Rick Warren, Purpose Driven Life: Section 24

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Rick Warren, Purpose Driven Life: Section 24

  1. 1. You Were Created To Become Like Christ Purpose 3 Sections 22-28 (pages 169-223) Sunday 24 October 2010
  2. 2. Transformed by Truth Section 24 page 185-192 Sunday 24 October 2010
  3. 3.  Jesus answered, "It is written: 'Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'"  "Now I commit you to God and to the word of his grace, which can build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified.” Sunday 24 October 2010
  4. 4. The Truth Transforms us Sunday 24 October 2010
  5. 5. Spiritual growth is the process of replacing lies with truth, Jn 17:17 Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. Spirit of God + Word of God = us like Son of God Sunday 24 October 2010
  6. 6. 2 Tim 3:16-17 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. God’s Word is not a book - it is alive and powerful, life changing Heb 4:12, Acts 7:38, 1 Pet 1:23 Sunday 24 October 2010
  7. 7. John 6:63The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life. Creation exists because God spoke. James 1:18 He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created. Sunday 24 October 2010
  8. 8. God’s Word generates life, creates faith, produces change, frightens the devil, causes miracles, heals hurts, builds character, transforms circumstances... [Full list on page 186] Sunday 24 October 2010
  9. 9. God’s Word is our spiritual nourishment - milk, bread, solid food, sweeter than honey. 1 Peter 2:2 Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, Sunday 24 October 2010
  10. 10. Abiding in God’s Word Millions of believers are starving to death from spiritual malnutrition. It is not enough to simply own a Bible, you have to feed on God’s Word: John 8:31-32 To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, "If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples.Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." This involves 3 activities in daily life Sunday 24 October 2010
  11. 11. I must accept its authority The Bible has to be the authority standard for my life - the place I look for counsel, the place from which I evaluate everything - the first and last word. Society chooses based on unreliable (flawed) sources: traditions, reason, culture, emotion Sunday 24 October 2010
  12. 12. Prov 30:5 Every word of God is flawless; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him. 2 Tim 3:16 Warren makes the point that we need to accept the authority of the Bible regardless of our opinions, whether we understand it or not, what our culture says - our fist question should be, “What does the Bible say?” and then trust it and live according to it. Sunday 24 October 2010
  13. 13. I must assimilate its truth Fill your mind with it so the Holy Spirit can transform you using it. Receive it Read it Research it Remember it Reflect on it Sunday 24 October 2010
  14. 14. Receive it - with an open attitude - Parable of the sower, seed is the Word of God - Lk 8:18 Therefore consider carefully how you listen. Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what he thinks he has will be taken from him." James 1:21TM In simple humility, let our gardener, God, landscape you with theWord... This applies even in boring teaching sessions! Sunday 24 October 2010
  15. 15. Receive it - with an open attitude - Parable of the sower, seed is the Word of God - Lk 8:18 Therefore consider carefully how you listen. Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what he thinks he has will be taken from him." James 1:21TM In simple humility, let our gardener, God, landscape you with theWord... This applies even in boring teaching sessions! Sunday 24 October 2010
  16. 16. Read it! 15 minutes per day = whole Bible in one year Deut 17:18-19 When he [the king] takes the throne of his kingdom, he is to write for himself on a scroll a copy of this law, taken from that of the priests, who are Levites. It is to be with him, and he is to read it all the days of his life so that he may learn to revere the LORD his God and follow carefully all the words of this law and these decrees Get a good daily Bible reading plan! Sunday 24 October 2010
  17. 17. Read it! 15 minutes per day = whole Bible in one year Deut 17:18-19 When he [the king] takes the throne of his kingdom, he is to write for himself on a scroll a copy of this law, taken from that of the priests, who are Levites. It is to be with him, and he is to read it all the days of his life so that he may learn to revere the LORD his God and follow carefully all the words of this law and these decrees Get a good daily Bible reading plan! Sunday 24 October 2010
  18. 18. Research, study it! Ask questions, write down your insights - learn to ask the right questions - “5 W’s and an H”, Inductive Bible study - observe, interpret, apply James 1:25 But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it—he will be blessed in what he does. Sunday 24 October 2010
  19. 19. Research, study it! Ask questions, write down your insights - learn to ask the right questions - “5 W’s and an H”, Inductive Bible study - observe, interpret, apply James 1:25 But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it—he will be blessed in what he does. Sunday 24 October 2010
  20. 20. Remember it! You memorise or remember many many facts - whatever is important you memorise. The Bible helps you resist temptation, make wise decisions, reduce stress, build confidence, offer good advice, share your faith... Memorising is like a muscle - the more you use it, the stronger it becomes. Sunday 24 October 2010
  21. 21. Remember it! You memorise or remember many many facts - whatever is important you memorise. The Bible helps you resist temptation, make wise decisions, reduce stress, build confidence, offer good advice, share your faith... Memorising is like a muscle - the more you use it, the stronger it becomes. Sunday 24 October 2010
  22. 22. Reflect on it! Meditate on it. “No other habit can do more to transform your life and make you more like Jesus than daily reflection on Scripture” Rick Warren PDL page 190 This leads to transformation - 2 Cor 3:18 Psalm 119:97 Oh, how I love your law! I meditate on it all day long. Said by David, a man after God’s own heart. Sunday 24 October 2010
  23. 23. I must apply its principles We are meant to be ‘doers’ of the Word James 1:22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Satan hates Christians applying what they have learned - in fact without implementing the Word all our studies are useless. John 13:17 Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them. Sunday 24 October 2010
  24. 24. I must apply its principles We are meant to be ‘doers’ of the Word James 1:22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Satan hates Christians applying what they have learned - in fact without implementing the Word all our studies are useless. John 13:17 Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them. Sunday 24 October 2010
  25. 25. Matt 7:24 "Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand.The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash." Sunday 24 October 2010
  26. 26. Matt 7:24 "Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand.The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash." Sunday 24 October 2010
  27. 27. Application can also be difficult or painful - the truth will set you free but it will also first make you miserable because of the way it exposes our hearts and minds. Warren suggests a way to overcome this is by being part of a small study discussion group - other people help you see more and apply it. Sunday 24 October 2010
  28. 28. After you have studied - write down an action step which is; Personal, Practical, Provable What has God told you to do that you haven’t already started doing yet? “The Bible was not given to increase our knowledge but to change our lives” DL Moody Sunday 24 October 2010
  29. 29. Point to Ponder: The truth transforms me Sunday 24 October 2010
  30. 30. Verse to remember: John 8:31-32 To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, "If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." Sunday 24 October 2010
  31. 31. Question to consider: What has God already told me in his Word that I haven’t started doing yet? Sunday 24 October 2010

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