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

“It does not matter! I am happy about it — just so Christ is preached in every way possible, whether from wrong or right motives. And I will continue to be happy.” (Philippians 1:18 TEV)

 

You can be happy no matter what happens in your life if you don’t let others control your attitude.

In Philippians 1:15-17, Paul talks about four kinds of people who were affecting his ministry while he was in prison in Rome. There were some who he considered comrades and who encouraged him in his ministry. Others were criticizing, competing with, or conspiring against his ministry.

 “Some of them preach Christ because they are jealous and quarrelsome, but others from genuine good will. These do so from love, because they know that God has given me the work of defending the gospel. The others do not proclaim Christ sincerely, but from a spirit of selfish ambition; they think that they will make more trouble for me while I am in prison” (Philippians 1:15-17 TEV).

 Few things rob your happiness faster than being criticized or feeling like others are working against you. Why? Because we all want to be loved. We all want approval. We want everybody to like us.

 Yet Paul says in Philippians 1:18, “It does not matter! I am happy about it — just so Christ is preached in every way possible, whether from wrong or right motives. And I will continue to be happy.”

 You don’t need other people’s approval to be happy.

 You’re as happy as you choose to be! If others are unhappy with you, that’s their choice. If you haven’t got someone’s approval now, you’re probably not going to get it. And you’re going to be miserable if you try to live for the approval of everybody else.

 Paul later explains in verses 29 and 30 why you can be happy no matter what: “For you have been given not only the privilege of trusting in Christ but also the privilege of suffering for him. We are in this struggle together. You have seen my struggle in the past, and you know that I am still in the midst of it” (NLT).

 Paul says it is a privilege to suffer when you’re doing the right thing because you’re most like Jesus when somebody’s nailing you to a cross and trying to get at you.

 You can be happy no matter what happens if you look at every problem from God’s viewpoint and never let what other people say or do control your happiness.

 Talk It Over

  •  For whose approval have you been working? Why do you think you need that person’s approval?
  •  Why is there more freedom in God’s approval than another person’s?

 

When you feel most attacked or criticized, how might God be working in you and through you?



 
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