40 Days of Purpose: Small Group Study Guide by Rick Warren
40 Days of Community Small Group Bible Study by Rick Warren - Trailer
The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here for?
The book offers readers a day personal spiritual journey and presents what Warren says are God's five purposes for human life on Earth. The book is intended to be read as a daily inspiration, with each of the 40 short chapters read on consecutive days. Rick Warren described his book as an "anti-self-help book. In later versions of the book, 2 additional chapters were added about the 2 biggest reasons why Christians don't live purpose driven lives, envy and "people pleasing. The book topped the Wall Street Journal best seller charts as well as Publishers Weekly charts, with over 30 million copies sold by Biblical scholar Robert M. Price criticized Warren for applying eisegesis , which includes quoting various translations of the Bible and selectively choosing whichever paraphrase or translation supports his theses.
It has been requested by many of our Christian brothers and sisters that a response be given to a variety of questions and concerns raised by The Purpose Driven Life. As two men with over 50 years of combined experience as pastors in several parts of the country, we decided to put into print a response to this best-selling book. Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed; and in this I rejoice, yes, and I will rejoice. If Paul could say that about people who intended harm for him, we can certainly say that about people who are part of the seeker-sensitive movement within the church. These people certainly mean us no harm, and they are fellow believers in Jesus Christ. We ought to rejoice any time and any way that Jesus Christ is proclaimed as the only way of salvation and the only hope of eternal life.
40 Days of Prayer
Of course these lofty standards help us realize why this book has attracted such great attention! The format of the book is simple.
Well-known for starting Bible study campaigns that often become staples for churches around the world, Pastor Rick Warren announced that Saddleback Church in Orange County will begin a "40 Days in the Word" study next month to tackle biblical illiteracy. Our parents' generation knew the Word of God pretty well. My generation knew a little bit. The next generation knows none of it. Warren is not without controversy for his purpose-driven preaching methods, even within the Christian community. However, Warren recently explained his teaching methods in an interview with Preaching Magazine. In the interview discussing the 40 Days in the Word campaign, he was asked about his approach to preaching, which most times includes having every point of his sermon outline being a statement of application.
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