DIVING DEEPER

Welcome to the Diving Deeper area where you can learn more about Evangelism.

Evangelism is sharing the priceless gift of God’s grace and forgiveness so others can have a relationship with Jesus now, and in Heaven. Why would you ever hold back this incredible gift?

Refer back to this page for sermons and resources that can further develop your life long journey through Evangelism.

AUDIO SERMONS BY PASTOR RICK
    1. Do you think you chose God? The reality is God chose you! Join Pastor Rick as he discusses how you were made for a mission.
    1. Does fear stop you from sharing the Good News of Christ? Listen as Pastor Rick breaks down the benefits of fulfilling your life mission, and gives us tools for successfully sharing Jesus with our families and friends.
    1. What is an ambassador? Usually an ambassador is a person sent out on a mission to build relationships. Pastor Rick teaches us how we are ambassadors for God’s Kingdom and why that is so important.
    1. If you could rate your passion for God on a scale of 1 through 10, what would your number be today? Learn how to avoid ‘passion killers’ and seek God with fervor.
    1. By now you know you were intentionally created and gifted by God to be uniquely you. Join Pastor Rick as he asks, “Will my life be about comfort or will my life be about character? What will be the character of my life?”
    1. Do you ever wish you had what someone else has? Do you ever wish God had made you like someone else? Pastor Rick teaches us the antidote for envy.
    1. We all fear rejection. Listen as Pastor Rick explains what fear of rejection does to us and then shows us how to overcome it.
MINISTRY IDEAS & OPPORTUNITIES

At Saddleback Church


  1. Attend PEACE Skills training
  2. Join an HIV & AIDS care group
  3. Take the first step in any of the letters of PEACE through one of the PEACE Initiatives
  4. Sign up to take a trip to assist our Saddleback church plant in one of the 12 cities
  5. Financially sponsor a family who has taken in an orphan through the SVCC Orphan Care Initiative

In Your Community


  1. Join www.thepeaceplan.com and engage in online training or community works
  2. Hold a training event or community outreach for any initiative under a letter of PEACE
  3. Pray for the remaining unengaged people groups around the world
  4. Attend a Muslim service at a Mosque
  5. Mentor an immigrant in English (ESL)

“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves.” (Philippians 2:3 NIV)

Every conflict that you go through in a relationship has an element of pride mixed into it. What is the middle letter of the word “pride”? I. What’s the middle letter of the word “crime”? I. What’s the middle letter of the word “sin”? I.

We have an “I” problem! “I” want what “I” want and “I” want it now, and that causes all kinds of problems. In any relationship, never let pride be your guide, because pride is the root of every other sin.

The Bible says in Philippians 2:3 “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves” (NIV). Paul says that there are two conflict-creating kinds of pride. One of them is selfish ambition and the other is vain conceit. Selfish ambition says, “It’s all about me” and vain conceit means, “I’m always right.”

Selfish ambition causes all kinds of problems. James 3:16 says, “Where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.” When you find confusion at your workplace, your church, your home, in your marriage, and even in the government, you can know that selfish ambition and jealousy are causing it.

Vain conceit is the attitude that you are always right. The Living Bible translation of Philippians 2:3 says, “Don’t live to make a good impression on others.” We do this in every area of our lives, but especially on social media. It’s a great temptation to make yourself look better on the Internet than you are.

In Galatians, Paul lists about 17 effects of living with pride. He says when we live a self-centered life, it shows up in all kinds of ways. He starts off by saying things like self-indulgence shows up in sexual immorality and wild partying and getting drunk. You would expect those things.

But most of the things on the list are actually relational sins. Galatians 5:19-21 says, “When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear ... quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, envy.... Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God” (NLT).

If you want to be happy in your relationships, you’ve got to have harmony. And if you’re going to have harmony, you’ve got to have humility. Never let pride be your guide.

Talk It Over

  • How would you describe the basis of your relationships? Are you in the relationship to serve yourself or others?
  • What are practical ways you can maintain humility in a relationship?



 
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