Monday, March 12, 2018

A Purpose Driven Life - Chapter 21

A Purpose Driven Life Chapter 21 - Unity of the Church

Unity of the body of Christ is crucial - image of light streaming through church windowChapter Overview: Rick writes that the unity of the church and preserving that unity is crucial to
our life and growth as Christians - both individually and collectively. He calls the act of leaving one church for another 'divorcing' the church. And his church makes all members sign a commitment to preserve church unity (I don't remember exactly how it was worded). Rick also mentions that the unity of the church is one of the key themes of the New Testament with Jesus praying about it on the garden of Gethsemany and Paul spending a lot of time talking about it as well. Rick recalls the steps from the previous chapter about restoring fellowship.

2011 (40 years old)

It makes me think about what we did at harvest and how I felt about it. It also makes me consider the story Paul shared at small group last night in reference to Andrea staying that she feels ROVC was built especially for her  - how the church almost didn't get built and the leadership were told they needed to build starting by 2005 or risk losing it all.

2016 (45 years old)

It is my responsibility to protect the unity of my church. What am I doing personally to protect the unity in my church family right now?  I'm not listening to gossip or giving credence to thoughts that would try and criticize. I'm trying to support my pastors and elders. I need to focus on what we have in common, and encourage rather than criticize.


For background on what these 'Purpose Driven Life' posts are about, click this link.
  • 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 19 - Made for Community
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 20 - Restoring Broken Fellowship
  • 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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