Summary: God has a plan for your life. Do you know what it is?
Our Purpose For Being
peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light:”
It is important for any group to know and understand their “purpose for being”. For example, the Boy Scouts of America (to help young boys become useful and productive citizens); the Historical Society (to locate and preserve buildings and/or objects, etc. which were an important part of our history); as well as others.
This is especially true of the Church of Jesus Christ. Our relationship with God, our Heavenly Father, should produce within each of us an awareness of who and what He wants us to be under the headship of Jesus Christ and the leadership of the Holy Spirit. The Church must be more than a social club; more than an entertainment center. And the Holy Scriptures are quite plain in revealing to us what our “purpose for being” is.
God instituted the Church and left it on the Earth for one purpose, which can be divided into three aspects; Exalting the Savior, Edifying the Saints, and Evangelizing the Sinners. (Note text - “..ye are....that ye should...”).
I. Exalting The Savior.
A. The Scripture.
B. The Sense.
1. Exalt - (Webster) - “To elevate or lift up with joy, pride, or confidence; To praise highly.”
2. We must always exalt Christ to the Throne of our heart, making Him and His will top priority. Christ is to have first place in our lives (Matt. 6:33). How can we do this?
C. The Strategy.
1. By praise-
b. In Song.
c. With Music.
2. By Good Works.
3. By Fruit Bearing.
4. By Spiritual Unity.
5. By Entire Consecration.
1 Cor. 6:20 - “For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.”
6. Our Commitment.