You Have a Place in His Plan

Called For One Purpose
Called together – for one purpose

We are beginning a new series I am calling, “Gifted to Serve – A Study of Spiritual Gifts.” Through this study you will see that (1) you matter to God and that He loves you. (2) Because of His great love for you, He wants to have an intimate relationship with you, and (3) if you are willing, He will enable you to have a significant part in His epic plan.

Your search for significance is over!

Everyone has a desire to find meaning and purpose in life. We want to know that we matter. We need to feel that our lives made a difference. We all consciously or unconsciously search for meaning and purpose – for significance. Well, I’ve got good news! Your search for significance is over!

You will know how God has gifted you as well as your place in His plan

If you follow the simple principles we will share from God’s word, you need never wonder if your life matters. You need never to face the emptiness of a life lived without meaning and purpose. You will not have to come to the close of your life and ask, “What was it all about? Did my life matter?” And you will know how God has gifted you as well as your place in His plan.

The purpose of this series is not to provide self-help, build up your self-esteem, or help you make self-improvement.

But before I go any further, let me be careful to point out to you that the purpose of this series is not to provide self-help, build up your self-esteem, or help you make self-improvement. There is a whole industry devoted to self-improvement, self-help, and the like. And no doubt, if you look carefully, you’ll find principles that are true and helpful. The selection of these resources has grown exponentially to include Christian authors, pastors, and speakers. While I know many of these are based on sound biblical principles and worth reading, others are little more than a type of “baptized” Oprah-esq philosophy.

So please don’t lump this study from Scripture along with the positive thinking, self-centered resources. What’s the difference between our study and most self-help writings?

The Bible does not say, “God helps those who help themselves”!

First, our study is God-centered, not self-centered. Most self-help resources are just that…SELF HELP! The Bible does not say, “God helps those who help themselves”! He does not tell us that we already have everything we need to live a full and meaningful life. Contrary to the humanist, God does not talk about the “indomitable human spirit” that can accomplish anything!

“We can’t. He never said we could. He can. He always said He would.”2

On the contrary, He shows us that only when we admit our inability and are surrendered to Him is He able to do “immeasurably more than we can ask or imagine”!1 As Adrian Rogers said, “We can’t. He never said we could. He can. He always said He would.”2

Furthermore, and this may come as a shock to some, God’s word does not teach that life is all about our fulfillment, satisfaction, and success. As it has been said, the Christian life is “so not about us!” Our study will show what God has planned for us is bigger than ourselves

God spoke through Isaiah (55:9) and said, “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.

Yesterday morning, I read from John 12:25 where Jesus said, “The man who loves his life will lose it, while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.”

The Scripture is full of paradox. The steps to a fulfilled life that Jesus described are juxtaposed to our normal way of thinking. When Jesus’ disciples answered His call and chose to follow Him they had to have a major paradigm shift and so will we.

We need this study because it contains timeless truths that form principles upon which we may stake our lives!

We need this study because it contains timeless truths that form principles upon which we may stake our lives! We will truly be successful and significant not because of the fickle and fleeting applaud of crowds, but because the One True God will look upon us after this life and say, “Well done, good and faithful servant!” We will have the applause of Heaven!

If that is what you want, get ready, because God is going to do it! God has brought you to this specific time in your life for just this moment because He loves you! He has plans for you!

So, let’s get started!




1 Ephesians 3:20

2 Adrian Rogers. Overheard during message preached at Bellevue Baptist Church, Cordova, TN.

About Mark Bordeaux 18 Articles
Mark's journey began in Jacksonville, Florida when, as a student at Trinity Christian Academy, he heard the Good News that God truly loves people, but we are separated from Him because of our sin. Each of us have not only inherited a propensity to disobey, but have chosen to go our own way, rather than God's way and experience a personal relationship with Him. In his own words... "Although I had been a church member since my childhood, I realized that I knew "about" God, but did not "know" God in a real and personal way. The realization that God loved us and paid the ultimate price for our sin by sending His Son to be our sacrifice on the cross and rise from the dead to rescue us became clear. I also realized that if I did not surrender to God and by faith accept His Son's sacrifice for my sin, I would continue to be alienated from God. Even though I did not know much about the Bible and certainly did not know the evidences for it's accuracy, I knew enough to respond to God. One afternoon after school, I was alone in my home and knelt and prayed to God. I simply asked Him to forgive me of my sin and take me to Heaven when I died. I was truly sorry for being a sinner and sincerely asked Him to save me. When I finished praying and had trusted God to save me it was as though the separation between God and me, that I sensed earlier, was removed. In child-like terms I knew I was not 'in trouble' anymore and that God had forgiven me. In my mind, it was almost as though Jesus had His arms wide-open saying, 'It's alright now!'" As a college student, Mark grew in his commitment to Jesus as he attended Hillcrest Baptist Church in Jacksonville. Regularly hearing the Bible taught and preached as well as being around other young people who loved Jesus helped his commitment deepen. Mark continued to mature in his relationship with God as a member of First Baptist Church of Jacksonville, Florida. Not only did he grow in his commitment to Christ while at First Baptist following Christ he met the love of his life, Debbie, who has been his partner in life and ministry ever since. His first experience of introducing someone to a relationship with Jesus by sharing the Good News was at First Baptist. Later, he was invited to preach at the city rescue mission and was amazed when five men professed to receive Christ. The joy of having a part in what God was doing sharpened his focus even more. After graduating with a degree in Broadcast Management in 1980, he chose to serve God in Christian broadcasting. His first job following college was as the program director of a Christian radio station. He began receiving invitations to speak at area churches. Again, people responded to God's invitation of salvation. His call to full-time ministry continued to be confirmed. When he heard that a local church was searching for a youth minister he applied. The church called him to serve and he left broadcasting and began the adventure of full-time ministry. Since beginning as a youth minister he has served as an associate pastor, pastor, and senior pastor. He has been humbled to serve in eight churches in five states over a period of more than 30 years. He earned a bachelor's degree in Biblical Studies from Luther Rice Bible College, a master's degree in divinity (with languages) from The Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary, and is currently in the Doctor of Ministry program at the Billy Graham School of Church Growth and Evangelism at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Additionally, he has made annual trips to the former Soviet Union since 1995 to train Russian and Ukrainian pastors and church planters as well as assist International Mission Board personnel in evangelism and church planting projects. He continues to study Russian and often brings groups to experience international missions first hand. Mark also serves as a Coach-Consultant for the South Carolina Baptist Convention. He says, "Encouraging Biblical church health and growth is deeply rewarding. I cannot think of anything that has a greater impact on the world than a united body of believers following the Master and fulfilling His mission." Mark desires to glorify God and further His Kingdom by helping people discover life worth living in Jesus Christ.

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