SECTION 1: Intro (12-15 minutes)

  • Intro: For the next 8 weeks we will be discussing 7 BIG questions about God. This is a great time to ask honest questions, jump in to a robust dialogue, learn some things about yourself and most of all to explore who God is and what He has done.
  • Question: What is the purpose of life?
  • If you don’t believe in God (or you know someone who doesn’t), what would you say your purpose is?
  • We are about to watch a brief video where you will hear many people share multiple views on the purpose of life.
  • Listen for something that connects to you or that stands out.

WATCH VIDEO NOW – PULSE OF THE WORLD: Purpose

  • The point of this video is to create a tension. Don’t seek to resolve it yet!
  • Let’s take some time to discuss what we just watched:
    • Did you identify with anyone’s expressed views in the film? Which ones resonated with you?
    • Are you surprised that so many people are clear about their meaning and purpose? Why
  • Where/when do you personally struggle with identifying your purpose?

SECTION 2: Tension (15-20 minutes)

  • (Take a minute to set up video) Watch The Curiosity Collective
  • Did you connect with any of these stories? Which one?
  • Do you or your peers think about purpose as a teenager in HS?
  • If not God (or when not God), then what (or where) do you personally attempt to find purpose?
  • In what ways might someone’s view of eternity affect his or her sense of meaning and purpose?
  • If you believe we all have a purpose, does God play a role in it?

SECTION 3: Content (20 minutes)

  • Let’s think briefly on 3 thoughts about a purpose apart from God:
  • Apart from God…there is no justice
    • King Solomon had a search for purpose in Ecclesiastes 3:16-20. (Message Translation)
    • CT: According to Solomon, w/o true justice mankind’s actions couldn’t be considered as any better than those of animals. Someone must be held accountable for his or her actions.
    • CT: The idea of JUSTICE (right and wrong) means as people we are held as responsible and important; we have purpose.  
    • QUESTION: What are the implications of a universe that is void of God? What does that look like? (ie what purpose is there?)
  • …there is no good or evil
    • King Solomon continues his struggle in Ecclesiastes 4:1-3 (Message Translation).
    • CT: “In a universe void of God there is no authority for establishing what is good and evil.”(complete relativity)
    • CT: Solomon concluded that our existence is pointless w/o an ultimate answer to the great evil he sees (we see) in the world.
    • QUESTION: How does believing in God point to a legitimate reason for the evil in this world? (the Christian knows that evil is because of sin)
  • …there is no meaning to life
    • The Apostle Paul helped others wrestle with purpose, 1 Corinthians 15:12-19.
    • CT: The most important way God conveyed the meaning/purpose of life was through the life of Jesus.
    • CT: A universe w/o a redeemer is one of complete despair and hopelessness. No purpose – just life then death.
    • QUESTION: What does the life, death, burial and resurrection of Jesus tell you about purpose?  

SECTION 4: Closing

As Christians, we believe that God has fashioned us and given us purpose. “If God made you, which He did…and God has a plan for your life, which he does…and God isn’t stupid, which he is not…then God made you perfect for the plan he has for you.” (Pete Briscoe)

Close by reading Jeremiah 29:10-14 (Message or NLT). Then pray for the group and the things discussed.

 

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