22 Top Rick Warren Quotes

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I once lived in Lake Forest, California and Saddleback Church, where Rick Warren pastored, was practically in my back yard. That church was very active in the community and today it has grown to include several campuses and over 20,000 members. Pastor Warren’s evangelical heart has inspired these folks to evangelize their community and continually reach out to folks with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Given the size of his congregation, I am sure he has had many opportunities to say some amazing things. Rick Warren is regularly quoted by the media and other sources because he has become one of Christendom’s most well-known leaders and evangelists mostly due to his very popular book The Purpose Drive Life which he published in 2002 [1]. Here are my picks for the 22 top Rick Warren quotes.

“Trusting God completely means having faith that He knows what is best for your life. You expect Him to keep His promises, help you with problems, and do the impossible when necessary.”  (A Purpose Driven Life)

Learning and Moving Forward

“We are product of our past but we don’t have to be prisoners of it.”  

“The truth is, almost everything we do is done poorly when we first start doing it – that’s how we learn.”  (The Purpose Driven Life)

“Those who follow the crowd usually get lost in it.”  (The Purpose Driven Life)

“God is always more interested in why we do something than in what we do. Attitudes count more than achievements.”  (The Purpose Driven Life)

“I don’t know the keys to success, but one key to failure is to try to please everyone.”  (The Purpose Driven Life)

Life, Love and Purpose

“The best use of life is love. The best expression of love is time. The best time to love is now.” 

“Frankness is not a license to say anything you want, wherever and whenever you want. It is not rudeness.”  (The Purpose Driven Life)

“Measured against eternity, our time on earth is just a blink of an eye…”  (The Purpose Driven Life)

Praise, Worship & Trust 

“Happy moments, PRAISE GOD. Difficult moments, SEEK GOD. Quiet moments, WORSHIP GOD. Painful moments, TRUST GOD. Every moment, THANK GOD”  

“If you have ever said, “I didn’t get anything out of worship today,” you worshiped for the wrong reason. Worship isn’t for you. It’s for God. ” 

“The deepest level of worship is praising God in spite of pain, trusting Him during a trial, surrendering while suffering, and loving Him when He seems distant.”

Prayer & Relationships

“You discover your identity and purpose through a relationship with Jesus Christ.”

“The more you pray, the less you’ll panic. The more you worship, the less you worry. You’ll feel more patient and less pressured.”  (The Purpose of Christmas)

“Relationships are always worth restoring.”  

“You are as close to God as you choose to be. ”  

“God sometimes removes a person from your life for your protection. Don’t run after them.”  

“You discover your identity and purpose through a relationship with Jesus Christ.” (The Purpose Driven Life)

Why Choose God’s Way?

“Instant obedience will teach you more about God than a lifetime of Bible discussions.”  (The Purpose Driven Life)

If God only used perfect people, nothing would get done. God will use anybody if you’re available.”  

“Without God, life has no purpose, and without purpose, life has no meaning. Without meaning, life has no significance or hope.”  (The Purpose Driven Life)

“You cannot exalt God and yourself at the same time.”  

“You were made by God and for God and until you understand that, life will never make sense.”  

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[1] Rick Warren biography – http :// christianity.about. com

Warren, Rick. The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth am I Here For? Michigan: Zondervan Publishing, 2002.

Warren, Rick. The Purpose of Christmas. New York: Howard Books, 2008.

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