Church leaders from 33 different countries and all 50 states participated in Pastor Rick Warren's three-day "Purpose Driven Conference" at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California, this week, with nearly 70 percent being newcomers who were not at the first conference 10 years ago.
"The world needs hope like never before," Warren said in his opening speech Tuesday morning. "Our hope is not in government. It will never come through a politician. Our hope is not in who we put in the White House, but in who we put on the cross."
The Purpose Driven paradigm is like "the operating system for the church," Warren said in a statement ahead of the conference. "We must help plateaued churches and discouraged pastors, and we must train a whole new generation to embrace God's five purposes for the church: fellowship, discipleship, worship, ministry and evangelism." more >>
People's God-given gifts are meant to be shared with those around them, Pastor Rick Warren says.
The senior pastor of Saddleback Church in Orange County, California, explains in his Daily Devotional on Thursday that the purpose of gifts is to share them, pointing to 1 Peter 4:10 which reads: "God has given each of you a gift from His great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another."
The megachurch pastor goes on to say that when Christians use their talents to help others, they are glorifying God. more >>
To show God's love to others, Christians must offer their acceptance, not necessarily their approval, Pastor Rick Warren says.
Warren, senior pastor of Saddleback Church in Orange County, California, wrote in his Daily Devotional on Wednesday that God calls on believers to accept people from all walks of life, but that does not mean he wants people to approve of everyone's actions.
"Do you understand the difference between acceptance and approval? You can accept someone without approving of everything that person does," Warren adds. more >>
There are three ways to get God's power in your life, Pastor Rick Warren says.
Warren, who serves as the senior pastor of Saddleback Church in Orange County, California, says in his Daily Devotional on Tuesday that God does not bless self-reliant people; rather, he "blesses people who are dependent upon Him and surrendered to Him."
There are three ways to get God's power in your life and live by His will, including praying, obeying Him, and perseverance, the evangelical leader continues. more >>
If people truly want God's blessing in life, they need to put Him first, Pastor Rick Warren says.
Warren, the senior pastor of Saddleback Church in Orange County, California, advises in his Daily Devotional on Monday that Christians must fully commit to God to receive His blessing, citing 1 Thessalonians 2:12 which reads: "You should live in a way that proves you belong to the God who calls you into His Kingdom and glory."
"The Kingdom of God is a present reality," he explains. "It's what we're to be doing on the Earth right now. The power of God is the present resource. It's the energy you get to do what God wants you to do once you're surrendered and submitted to His will. God's glory is the reason. It's not the reality or the resource. It is the present reason for everything. It's all for God's glory. more >>
The cross has the power to free you from bondage in life, Pastor Rick Warren says.
Warren, the senior pastor of Saddleback Church in Orange County, California, wrote in a recent blog post that the cross has the power to free us of negative feelings, including resentment, bitterness and mistrust.
"The cross has the power to free you from grudges and grief and resentment. There is no other way to let go of these emotions that are weighing you down than the cross. Jesus on the cross broke the power of sin and death and bondage in your life," Warren explains, adding that the cross has the power to free us from "the bondage to bitterness, that bondage to guilt, that bondage to resentment, that bondage to worry." more >>