The Bible: Understanding the Best-Selling Book of All Time
Part 5 – What Does the Bible Say About Me and My Purpose?
We believe the message of the Bible has the power to change lives today.
So what does the Bible say about me and my purpose?
- You are created in the image of God (Genesis 1: 26-27).
We are created in the image of God. This is often referred to as “Imago Dei”. This is Latin for the “Image of God”. The word “image” and the word “likeness” in Hebrew refer to something that is similar but not identical to the thing it represents. Sin might have caused this image to be distorted, but not lost. Nothing else in all creation has this distinction of Imago Dei.
Application: When we understand this about ourselves then we know we are valuable to God. When we understand this about others we treat every person with dignity and value because they where created in the image of God.
- You have sinned against God (Ephesians 2: 1-3)
This is not just something that applies to some people, but this is something that applies to all people. Throughout the Bible it says that we have all sinned. See also: 1 Timothy 1: 15, Romans 3: 9, Romans 3: 23
-If you have ever lied…
-If you have ever wanted what someone else has…
-If you have ever stolen…
You have sinned.
But there is hope!
- You can be saved through Jesus (Ephesians 2: 4-7)
“But because of his great love for us, God”—What a great statement! When we were dead in our sin at that point God changed everything because of His love for us. His great love did three things…made us alive with Christ, raised us up with Christ, and seated us with Him in the heavenly realm.
Romans 5: 8, “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners; Christ died for us.”
-When you lied to the people you love…
-When you destroyed relationships…
-When you had given up on life…
-When you were at your worst…
Christ died for you!
And In His love He didn’t ask you to go clean up, but only to come as you are. Because…
- Salvation is a gift (Ephesians 2: 8-9)
“You have been saved by Grace, through faith”—You have sinned against God and can only be saved through a gift from God. This is not something that you can earn, deserve, or buy. It is a gift. You just receive it. If you have never acknowledged your sin, turned from your sin, and placed your faith in Jesus, today you can. Turn the CAN be saved to HAVE been saved by placing your faith in Jesus and taking your faith public through baptism.
John 3: 16, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son.”
“Not by works so that no one can boast”—No one can say I can work really hard and I will deserve it, I will repay God for it, and if I work long enough, hard enough then I will be able to deserve.
-You can be a really good person, but it doesn’t save you.
-You can have a family that really loves Jesus, but it doesn’t save you.
-You can serve each week, but it doesn’t save you.
-You can give generously, but it doesn’t save you.
You can do really good things, but they don’t save you.
Romans 6: 23, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ.”
- You have a purpose given by God (Ephesians 2: 10)
When you give your life to Christ you are God’s handiwork created in Christ for a purpose.
In life there are three options when it comes to purpose:
We can live out the purpose of the world.
We can say there is no purpose.
We can live for God’s purpose in our lives.
Salvation is not achieved by good works, but it is supposed to result in good works.
What are those good works? The tension is when we start talking about purpose people start thinking about profession. What is God’s purpose for our lives regardless of our current profession?
Know Him (2 Peter 3: 9)
Love Him and others (Matthew 22: 37-38)
Be transformed by Him (2 Timothy 3: 16-17)
Serve Him (1 Peter 4: 10)
Share Him with others (Acts 1: 8)
You have a purpose given by God—Are we spending our lives glorifying God and living out his purposes for our lives?