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This review is from: The Purpose Driven Church: Every Church Is Big in God's Eyes (Hardcover)
According to Warren, "If your church is healthy, growth will occur naturally." His main purpose for writing the book is to provide the necessary information to build healthy churches. Warren relates his thoughts in five sections: (1) "Seeing the Big Picture" (growing deeper through discipleship), (2) "Becoming a Purpose-Driven Church" (growing through ministry), (3) "Reaching Out to Your Community" (growing through evangelism), (4) "Bringing in a Crowd" (growing through worship and fellowship), and (5) "Building Up the Church" (growing through discipleship and ministry). Some of Warren's points seem obvious. For example, Warren states that a pastor "must be loving" towards people -believers and unbelievers alike (212), and that a church ought to have an "atmosphere of acceptance" (210). Warren had many good suggestions for reaching the "unchurched." For instance, he recommends that churches place "newer translation" Bibles in pews and during the sermon announce the page number so as to not embarrass visitors (297). He also shares that sermons ought to be based on the "needs, hurts and interests as human beings" in order to have "common ground" with unbelievers (295). Though there are many helpful points to Warren's book, his emphasis seems to be on making the "unchurched" feel comfortable (257). He promotes "seeker sensitive" services without traditions, and expects sacrifice from church members in order to accommodate unbelievers. It appears the main focus of Warren's agenda is to bring in new converts. This is a worthy task; however, it would be interesting to see if "old members" view this as a personal form of neglect. Warren claims, "Strong churches are not built on programs, personalities, or gimmicks," but his model for growing his own church falls into this realm (83). Maybe Warren's own notoriety is the reason for increases of number at Saddleback. It would be interesting to find out how many people leave after a certain amount of time and for what reasons.
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Initial post: May 11, 2009 10:17:16 AM PDT
Roxanne A says:
Rick warrens favorite bible perversion the message by eugene petersen is nothing but blasphemous New Age religion promoting the New Age jesus they call Master Jesus --look up share international and benjamin creme's maitreya --the message bible is nothing more than promoting the "world teacher" and the 12 masters of wisdom (morons) and guess who is one of the "masters" thats right you guessed it "master jesus!" how about that! the perversion translation Rick warren uses for ephesians 4:6 teaches PANTHEISM!! (god is in ALL things--come on now people wake up) also Rick Warrens perverted use of the lord's prayer starting "AS ABOVE, SO BELOW" IS AN OCCULTIC SATANIC EXPRESSION RIGHT OUT OF DEVIL WORSHIP ITSELF.
The Bible warned in the last days in 2 Tim 4:3,4 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears. And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables 2 Thes 2:11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie
1 Tim 4:1 Now the Spirit speaks expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils
Those genuinely seeking truth should do some research and know the devil like to appear as an angel of light
Ephesians 6:12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.
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Fellow Christian says:
The Churches are compromising their standards and beliefs so the congregation grows. Growing for the wrong reasons one might say! Love the Lord our God with all our heart mind and body. Show compassion on our fellow human beings. Do not hold grudges. Be Kind. Then Obeying his commandments comes naturally without compromise!
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