DIVING DEEPER

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

Worship is expressing your affection to God, focusing your attention on God, and using your abilities for God.

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

AUDIO SERMONS BY PASTOR RICK
    1. Do you have a goal in life? Does it excite you? Pastor Rick challenges you to make the number one goal of your life to know and love God because it brings our Creator pleasure.
    1. Have you ever wondered what makes God smile? Join Pastor Rick as he looks at the life of Noah to demonstrate four ways we can make God smile.
    1. Would you like your life to be radically different? What would life be like if you said “yes” to God? Listen in as Pastor Rick and Kay Warren invite you to experience the adventure of dangerous surrender.
    1. Do you ever feel disconnected? Do you ever think God doesn’t hear you? Pastor Rick and Kay Warren explain how to really connect with God.
    1. Are you satisfied with your life? God has made some incredible promises in His word about obedience. Join Pastor Rick as he teaches how to receive God’s promises.
    1. People are involved in many kinds of love affairs—money, career, cars, houses, and self. Pastor Rick teaches how to focus on our one true love: our relationship with Jesus Christ.
    1. Have you ever felt like your life was falling apart? Listen to Pastor Rick as he reminds us that God is able to handle our questions and emotions, and then to meet all our needs.
MINISTRY IDEAS & OPPORTUNITIES

At Saddleback Church


  1. Go on retreat at The Retreat Center at Rancho Capistrano
  2. Participate in Walk and Worship.
  3. Sign up for Pastor Rick’s Daily Hope email and subscribe to Pastor Tom’s Drive Time Devotional. Also, commit to weekly worship attendance at a Saddleback campus.
  4. Surround yourself with reminders of God’s love and truth by listening to music that speaks of God’s goodness, hang pictures of special family memories, create artwork with Scripture.
  5. Create times of worship in your small group by leading a time of singing, focused prayer, leading your group on a prayer hike, or reading Scripture.
  6. Keep a prayer journal and track God’s movement in your life.

In Your Community


  1. Go on a prayer walk.
  2. Commit to a daily devotion (Drive Time Devotions by Pastor Tom Holladay and Daily Hope email by Pastor Rick Warren) and weekly worship attendance.
  3. Keep a prayer journal and track God’s movement in your life.
  4. Surround yourself with reminders of God’s love and truth by listening to music that speaks of God’s goodness, hang pictures of special family memories, create artwork with Scripture.
  5. Champion times of worship in your small group by leading a time of singing, focused prayer, leading your group on a prayer hike, or reading Scripture.

“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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