What is the Purpose of Life?

Lesson 3 - March 18, 2018

Focus Text: Ecclesiastes 3:1, 9-22; 12:13-14

Central Truth: Our purpose in life is to glorify God.

Objective: By the end of this lesson my students should be able to identify way we can glorify God with our lives.

Lesson Outline:

  1. The Order of Life (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8)
  2. The Gifts of Life (Ecclesiastes 3:9-13)
  3. The Judgment of Life (Ecclesiastes 3:14-22)
  4. The Duty of Life (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14)

New Life in Christ

Lesson 10 - May 8, 2016

Focus Text: John 15:1-17

Central Truth: We live spiritually through the life Christ gives us.

Objective: By the end of this lesson my students should be able to name two evidences of the abundant life in Christ.

Lesson Outline:

  1. The Vine and the Branches (John 15:1-6)
  2. The Lord and His Followers (John 15:7-11)
  3. The Believer and Fruit Bearing (John 15:12-17)

The Giver of Life

Lesson 12 - February 21, 2016

Focus Text: John 11:31-44

Central Truth: Jesus is our source of life.

Objective: By the end of this lesson my students should be able to state ways the understanding that Jesus is the giver of life changes our search for purpose and fulfillment.

Lesson Outline:

  1. Great Need (John 11:1-19)
  2. Great Perplexity (John 11:20-37)
  3. Great Victory (John 11:38-44)

What does a life without purpose look like?

In the comments on John 21: in "Biblical Perspective" Dr. Gayle Woods gives us answers to this question:

Often when we are at a loss to know what to do, we revert to what is most familiar. This was the case with the disciples. The natural leader of the group stated what he was going to do. The others who felt the need for close companionship with those who had faced the same experiences for the past three years stated that they wanted to go along for the trip. These men were professional fishermen and knew the best time and the best places to go to fish. Their hearts were not in their pastime, however, and they continued to work throughout the night without catching any fish. They were tired, frustrated men without a purpose.

Discussion: Why were these men without purpose?

Source: Miracles of Jesus: Adult Teacher's Insights, page 41.