Grow Deep - My Church Edition - Week 5

Week 5: February 17-23

My Church Edition – My Purpose

Memory Verse: “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you, and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8

Life is a journey. It has a beginning and a destination. As we travel this journey called life, there are some important questions that need to be answered. Questions like: Who am I? What am I here for? What is life all about? What am I supposed to do with this life I have been given? Who goes on this journey with me? Am I safe? Do I have what I need to survive this journey? How am I doing?

Robert Kolb, in his book Teaching God’s Children His Teaching, suggests that to be truly human as God created us to be human, we need to know three things. We need to know who we are (identity), we need to know that our lives have purpose (meaning), and we need to know that we have what is needed for the journey (security).

Kolb writes, “That we need to put our trust in someone or something outside ourselves should immediately tell us something about who and what we are—and are not. That someone or something else must give our lives foundation and framework suggests that we are not in ultimate control of our own lives. Deny that as we may, we always come back to putting our trust in someone or something, for we cannot exist without a sense of identity, a sense of security, and a sense of meaning.” (Page 38) We are thankful to God because He provides us with all three!

Our God-given purpose is to care for all of creation (Genesis 2:15) and that includes serving our neighbor. There are many ways for us to do that. As we journey through life, there is ample opportunity to see what those around us need. Our greatest need and our neighbor’s greatest need is to know Jesus Christ and the salvation He brings. We are privileged to be witnesses for Him. Acts 1:8 says, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Life is a journey. Enjoy it—in Christ!

Taking Jesus to the Streets: This week think about the relationships God has put you in on your life’s journey. How are you fulfilling your God-given purpose in each of those relationships? How can you be more intentional about helping others know their identity, meaning, and security in life? What are some ways you can point them to Christ?

Sunday, February 24
Read: Matthew 28:16-20
Jesus gives His disciples purposeful instruction in this passage of Scripture, which is called the “Great Commission.”
Reflect: What does Jesus tell us to do? What promise does Jesus give as we go about this task? What are you doing to prepare yourself for this task?

Monday, February 25

Read: 2 Timothy 4:1-5
Paul tells Timothy what he is supposed to do—his purpose as a pastor.
Reflect: What is your purpose? How can you be sure that you are doing God’s will? What truth are we to share with others?

Tuesday, February 26

Read: John 3:16-17
This passage is called “the Gospel in a nutshell.” It focuses our attention on Jesus as we consider our purpose in life.
Reflect: What is the central message of the Gospel? Why did Jesus come into the world? What are some specific ways you can share this good news with others?

Wednesday, February 27

Read: Acts 26:14-18
The conversion of St. Paul is recorded in this section of Scripture. He was saved for a purpose: to share the Gospel.
Reflect: What questions does Paul ask? Why are these important questions? What is God’s purpose for Paul? How do we share in that purpose?

Thursday, February 28

Read: 2 Corinthians 5:16-21
Paul tells the Corinthians what it means to be a new creation.
Reflect: What ministry has Christ given to us? How does this reconciliation with God happen? What is our purpose as ambassadors?

Friday, March 1

Read: Acts 13:47-49
It was God's purpose for Paul and Barnabus to take the good news of Jesus to the ends of the earth.
Reflect: What did it mean that Paul and Barnabas were to be a “light for the Gentiles”? How can you shine the light of Christ in your life for others to see?

Saturday, March 2

Read: Isaiah 52:7-10
God’s desire is that the good news of the Gospel be proclaimed to all nations.
Reflect: What does the Gospel bring to people? What has it brought to you? How can you “lift up your voice” so that others hear the good news?