DIVING DEEPER

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

Fellowship is living in God’s family, loving each other as family, and working together as a family united in Christ’s Church.

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

AUDIO SERMONS BY PASTOR RICK
    1. Do you ever feel lonely? Join Pastor Rick as he teaches how to have more significant, fulfilling, satisfying, and intimate relationships.
    1. Did you know that your relationships matter to God? Listen in as Pastor Rick examines what the Bible says about love.
    1. What comes to mind when you think of the word “church”? A building? A location? Join Pastor Rick as he explains the true meaning of the word.
    1. Do you ever feel lonely? Join Pastor Rick as he teaches how to have more significant, fulfilling, satisfying, and intimate relationships.
    1. In today’s busy world, it’s easy to feel isolated. The truth is, we need each other. Join Pastor Rick as he uncovers the five reasons God says you need other people in your life and why you need a small group.
    1. Is there anyone who hasn’t suffered a broken relationship? Do you need to repair one? Learn the secret key to successful relationships.
    1. What will people say about you when you’re gone? How will they remember you? Pastor Rick discusses the Biblical principles upon which Saddleback Church is built and how they apply to each one of us.
MINISTRY IDEAS & OPPORTUNITIES

At Saddleback Church


  1. Serving together as a group is a great way to Live Your calling. In your group, decide on a service project your group can do together. You can find projects ideas at your campus or in your community. Simply goto saddleback.com/serviceprojects and choose from the list.

In Your Community


  1. Good Neighbor City Outreach – simple projects that would help enrich the schools, parks or whatever the city officials deem as a priority or need. Let them direct their most pressing needs and the church comes in and helps. It could be repainting a school or cleaning up a park. Build the bridge to your city officials so they know you can be counted on.
  2. Good Neighbor Next Door Outreach – design simple strategies to have your congregation meet their neighbors. It might be a block party, hosting a 40 days bible study…the sky is the limit. The purpose is to be a light and win the right to invite them to church or share your faith. It’s bridge builder to your neighbors.
  3. Start a Food Pantry – meet the most basic needs of the hurting in your community by having a local food pantry. Step 1.repurpose space. Step 2. Have a food drive. Step 3 get local partners to donate food weekly. Step 4. Open your doors to anyone in need. Step 5. Once you give out food walk them to their cars and ask to pray for them. Step 6. Be willing to share the hope of Jesus with every person you pray for.
  4. Adopt a Neighborhood – choose a neighborhood that you want to have a lasting impact as a church. Partner with local non-profits, community officials, and other organizations to meet the most pressing needs.
  5. Start a Local Orphan Adoption Ministry – if every church in America committed to adopt at least one child there would be no orphans in America.
  6. Start A Support Group Ministry – everyone has hurting needs where the church could help
  7. Start A Local HIV/AIDS ministry – reach out to those most in need and whom feel most left out by the church

“Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. He humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross.”  (Philippians 2:6-8 NLT)

Happiness comes from harmony, and harmony comes from humility. If you want to be a humble person, you have to learn to ask yourself a question: “What would Jesus do?” What would Jesus do in this problem? What would Jesus do for that person who’s hurting? What would Jesus do at the office? On the golf course? What would Jesus do in your marriage?

Ask this question, and you’ll always come up with a humble answer that builds harmony and happiness rather than difficulty, defeat, bitterness, and resentment.

So, what does it mean to act like Jesus? Philippians 2 gives us three examples:

Don’t demand what you think you deserve. Philippians 2:6 says, “Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to” (NLT).

Do you realize how counter cultural it is to give up your right to something? Yes, you have rights, but there’s a better way to get your needs met than demanding your rights. You can be tender without surrender, and you can be understanding without demanding.

Look for ways that you can serve. Philippians 2:7 says, “Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being.”

If you want to be like Jesus, you’re going to have to learn to serve.

Do what’s right even when it’s painful. Philippians 2:8 says, “He humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross.”

Jesus is the ultimate model of humility, and God gave him the greatest honor in the universe. God honors your humility, too, when you follow Jesus’ example and do these three things.

Talk It Over

  • What are some ways you can be “tender without surrender” in a relationship?
  • How can you serve someone without having to be asked?



 
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