Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Saddleback Pastor Continues the Message of Renewal Found in The Purpose Driven Life with National '40 Days of Love' Campaign

/PRNewswire/ -- Following in the footsteps of the popular "40 Days of Purpose" campaign that thousands of churches participated in worldwide, Saddleback Church is launching a national "40 Days of Love" campaign. The campaign, which launches across the country February 1st, is based on the book The Relationship Principles of Jesus (Zondervan, 2008) by Tom Holladay, teaching pastor at Saddleback.

Focused on relational renewal, the book, begins where Rick Warren's best-selling The Purpose Driven Life (Zondervan 2002), which focuses on personal renewal, ended. More than 1,000 churches across the country are signed up to participate.

"With conflict, divorce, violence, prejudice, abuse, division, and polarization around us daily, it's obvious we all need some lessons in building healthy relationships," says Rick Warren, senior pastor at Saddleback. "This is my dream: If every group and church that participated in '40 Days of Purpose' worldwide would also study The Relationship Principles of Jesus as a part of '40 Days of Love,' it could bring about a revival of love that would change the cultural climate of our world," adds Warren.

Beginning in February, churches nationwide will take part in the "40 Days of Love" campaign which walks participants through the book's 40-day study guide that teaches six key principals to loving people based on the words and actions of Jesus. Built into each day's reading is a reflection on one of the principles, the scripture it is built on, real life examples, and practical suggestions to implement Christ's example into relationships. This 40-day journey is designed to bring new health and richness to participants' marriages, families, friendships, and all the relationships in their lives, producing deeper connections and renewing rocky relationships.

The six relationship principles explored in the book include:

-- Place the highest value on relationships
-- Love as Jesus Loves you
-- Communicate from the heart
-- As you judge, you will be judged
-- The greatest are the servants
-- Treat others as you want them to treat you

Holladay writes, "God wants us to depend on him for the power to love. So he challenges us to love in a way we can only accomplish through dependence on his power." Holladay bases these principles on an extensive study of what Jesus lived and taught about relationships and actions towards others, a study which was filled with challenging and surprising truths for life.

Information on the 40 Days of Love campaign can be found here:

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