“Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people.” (HCSB)
I just finished reading The Power of Purpose: Breaking Through to Intentional Living by Michael Catt, the pastor of Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, Ga. The main message of the book made me think of Proverbs 14:34 because one of the main points the book makes is that we should live our lives with purpose, and we do that by living a life for Christ. As church members when we live for Christ, we bring life back to the church, something greatly needed in our current culture. Even though Proverbs 14:34 refers to a “nation,” I believe this same principle applies to our churches.
The Power of Purpose is unique in that it explains why and how to live a life of purpose by looking at the book of Philippians. Topics in the book include living a life of prayer, consistency and service, all of which lead to contentment as Paul defines it.
While the book is filled with practical advice on how to live, I believe Catt’s most compelling arguments focus on the reasons for the decline of the church. He argues, “The blame for the powerless church in America lies not outside the church, but within her.” Unfortunately, many of us church-goers can attest to disunity in our churches, and Catt’s illumination of the apostle Paul’s arguments about living a life for Christ are good solutions to bringing dying churches back to life.
The book features a host of quotes from pastors, theologians, writers, philosophers and famous Americans. But, while it is easy to read, some of the chapters are not tightly focused and feel a bit disjointed because the author jumps from one topic to another without going very deeply into any one theme. All that said, the book includes many one-line quotes that convict us to live a life of purpose, a life for Christ, and that makes this book valuable to anyone who reads it.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review purposes and the opinions I have expressed in my review are entirely my own.