The Eternal Purpose

The message I delivered on Saturday night at INFUSION 2010 DC is now available. The subject: the eternal purpose of God.

The assumption made by countless Christians today is that God’s ultimate purpose and mission is to save the lost. Or it’s to make the world a better place.

But that’s not true. These are aspects of the mission of God, but they aren’t the mission. God’s mission is His eternal purpose, and it goes way beyond saving lost souls and making this earth a better place to live.

If there is one thing that makes me tick spiritually and that drives my life and ministry, it is the eternal purpose.

Each of my books is dedicated to presenting a certain feature of it.

The two main aspects of the eternal purpose are (1) the centrality, supremacy, and headship of Christ and (2) the practical expression of the church, which is His Body.

Since 2005, I’ve been crafting a library of books, audios, articles, and interviews all on the subject of God’s eternal purpose and its various aspects.

Someone recently described the message I delivered in DC as my “flagship” talk on the subject. I’m not sure if that’s the case because I felt like I left a number of key points out that I wish I remembered to include. However, the message does encapsulate the eternal purpose in a single talk.

You can stream it here

You can download it through iTunes

You can download the message here

I hope it blesses you and gives you a greater vision of Christ, His church, the Scriptures, and God’s ultimate intention.

If you find it of help, feel free to pass it on to your friends.

Books on the Eternal Purpose

From Eternity to Here – an unveiling of the eternal purpose from Genesis to Revelation.

Reimagining Church – how local churches can live and gather to fulfill the eternal purpose.

Finding Organic Church – how churches can be planted and sustained in such a way as to advance the eternal purpose.

The Untold Story of the New Testament Church – a chronological and historical look at the New Testament in light of the eternal purpose.

Jesus Manifesto – the center and circumference of the eternal purpose.

Pagan Christianity – common obstacles to the eternal purpose.

Revise Us Again – how the eternal purpose effects our spiritual walk.

All titles on discount – print

All titles on discount – audiobook

All titles on discount – kindle

Other Audios on the Eternal Purpose

Vantage Point: The Story We Haven’t Heard – Part 1 (Mp3 Download)

Vantage Point: The Story We Haven’t Heard – Part 2 (Mp3 Download)

God’s Eternal Purpose: George Fox Seminary (Mp3 Download)

Interview on the Eternal Purpose 1 – Kenny Russell (Mp3 Download)

Interview on the Eternal Purpose 2 – Christian Audio (Mp3 Download)

Interview on the Eternal Purpose 3 – Steve Brown (Mp3 Download)

Epic Jesus: The Christ You Never Knew (Mp3 Download)

All of the above audios are also on iTunes.

Other posts on the eternal purpose (including interviews with Ed Stetzer, Darin Hufford, Christianity Today, The Christian Post, etc.)

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Comments

  1. Alexis says

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  2. Ron Herr says

    Was it Fromke (sp?)who wrote in the book, (not sure of the exact words of the title)”God’s Ultimate Intentions”, that what God desires above all else is, high quality “fellowship” (oneness/agreement as Jesus prayed for his disciples in John 17)(or as loving totally our Father/God and our neighbour as stated in Matthew 22:34-40)(this fellowship is modelled by the trinity)? During this time we experience that “fellowship” through his Son, Jesus, who is the head of the Church and followers of Jesus can be practically experiencing that “fellowship” in real-time by connecting with other Christ followers by functioning/interacting with other believers.

    So could we ask another question, “Why does God have the eternal purpose of having the “centrality of Christ” be part of every believer’s passion who is functioning “organically” with a fellowship of believers”? The answer: Could it be so that people will be in high quality fellowship with God the Father through Jesus his Son? So can we legitimately add that the ultimate passion of God is to have fellowship in the trinity and have us humans be at one with Him.

    Frank, I have really appreciated your writings over the years.

    How do you respond?

  3. says

    I was wondering why I was so drawn to this man until I listened to this. Now I know why. If you have an hour to spare, you could not spend it better than by listening to this.
    I’m begging my brothers and sisters to migrate beyond “evangelism” and humanism. Empty yourselves of your agenda and “mission.” Become available to BE what God designed you to BE. Repent from being preoccupied with the stress that comes with the assumption that God needs you to work FOR Him. Enter His rest and cease from YOUR OWN labor. We have been so sidetracked from our TRUE mandate. What you ARE is lost from the body of Christ and from humanity when you give yourself to slave labor. And when you are slaving away, don’t be so fooled as to think that HE is your master.

  4. says

    Frank, I don’t think that I have heard this discussed yet, but it comes naturally to me and I want to know your opinion. Ever since I have learned the eternal purpose of God it is the basis of how I testify to the supremacy of Christ with nonbelievers. I don’t consider myself an evangelist by any means, but I love talking about Christ and it seems good to share the magnitude of His greatness and His riches to those who don’t know Him.

  5. Bobby says

    My family and I left the institututional church about two months ago. Since then I have had a yearning to find and be a part of a living expression of Christ. Since hearing this message on God’s eternal purpose I find myself consumed with these thoughts everyday and these words pouring forth from me everywhere I go. I just started reading The Stewardship of the Mystery and Christ is becoming bigger to me than before. We are a young family and I thank God for you and for your work. I hope to my family would be used in a great way to make God’s eternal purpose known.

  6. says

    Hi Frank, we love the way that you continually point people to the centrality of Christ. Felicity and I are currently in the Philippines. We have had several people mention you and your books over here. So be encouraged! You are touching people all over the world.
    Tony and Felicity Dale

  7. says

    By the way, I’ve read Pagan Christianity and am in the process of Reimagining Church with a small group of believers in my community. Love it!!

  8. Keith says

    I am really struggling here. I am so glad to have found someone who can explain how I’ve been feeling for some times now. I am a recovering “minister.” I’ve been hurt many times by churches and I know I’ve done my share of hurting (though unintentional)

    I am afraid. As someone who’s livelihood has (for 25 years) been made through institutional church, I am afraid that I won’t be able to make it financially with all of my “degrees” and experience. I really need help here.

    I know you are super busy, but if you could send me an email so that we could have some conversation I would appreciate it.

    Don’t get me wrong, I am tired of organized religion. I just don’t know how to make it. Isn’t that strange. A grown 46 year old man with a Masters who don’t know how to survive in the “real world.”

    • Roger Roberts says

      Brother Keith,

      You have my heart! What do you love to do? Do that, and you will be fine. I live in Tigard OR. where do you live?

  9. Luke Steele says

    I am now 35 and the Lord has led me out of all that and its good to read and hear how the church should be .

  10. Tom says

    I’m new to your ministry and I found this one on itunes. I regularly listen to Francis Chan, Mark Driscoll, Tim Keller, John Piper and Matt Chandler. This eternal purpose message blew me away! I’m going to check out your other ones now, many thanks.

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