A Purpose Driven Life Chapter 17 - You BelongChapter Overview: God has a family and you belong to it. Rick wrote about the importance of belong to the local church as part of gods family. He basically made a very distinct correlation between consistent church attendance and the health of the believer.
2011 (40 years old)I think I agree with him. He talked about the least of these again and told a story about a Leper colony in Hawaii where a priest went to help and he would identify with them always saying 'us lepers'. Rick listed a bunch of reasons why he felt it was important to be a part of the local church and even said that the original use of the word 'member' had it's origin from that context or connotation in the bible (we are all members of one body). I'm reading Max Lucado's book One Life to Live also right now and I'm starting to confuse the two books a little bit. Max talks a lot about helping the poor and the chapter I read last night spoke of prejudice and getting off your high horse - he used the example of Peter and Cornelius. It's crosses over pretty well to Rick's Chapter 17 if you ask me.
2016 (45 years old)I am called to belong, not just believe. Does my level of involvement with my local church demonstrate that I am in love and committed to God's family? I think so. Interesting thoughts from this chapter: Jesus did not promise to build your ministry; he promised to build his church. It seems easier to be holy when no one else is around, but that is a false untested holiness. It is easy to think we are mature when there is no one around to challenge us.
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