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)

Fulfilling God’s Purpose

Lesson 7 - October 15, 2017

Focus Text: Genesis 11:31-12:9

Central Truth: God’s divine purpose is fulfilled by man’s obedience to God’s will.

Objective: By the end of this lesson my students should be able to identify blessings that result from obedience to God.

Lesson Outline:

  1. God's Call (Genesis 11:31-12:1)
  2. God's Covenant (Genesis 12:2-3)
  3. Abram's Obedience (Genesis 12:4-9)

God’s Unchanging Purpose

Lesson 9 - January 29, 2017

Focus Text:  Romans 9:6-24

Central Truth:  God has purposed to save all who trust Him by faith.

Objective:  By the end of this lesson my students should be able to explain how God's election displays His sovereignty.

Lesson Outline:

  1. Election and the Promise of God (Romans 9:6-13)
  2. Election and the Character of God (Romans 9:14-18)
  3. Election and the Responsibility of God (Romans 9:19-24)

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.