Last week Joel continued our “Journey to Joy” series by sharing about a focus on Purpose. If you missed the first message you can watch below or at one of the rebroadcasts.

The passage that Joel focused primarily on was Philippians 1:12-21.  Take a few minutes to read through this passage and answer the questions below.

Questions to Ponder:

  1. Have you ever been put in a place you didn’t want to be? How did you respond?
  2. Why does Paul believe he was put in prison?  What was his attitude towards that?
  3. What does it mean in verse 21 when Paul says, “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.”?

Paul had joy…even in prison.  Why? Because he knew God’s purpose for his life: he was to share the gospel with others. Which meant even those people in jail.  So, he knew that every place he was, he had the responsibility to share Christ.

In the same way, we were created with a purpose.  It may be a different vocation than Paul.  But, we can have the same attitude as Paul and see ourselves as “missionaries” to people around us.

Colossians 1:16 (ESV) says, “For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him.”

We all have a purpose and a calling in our lives.  Regardless of what it is, we can use that to share about Christ because everything was created through Him and for Him.

How can you use God’s calling and purpose for your life as a way to share about Him in every and all situations you are in, like Paul? Join the conversation and share below.

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