Firm Foundation Bible Study

Lesson 06 – What is your purpose in life? 
Genesis 1:26-27

Have you ever asked the question “What is my purpose in life?”  In this lesson, we are going to discover one of the purposes for which God made you. 

To know your purpose in life, we need to go back to the beginning to see why God made man.

Most people have not found their purpose in life.  Instead, they follow a different path that leaves them without meaning and wondering why they are here. 

The reason they have not found meaning in life is they are not fulfilling the purpose for which God made them.  It can be compared to using a screwdriver as a hammer. 

Just as using a screwdriver for something it was not designed to do, man tries to live for a different purpose than they were created for. 

It leaves them unfulfilled, without meaning and wondering what their purpose in life is.

So, we need to go back to the beginning to find out the reason God made man.  Only then can we know what we were designed to do and can fulfill our purpose in life. 

Genesis 1:26-27 – “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.   So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.”

Only man was made in God’s image, nothing else.  That makes man very special.  It also makes him unique from all other life in nature.

The word “image” means a picture.  The word “likeness” means a resemblance.  This means that God designed man to be like Him in the way we act and in the way we live. 

Do we act the way God would like us to act?  Do we live in the way that God would like us to live?  If not, then we are not fulfilling one of the purposes that God designed us for.

In verse 26, God says that man was to have dominion over His creation.  The word dominion means to rule over or to be in control of.   

So, God also designed man to manage God’s creation which means that man was created with the ability to make choices in life. 

We can choose to fulfill our purpose of representing God in the way we live or we can choose to follow a different path that leads to not fulfilling our purpose in life.

This other path leads to suffering.  People all over the world have chosen the wrong path.  People follow lies, stealing, lust, greed, envy, covetousness, anger, adultery, fornication, and idolatry.

All kinds of terrible things are happening in our world. If you look in the area where you live, you will probably find people that are doing things that you know are not right.

If you look at choices you make, you would probably admit that you do not always do the things that God would have you do and that many times you do not act like God would act.

I have not always made the right choice or did the right thing in my life. 

In our life, every one of us has spoken lies, stolen, lusted, became greedy, envied others, became angry, or committed fornication.

When God made man at the beginning, he said it was very good.  But today, we see that people are not good.  What happened? 

You will learn the answer in this series of Bible studies.  You will learn what caused man to stray from the path God designed him for. 

It is the reason why most people feel unfulfilled in life and wonder “What is my purpose in life”.

Some have asked the question, “How do I get back to the right path that God designed man for so that I can fulfill my purpose in life?  Does God have a way?”

Yes! God provided a way so that you can fulfill your purpose and find meaning in life.

Please continue to follow these Bible studies so that you can learn how to get on the path God designed you for and fulfill your purpose in life. 

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Questions Lesson 6

1. According to this lesson, when you try to live for a different purpose than you were created for, it will leave you unfulfilled, without meaning and wondering what your purpose in life is.       
a. True            
b. False

2. According to Genesis 1:26-27, God created man in the angel’s image. 
a. True            
b. False

3. According to this lesson, what does the word “image” mean?  ____________

4. According to this lesson, what does the word “likeness” mean?  ____________

5. According to this lesson, God designed man to be like him in the way we act and live. 
a. True            
b. False

6. According to this lesson, what does the word “dominion” mean?  ______________

7. According to Genesis 1:26-27, God designed man to be able to make choices in life.
a. True            
b. False

8. According to this lesson, choosing to obey and follow God leads to fulfilling your purpose in life. 
a. True            
b. False

9. According to the Bible, God is the source of suffering in the world? 
a. True   
b. False

10. According to the Bible, God provided a way so that you can fulfill your purpose and find meaning in life.       
a. True   
b. False

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