The Purpose Driven Life (Days 16-20)

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The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren

Day 16: What Matters Most?

  • The most important thing God wants us to learn is how to love
  • Love God and love people. Faith, hope and love last forever
  • Use your time – invest, be intentional, focused attention
  • Ending:
    • Life is all about love
    • Gal 5:14
    • Are relationships your first priority? How can you ensure that they are?

Day 17: A place to belong

  • Why you need a church family?
    • Identifies you as a genuine believer
    • Moves you out of self-centered isolation
    • Helps you develop spiritual muscle
    • Body of Christ needs you – we have our own spiritual gifts
    • You will share in God’s mission for the world
  • Ending:
    • You are called to belong, not just believe
    • Rom 12:5
    • Does your level of involvement in your local church demonstrate that you love and are committed to God’s family?

Day 18: Experiencing life together

  • 9 characteristics of biblical fellowship (1-4)
    • Authenticity – take risks, confess faults, sins, pain – pray for each other
    • Mutuality – depend on each other, encourage each other
    • Sympathy – share in the pain with others, support
    • Mercy – offer it and receive it. Don’t hold grudges, forgive. God has shown us more mercy than we ever could
  • Ending:
    • You need others in your life
    • Gal 6:2
    • What one step can you take today to connect more deeply with another believer on a heart to heart level?

Day 19: Cultivating Community

  • 9 characteristics of biblical fellowship (5-9)
    • Honesty – Need to be honest with yourself and with others, confront others for their sin without being judgmental
    • Humility – pride builds walls, humility builds bridges
      • Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less
    • Courtesy – be kind to all, even when they may be EGR’s (extra grace required 😉)
    • Confidentiality – what happens in the group stays in the group
    • Frequency – meet together consistently, even when you don’t feel like it
  • Ending:
    • Community requires commitment
    • 1 John 3:16
    • How can you help cultivate today the characteristics of community in your small group and your church?

Day 20: Restoring Broken Fellowship

  • 7 biblical steps to restoring broken fellowship
    • Talk to God before talking to the person
    • Always take the initiative – doesn’t matter if you were the offender or the offended
    • Sympathize with their feelings – listen before speaking
    • Confess your part of the conflict
    • Attack the problem, not the person – don’t play the blame game
    • Cooperate as much as possible
      • Live in peace with everybody
      • May cost our pride
      • Costs our self-centeredness
    • Emphasize reconciliation, not resolution – disagree without being disagreeable
  • Ending:
    • Relationships are always worth restoring
    • Rom. 12:18
    • Who do you need to restore a broken relationship with today?
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