Portland News

September 28, 2018

Friday Evening Bible Study

Ed Habre (pictured above) taught the tenth session of the Living Holy series titled “Holiness in Purpose.” He began by defining the word purpose, explaining that it means “resolve or firmness of intent.” His opening text, 1 Peter 2:9, gives a clear example of how purpose relates to holiness. It says, “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.”

Brother Ed used the prophet Daniel for an example of one who had purpose. A children’s song sums up Daniel’s life in few words: “Dare to be a Daniel, Dare to stand alone! Dare to have a purpose firm! Dare to make it known.” Daniel’s purpose came from God, and God honored Daniel by delivering him from some extreme trials.

Ezekiel was another example. God called him to give a strong message to the Children of Israel who were in captivity, but they did not want to hear God’s warnings. Ezekiel’s purpose was to obey God, and God gave him amazing strength to accomplish this difficult task. Brother Ed brought out that today, Christians are called to bring the Gospel to people who are in spiritual captivity.

The Bible says that a person begins to discover God’s purpose for his or her life at salvation (Romans 5:1-2), and then in presenting himself or herself as a living sacrifice to God (Romans 12:1-2). Brother Ed said it is a privilege to be surrendered to God and to be a part of His plan, and reminded his listeners that God provides wonderful blessings in this life, and the blessings will be even more glorious throughout eternity.

Brother Ed closed by recapping several key points for maintaining holiness in purpose, which included: seek godly counsel, establish priorities, measure every choice by how it will affect your purpose to serve the Lord, study God’s Word to show yourself approved, stay prayerful, and be aware of your God-given gift.

Watch the full service in the Media Center.