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Christians should be part of a “church family” and not try to live spiritually on their own, says Saddleback Church senior pastor and best-selling author Rick Warren.

In his Daily Hope devotional on Monday, the megachurch pastor stressed that being part of a church family is essential to fulfilling God’s purposes for one’s life.

“You cannot fulfill the five purposes (worship, fellowship, discipleship, ministry, evangelism) on your own. Life is not a solo act. You were created for community,” wrote Warren.

“The only way you can fulfill God’s five purposes in your life is with people in your life who are giving you spiritual input. You need a church family!”

Warren added that a major reason for this need is that “the church helps you center your life around God” and that “God didn’t put you on Earth to live a self-centered life

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