The Loudmouth Protestant

September 22, 2009

Quote of the Day: Francis Chan on Purpose

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I am reading this awesome book right now entitled, “Forgotten God: Reversing Our Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit”. The book delves into many topics concerning the church universal’s and the church body’s neglect of the Holy Spirit. Mostly how there is no emphasis on the Holy Spirit. No focus on teaching people that they need to be lead by the Holy Spirit. Not even anything in our weekly services and the busyness of our church lives that would suggest that we are being lead more by the Holy Spirit then we are by our own agendas. Right now I am on the chapter about why do we want the Holy Spirit. Is it for personal gain? Or is it for the common good of the people? It is here that Chan starts to talk about the part the Holy Spirit plays in regards to our purpose. This quote which I am about to share made me say ouch and I read it over a few times. I’ll most likely be meditating on it throughout this week because it is so apropos to my life right now. So, I thought I’d share it with you:

“It is true that God may have called you to be exactly where you are. But, it is absolutely vital to grasp that he didn’t call you there so you could settle in and live your life in comfort and superficial peace.”
Francis Chan, “Forgotten God”

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3 Comments »

  1. Wow, Francis always hits us hard with the truth! I just bought this book because I am a huge fan of his first book, Crazy Love! He speaks the truth & he doesn’t care if we want to hear it or not. I can’t wait to start reading it!

    We are so obsessed with being comfortable & being entertained in this country, Christians & Non-Christians alike! We need to be willing to sacrifice our comfort for service for the Lord! All we have to do is pick up the Bible & read the many stories of people who dedicated their lives to serving God to see that most of them didn’t live a life filled with comfort and they weren’t concerned about that. They wanted to serve God even though it caused them pain & suffering! Look at Paul’s life.

    Francis Chan has a couple websites that are worthy of loggin into. http://www.juststopandthink.com & http://www.crazylovebook.com to name 2. Also you can listen to his sermons from his church Cornerstone Church in Simi Valley, CA.

    Yes, I’m a huge Chan Fan but I’ve never met him & I never have seen him speak in person. I just think this guy is being used in a BIG way by God to wake up the church of America!!!

    Comment by Kathryn — November 1, 2009 @ 4:33 pm | Reply

    • Kathryn,

      I am going to have to go and read “Crazy Love”. I have been hearing such awesome things about the book and after reading “Forgotten God” I really did take a liking to Chan’s style of writing and his vision for ministry and his vision for Christians. I loved that he focused on the importance of the Holy Spirit guiding us and helping the church to remember to stop neglecting the Holy Spirit. I think we get so caught up on living a purpose driven life–and that we forget that our purpose is driven by the spirit and we need to get in touch with Him first before we go on the hunt for our purpose. It’s such a wonderful book, I’d recommend it to everyone. Thanks for stopping by. Come back soon and be blessed.

      Comment by loudmouthprotestant — November 1, 2009 @ 10:46 pm | Reply

  2. Hi guys! I’ve read both of Chan’s recent books, and they’re definitely worth the read and all-too-relevant. I just finished “Forgotten God” and have wrote up some discussion questions on my site: http://smuckerfamily.wordpress.com/. I’d be happy to hear your thoughts, dig a little deeper into Chan’s book, and consider its implications for our lives.
    ~Matt

    Comment by msmucker — December 26, 2009 @ 12:37 am | Reply


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