What on Earth Am I Here For? (Study Guide) (The Purpose Driven Life Series)
In the six-session small group Bible study, What On Earth Am I Here For?, Rick Warren helps users answer life's fundamental question: "What on earth am I here for?" This is the official study companion for The Purpose Driven Life....
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In the six-session small group Bible study, What On Earth Am I Here For?, Rick Warren helps users answer life's fundamental question: "What on earth am I here for?" This is the official study companion for The Purpose Driven Life.
In this six-session small group bible study (DVD/digital video sold separately), What On Earth Am I Here For?, Rick Warren helps users discover the answer to life's most fundamental question: "What on earth am I here for?" This is the official study companion for The Purpose Driven Life and is designed for use with the DVD.
You are about to embark on a journey of discovery. Throughout this six-session video-based study you are going to discover the answer to life's most fundamental question: "What on earth am I hear for?"
And here's a clue to the answer: "It's not about you...You were created by God and for God, and until you understand that, life will never make sense. It is only in God that we discover our origin, our identity, our meaning, our purpose, our significance, and our destiny. Whether you are going to experience this adventure with a small group or on your own, this study will change your life.
When combined with the reading of The Purpose Driven Life, this study will give you and your small group the opportunity to discuss the implications and applications of living the life God created you to live.
You Matter to God
You Were Planned for God's Pleasure
You Were Formed for God's Family
You Were Created to Become Like Christ
You Were Shaped to Serve God
You Were Made for a Mission
Here, you will embark on a journey of discovery. In the next forty days, you and your small group will discover together the answer to life's most fundamental question: 'What on earth am I here for?' The Purpose Driven Life Small Group Curriculum is a six-week, video-based small group study of The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren---the book Publishers Weekly declared the 'bestselling nonfiction hardback in history.' The six video lessons in the accompanying DVD are taught by Rick Warren, supplemented by small group discussion material in this study guide. When combined with the reading of The Purpose Driven Life, this study will give individuals and small groups the opportunity to discuss the implications and applications of these life-changing truths. Translated into over 50 languages, The Purpose Driven Life is a guide to a spiritual journey that has transformed millions of lives. Transform your life. Start your journey today.
Richard Duane Warren was born in San Jose, California 28 January 1954, the son of a Baptist minister, James Warren. Rick earned a Bachelor of Arts from California Baptist University, a Master of Divinity from Southwestern Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary.
Rick felt called to full-time ministry when he was still an undergraduate, and was actively involved in student Christian groups. He and his wife Kay; married since 1975; founded Saddleback Church in 1980 when he was just 26 years old, with a congregation of 200 attenders. In the decades since, Saddleback has grown phenomenally; it now has an average attendance of 20,000 a week, and the influence of its ministry style and resources has extended worldwide. Rick is still the senior pastor at Saddleback, where he is known as 'Papa Rick' a voice of wisdom, hope, encouragement, and vision. Since 2005, he and his wife have given away 90% of their income, due to the extraordinary success of his publications.
Pastor Rick took the lessons he learned building up Saddleback and distilled them into a fivefold ministry approach called 'Purpose Driven'. Zondervan's 1995 publication of Rick's The Purpose Driven Church was a huge bestseller, and Saddleback became a model for churches everywhere. This was followed in 2002 by The Purpose Driven Life - a 40-day devotional that would sell over 30 million copies in five years. In 2004, Pastor Rick was invited to Rwanda by its president Paul Kagame, who had read The Purpose Driven Life and wanted to make his country a 'purpose driven nation'. This trip changed the trajectory of Pastor Rick's life and mission. God gave him a vision for The PEACE Plan, a mission to fight the five giants of spiritual emptiness, self-serving leadership, poverty, pandemic disease, and illiteracy that devastate the lives of men, women, and children around the world. Rick and Kay consider it their life's work to empower local churches and local leaders to create sustainable change that gives a voice to the voiceless and help to the helpless. To date, PEACE teams have participated in missions outreach in every nation of the world. Rick and Kay have used the PEACE platform to advocate for HIV/AIDS sufferers globally, mobilizing local churches to help prevent the spread of the disease and to care for those already affected.
In the decades since founding Saddleback Church, Pastor Rick has become one of the most respected and influential pastors in the US. He mentors young leaders, and many of today's leading pastors credit him and The Purpose Driven Church for inspiring them to pursue their own callings to ministry. As pastor to pastors, Rick has built the Purpose Driven Network, a global alliance of pastors from more than 160 countries and hundreds of denominations and has also founded Pastors.com, an online interactive community that provides sermons, forums, and other practice resources for pastors.
Rick and Kay have three adult children and four grandchildren. Their youngest son Matthew took his own life in 2013 after a long struggle with mental illness. Rick has been active in recent years seeking to build awareness in the church with regard to mental illness.