Living without purpose is not really living at all. When you find new life in Christ, you can then find a new purpose—an investment of your life that makes sense and brings glory to God. If someone asked, “What is your purpose in life?” how would you respond? Those of us connected to Jesus can have a ready and meaningful answer to that question. The specific answers may vary slightly. But nothing should stop us from living life on purpose.

Discussion Questions

Let’s start with a big question: What is your purpose in life? How did you arrive at that purpose?

Atheist, Bertrand Russell said, “Unless you assume a God, the question of life’s purpose is meaningless.” Why does the question of life’s purpose presuppose the existence of God?

Describe your life prior to your faith in Jesus. What does it mean for the unbeliever to be “without hope and without God in the world”? (see Ephesians 2:12) How does faith in Jesus give you a new purpose?

Notice the priority of a singular focus toward God in the following verses: Matthew 6:33, Philippians 3:8, 13, John 8:29, 2 Corinthians 5:9. How does your purpose include the necessity of a life ordered around the person of Jesus Christ? In what practical ways is that priority demonstrated?

It’s clear that God will ultimately accomplish His purposes on earth. Read Job 42:2 and Proverbs 19:21. How do you think your purpose and God’s purpose work in tandem? True or false: God’s purposes will be accomplished with or without you.

In his book, Renovation of the Heart, Dallas Willard describes the importance of “abandoning outcomes” to God. How might knowing you can’t control outcomes relieve pressure in your life? What is God asking you to do instead of trying to control outcomes? (see 1 Corinthians 4:2)

Further Reading

A New Heaven and A New Earth

God makes all things new. He is about taking the brokenness brought on by sin and offering a new reality. God’s plans for a believer’s eternity are staggering in immensity and joy. We will exist forever on a new earth—a reality more alive than our present existence....

New Habits

Habits can have a profound impact on our lives in both good and bad ways. And often, we’re unaware of how much we do in our lives simply by force of habit. We’ll discuss how modern behavioral science is catching up to what the church has known for thousands of years...

A New Song

Songs are powerful things. The combine melody and harmony. They express both truth and emotion. They can fill us with joy and hope or with lament and sorrow. Through the beauty of song we worship, we celebrate, and we mourn. In the Psalms, the worship songs of the...

New Creation

It’s easy for us to become consumed with what happens to us and around us. We spend so much time and energy on managing our circumstances that we begin to think those circumstances define us. After thinking this way for a while, we eventually believe that those old...

New Command

Whenever we head into a new normal, there is usually an old normal we have to contend with first. We transition into a new normal when an old normal no longer works or the new normal is significantly better. This week, we'll discuss a new command Jesus gives his...