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GP 12: A Purposed Life

Like George, You Have Been Shown Your Life’s Purpose!

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George Bailey is about to give up when God intervenes and sends a messenger to help him. The messenger awakens George to the purpose of his life, which is to help others. George responds to what the messenger reveals to him by accepting a renewed life from God. Immediately George sets out to share his new life with others! Starting with his very own family and friends.

When we are reconciled to God through Christ we are given a new life. 2 Corinthians 5:17.[1] This is God’s plan all along for any who will accept that they are lost in sin and in need of a savior. When we accept that Christ alone can save us and we turn to him for forgiveness he completely forgives us. Only God is powerful enough to do this.

In Psalms 103:12[2], how far does it say God removes our sins from us? “As far as the _____________ is from the ____________, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.”

Our purpose as people reconciled to God in Christ is to share this good news with others. God teaches us his plan for how to use Christians and the body of Christ, the church, to continue to reconcile people to himself.

God’s Plan For Our Lives

In the beginning God created mankind. Genesis 1:26-28.[3] God created a place for them to take care of and they were not ashamed.[4] God walked in this place with the people he created, a garden.[5]

Very quickly we see that God’s first humans, just like us, lost their relationship with God because they sinned against him by disobeying him.[6] But God was not done with us. He chose to bless us with a covenant of forgiveness and reconciliation.

Reconciliation with God Begins with a Covenant

God chose Abram to bless all mankind. Genesis 12:1-3[7] says, “And __________ ___________ on earth will be blessed through you.”

This promise was ultimately fulfilled in a descendant of Abraham. Acts 2:21, 36[8] says, “And everyone who calls on the _____________ of the _________ will be saved.’” ” “Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this _____________, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah.”

The Church is The New Israel

The New Israel

The early disciples were taught to regard themselves as the new and true Israel of God, not because they were Jews, but because they were chosen and had responded.

Read Galatians 3:25-29[9] According to the scripture, who are the beneficiaries of the promise made to Abraham?_____________________________[10] What is the promise?_________________[11]

In Galatians 6:16[12] Paul referred to the disciples as the ___________ of God.

According to 1Peter 2:9[13] What are our responsibilities as the new Israel of God?________________________________

The Mission of the Church

The mission of the Church is to reconcile the world to God. God reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation. 2 Corinthians 5:18-21[14] says, “All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of ___________________. That God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of _________________.”

What action will I take reconcile the world to God? ________________[15] According to 2 Corinthians 5:20[14], what is my role as an ambassador? _________________[16]

We are called by God and reconciled by the blood of Jesus. Jesus has commissioned us to share the good news of reconciliation. Matthew 28:19 says, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”

God’s Resources to reach the lost

God helps us reach the lost through three main resources. His Word, his Spirit, and those he has reconciled to himself through the forgiveness of sins in Christ, his Holy people.

Hebrews 4:12-13[17] says, God’s Holy Word is “____________ and active.”

John 14:26[18] says, “But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will ____________ you all things and will ___________ you of everything I have said to you.”

In Mark 16:15-16[19] we learn that God’s Holy people are to, “Go into all the world and ______________ to all creation.”

As a fellowship of believers we are expected to carry out the mission of the Church. We are given an example of how we are to do this in Acts 2:42-47.[20] “They _____________ themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to _______________, to the breaking of bread and to ______________. 43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. 46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.”

A Practical Way to Reach People For Christ

Each One Reach One. Commit to reach out to just one person at a time. Once you have reached someone for Christ invite them to do the same. Imagine if just every six months one person was reached by one other person. Look what could happen at the end of five years. Look at 15 years!

1 + 1 = 2 At the end of 6 months
2 X 2 = 4 At the end of 1 year
4 X 4 = 16 At the end of 2 years
16 + 16 X 2 = 64 At the end of 3 years (the 16 has doubled twice)
Using this strategy more than a thousand people could be reached in 5 years. At the end of 15 ½ years more than two million people could be reached for Christ!

Do Something!

List one valuable insight you have gained from each of these sections.

Reviewing God’s Plan for Me_______________________

Reconciliation with God Begins with a Covenant______________

The Church – The New Israel______________________

My spiritual goal based on this lesson is:__________________

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  1. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come:[a] The old has gone, the new is here!”
  2. “as far as the east is from the west,
    so far has he removed our transgressions from us.”
  3. “26 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals,[a] and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”

    27 So God created mankind in his own image,
    in the image of God he created them;
    male and female he created them.

    28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”

  4. “Adam and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame.”
  5. “Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the LORD God among the trees of the garden.”
  6. “1 Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”
    2 The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, 3 but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’”

    4 “You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. 5 “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

    6 When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. 7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.

    8 Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the LORD God among the trees of the garden. 9 But the LORD God called to the man, “Where are you?”

    10 He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.”

    11 And he said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?”

    12 The man said, “The woman you put here with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.”

    13 Then the LORD God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?”

    The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”

    14 So the LORD God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this,

    “Cursed are you above all livestock
    and all wild animals!
    You will crawl on your belly
    and you will eat dust
    all the days of your life.
    15 And I will put enmity
    between you and the woman,
    and between your offspring[a] and hers;
    he will crush[b] your head,
    and you will strike his heel.”

    16 To the woman he said,

    “I will make your pains in childbearing very severe;
    with painful labor you will give birth to children.
    Your desire will be for your husband,
    and he will rule over you.”

    17 To Adam he said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate fruit from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat from it,’

    “Cursed is the ground because of you;
    through painful toil you will eat food from it
    all the days of your life.
    18 It will produce thorns and thistles for you,
    and you will eat the plants of the field.
    19 By the sweat of your brow
    you will eat your food
    until you return to the ground,
    since from it you were taken;
    for dust you are
    and to dust you will return.”

    20 Adam[c] named his wife Eve,[d] because she would become the mother of all the living.

    21 The LORD God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them. 22 And the LORD God said, “The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever.” 23 So the LORD God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken. 24 After he drove the man out, he placed on the east side[e] of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life.”

  7. “1 The LORD had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.

    2 “I will make you into a great nation,
    and I will bless you;
    I will make your name great,
    and you will be a blessing.[a]
    3 I will bless those who bless you,
    and whoever curses you I will curse;
    and all peoples on earth
    will be blessed through you.”

  8. “21 And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. 36 “Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah.”
  9. “25 Now that this faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian.

    26 So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, 27 for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.”

  10. All who receive and believe Jesus Christ is Lord.
  11. Eternal life.
  12. “Peace and mercy to all who follow this rule—to the Israel of God.”
  13. “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”
  14. “18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation:

    19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. 21 God made him who had no sin to be sin[b] for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”

  15. I am to become an “ambassador for Christ.”
  16. Like George, You Have Been Shown Your Life’s Purpose!

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    George Bailey is about to give up when God intervenes and sends a messenger to help him. The messenger awakens George to the purpose of his life, which is to help others. George responds to what the messenger reveals to him by accepting a renewed life from God. Immediately George sets out to share his new life with others! Starting with his very own family and friends.

    When we are reconciled to God through Christ we are given a new life. 2 Corinthians 5:17.[1] This is God’s plan all along for any who will accept that they are lost in sin and in need of a savior. When we accept that Christ alone can save us and we turn to him for forgiveness he completely forgives us. Only God is powerful enough to do this.

    In Psalms 103:12[2], how far does it say God removes our sins from us? “As far as the _____________ is from the ____________, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.”

    Our purpose as people reconciled to God in Christ is to share this good news with others. God teaches us his plan for how to use Christians and the body of Christ, the church, to continue to reconcile people to himself.

    God’s Plan For Our Lives

    In the beginning God created mankind. Genesis 1:26-28.[3] God created a place for them to take care of and they were not ashamed.[4] God walked in this place with the people he created, a garden.[5]

    Very quickly we see that God’s first humans, just like us, lost their relationship with God because they sinned against him by disobeying him.[6] But God was not done with us. He chose to bless us with a covenant of forgiveness and reconciliation.

    Reconciliation with God Begins with a Covenant

    God chose Abram to bless all mankind. Genesis 12:1-3[7] says, “And __________ ___________ on earth will be blessed through you.”

    This promise was ultimately fulfilled in a descendant of Abraham. Acts 2:21, 36[8] says, “And everyone who calls on the _____________ of the _________ will be saved.’” ” “Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this _____________, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah.”

    The Church is The New Israel

    The New Israel

    The early disciples were taught to regard themselves as the new and true Israel of God, not because they were Jews, but because they were chosen and had responded.

    Read Galatians 3:25-29[9] According to the scripture, who are the beneficiaries of the promise made to Abraham?_____________________________[10] What is the promise?_________________[11]

    In Galatians 6:16[12] Paul referred to the disciples as the ___________ of God.

    According to 1Peter 2:9[13] What are our responsibilities as the new Israel of God?________________________________

    The Mission of the Church

    The mission of the Church is to reconcile the world to God. God reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation. 2 Corinthians 5:18-21[14] says, “All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of ___________________. That God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of _________________.”

    What action will I take reconcile the world to God? ________________[15] According to 2 Corinthians 5:20[14], what is my role as an ambassador? _________________{{16}}

    We are called by God and reconciled by the blood of Jesus. Jesus has commissioned us to share the good news of reconciliation. Matthew 28:19 says, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”

    God’s Resources to reach the lost

    God helps us reach the lost through three main resources. His Word, his Spirit, and those he has reconciled to himself through the forgiveness of sins in Christ, his Holy people.

    Hebrews 4:12-13{{17}} says, God’s Holy Word is “____________ and active.”

    John 14:26{{18}} says, “But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will ____________ you all things and will ___________ you of everything I have said to you.”

    In Mark 16:15-16{{19}} we learn that God’s Holy people are to, “Go into all the world and ______________ to all creation.”

    As a fellowship of believers we are expected to carry out the mission of the Church. We are given an example of how we are to do this in Acts 2:42-47.{{20}} “They _____________ themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to _______________, to the breaking of bread and to ______________. 43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. 46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.”

    A Practical Way to Reach People For Christ

    Each One Reach One. Commit to reach out to just one person at a time. Once you have reached someone for Christ invite them to do the same. Imagine if just every six months one person was reached by one other person. Look what could happen at the end of five years. Look at 15 years!

    1 + 1 = 2 At the end of 6 months
    2 X 2 = 4 At the end of 1 year
    4 X 4 = 16 At the end of 2 years
    16 + 16 X 2 = 64 At the end of 3 years (the 16 has doubled twice)
    Using this strategy more than a thousand people could be reached in 5 years. At the end of 15 ½ years more than two million people could be reached for Christ!

    Do Something!

    List one valuable insight you have gained from each of these sections.

    Reviewing God’s Plan for Me_______________________

    Reconciliation with God Begins with a Covenant______________

    The Church – The New Israel______________________

    My spiritual goal based on this lesson is:__________________

    [[16]]We are to make the appeal for people to be reconciled to God in Christ.[[16]]

    [[17]]”12 For the word of God is alive and active.

    Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. 13 Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.”[[17]]

    [[18]]” But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.”[[18]]

    [[19]]”15 He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. 16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.”[[19]]

    [[20]]” 42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.

    43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. 46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.”

  17. We are to make the appeal for people to be reconciled to God in Christ.
  18. “12 For the word of God is alive and active.

    Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. 13 Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.”

  19. ” But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.”
  20. “15 He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. 16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.”
  21. ” 42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.

    43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. 46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.”

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