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Rick Warren explains what he calls "Purpose Driven Preaching."



Rick Warren is the founding pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., one of America’s largest and best-known churches. In addition, Rick is author of The New York Times best-seller The Purpose Driven Life, which was named one of the 100 Christian books that changed the 20th century. Learn more from Rick at Pastors.com. 

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Keith B

commented on Jan 19, 2013

There you have it folks. Warren's goal is to teach obedience. This produces life change. The only problem is we are not saved by obedience and a changed life. We are saved by faith in Christ. Warren is teaching legalism.

Mark Legg

commented on Jan 19, 2013

How can this be legalism? Is the goal to get people to disobey? He did not say we are saved by perfect obedience, but that the goal is obedience. Jesus did not die for us and forgive us so that we can disobey.

Jeff Glenn

commented on Jan 19, 2013

Matthew 28:19-20. Enough said! Jesus called us to "make disciples." That's the purpose for preaching/teaching the Gospel.

David Parks

commented on Jan 19, 2013

I must say he is right on the money. A disciple is a student follower not just a student. The old saw is still true, "too many people singing, 'Standing on the Promises,' are just sittin' on the premises."

Nathaniel Hunsu

commented on Jan 19, 2013

k b, if you call this legalism, then Jesus much be the Chief Legalist-or how do we explain "depart from me ye that WORK iniquity." And if all we do is to hear and do nothing how do we compare to "blessed are they that hear the word of God, and DO them."

David Clift

commented on Jan 19, 2013

Sounds to me like he is teaching love, not legalism. John 14:15 "If you love Me, you will obey what I command."

James Johnson

commented on Jan 19, 2013

I love Rick's ministry. I think he is one of the best examples of Christian leaders in the world. I think this message is absolutely correct but a little incomplete (I suspect Rick adds more to this message later in his teaching). The only way to "DO" and Obey in a right way is first be inwardly transformed. After heart transformation we will be able to choose to "Do" the works of God. Without heart change, even the good works we do are as filthy rags before God. I don't think "doing" right things changes our hearts and I suspect Rick does not believe that either.

Keith B

commented on Jan 19, 2013

Guys....what is the Gospel? Is it to obey? Or is it to believe? Yes, belief and trust does result in our obedience--and that's great. But the focus of our preaching should be on proclaiming the Gospel--it's what we're called to do. He is proclaiming the Law, which is summed up in loving God and your neighbor.

David Parks

commented on Jan 19, 2013

Are we to obey or believe the gospel one asked? Answer Both 2 Thessalonians 1:8 (ESV) 8 in flaming fire, inflicting vengeance on those who do not know God and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. Acts 15:7 (ESV) . . . that by my mouth the Gentiles should hear the word of the gospel and believe.

Bill Williams

commented on Jan 20, 2013

@kb, twice in the book of Romans, Paul refers to the "obedience of faith" (1:5; 16:26). The Gospel is not about either obedience or belief (i.e. faith). That is a false dichotomy. The Gospel is about BOTH obedience AND faith! So, I agree that the focus of our preaching should be proclaiming the Gospel. THEREFORE, by definition, our preaching should focus on BOTH obedience and belief. Any preaching that proclaims the Gospel as only belief, while treating obedience as a mere footnote, is preaching an incomplete Gospel. Furthermore, belief and trust results in obedience, but that is not to say that obedience just "happens automatically." We need to be intentional about it. Now, I understand your concern towards legalism, and it is a legitimate concern. And yet, at the same time we shouldn't ignore half the Gospel simply because of the risk that that half we want to ignore may lead us towards legalism.

Paul Ballard

commented on Jan 20, 2013

God centered preaching focuses on lifting up the character of God and his beautiful gospel sthat people are transformed by abiding in Christ. This preaching focuses on what Christ has done. Man centered preaching gives people a to do list. It focuses on what they need to do. The question is, Which one is Rick (WHom I like very much) teaching. The answer is obvious.

Darrell Asche

commented on Jan 21, 2013

kb - how come every time I see a comment from you it is negative?

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