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'Purpose' campaign tries to answer why on Earth we are here

By SCOTT BATTISHILL

For the Mirror

What on Earth are we here for?

At some point in your life you have asked yourself that question.  We all have. 

Rick Warren, the author of the New York Times best-selling book, “The Purpose Driven Life,” says in his book that since you didn’t create yourself, you alone can not answer that question. It’s the equivalent of an airline pilot asking an airplane why it’s here and how it works; the airplane can’t answer that question but the engineers, the creators of the plane, can.

Warren’s book has exceeded a record-breaking 12 million copies sold since its release last year. The book has spurred an international movement — an estimated 10,000 churches have completed a “40 Days of Purpose” campaign inspired by stories of renewal and growth from the 1,500 churches participating in the national pilot campaign a year ago.

The campaign is now coming to Federal Way. Starting next week, Federal Way’s New Community Church will kick off a “40 Days of Purpose” campaign and welcomes any member of the community to participate. 

The church will host a kick-off event to the campaign on Feb. 21 at 10 a.m. at its location at Lakota Middle School,  1415 SW. 314th St. Breakfast, childcare and a copy of Warren’s book will all be offered free of charge to those who attend.

New Community will be joining nearly 3,000 churches nationwide that are beginning the same campaign at the same time to view a national simulcast to start the program. On Feb. 22, the campaign begins with a sermon on “What on Earth am I Here For?” Participants in the campaign will be encouraged to follow along by reading one chapter each day from “The Purpose Driven Life.” Each Sunday, New Community’s pastor will deliver a sermon on the previous week’s reading.

The book is broken into 40 short chapters. Participants will read one per day. Each chapter ends with a thought to ponder and a related scripture. The book ends by helping the individual draft a purpose statement for their life that Warren says helps to crystallize focus, prioritize activities and ultimately transform the individual’s life through living with purpose.

New Community Church teaches practical, Bible-based messages and welcomes community members to simply come as they are.  The church’s charter has been from its start to be a “community of diversity, overcoming all barriers, ministering by demonstrating the power and love of Jesus Christ, evangelizing the world, to the glory of God.” 

The church, which opened its doors just more than a year and a half ago, is exceeding the expected growth patterns of new churches based on national averages.

The pastor, Fuller Theological Seminary graduate Darnell Mosley, believes the “Purpose” campaign has the ability to transform lives. 

“It is important for all of us to individually understand that you are not an accident,” Moseley said. “You were created by God for five purposes, and until you understand them, life will not fully make sense.” 

Warren says in his book, “‘The 40 Days of Purpose’ campaign will help you begin to live out your purpose. Having this perspective will reduce your stress, simplify your decisions, increase your satisfaction with life and, most importantly, prepare you for eternity.”

Additional information on the “40 Days of Purpose” is available from New Community Church at 874-1807.

Scott Battishill is a member of New Community Church.

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