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How to Shape Your Own Destiny

Icebreaker

From which high school did you graduate?

Prayer

Teach me to dream and see my purpose like You see me, Lord.

Key Scripture

2 Corinthians 9:7 NASB: “Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart.”

The Big Idea

Your destiny is fulfilled when your purpose gets connected to God’s purpose. You cannot reach your destiny without surrendering to your calling, what God intends and gifts you for. “Before you were born,” God told Jeremiah, “I called you.”

This may seem intimidating at first, but the more you seek God in this area, the more you will be fulfilled. When you are fulfilling your purpose, it becomes a delight to you, because serving the Lord is the happiest existence for man. In this lesson, we are going to look at what the Word says concerning a person’s destiny and answering the call of God on their life.

Discussion

Have you started to understand your destiny? Could you define your calling? Share with the group.

Small becomes big with God.

When you release your small purpose, God releases His abundant purpose. “And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed” (2 Corinthians 9:8 NASB). You don’t have to hit a home run; you just have to swing the bat and allow God to move.

Mary, despite her sketchy past, connected her purpose, represented by the perfume, with the purpose of God. Her example of devotion taught the world true worship. This simple act anointed Christ for His death on the cross.

Discussion

Have you ever considered your contribution too small to be used? Why is this way of thinking not true? Share a time when you gave something small, and it brought greater results than you expected.

You cannot go beyond God’s purpose for your life.

There is a specific purpose in God’s design and how He factored you into His plan. God’s purpose designated “where” and “when” you would be born. “For David, after he had served the purpose of God in his own generation, fell asleep” (Acts 13:36 NASB).

Discussion

God made each of us as unique as a snowflake. No two people are alike. Share with the group a trait that you recognize as part of your destiny.

God’s purpose was for you to possess certain gifts, talents, and assignments. “Set apart for Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them” (Acts 13:2 NASB, emphasis added). In fact, when you connect to God’s purpose, nothing can stop you until you fulfill His purpose.

Discussion

Which part of your purpose or destiny has surprised you the most? Share with the group.

Application

To reach your destiny, connect your purpose to God’s purpose. Don’t just copy others, but let your small purpose become large in God’s economy. This makes you unstoppable.

Action Point

Ask yourself, “What am I holding back from God?” This week release your purpose into the kingdom of God.

For You, the Leader

  1. Instruct group members to do the following:
    • Pray for and touch base with another member before next week.
    • Invite someone to the group next week and/or to attend a church service with you.
    • Encourage someone this week.
  2. Remind the group about outreach. Find out which outreach will be taking place in the zip code closest to your group and participate. One of the greatest joys of life in Christ is serving others!
  3. What is the next step for each member of your group? Whether it is water baptism, Cultivate, or A-Team/B-Group leadership, encourage them in it. Also encourage all members to read their Bible and pray daily.
  4. Close in prayer, asking for any specific prayer requests.

Lesson: I Want to Be Used

Icebreaker

Will you be in town or out of town for the holidays this year?

Prayer

Teach me Your ways, O Lord, that I may live according to Your truth!

Key Scripture

John 6:5–11 NLT: “Jesus soon saw a huge crowd of people coming to look for him. Turning to Philip, he asked, ‘Where can we buy bread to feed all these people?’ He was testing Philip, for he already knew what he was going to do. Philip replied, ‘Even if we worked for months, we wouldn’t have enough money to feed them!’ Then Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up. ‘There’s a young boy here with five barley loaves and two fish. But what good is that with this huge crowd?’ ‘Tell everyone to sit down,’ Jesus said. So they all sat down on the grassy slopes. (The men alone numbered about 5,000.) Then Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks to God, and distributed them to the people. Afterward he did the same with the fish. And they all ate as much as they wanted.”

The Big Idea

One of the most rewarding things in life is being used by the Lord. Having the anointing of the Holy Spirit flowing through you is so amazing, better than possessing riches or honor. The best way to experience this anointing is to prepare your life in the areas where God can use you. Purpose does not just happen to you, but it happens through you. Your personal responsibility will lead you to become a vessel that God can use.

The first step in this process is spending time with God on a regular basis. Read the Word and spend time worshiping Him in your private devotions. This will catapult you to a new spiritual level, and Holy Spirit–led ideas will flow.

In this lesson, we are going to take a look at how we can make a conscious effort to be used by the Lord through being prepared and being in close proximity to Him.

Discussion

Did you feel intimidated before God used you for the first time? Share your experience with the group.

God uses what we prepare.

There are many examples in the Bible of people who were prepared during the course of their lives. Paul was a scholar. David had already killed a lion and a bear before he ever met Goliath. As a youth, he spent countless hours worshiping the Lord as he watched the sheep. In similar fashion, we must take steps to prepare ourselves for God’s use, not just sit back and wait for God to move. If you were to say, “I want God to use me in the area of worship,” yet you never took the time to learn to play an instrument or sing, you certainly could not expect God to instantly download musical ability the moment you stepped out in faith. If you feel like God wants you to write a book, don’t just sit waiting for inspiration to fall, but take a writing class and learn the necessary skills.

There are many areas of life in which you should consider preparing. What steps could you take to further your education and continue learning? How could you increase your spiritual depth? How could you invest better in the relationships in your life? What about your leadership skills? How could you manage your finances better so that God could use you in this area?

Discussion

Which area of your life needs preparation? What would you like to see happen in this area?

God uses what we pursue.

Don’t think that you can just attend church every few weeks and God will use you. You need to be spending time in His presence daily. The seriousness of your pursuit is seen in your proximity to God. Get close to God and spend time with Him, and see how He includes you in His plan to minister to others.

Discussion

If we were comparing your daily devotions to marriage, would it be a healthy marriage with good communication or a rocky marriage experiencing neglect and disappointment?

Discussion

How would you describe your proximity to God? What steps could you take to improve it?

Application

It is our job to prepare and God’s job to use us. There are several things we must do to see God’s purpose at work through our lives. Preparation is necessary and proximity is key.

Action Point

Take time this week to begin investing in the areas of your life that need preparation. Don’t sit back and wait for something to happen, but rather be proactive. Spend time with God alone in prayer and adore Him, sing to Him. Think of yourself as the boy who gave his lunch.

For You, the Leader

  1. Instruct group members to do the following:
    • Pray for and touch base with another member before next week.
    • Invite someone to the group next week and/or to attend a church service with you.
    • Encourage someone this week.
  2. Remind the group about outreach. Find out which outreach will be taking place in the zip code closest to your group and participate. One of the greatest joys of life in Christ is serving others!
  3. What is the next step for each member of your group? Whether it is water baptism, Cultivate, or A-Team/B-Group leadership, encourage them in it. Also, encourage all members to read their Bible and pray daily.
  4. Close in prayer, asking for any specific prayer requests.

Lesson: My Purpose IN CHRIST

Icebreaker

When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Prayer

Lord, make us followers of You.

Key Scripture

John 1:35–39 NLT: “The next day John was there again with two of his disciples. When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, ‘Look, the Lamb of God!’ When the two disciples heard him say this, they followed Jesus. Turning around, Jesus saw them following and asked, ‘What do you want?’ They said, ‘Rabbi’ (which means ‘Teacher’), ‘where are you staying?’ ‘Come,’ he replied, ‘and you will see.’ So they went and saw where he was staying, and they spent that day with him. It was about four in the afternoon.”

The Big Idea

Finding out your purpose can revolutionize your life. If you ask young children what they want to be when they grow up, you will hear many different answers, some hilarious. Peter was a fisherman, but when he met Jesus, he discovered his real purpose. When Jesus comes into your life, your purpose becomes clear.

Purpose is a person—Jesus!

So instead of looking for your purpose, look for Jesus. People who haven’t found Christ haven’t yet discovered purpose. Some people have found Christ but keep looking for purpose outside of Him. However, only in Him will we ever live out our purpose.

Discussion

When you found Christ, did you experience a shift of direction in your purpose? Share with the group.

Following Jesus will lead you to discover what His mission is in the earth. Can you imagine what the disciples’ lives were like? They got up every day and followed the Lord wherever He went. They literally abandoned their careers and were involved in whatever He was doing day to day. However, not everyone is willing to change paths as the Lord tries to lead them.

Discussion

Would you consider yourself a follower of Christ or just a believer? Are you open to what the Lord may direct concerning your future? Share with the group.

You find your purpose when you fulfill His mission.

Nothing is as rewarding as helping others find Christ. When your life is submitted to Christ, real joy and peace follow. When you get in “sub-mission,” you can truly tap into your mission! Nothing is more satisfying than being used by God.

Discussion

When was the first time God used you? Did you say something or help someone? Share your experience with the group.

Application

Our purpose can only be revealed when we find and follow Christ. When we join Him in His mission, we truly find our purpose.

Action Point

If you have found Christ, follow His ways. If you fixate on Him, you will be drawn to make His mission your own and won’t falter when times get tough.

For You, the Leader

  1. Instruct group members to do the following:
    • Pray for and touch base with another member before next week.
    • Invite someone to the group next week and/or to attend a church service with you.
    • Encourage someone this week.
  2. Remind the group about outreach. Find out which outreach will be taking place in the zip code closest to your group and participate. One of the greatest joys of life in Christ is serving others!
  3. What is the next step for each member of your group? Whether it is water baptism, Cultivate, or A-Team/B-Group leadership, encourage them in it. Also encourage all members to read their Bible and pray daily.
  4. Close in prayer, asking for any specific prayer requests.

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“God is looking for somebody He can dream through.”
—-Jonathan Stockstill "Here Comes The Dreamer"