Top 20 Quotes from Purpose Driven Church (2016)

Top 20 Quotes from Purpose Driven Church (2016)

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Rick Warren and Jeremy JerniganI had the opportunity to attend the Purpose Driven Church conference this week in California, hosted by Saddleback and Rick Warren. In case you missed it (which I’m not sure is possible), Warren’s book The Purpose Driven Life sold more than 32 million copies and became a runaway success worldwide. This conference was designed to pour into church leaders and empower local churches to think more strategically in the way they develop people.

Below I’ve selected twenty of my favorite quotes from the event. Each of these quotes is my best representation in writing of what Rick said verbally or a summary thereof. Any errors in wording are my own. At the bottom of the page are some tweetable versions of them.

  1. Never confuse prominence with significance.
  2. You lie to yourself more than you lie to anyone else in your life.
  3. “I like you but I can’t stand your wife.” The equivalent to saying “I like Jesus but not the Church.”
  4. A Christian without a church is an orphan.
  5. Don’t ask God to use you greatly unless you’re willing to hurt greatly.
  6. Always being in the spotlight blinds you.
  7. It’s not a sin to be sick.
  8. In God’s garden of grace even broken trees bear fruit.
  9. Share your hope, not your faith. Not just what you believe but what it’s done for you.
  10. It’s wise to learn from experience. It’s wiser to learn it from others.
  11. What other people think of you is none of your business.
  12. Both hope and hopelessness are caused by what I see and what I choose to look at.
  13. Divert daily, withdraw weekly, and abandon annually.
  14. If you work with your mind you relax your hands. If you work with your hands you relax your mind.
  15. At every level (of growth) you get a new devil.
  16. Christian maturity is inhabitation, not imitation.
  17. Methods are many. Principles are few.
  18. Appeal to the best in people.
  19. Energy management is more important than time management. We are all equal in the amount of time we have but we are not equal in the amount of energy we have.
  20. Education is alienation. You’ll never be the same after you learn something new.

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Jeremy Jernigan

This is the personal blog of Jeremy Jernigan. Husband to Michelle and father to Gavin, Madsen, Adelyn, Aiden, and Abel. Author of Redeeming Pleasure and Lead Pastor at Abundant Life Church in Portland.

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