This is companion post (1) to Chapter 1, “The Mystery of Human Life,” of Basic Elements of the Christian Life, vol. 1.
“And God said, Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness.”—Gen. 1:26
Most of us, at some point in our life, have wondered what the purpose of our life is. We might have asked ourselves questions about God, life, the universe, and the meaning of our existence.
Without answers to these questions, we feel empty, and at times we might think, “What’s the point?” Is there more than just being born, living, and dying? This first chapter gives us the answers to these all-important questions.
The Basic Elements of the Christian Life, vol. 1 companion posts begin with Chapter 1: “The Mystery of Human Life.” Here we’ll discover six keys that unlock the mystery of the purpose of our life. Questions to help solidify your understanding of these keys accompany each one. Once you read the chapter, see whether you can find the answers to the questions in the reading.
The six keys
Key 1—God’s plan
Did you know God has a plan? What is it?
What are the three parts of every human being?
Key 3—Man’s fall
What were the consequences of mankind’s fall?
Key 4—Christ’s redemption for God’s dispensing
By Christ’s redemption we can be brought back to God. But this is not all God wants to do. How can He dispense Himself into us?
Key 5—Man’s regeneration
Regeneration means to be born again with the life of God. How can a person be regenerated?
Key 6—God’s full salvation
What is the lifelong process of God’s full salvation for us?
Key quote from the reading
Page 7: “Man was created not merely to contain food in his stomach, or to contain knowledge in his mind, but to contain God in his spirit (Eph. 5:18).”
As you’re reading this week, take some time to pray and consider your life in relation to God’s plan.