Purpose (PM)


A.  When Ruth gleaned in the field of Boaz, he ordered his servants to drop some barley on purpose for her to gather (Ruth 2:14–17).

B.  When Jacob blessed the two sons of Joseph, he intentionally bestowed the greater blessing on the younger (Genesis 48:8–20).

C.  We need to live our lives with a sense of purpose.


I.  We need to worship with a sense of purpose.

A.  We should sing as if we want to (Ephesians 5:18–20).

B.  When we partake of the Lord’s Supper, we should recall its true purpose––to show the Lord’s death (1 Corinthians 11:20–30).

C.  We must give with the proper purpose (2 Corinthians 9:7).

D.  We should also pray with purpose (1 Corinthians 14:15).

II.  We need to live every aspect of our lives with a sense of purpose.

A.  Find a purpose in what you do for a living (Colossians 3:18–22).

B.  Make your service to God your purpose in life (Ecclesiastes 12:13).

C.  Raise your children with a sense of purpose (Proverbs 22:6).

D.  “Whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord” (Colossians 3:23).

III.  We need to obey God with the right purpose in our hearts.

A.  It is possible to obey a commandment with an attitude that renders our compliance unacceptable (Matthew 6:1–7).

B.  We need to attend services for the right purpose (1 Corinthians 11:26).

C.  We must obey the gospel for the right reason (Acts 2:38–47).

D.  If we will learn to love the Lord with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength (Deuteronomy 6:5), obedience will be the inevitable result.


Purpose makes a difference in everything that we do, and a life filled with purpose is a life that is well worth living.

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