40 Days of Purpose: What On Earth Are We Here For?

“It’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. Long before we first heard of Christ, … he had his eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living, part of the overall purpose he is working out in everything and everyone.” Ephesians 1:11 (MSG)

Everyone wants to know if life really matters. We wonder, “Why am I alive?” and “What on earth are we here for?”. For thousands of years, people have asked these questions. Without purpose, life is motion without meaning, activity without direction, and events without reason; yet, it’s never too late to discover our God-ordained purpose. We need to understand God makes everything with a purpose. Every plant has a purpose, every animal has a purpose, and if you are alive, that means God has a purpose for your life!
Beginning September 8, you are invited to journey through 40 DAYS OF PURPOSE, together we will seek to understand ‘what on earth are we here for’.

  • Made For A Purpose

    God longs for you to discover the life he created you to live.  The Bible teaches that God had five purposes in making us. These purposes are explained by Jesus in the Great Commandment and the Great Commission. They are demonstrated by the early Church in Acts, chapter 2. They’re explained by Paul in Ephesians, chapter 4, and they’re prayed about by Jesus in John, chapter 17.

    5 Purposes
  • Daily Devotionals

    Pick up a copy of Rick Warren’s book, The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here For? on Sunday mornings downtown in the Connector Building. In addition, you will find links to the Purpose Driven daily devotionals by clicking below. We pray these devotions will guide your quiet time and small group discussions as you realize God uniquely designed you for a purpose.

    Devotionals
  • Calendar of Events

    40 Days of Purpose begins on Sunday, September 8 and concludes with Celebration Sunday, October 20. There are opportunities for every age group to grow in faith through worship and small group discussions on Sunday mornings and on Wednesday nights at CrossTraining. Don’t forget to save the date for the “Pathway to Purpose Mission Fair” on Sunday, October 20.

    Calendar

Join A Small Group

Join one of the 40 Days of Purpose Small Groups for discussion:

    • Sunday School at 10:00AM First Baptist Church- downtown
    • Sundays at 5:30PM at the Activities Center
    • Tuesdays at 1:15PM at the Activities Center
    • Wednesdays at 6:15PM at the Activities Center
    • Thursdays at 6PM First Baptist Church- downtown
    • Learn More

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I participate?

There are three specific ways you can fully participate in 40 Days of Purpose:

  1. Commit to being present in worship each week
  2. Take time for daily devotions and prayer
  3. Join one of the 40 Days of Purpose Small Groups for discussion:
    • Sunday Morning Sunday School: 10:00-10:45 AM: Learn More
    • Sundays at 5:30 PM at the Activities Center  Leader: Learn More
    • Tuesdays at 1:15 PM at the Activities Center  Leader:  Learn More
    • Wednesdays at 6:15 PM at the Activities Center  Leaders: Learn More
    • Thursdays at 6 PM First Baptist Church Downtown  Leader: Learn More
How will my child be part of 40 Days of Purpose?

Preschoolers and kindergarten through fifth-grade children will engage in the “40 Days of Purpose” curriculum this fall in CrossTraining as they explore the idea, “What am I here for?

How will my student be part of 40 Days of Purpose?

Students in grades six through twelve will engage in the “40 Days of Purpose” during their Wednesday night CrossTraining small groups. They will explore the questions: ‘Why was I created? Where do I belong? and What is my purpose?

Where/How do I get a study book?
Pick up a free devotional book, 40 DAYS OF PURPOSE: WHAT ON EARTH AM I HERE FOR?, by Rick Warren on Sunday mornings, August 25, September 1 & September 8. Distribution tables will be set up in the UPSTAIRS Connector Building.
Prayer Focus

Throughout the 40 Days of Purpose, we want to encourage you to focus on prayer, seeking the will of God in your life as you seek to discover your purpose.

A weekly Prayer Team is meeting for guided prayer in Fireside Hall (FBC Downtown) from 5-6pm each Wednesday.  All are welcome!

“If my people, who are called by name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” — 2 Chronicles 7:14

Share a Story

Please share a story of how God is speaking to you through the 40 Days of Purpose emphasis. 

  • Where do you see God at work in your life and in our church?
  • How has worship, fellowship, and discipleship been strengthened or renewed through your study?
  • What talents or passions do you feel God has given you that can be used to serve others?
  • How has the calling to share your faith with others been empowered? With whom has God prompted you to share His story and amazing love?

Click Here to share your story.