The Purpose-driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here For?

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Zondervan, 2002 - Religion - 334 pages
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Another Landmark Book by Rick Warren. You are not an accident. Even before the universe was created, God had you in mind, and he planned you for his purposes. These purposes will extend far beyond the few years you will spend on earth. You were made to last forever! Self-help books often suggest that you try to discover the meaning and purpose of your life by looking within yourself, but Rick Warren says that is the wrong place to start. You must begin with God, your Creator, and his reasons for creating you. You were made by God and for God, and until you understand that, life will never make sense. This book will help you understand why you are alive and God's amazing plan for you---both here and now, and for eternity. Rick Warren will guide you through a personal 40-day spiritual journey that will transform your answer to life's most important question: What on earth am I here for? Knowing God's purpose for creating you will reduce your stress, focus your energy, simplify your decisions, give meaning to your life, and, most importantly, prepare you for eternity. The Purpose Driven Life is a blueprint for Christian living in the 21st century---a lifestyle based on God's eternal purposes, not cultural values. Using over 1,200 scriptural quotes and references, it challenges the conventional definitions of worship, fellowship, discipleship, ministry, and evangelism. In the tradition of Oswald Chambers, Rick Warren offers distilled wisdom on the essence of what life is all about. This is a book of hope and challenge that you will read and re-read, and it will be a classic treasured by generations to come.
 

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Contents

A Journey with Purpose
9
My Covenant
13
WHAT ON EARTH AM I HERE FOR?
15
It All Starts with God
17
You Are Not an Accident
22
What Drives Your Life?
27
Made to Last Forever
36
Seeing Life from Gods View
41
Created to Become Like Christ
171
How We Grow
179
Transformed by Truth
185
Transformed by Trouble
193
Growing through Temptation
201
Defeating Temptation
209
It Takes Time
217
You Were Shaped for Serving
225

Life Is a Temporary Assignment
47
The Reason for Everything
53
You Were Planned for Gods Pleasure Day 8 Planned for Gods Pleasure
63
What Makes God Smile?
69
The Heart of Worship
77
Becoming Best Friends with God
85
Developing Your Friendship with God
92
Worship That Pleases God
100
When God Seems Distant
107
You Were Formed for Gods Family
115
Formed for Gods Family
117
What Matters Most
123
A Place to Belong
130
Experiencing Life Together
138
Cultivating Community
145
Restoring Broken Fellowship
152
Protecting Your Church
160
You Were Created to Become Like Christ
169
Accepting Your Assignment
227
Shaped for Serving God
234
Understanding Your Shape
241
Using What God Gave You
249
How Real Servants Act
257
Thinking Like a Servant
265
Gods Power in Your Weakness
272
You Were Made for a Mission Day 36 Made for a Mission
281
Sharing Your Life Message
289
Becoming a WorldClass Christian
297
Balancing Your Life
305
Living with Purpose
312
Discussion Questions
320
Resources
323
Why Use So Many Translations?
325
Notes
327
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Evangelical pastor Richard Duane "Rick" Warren was born in San Jose, California on January 28, 1954. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from California Baptist University, a Master of Divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Fuller Theological Seminary. He worked at the Texas Ranch for Christ before founding the megachurch Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California in 1980. He has written or co-written several books including The Purpose Driven Church, The Purpose Driven Life, and The Daniel Plan Cookbook: Healthy Eating for Life. He has lectured as a theologian at many universities and seminaries and was chosen in 2008 by President-elect Obama to give the invocation at his inauguration ceremony.

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