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

“For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.” (Philippians 1:21 NIV)

Happiness comes from service and giving your life away. Until you understand this, you’re not going to be happy for much of your life. Happiness does not come from self-gratification. It comes from self-sacrifice.

Paul knew that to be happy, he had to stay focused on his purpose and not his problems. He summed up his purpose in Philippians 1:21: “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain” (NIV).

If you were asked to fill in the blank, what word would you use? “For me to live is ______.” Would it be entertainment? Sports? Clothes? Family? Friends? A career? There could be a lot of good things you could answer, but nothing deserves the place of the One who created you and gave you your life: Jesus Christ.

How you fill in that blank will determine how happy you are in life. Because if you answer “money” or “success” or “pleasure” or “power,” you are going to be unhappy for most of your life. There’s nothing wrong with those things; they just don’t deserve first place. You weren’t created to make a bunch of money, then die, and give it away. God has a far greater purpose for your life. There is only one answer that leads to happiness: to live is Christ. Give your life away. It is your purpose!

Talk It Over

Pray this prayer today: “Dear Jesus, you know that I often let circumstances determine my happiness. You know that I often allow the killjoys of pain and problems and pressures and picky people to rob my happiness. Help me to look at every problem in my life from your viewpoint. I want to handle problems in a way that is a witness to nonbelievers and an encouragement to believers. Help me to remember that what others say and do does not control my happiness unless I allow it. And as for the things that happen that I don’t understand or can’t figure out, I want to trust you to work it all out for good. Help me to stay focused on your purpose for my life and not my problems. I want to use the rest of my life to serve you by serving others. Use me, Lord, so I have a purpose for living and for dying. From this day on, for me to live is Christ. In your name I pray. Amen.”



 
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