There is no greater discovery in life than finding your God-given calling. Although middle and high school students may seem too young to be thinking about their future careers, they are in the perfect position to be pursuing their purpose. Living a life of purpose and fulfillment begins as soon as you embrace your spiritual gifts to serve God and those around you. You don’t need a specific diploma, job, title or relationship status. You simply need to glorify God with your talents and pursuits.
God created you on purpose and for a purpose. But how you we know what that purpose is?
Here is a free Finding Your Purpose small group series for your youth group.
As your students search for purpose and fulfillment, it’s critical that you point them towards their identity and calling in Christ. That’s why we created this Finding Your Purpose small group series.
Part 1: Examine Your Experiences
It’s easy to approach Romans 8:28 as some kind of lottery ticket passage that suggests Christians exclusively experience good things. But that’s almost the opposite of what Paul is saying when you look at the context of this chapter. The apostle is explaining that life will be hard and that Christ followers will face tragic life experiences. Paul doesn’t promise bad stuff won’t happen. However, he does promise that God can always bring something good out of our experiences that are bad.
Part 2: Evaluate Your Values
Your daily decisions determine your future destination. You are constantly making decisions, big and small, that build your life. Whenever confronted with a choice, you run it through a filter in your mind. This takes mere moments, but that mental filtration feature is called your “core values.” Your core values guide your life.
Part 3: Unwrap Your Spiritual Gifts
When Paul wanted to help the church live a fulfilling life, he encouraged them to explore their spiritual gifts. This leads us to a logical question. What is a spiritual gift? Simply put, a spiritual gift is a special ability given by God to be used for God.Whether it’s with a talent, temperament, or skill, there is some special way God has blessed you.
Part 4: Write Your Purpose Statement
What are you doing to keep focused? It’s much easier to stay focused when you know where you’re trying to go. We have analyzed our life experiences, evaluated our values, and unwrapped our spiritual gifts. Now, it’s time to put it all together by creating an actionable and practical purpose statement.
The Finding Your Purpose small group series includes:
–4-part Finding Your Purpose small group guide (intended for stand-alone small groups)
–Graphics to reinforce this content on social media
**This small group series was adapted from our Finding Your Purpose Class for middle-high schoolers. Click here to view the Finding Your Purpose Class, including a slideshow and workbook for large group gatherings. **