DIVING DEEPER

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

Ministry is living a life that serves others and God, instead of only thinking about ourselves. Choose to discover how God shaped you, and how you can serve. There is joy in it!

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

AUDIO SERMONS BY PASTOR RICK
    1. On Easter Sunday, 2005, over 10,000 people gathered in Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California to celebrate Saddleback Church’s 25th Anniversary. Listen to pastor Rick as he casts the vision for local and global PEACE and challenges us to reach every nation for Christ.
    1. Did you know God created you for a life of service? Join Pastor Rick as he shows how God wants to use your personality, your abilities and experiences to serve others.
    1. Do you have a skill or talent you take for granted? What if God gave you that skill or talent for a purpose? Pastor Rick explains how God wants us to use our special gifts and abilities.
    1. Do you ever wish you could change the past? Pastor Rick examines scripture to show us how God can use our experiences for His glory!
    1. We know what others say, but what did Jesus say about who he is why he came? Join Pastor Rick as he introduces the PEACE plan and explains how we can join in Christ’s ministry.
    1. What make a good leader? Pastor Rick analyzes the leadership style of Jesus and explains its relevance in our world today.
    1. Have you ever looked at yourself and wished you had been born differently? You are not an accident! Join Pastor Rick as he delves into scripture to show us how God made us to be uniquely shaped for His glory.
MINISTRY IDEAS & OPPORTUNITIES

At Saddleback Church


  1. Exercise: Celebrate! Spend time in your group affirming each others greatest gifts. Then pray for each other.
  2. Exercise: Better Together:: Write down on a sheet of paper all of the items it takes to make the group function on a weekly basis. The coordination, the calling, the teaching, etc. Then ask everyone to take one of the functions for the next 90 days so everyone has a little more ownership within the group.
  3. Serve with your small group: Visit saddleback.com/serviceprojects and select a serving project
  4. Project: ask each person in your group to share one person they know of who could use a little help in life. Then pray for each person and decide as a group 1-2 of the people to bless with practical acts of love.
  5. Project: Identify the people you will be inviting to Easter this year as a group then start to pray for each person by name. In addition, think of one simple act of love you could offer to this person over the next 30 days to show God’s love in action.

In Your Community


  1. Exercise: Celebrate! Spend time in your group affirming each other’s greatest gifts. Then pray for each other.
  2. Exercise: Better Together! Write down on a sheet of paper all of the items it takes to make the group function on a weekly basis. The coordination, the calling, the teaching, etc. Then ask everyone to take one of the functions for the next 90 days so everyone has a little more ownership within the group.
  3. Project: contact your church and see how your group could help serve as a team over the next 30 days.
  4. Project: ask each person in your group to share one person they know of who could use a little help in life. Then pray for each person and decide as a group 1-2 of the people to bless with practical acts of love.

“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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