Friday, March 9, 2018

A Purpose Driven Life - Chapter 19

A Purpose Driven Life Chapter 19 - Made for Community

Chapter Overview: This chapter goes hand in hand with the last chapter in outlining what Rick calls the 9 characteristics of biblical fellowship.  This chapter looked at:
  • Honesty - being able to speak the truth in love.  Sometimes this is something that has to be done.
  • Humility - being focused on serving and putting the needs of others first.
  • Courtesy - people are quirky.  But they are also part of our family, so they need to be accepted with their quirks.  Discovering their history helps understand who they are and why they are that way.
  • Confidentiality - preserving the trust in your group, while being sensitive to what needs to be said, and what it better left unsaid.
  • Frequency - true fellowship takes commitment. Community is not built on convenience.

2011 (40 years old)

It appears I had no thoughts on this chapter at 40 years old.  lol


2016 (45 years old)

Cultivating community. Community requires commitment. How can I help today cultivate the characteristics of a real community in my small group or church?  Certainly the biggest point in this chapter for me is honesty - I am fearful of confrontation and doing it correctly. How does that look?  Even telling the truth about my own situation.  Some lines that stuck out:  community has nothing to do with comparability. The basis for our fellowship is our relationship to God - we're all family.


For background on what these 'Purpose Driven Life' posts are about, click this link.

Made for community - several sets of hands working on colourful crafts together

  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 1 - Its Not About Me
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 2 - You Are Not an Accident
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 3 - What Drives You?
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 4 - Eternity In Our Hearts
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 5 - What is Life?
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 6 - Life on Earth is a Temporary Assignment
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 7 - The Reason for Everything
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 8 - You Were Planned for God's Pleasure
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 9 - What Makes God Smile?
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 10 - The Surrendered Life
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 11 - Friend of God
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 12 - Friend of God II
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 13 - Worship That Pleases God
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 14 - When God Isn't There
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 15 - Part of God's Family
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 16 - What Matters Most
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 17 - You Belong
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 18 - Life is Meant to be Shared
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 20 - Restoring Broken Fellowship
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 21 - Unity of the Church
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 22 - Transformed to be Like Christ
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 23 - Transformed by Thought
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 24 - Transformed By Truth
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 25 - Transformed by Trouble
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 26 - Transformed by Temptation
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 27 - Defeating Temptation
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 28 - It Takes Time
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 29 - Shaped for Serving God
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 30 - Our Place in Serving
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 31 - Finding Your Specific Purpose
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 32 - Using What God Gave You
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 33 - How Real Servants Act
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 34 - Thinking Like a Servant
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 35 - God Uses Our Weaknesses
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 36 - You Were Made for a Mission
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 37 - Sharing Your Life Message
  • My Appendix to Chapter 37
  • My Testimony Based on Chapter 37
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 38 - Becoming a World-Class Christian
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 39 - Balance
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 40 - Living With Purpose
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