Session 1 Purpose Over Popularity
Find a conversation starter for your group.
- Have you ever been called a people-pleaser? Why or why not?
- Jock, nerd, rocker, gangsta, gamer, cheerleader—which high school stereotype had you pegged?
- Pastor said, “Living for the approval of people keeps you from the purposes of God.” Why do you think that is?
24 It was by faith that Moses, when he grew up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. 25 He chose to share the oppression of God’s people instead of enjoying the fleeting pleasures of sin. 26 He thought it was better to suffer for the sake of Christ than to own the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking ahead to his great reward.
- Compare Moses’ story with cultural norms and modern success stories.
1 Sanballat, Tobiah, Geshem the Arab, and the rest of our enemies found out that I had finished rebuilding the wall and that no gaps remained—though we had not yet set up the doors in the gates. 2 So Sanballat and Geshem sent a message asking me to meet them at one of the villages in the plain of Ono. But I realized they were plotting to harm me, 3 so I replied by sending this message to them: “I am engaged in a great work, so I can’t come. Why should I stop working to come and meet with you?”
- To what distraction do you need to say, “I’m doing a great work; I can’t come down.” What great work are you doing?
- What parts of your life are painful right now? What purpose is the pain affecting? How can that purpose push you through it?
- In what ways have you valued pleasing others over pleasing God? What one thing could you do to shift the greater value to God?
- Was there any point in the message or our conversation where you felt God speaking to you? What was it?
What’s Your Next Step
- There is power in purpose—especially God’s purpose. Is your attention focused on the passion and plans he has for your life? If not your Next Step is to ask God to give you the passion for the plans he has for your life and making pleasing him the main goal of your life. Start doing. Commit to a step, and live it out this week.
- Your Next Step gain clarity on accomplishing His purpose in your life. Take a moment to fill in the blanks.
My main purpose is _____________________________.
My main distraction is ___________________________.
My greatest pain is _____________________________.
To choose purpose, I will ________________________.