As soon as they left the synagogue, they went with James and John to the home of Simon and Andrew. Simon’s mother-in-law was in bed with a fever, and they immediately told Jesus about her. So he went to her, took her hand and helped her up. The fever left her and she began to wait on them. That evening after sunset the people brought to Jesus all the sick and demon-possessed. The whole town gathered at the door, and Jesus healed many who had various diseases. He also drove out many demons, but he would not let the demons speak because they knew who he was.
Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. Simon and his companions went to look for him, and when they found him, they exclaimed: “Everyone is looking for you!”
Jesus replied, “Let us go somewhere else—to the nearby villages—so I can preach there also. That is why I have come.” So he traveled throughout Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and driving out demons.
Have you been healed, delivered, restored? The response to deliverance is to serve.
#1. Knowing your purpose will cause you to do things on purpose.
There is too much at stake to be unsure of what we are supposed to do.
Everything from the manger to the cross was on purpose. Intentionality in our lives has the potential to confuse people or even make them mad.
#2. Purpose is never defined by success or failure.
Luke 4:29, 42
Sometimes doing exactly what is required to fulfill our purpose will not just look like failure; it may include real failure.
If we tie success to our purpose, we’ll quit tomorrow if we fail. On the other hand, success could cause us to chase the means rather than the purpose.
Success/failure cannot be our steering wheel. It cannot determine the direction of our purpose.
#3. Purpose has less to do with a job description than outcome.
Jesus was never defined as just a teacher or just a healer. His purpose was to save, and he would fulfill all the things necessary to accomplish that purpose.
Our job description may change numerous times; our purpose never does.
#1. Just for fun, as parents, have you ever lost a kid?
#2. Can you relate to returning to a small town life where everybody knows where you came from? Can this be a hinder or benefit to your testimony?
#3. How does knowing our ultimate goal (purpose) help us decide what to do now? How can we know what our ultimate goal should be?
#4.How do feel about the idea that when you are following your purpose, sometimes things won’t just LOOK like failure - they will be REAL failures? How will this change how you measure whether you are following your purpose? How can we avoid letting success or failure steer our purpose?