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The Purpose Driven Church: Growth Without Compromising Your Message and Mission

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

BUILDING FREEDOM AND HOPE

THIS IS A VERY AMAZING BOOK. 'THE PURPOSE DRIVEN CHURCH' SHOWED ME HOW SOME GODLY PRINCIPLES COULD BE APPLIED TO MY CHURCH AND THE WONDERFUL THINGS LEARNED COULD BE USED TO HELP WIN SOULS FOR CHRIST AND BETTER THE COMMUNITY. THAT IS THE WHOLE PURPOSE OF 'THE PURPOSE DRI...
THIS IS A VERY AMAZING BOOK. 'THE PURPOSE DRIVEN CHURCH' SHOWED ME HOW SOME GODLY PRINCIPLES COULD BE APPLIED TO MY CHURCH AND THE WONDERFUL THINGS LEARNED COULD BE USED TO HELP WIN SOULS FOR CHRIST AND BETTER THE COMMUNITY. THAT IS THE WHOLE PURPOSE OF 'THE PURPOSE DRIVEN CHURCH' TO GET OTHER CHURCHS MOTIVATED AND SHOW THEM THAT IT IS NOT AS HARD AS IT LOOKS AND THIS SPECIAL BOOK WILL GIVE YOUR CHURCH THE WISDOM TO DO IT. THE WRITER RICK WARREN SHARES WHAT HE HAS LEARNED SO THAT OTHERS MIGHT BE BLESSED.

posted by Anonymous on July 6, 2006

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2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

Good for Kindling

The best thing you can do with this book is burn it. Rick Warren's 'feel good' ideas and unscriptural hogwash are an abomination to the Lord. The idea of promoting Contemporary Christian Music is blasphemous. Anyone who promotes this book are of those who 'will not e...
The best thing you can do with this book is burn it. Rick Warren's 'feel good' ideas and unscriptural hogwash are an abomination to the Lord. The idea of promoting Contemporary Christian Music is blasphemous. Anyone who promotes this book are of those who '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.' Pray for Rick Warren. Pray for him to repent.

posted by Anonymous on September 17, 2006

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2006

    Good for Kindling

    The best thing you can do with this book is burn it. Rick Warren's 'feel good' ideas and unscriptural hogwash are an abomination to the Lord. The idea of promoting Contemporary Christian Music is blasphemous. Anyone who promotes this book are of those who '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.' Pray for Rick Warren. Pray for him to repent.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2003

    Pick A Bible Version... Any Bible Version

    What troubled me the most about this book is how Warren chose translations or paraphrases based on whether or not the verse contained the word 'purpose' or 'focus'. Having examined fourteen translations and paraphrases and looking at which ones Warren chose each time was enlightening. Often the verses he chose (to enhance his byword, 'purpose') disagreed with every other translation or paraphrase. Warren's mainstay version seems to be the Message, a paraphrase. He deviates from it when another version uses 'purpose' in a verse and the Message does not. Is this honest scholarship? To base your book on the word 'purpose' and then reverse engineer it (as Warren has apparently done) by finding (sometimes almost unheard of) translations and paraphrases to fit is not the way to build an honest case. The concepts in the book are not new, and Scripture itself is clearer and certainly more precise than Warren's book in these matters. Another issue that discturbed me was Warren's penchant to make 'factual statements' and than have nothing to back the truth of the statement up. For example, on p. 33, Warren says, 'Purpose always produces passion. Nothing energizes like a clear purpose.' On what does he base this assertion? No footnote accompanied the statements. These are minor ones, but they exemplify how Warren often makes statements that are to be taken as factual without any data to back them up. He does the same with statistics. The book is not unbiblical, but it is sub-biblical. It fails to accurately present Scripture, and while the major themes he uses are acceptable, the poor scholarship weakens his case for any who would but take the time to read several versions of the Bible.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2001

    Never Judge a book by its cover, or its title.

    I would not recommend this book. The title suggests that you can have growth without having to change your message. As I read it I discovered that the author very much changes the biblical message to a 'seeker sensitive' message, which is totally UNBIBLICAL. On this subject I would highly recommend John MacArthur's 'Ashamed of the Gospel'

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