The Purpose Driven Life (Days 31-35)

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The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren

Day 31: Understanding your shape

  • Last 3:
    • Exploring your abilities
      • Every ability can be used for God’s glory
      • They can also be used to sin, which is why we need to focus on God’s Word
      • Examine what you’re good at and what you’re not good at
    • Using your personality
      • Again, we are all uniquely made
      • Will affect how and where we use our spiritual gifts and abilities
    • Employing your experiences
      • 6 kinds:
        • Family – what did you learn growing up?
        • Educational – what were your favorite subjects?
        • Vocational – what jobs have you been most effective in and enjoyed the most?
        • Spiritual – what have been your most meaningful times with God?
        • Ministry – how have you served God in the past?
        • Painful – what problems, hurts, thorns and trials have you learned from?
          • This is the one that God uses the most
          • God intentionally allows you to go through painful experiences to minister to others
  • Ending:
    • Nobody else can be
    • 1 Peter 4:10
    • What God given ability or personal experience can I offer to my church?

Day 32: Using what God gave you

  • Confirm your spiritual gifts and natural abilities with others
  • See what comes naturally to you in different areas of service
  • Consider your heart and personality – what do you really like doing most?
  • Examine your experiences
  • Accept and enjoy your shape – 2 reasons why you should never compare to someone else
    • You’ll always find someone who seems to be doing better than you and you’ll get discouraged
    • You’ll find someone not doing as well and you’ll be filled with pride
  • Ending:
    • God deserves my best
    • 2 Timothy 2:15
    • How can I make the best use of what God has given me?

Day 33: How real servants act

  • Characteristics of being a real servant:
    • Make yourself available to serve – do what’s needed when it’s needed
    • Pay attention to needs
    • Do your best with what you have
    • Do every task with equal dedication
    • Faithful to your ministry – commit to serve and follow through
    • Maintain a low profile – humility
  • Ending:
    • I serve God by serving others
    • Matt 10:42
    • Which of the characteristics of being a real servant is the most challenging to me?

Day 34: Thinking like a servant

  • Real servants serve God with a mindset of attitudes
    • Think more about others than themselves – again, not thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less
    • Think like stewards, not owners – it’s all God’s, we are just managing it for him
    • Think about their work, not what others are doing – trust God and keep serving
    • Base their identities in Christ – this will free you from the expectations of others
    • Think of ministry as an opportunity not an obligation – we’ve been saved only by grace, serve as such
  • Ending:
    • To be a servant, I must think like a servant
    • Phil. 2:5
    • Am I more concerned about being served or finding ways to serve others?

Day 35: God’s power in weakness

  • Follow the model of Paul
    • Admit your weaknesses
    • Be content with your weaknesses – Paul gives several reasons why:
      • They cause us to depend on God – the less I have, the more I depend on God
      • Prevent arrogance – major weaknesses are often attached to a major strength
      • Encourages fellowship between believers
    • Honestly share your weaknesses – relieves stress, diffuses fears and is the first step to freedom
    • Glory in your weaknesses – causes us to lean on God in all circumstances
  • Ending:
    • God works best amid weakness
    • 2 Chor 12:9a
    • Am I limiting God’s power in my life by trying to hide my weaknesses? What do I need to be honest about in order to help others?
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