didn’t make you for you! He made you for himself!
It’s for HIS plan and purpose, not your plan
Rom. 9:11 “Before the two boys were born, God told Rebekah, ‘The older will serve the younger.’ This was before the boys had done anything - good or bad. God said this so that the one chosen would be chosen because of God's own plan. He was chosen because he was the one God wanted to call, not because of anything he did.”
Eph. 2:10 “ For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
“workmanship” =poem, masterpiece, God doesn’t make junk!
3. GOD CHOSE MY CALLING BEFORE I WAS _________!
GAL. 1:15 “It pleased God in his kindness to choose me and call me. even before I was born! What undeserved mercy!“
Jer.1:5 ‘Before I shaped you in the womb, I knew all about you. Before you saw the light of day, had holy plans for you.”
This Week’s memory verse
Isaiah 44:2 “I am your Creator. You were in my care even before you were born!”
o I’m not an accident! “I am your Creator”
If you think your life is an accident – you’ll live like it.
o I’m deeply loved! “You were in my care”
o God planned my life before I was born!
4. MY SINS & _____________ DON’T CHANGE MY CALL!
1 Tim. 1:12-13 “By calling me into his service, Jesus has judged me trustworthy, even though I used to be a blasphemer and a persecutor and contemptuous. Mercy, however, was shown me, because while I lacked faith, I acted in ignorance.”
5. MY CALLING IS _________________.
Rom. 11:29 “God's gifts and his calling are irrevocable.”
(NLT) “God's gifts and his call can never be withdrawn.”
6. MY CALLING IS ____________________ TO OTHERS
You can’t fulfill it by yourself!. Calling & Community go together.
ROM. 14:7 “None of us lives to himself alone and none of us dies to himself alone!”
Eph. 4:4 “We are all one Body, we have the same Spirit, and we have all been called to the same glorious future hope.”
Heb. 3:1 “Brothers and sisters, you are holy partners in a heavenly calling.” (GW)
7. GOD _________________ WHAT HE CALLS ME TO DO!
Eph. 4:1“I urge you to live the life to which God Called you” Next 6 wks - We’ll L.E.A.R.N. how to LIVE it!
Listen to God’s Word every day!
Enlist friends who challenge me!
Ask questions and accept correction!
Remember & Reinforce what I learn
Now DO it!
Heb. 5:12 “This time you ought to be teaching others!”
2 Th. 1:11 “That is why we always pray for you, asking our God to help you live the kind of life he CALLED you to live. We pray that with his power God will help you do the good things you want, and perform the works that come from your faith.”
You can count on God to give you the strength you need:
1 Th. 5:24 “The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it”
8. THERE’S A ___________ FOR LIVING OUT MY CALLING
And it will last forever.
Ph. 3:14 “ I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”
What is the prize? SHARING GOD’S GLORY FOREVER!
1 Th. 2:12 “Live the kind of life that pleases God, who calls you to share in his own Kingdom and glory.”
FACT: GOD IS CALLING YOU. Will you answer his call?
My prayer for you- next 6 wks:
EPH. 1:17-18 (Screen) “I ask God ...to make you intelligent and discerning in knowing him personally.., so that you can see exactly what it is he is calling you to do, and grasp the immensity of this glorious way of life he has for Christians.” (Mes)