by Kerry Shook

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Diving Into Your Life Purpose (1 of 4)
Series: The Purpose of Life
Pastor Kerry Shook

This sermon includes the sermon outline and the full sermon transcript. Below you will see a preview of the outline and a portion of the full sermon.

If I Don't Understand the Purpose of Life...

• Life seems useless

• Eccl. 1:2-4 (GN)

• Life seems tiresome

• Eccl. 1:4-8 (GN)

• Life seems unfulfilling

• Eccl. 1:8-10 (LB)

• Life seems insignificant

• Eccl. 1:11 (GN)

To Discover the Purpose of My Life I Must . . .


I thought it would be appropriate for the pastors to learn how to dive and that is what we did. In fact, Laura, I took some of the pastors out to where you train. We got your coach, Coach Armstrong, and he is a great guy and I asked him if he could take our pastors, all this raw talent that we have, and could you mold us into Olympic Gold Medal divers like you did Laura? He gave it a try and it was a total flop, but we do have it on video. Watch this.

Pastor's diving video

We've got a lot of work to do that is for sure. If you look up the word "dive" in the dictionary you find that the figurative definition of dive is to plunge or go deeply into any subject or question. I'm starting a new series today and we are going to go diving into the deepest question ever asked. What is the purpose of life? For the next six weeks we are going to drill down and answer that question. What is the purpose of life? For the next 40 days we are going to help you discover your personal purpose in life. The tragedy is, most people have no idea what their purpose in life is. When you don't understand what your purpose in life is, it causes all kinds of problems in your life. The wisest man that ever lived, Solomon, wrote a book about it in the Bible, it's called Ecclesiastes. And he says if you don't know your purpose in life, there are four tragic consequences that will happen in your life.

If I Don't Understand the Purpose of Life ...

The first one he says is Life seems useless. Take out your outlines from your program and you will find all your verses listed there. If I don't understand my purpose in life, life seems useless. Look at Eccl. 1:2. "Life is useless. You spend your life working...but what do you have to show for it?...the world just stays the same." If I don't know the purpose in life, why not just sleep in? If nothing really matters, why make the effort? Life seems useless when I don't understand why on earth I am here. Then he says, Life seems tiresome if I don't understand my purpose. Look at verse 4. "The sun rises and goes down...the wind blows round and round and back again. Every river flows into the sea...then the water returns to where the river began and starts all over again. Everything leads to weariness..." When you don't know your purpose in life it just feels like you are going in circles. It's tiresome. Do you ever feel like you are on a treadmill?
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