The Five Purposes of God for Your Life

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More than a week ago we went to Saddleback Church to attend the Purpose Driven Church Conference 2019
there were 7 of us who went 6 from our church and another 1 from San Francisco, Norman Banayat, a member of our online church (as of last night we already have 189 members) (shot group photo)
During the conference our church was selected to receive the “healthy church award” (award photo)
It was our 2nd medallion, and I’d like to share the joy to you men and women, boys and girls of Agape
Our church could have not been as healthy without every single one of you (tell your seat mates, congrats)
We are not award oriented. Our ultimate reward awaits in heaven. These tokens are only symbols of motivation and perseverance
The next morning after we came back from the conference, I was eating dried fish from the Philippines
Until all of a sudden, I felt that there was something wrong, something was missing, as I chew the crispy dried fish it was cracking, I though it was still the dried fish that I am chewing!
I rolled my tongue around my gums and that was when I realized, I broke one of my front tooth! (photo)
I asked my wife, what shall we do? We don’t have insurance! She said, give me a minute and let me think
And then my wife said, me must go to Mexico! (photo)
After swiping my card for $2,200, I got a new set of good looking teeth… show my smile!
We came back to the US the same day and I noticed what was already obvious (photo)
What was obvious was the big difference between the US and Mexico. I don’t say this by looking at Mexico in a condescending manner.
This experience reminded me of the huge difference between my old, and now my “new life”
My old purposeless life and my new purposeful life through Christ
John 10:10 NLT
10 The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.
John 10:10 NIV
10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
Today we will start a series entitled “Life Well Lived”
Who wants live a life well lived?
It was a kinda dumb question. Of course everyone wants to live a life well lived, the better question is HOW
We can only live life well when we know it’s purpose
Illustration: Using AirPods to demonstrate the need for a manufacturer’s manual to know its purpose and proper use
Similarly, we must know our purpose in life in order to live it well
God is our creator, and the Bible is our manual
The three foundations of a life well lived are
John 10:10 NIV
10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
You have to know who God made you to be (Identity)
If you’re confused with your identity, you will waste your life
What others says about you doesn’t matter, what matters is what God says about you
You got to know what God wants you to do (purpose)
You gotta know who you are and you gotta know what God wants you to do
You gotta know when to do it (right timing)
When all these 3 aligned in your life, you have the ingredients of a successful life
Today I’d like to talk to you about the purpose of life
But to set that up, let us take a look at the life of the little known, yet the greatest king that have ever lived and that’s Hezekiah
Let me read to you some very important part of his life story
2 Kings 18:2–7 NLT
2 He was twenty-five years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem twenty-nine years. His mother was Abijah, the daughter of Zechariah. 3 He did what was pleasing in the Lord’s sight, just as his ancestor David had done. 4 He removed the pagan shrines, smashed the sacred pillars, and cut down the Asherah poles. He broke up the bronze serpent that Moses had made, because the people of Israel had been offering sacrifices to it. The bronze serpent was called Nehushtan. 5 Hezekiah trusted in the Lord, the God of Israel. There was no one like him among all the kings of Judah, either before or after his time. 6 He remained faithful to the Lord in everything, and he carefully obeyed all the commands the Lord had given Moses. 7 So the Lord was with him, and Hezekiah was successful in everything he did. He revolted against the king of Assyria and refused to pay him tribute.
He was successful in everything he did
Wow! can you imagine that? How would like to be as successful as Hezekiah?
I was not that successful, you were not that successful, but Hezekiah was, why?
Because he did what God wants him to do
He knew who he was, he know his purpose and he know the right timing
Now if you want to be successful in everything that you do, I want you to study this man’s life, Hezekiah
Of course Hezekiah grow old and in fact he had terminal illness and Isaiah told us about it and how Hezekiah made an argument with God to extend his life
Isaiah 38:1–5 MSG
1 At that time, Hezekiah got sick. He was about to die. The prophet Isaiah son of Amoz visited him and said, “God says, ‘Prepare your affairs and your family. This is it: You’re going to die. You’re not going to get well.’ ” 2 Hezekiah turned away from Isaiah and, facing the wall, prayed to God: 3 God, please, I beg you: Remember how I’ve lived my life. I’ve lived faithfully in your presence, lived out of a heart that was totally yours. You’ve seen how I’ve lived, the good that I have done.” And Hezekiah wept as he prayed—painful tears. 4 Then God told Isaiah, 5 “Go and speak with Hezekiah. Give him this Message from me, God, the God of your ancestor David: ‘I’ve heard your prayer. I have seen your tears. Here’s what I’ll do: I’ll add fifteen years to your life.
Ain’t that amazing? Hezekiah is already bound for heaven but he asked God to give him some more time so he could do more ministry here in on earth
God agreed with Hezekiah and gave him 15 more years
Not only the donation of his life was increase, but even the duration of his life
Now let me ask you some questions:
If God is gonna ask you why He should give you an extra 15 years of life, what would you say?
If God will review the past 15 years of your life, would He be eager to give you 15 more?
Are you willing to use the rest of your life the way God planned for you to use it?
If you’re answer is no, then why would God give you another day to waste? But if you’re answer is yes, then better listen carefully to the remainder of this sermon so you could be certain to learn God’s 5 purposes for your life
God gave Hezekiah 15 more because he did well living God’s purpose for his life in the past 15
Now let me show a related verse in the New Testament
Ephesians 5:15–17 NLT
15 So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise. 16 Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days. 17 Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do.
Ephesians 5:15–17 MSG
15 So watch your step. Use your head. 16 Make the most of every chance you get. These are desperate times! 17 Don’t live carelessly, unthinkingly. Make sure you understand what the Master wants.
Reading this verse makes me want to ask myself 5 questions and I also want you to ask you these questions:
Ephesians 5:
Are you being careful with your life?
Are you living wisely?
Are you making the most of your time?
Are you taking every opportunity to do good?
Are you making sure that you know what God wants you to do with your life?
Those important things, all 5 things are important
And then Paul said this to Timothy
2 Timothy 2:21 NLT
21 If you keep yourself pure, you will be a special utensil for honorable use. Your life will be clean, and you will be ready for the Master to use you for every good work.
2 Timothy 2:21 The Living Bible
21 If you stay away from sin you will be like one of these dishes made of purest gold—the very best in the house—so that Christ himself can use you for his highest purposes.
Now if you stay clean and away fro sin, God is gonna use you for His highest purpose
In different ways in different passages, God tells us about these purposes

The Five Purposes of Life


God wants to be the center
God wants to be the hub of your heart
Matthew 22:37–38 The Living Bible
37 Jesus replied, “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind.’
Matthew 22:


God wants a family, and the family He is talking about is the church - the only thing that’s gonna last forever
Find a local church so I could learn
God uses the church as lab for learning to love
It’s easy to love lovely people .. like you!
But He wants you to learn to love those who are difficult to love
Hebrews 10:25 The Living Bible
25 Let us not neglect our church meetings, as some people do, but encourage and warn each other, especially now that the day of his coming back again is drawing near.
Department of mental health of California made a study that when a person isolates himself, here are the possible consequences:
You are 3 times more likely to die an early death
4 times more likely to suffer emotional burnout
5 times more likely to be clinically depressed
10 tines to be more likely to be hospitalized for an emotional or mental disorder
So if you’re not still in a small group here in Agape Church… join one, or start one
You owe it to your emotional and mental health
Longing for belonging
It’s not enough to make God the center of your life
God gave us a model on elements of fellowship
Acts 2:41 The Living Bible
41 And those who believed Peter were baptized—about three thousand in all!
, 46
“Those who believed… were baptized and added to the church… they joined with other believers and committed themselves to the apostles teaching and fellowship… they worshipped together regularly at the temple… and met in small groups in homes..”
Maybe you need to be baptized and join Agape
Apostles teachings is the New Testament
You need to be a part of a fellowship
You need to join a small group or start one


God wants me to become like Jesus Christ
God doesn’t want me to remain as a spiritual baby
God wants me to grow up
He wants you to grow in God’s famly
Developing character
Thinking like Jesus, feeling like Jesus
Hebrews 6:1 The Living Bible
1 Let us stop going over the same old ground again and again, always teaching those first lessons about Christ. Let us go on instead to other things and become mature in our understanding, as strong Christians ought to be. Surely we don’t need to speak further about the foolishness of trying to be saved by being good, or about the necessity of faith in God;
Disciple is just an old word for student, it means a learner
God wants you to be a life long learner just like a disciple
Some grow old but did not grow up
They are saved but they are shallow
They got stuck in perpetual immaturity
If your kids that didn’t grew up, that’s a tragedy
Hebrews 5:12 The Living Bible
12 You have been Christians a long time now, and you ought to be teaching others, but instead you have dropped back to the place where you need someone to teach you all over again the very first principles in God’s Word. You are like babies who can drink only milk, not old enough for solid food. And when a person is still living on milk it shows he isn’t very far along in the Christian life, and doesn’t know much about the difference between right and wrong. He is still a baby Christian!
One of the marks of maturity is that you were able to pass on to others what you have learned about life
God doesn’t give the gift of teaching to everybody
But God expects all of us to teach at some point in our life.. to teach one on one, teach in a small group…
One of the goal of Agape is to help you grow so you can teach others
We have several ways to do this.. we have class 101-401, we have Sunday School, Trainings and Seminars
As much as we are concerned with our physical fitness, we must also come up with a plan for our spiritual fitness
Set your goals.. which area you hope to mature


God wants you to learn to be unselfish
If you’re just gonna live for yourself, why would God give you another second to live
God wants you to learn to be generous, to serve others
1 Peter 4:10 The Living Bible
10 God has given each of you some special abilities; be sure to use them to help each other, passing on to others God’s many kinds of blessings.
It didn’t say be sure to use them to make a lot of money
Anytime you help anybody in anyway you just ministered to them
Anytime you give back your talent or treasure that is called your ministry
Did you know that in the Bible the word of for service and ministry are the same word
We serve God by serving others
This again are in preparation for heaven
Turn to somebody and say, “you are a minister”
We weren’t made to do nothing
Jesus said, if you want to be great then you must serve
We should ask ourselves the same question that David asked himself
Psalm 116:12 MSG
12 What can I give back to God for the blessings he’s poured out on me?
Psalm 116:12 The Living Bible
12 But now what can I offer Jehovah for all he has done for me?
Everybody wants significance
Significance doesn’t come from status, it doesn’t come from salary, it doesn’t come from success.. .
Significance comes from service
Jesus said, it is only when you give your life away that you’ll ever know what it means to live
Where am serving as a volunteer
What is your ministry in your spiritual family here in Agape Church?


Somebody told you about, He wants you to tell others
There are only two things that you cannot do in heaven
Share the good news - to witness
Which of these two you think God has leave you here on earth to do?
We have been sent to tell others
TV show Judge Judy, Hot Bench
The attorney is to present all the facts, that’s not your job, your job is to witness
A witness is just to share their experience that is called your testimony
Your testimony is your witness.. you witness everywhere
You don’t even have to know the whole Bible to be a witness
Your testimony is your witness
TV show Judge Judy, Hot Bench
We witness through our lives and through our words
You do it audio and video
You must be an audio visual christian
Think of one person that doesn’t know Jesus
Start for praying for him, invite him to church, to small group
Ask God to give you an opportunity to share your testimony
If you will not do that, then why would give you another second here on earth if you’re not going to live your God given purpose?
Now here is a good news, you don’t have to do all these 5 purpose by yourself, we will all help you
Agape will help you...


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