By Glenn Kenadjian
 What is the point of life?
 Why are we here?
 i.e., What is life’s purpose?
 Life has no purpose apart from God.
 Why? Analogy of a phone / coin flip
 Conclusion: If life has a purpose, it must come from God
and his purpose for making us.
 “No” #1: “Life doesn’t have or need a purpose”
 “‘What is the meaning of life?’ is a stupid question. Life
just exists. You say to yourself, ‘I can’t accept that I mean
nothing so I have to find the meaning of life so that I
shouldn’t mean as little as I know I do.’ . . . I see life as a
dance. Does a dance have to have a meaning? You’re
dancing because you enjoy it.” – Jackie Mason
“I can find meaning for my life apart from a
purpose for life.”
 “No” #2:
 “Yes” #1:
If we were made for a purpose, we can expect
God will judge us according to the reason he made us.
 “we will all stand before the judgment seat of God.”
- Romans 14:10
 “Yes” #2:
When we live for what we want, satisfaction
often escapes us.
 “Life has been good to me. I’ve had great success, many
friends, prestige, a great wife and a beautiful family. And
yet sometimes I sit at home in my mansion and get so
lonely. I used to wonder why so many rich people commit
suicide—now I know.” - O. J. Simpson
 “Yes” #3:
We can make our own meaning for life, but it
will never be a lasting meaning.
 Work, Sports, Sex, Etc.-
Eventually can’t do
 Family, Community, world population, Future generations –
All will die some day
 “Yes” #3:
We can make our own meaning for life, but it
will never be a lasting meaning.
 To have a lasting meaning, we need God.
 My story
 Can we figure it out ourselves?
 Only one reliable way I know—God tells us
 The Bible claims it is a record of God speaking to us.
What does it say?
 There is no direct statement like, “The reason God made
people and the world is this . . .”
 However, scattered throughout many parts of the Bible,
God’s reason seems to emerge from what he says.
 “. . . everyone who is called by my name,
whom I created for my glory
whom I formed and made.”
- Isaiah 43:7
 “But as truly as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the
glory of the Lord.” - Numbers 14:21
 So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to
the glory of God. - 1 Corinthians 10:31
 The majority of the books of the Bible plainly state a
desire that God be glorified.
 Conclusion?
 “The chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy Him
forever.” – Westminster Shorter Catechism
 The word, “glory”, contains the idea of greatness,
particularly recognized and honored greatness.
 E.g., “glory” of a country,
 . . .sports team,
 . . .sunset.
 People sometimes want to make something great that will
be their glory.
 Artist – painting
 Architect – building
 Author – book
 Parent - child
 Your glory reflects something about who you are.
 God made people to be a great expression of who he is.
 God made us so that our lives would express his glory as
we trust in and follow him.
 “By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and
so prove to be my disciples.” -John 15:8
 God made us to be living expressions of his glory!
 1. “God does not have any individual purposes for us”
 An example of God speaking about an Egyptian king:
 “But for this purpose I have raised you up, to show you my
power, so that my name may be proclaimed in all the earth.”
(Exodus 9:16)
 God has specific purposes for particular individuals, groups
and even nations over different time periods.
 1. “God does not have any individual purposes for us”
 However, God’s overall purpose is most important.
 His individual plan for you depends on if you accept God’s
overall purpose or not.
 When you accept God’s overall purpose, His individual plan
involves bringing you in line with his overall purpose.
 When you reject God’s overall purpose, His individual plan is
either to turn you around or, knowing you won’t do that, use you
to advance his overall purpose in others.
 2. “God has no other purposes for humanity and for his
followers.”
 Examples in the Bible: To do good works, manage the earth
well, relate with other believers as in a loving family…
 However, these are all to be done in order to fulfill an
ultimate overall purpose of expressing God’s glory.
 When they are not done like this, disharmony and conflicts
result!
 Life only has a purpose if we were made by God for a
purpose.
 We can only know life’s purpose if God tells us what it is.
 According to the Bible, people were made for God’s glory.
This means being living expressions of his glory—
reflecting his nature, greatness and joy.
 God has other purposes and plans for people, but they all
center on developing a people who will be his glory.
 We have all turned to our own purposes, not caring about
God’s purpose for us
 We seek our own glory OR
 We just want to be left alone to do our own things
 Our rebelling against God has corrupted us, and our lives
express brokenness and disharmony—not God’s glory
 “For all have sinned, and fall short of the glory of God.”
- Romans 3:23
 “Christ, who is the image of God.” - 2 Corinthians 4:4
 “He is the radiance of the glory of God” – Hebrews 1:3
 “I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work
that you gave me to do.” - John 17:4
 “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners”
– 1 Timothy 1:15
 “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost”
– Luke 19:10
 To save us is to forgive us and to work to change us so we
can fulfill life’s purpose.
 “Behold I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears
my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat
with him, and he with me.” - Revelation 3:20
As we receive him and follow
him, he makes us more like
himself. We then increasingly
express God’s glory through
our lives and actions—and we
fulfill our purpose!
1.
Why do you think people across the world think about
life’s purpose?
2.
Do you think this is an important concern? Why?
3.
What do you think about this idea that life’s purpose is
to express God’s glory? Do you have any questions
about this?

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