Wednesday, March 14, 2018

A Purpose Driven Life - Chapter 22

A Purpose Driven Life Chapter 22 - Transformed to be Like Christ

Chapter Overview:  It was interesting how much this cypher paralleled our small group on Sunday evening.  It was about being transformed. Rick actually mentions some of the examples and passages that we discussed.  In this chapter probably his main point was that life here on earth is all about character development - God wants to develop our character and make us more like Jesus - it's an on-going work.  People who expect life to be an easy ride once they are a Christian are mistaken.

2011 (40 years old)

One thing that I had considered during Sunday evening that this chapter reminded me of was about how God makes up for our weakness. He had a phrase that was kind of inspiring - 'We can't wait until we are perfect before we let God use us.' God wants to use us now no matter what - in our weakness he is strong.
Graham and  Susan showed a couple of videos at small group on Sunday. One of them was Going Through the Motions by Matthew West.  In it a fellow makes a change in his life (based on diary entries that can be read) from going through the motions to praying for someone during his day at work. It was a good reminder for me to be daily asking for gods help and guidance.  The video below is the same song - I couldn't  find the exact video from way back then

2016 (45 years old)

I was created to become like Christ. In what area do I need to ask for the Spirit's power to be like Christ today?  There were three things I needed to do:

  1. Let go of the old ways of acting. 
  2. Change the way I think.
  3. Put on the character of Christ.  
In doing these things we cooperate with the Spirit's work in our lives. And I need to remember that this is a long process and not compare myself to others.  God is more interested in building character in us than anything else.


  • Purpose Driven Life - My Beginning
  • 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 21 - Unity of the Church
  • 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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