Prophet of Purpose The Life of Rick Warren book review.
Hey everyone! How are you? I hope all is well.
Let me tell you a little about Rick Warren:
Rick Warren is arguably the most influential man in American religion today. Megachurch pastor, friend of world leaders, and trendsetting spiritual entrepreneur, he is widely recognized as the new public face of evangelical Christianity in America. No other modern churchman has matched his success as a leader and motivator of Christians. His book The Purpose-Driven Life is the bestselling nonfiction hardcover of all time, with more than thirty million copies sold. And at the time when Evangelicalism stands at a political and cultural crossroads, his stature continues to rise.
But who is Rick Warren? What can be learned from the story of the man behind the message? And what does his life say about the sate of Christianity?
Prophet of Purpose: The Life of Rick Warren traces the road Warren has traveled, the influences in his life, his trials and tribulations, and opposition he has encountered along the way. Honest, thorough, and insightful, the book explores his spiritual coming-of-age during the trubulent 1860s, his principled determination to sit out the divise battles between fundamentalists and moderates in the Southern Baptist Convention in the late 1970s, and his audacious endeavor in the 1980s to build a “church for people who hate church” in the suburbs of Los Angeles. From a handful of worshipers meeting at a tiny apartment, he grew a vibrant congregation of more than twenty-two thousand, as well as a global network of pastors who follow his strategies for building chuches and transforming lives.
I don’t necessarily agree with some of Rick Warren’s methods, one is of reaching the lost (decisions for Christ evangelism) or even catering church for non-believers (seeker-sensitive service). I lean more to the reformed view of salvation (regeneration being a supernatural work of God John 3) and church for believers. God is sovereign even in allowing him to be where he is at, it is God who has placed him there. It is God who has opened the doors for him to be widely known and influential. We always look at the negative things, but can we see the positive things in his life by the grace of God? His PEACE plan is something we can pray for and be for. He has given his life to one church of which he loves and cares deeply for. Can we pray for Him and ask that the Lord would grant his wisdom and grace.
I read the book because in all honesty I knew little about Pastor Rick Warren and wanted to know him a little better. All I can say in regards to Pastor Rick Warren and other pastors of mega-churches is, “…Everyone to whom much was given, of him much will be required, and from him to whom they entrusted much, they will demand the more.” Luke 12:48 I believe it is a huge responsibility given to him by God and only by God’s grace can it be done.
Let’s pray for him! I also want to add the discussion of Pastor John Piper and Pastor Rick Warren on doctrine in Purpose Driven Life. Watch it to see what he really believes! I’m really appreciative of his humbleness to even want to discuss it with Pastor John Piper and let people see.
I appreciate John Piper’s words:
Near the end of the interview, with great respect and appreciation for the stewardship of influence that Rick carries, I exhort him and pray for him that God will make the final chapter of his ministry a deepening one, that leaves a legacy of biblical and doctrinal truth more explicitly and firmly in the minds and hearts of the generations that will follow him.
Rick and I are very different in methodological instincts and inclinations. I take almost the exact opposite approach in preaching—wanting to make the theological categories explicit and to show how I got them from the text. But then I am not even close to the fruitful evangelist that Rick is.
So watch the video interview, I’d like to hear some of your thoughts.
Click on the picture to go to the website to watch the video:
Oh and here am I with Pastor Rick Warren,
-Always, for God’s glory and our joy in Him!