• God has a unique purpose for each person, which is distinct from His more generalized purpose for all people AND is distinct from individual assignments and roles given for a season of time.
  • People have the opportunity to know “what they need to know, when they need to know it” about this pre-designed purpose for their lives in an abiding relationship with Jesus.
  • ALL personality tests, books, exercises, and classes (including this one) are insufficient for perceiving one’s purpose in Christ. The Holy Spirit and God’s initiation are required for revelation. Releasing Purpose considers this work of God to be the positive, “offensive” aspect of building up a tangible vision of what is on God’s heart and mind for a person.
  • Where such resources can be useful is that under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, these resources can be used by God to reveal characteristics He placed in a person intentionally. Releasing Purpose calls this aspect the “defensive” portion – pieces of information about oneself that a person is free to embrace against the accusations of close relationships, the world, or self-talk that previously denied the possible goodness of such attributes.
  • People need both consistent offense and defense to succeed in perceiving and pursuing purpose.
    RP does not shy away from the fact that excessive introspection without the Holy Spirit is spiritually dangerous. While conducting exercises that may be construed as introspective in another context, RP will be designed to always find one’s purpose in God’s. Work will be done in the presence of God’s Word, the Holy Spirit, humility, wisdom, and devotion to Jesus.
  • Our purpose, as unique as it is from every other person’s, is always related to the Kingdom Jesus ushered and results in visible, God-produced fruit. The Kingdom of God is not ministry busyness. That which does not produce fruit or produces bad fruit will be uprooted, Jesus warned.
  • Fruitfulness is a natural, rested, and childlike result of abiding in Jesus. Our work and our fight are different from God’s. God’s work is to build, to do, and to mold us. Our job is to trust (Him), to love, to guard our hearts, to initiate His interests in a life of freedom found in Christ, following the Spirit.
  • Fruitfulness is achieved neither in 100% individualized faith (me and Jesus) nor in 100% Christian community (I don’t need my own intimacy with God as long as I’m plugged in and serving). Jesus is the vine, and we are each the branches through which each must for itself derive nutrition to produce, but the branches play a role in each other’s fruitfulness. Divine alliances and microchurches (small groups of believers with intertwined destinies) are God’s instrument for changing the world. Megachurches are important, but they only flourish through a network of healthy microchurches. Families are the first microchurch and are the foundation of the ecclesia.
  • People in Bible times are just as real as people in other recorded history, and vice versa. The Bible is a real book about a real God working through real people in real history. It matters today, and every word is true. The Bible is so true, that actually in most places it’s understated.
  • Kingdom living and ministry (overflow of God working through a person) doesn’t require a person to have to work in the visible church nor stand on street corners and preach to strangers (though these may be included at times). Few activities are wholesale included or discluded in Jesus’ Kingdom. What is most important is the way pursuits are pursued: who has so led, and for whom is the glory? One’s purpose may have very little to do with the current church body, so be open to all the spheres of life God wants to own and occupy through His people.
  • The size of one’s metron (predetermined area of influence) does not dictate its importance.
  • On the question of Christ’s relationship to culture, RP believes that God has called His people to engage in “all of the above” approaches. We will honor the approach God has assigned to others, appreciate differences of approach on this topic, and hold one another accountable on the basis of faithfulness to the visions to which we’ve publicly committed.