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Popularity vs Purpose (Cornerstone)

Nov 12, 2017 - Rev Paul Rasmussen

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Discussion Questions

  1. Think about the people in your life. Whose approval matters the most to you?
  2. How might living for their approval be keeping you from the purpose of God in your life?
  3. If you had to write a one sentence statement of purpose for your life, what would it be? Is it attached to a job? A relationship? Or is it deeper and unchanging, regardless of your career?

What would you be willing to trade in order to have purpose in your life?

Purpose is important. You know that in your gut.

Knowing your purpose diminishes distraction.

It helps you push through the pain.

It empowers you to please God.

Do you know your purpose?

All too often, we let popularity pull us off the pursuit of purpose. Instead of chasing after what we were made for, we hustle for the approval of others. We look to our left and our right, silently asking, “Am I enough? Do you like me?” instead of looking up at God, who says, “I love you. You are mine.” 

When you live for the approval of others – living in the love of God – you miss God’s purpose for your life. 

How would your life be different if you were so dialed into the love of God that the approval of others didn’t matter that much?

Next time you feel caught between the two, ask yourself this:

“Am I now trying to win the approval of men, or of God? Or am I trying to please men?” Galatians 1:10

It’s a simple gut check that could make a big difference. Try it. Set a reminder on your phone. Post a sticky-note on your mirror. See what happens.

Tune into this week’s message to get honest about your purpose – and to shake off the pull of popularity in your own life.  

Dig Deeper

During your First 15, read Psalm 139. Then set apart a chunk of time for prayer and reflection. Grab a pen and a journal. Open your hands and look at them. Ask the Lord, “Why did you make me?” What do you hear? You might consider practicing this exercise each day until you reach a point of clarity.

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Bitterness For Forgiveness

2017 / Rev. Stephen Lohoefer


Popularity vs Purpose (Sanctuary)

2017 / Rev Paul Rasmussen


Trading Up (Cornerstone)

2017 / Rev Matt Tuggle