LIVE YOUR CALLING: WHAT ON EARTH AM I HERE FOR?
YOU ARE CALLED TO BELONG – Part 2
- Your first purpose in life is be loved by God.
- Your second purpose in life is to belong.
THE FIVE BENEFITS OF BELONGING.
God designed His family, the church, to meet your five deepest needs.
- In God’s family, I learn my true identity.
- In God’s temple, I’m supported by others.
The third description or metaphor that Scripture uses for the Church is that of a body.
1 Corinthians 12:27
“Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.”
We complete the body and we accomplish together what we could never do on our own.
- In Christ’s body, I discover my unique value.
“Just as there are many parts to our bodies, so it is with Christ’s body. We are all parts of it, and it takes every one of us to make it complete, for we each have different work to do. We belong to each other, and each of us needs all the others.”
- The body of Christ, the church, is made up of many parts.
God made us all different and we’re all many parts and everybody’s needed.
You cannot be what God made you to be without a church family, without being connected to Christ’s body.
1 Corinthians 12
“If your foot says, ‘I’m not a part of the body because I’m not a hand,’ that doesn’t make it any less a part of the body. And if your ear says, ‘I’m not part of the body because I’m only an ear and not an eye,’ would that make it any less a part of the body?”
“In Christ’s body we’re all connected to each other.”
The fourth description or metaphor the Bible uses for the church is a flock, like a flock of sheep.
“God made us and we are His. We are His people, the sheep of His pasture.”
“Because the Lord is my shepherd, I have everything that I need. He lets me rest in meadow grass and He leads me beside quiet streams. He gives me new strength. He helps me to do what honors Him the most. Even when I’m walking through the dark valley of death I won’t be afraid, for You are close beside me, guarding, guiding all the way. You provide delicious food for me in the presence of my enemies. You welcome me as Your guest; blessings overflow! Your goodness and unfailing kindness shall be with me all my life, and afterwards I will live with You forever in Your home.”
“I am the good shepherd. And the good shepherd lays down his life for his sheep. A hired hand runs away because he cares nothing for the sheep. But I am the good shepherd and I know my sheep and my sheep know me. I lay down my life for my sheep. They listen to my voice and they follow me and I give them eternal life and they will never perish. No one will ever be able to snatch my sheep out of my hand.”
- In God’s flock I’m protected, and I’m cared for.
You need some people who walk into your life when everybody else walks out of your life.
In the flock of God, God has created two kinds of people who will step up for you.
- The first is Pastors.
The Greek word, Poimen, means shepherd. Pastors are to shepherd the flock of God.
1 Peter 5:2
“Take care of God’s flock, His people, that you are responsible for. Watch over them because you want to, not because you’re forced to.”
“Obey your spiritual leaders and do what they say. Their work is to watch over your souls, and they know they are accountable to God.”
- The second thing God provides are Life Groups.
Fifty-eight times in the Bible the phrase “one another” is used.
“Love one another…Care for one another… Help one another…Encourage one another…Support one another…Pray for one another…Greet one another…”
“Share each other’s troubles and problems, and in this way, you obey the law of Christ.”
1 Thessalonians 5:11
“Encourage each other and give each other strength.”
Here are the questions: Who’s looking out for you? Whom are you looking out for?
The final description in the church is called a garden.
John 15:1& 5
“I am the true vine. And my Father is the gardener.”
“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from Me you can do nothing.”
- In God’s garden my life becomes productive.
“A branch cannot bear fruit if it’s severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful apart from me, Jesus says. I am the vine and you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. But apart from me you can do nothing.”
God has placed you in this garden here at ABT so that you can be spiritually productive.
If you really live the life that God made you to live:
You need power to live on
You need people to live with
You need principles to live by
You need a plan to live out and
You need a purpose to live for
“Glory belongs to God in the church and in Christ Jesus for all time and eternity.”