DIVING DEEPER

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

Discipleship is the process of becoming more like Christ. God doesn’t just want you to know about Jesus, he wants you to become like Jesus.

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

AUDIO SERMONS BY PASTOR RICK
    1. What would your life be like if you became like Jesus? Would it be better or worse? Join Pastor Rick as he examines what the Bible says about God’s plan for our lives.
    1. How would your life change if you decided to really follow Jesus? Spiritual growth is a choice. Join Pastor Rick as he examines the six things to do to become a follower of Christ.
    1. Have you ever read a book you could truly say changed your life? The Bible is called the Word of God. Join Pastor Rick as he examines seven specific ways God wants to change your life with his Word.
    1. Have you ever thought God was mad at you? That He was punishing you? What if God has a purpose for your problems? Join Pastor Rick as he examines Biblical truths about problems that come our way.
    1. Do you ever wonder why you make the same mistakes over and over? Do you feel like a failure? Join Pastor Rick as he teaches us the steps to take to avoid temptation.
    1. Are you tired of making the same mistakes? Do you need help to get unstuck? Listen in as Pastor Rick details the steps to freedom from temptation.
    1. Have you ever told anyone to “grow up”? What does that mean for a Christian? Join Pastor Rick as he examines the myth and reality of spiritual growth.
MINISTRY IDEAS & OPPORTUNITIES

At Saddleback Church


  1. Attend CLASS 201: Introduction to Spiritual Maturity
  2. Attend One of our Financial Freedom Worships at Saddleback Church
  3. Get connected or start a small group
  4. Take our Foundations study on the 11 core beliefs to build your life on either on campus or in your small group.

In Your Community


  1. Book Study: Choose a book of the Bible and commit to studying it in depth. Read through the entire book a few times. While doing this, get a basic understanding of how the book is structured, what the author’s message is, who he is speaking to, what the book’s purpose is, etc. Then start with a section of one chapter and read this through a few times asking the same questions as above. To help you in your study, you may want to pick up a commentary that helps explain things verse by verse.
  2. The ACTS Model: The ACTS model of prayer involves breaking our prayers up into different phases or focuses. The A stands for adoration. The first portion of our prayers should focus on adoring God for who he is and giving him honor and glory. The C stands for confession. A very basic part of prayer is self-examination and coming clean before God about our sin, confessing it, and then turning from it. The T stands for thanksgiving. Thanksgiving involves thanking God for who he is and what he has done. The S stands for supplication, which involves bringing our requests before God. This model helps us stay balanced in our prayers and attuned to the will of God.
  3. Fasting: The purpose of a traditional fast is to abstain from food in order to focus clearly on your relationship with God. You can also fast from television, entertainment, reading, or anything that distracts you from God. Those who are diabetic, pregnant, or who suffer from severe physical disorders when fasting from food should fast from other things that are not physically damaging. Remember, the goal is to develop a focus on God. In order to fast you may want to consider the following:
    • What is the purpose of this fast?
    • Begin with something small like one meal or one time slot.
    • During the fast, commit the time you would have spent eating to prayer, bible study, worship, etc. Use it as a time to focus on God.
  4. Journaling: Sometimes it is helpful to journal in order to see God’s work in our lives. You may want to start a journal that allows you to record some of the victories and struggles you are having. Record your thoughts and feelings as you go through a process of self-examination. Make it a point to review your journal annually to see how God has worked in your life over the past year.
  5. Money Management: Take some time to look over how you manage your money. If you don’t have a budget you may want to establish one. Spend some time praying over what God wants you to do with the money he has given you. This will then help you budget with God’s priorities in mind. If you need help with this it may be a good idea to see a Christian financial counselor.

“Reliable friends who do what they say are like cool drinks in sweltering heat — refreshing!” (Proverbs 25:13 MSG)

The more people trust you, the happier you’re going to be. If people don’t trust you, you’re going to live a pretty miserable life.

If you want to be happy, you’ve got to become somebody that people trust.

Paul uses Timothy as an example of this: “You know the kind of person Timothy is. You know he has served with me in telling the Good News, as a son serves his father” (Philippians 2:22 NCV). 

Paul had seen Timothy in action, in all kinds of circumstances, and he considered him genuine, trustworthy, and reliable. God’s Word translation says, “You know what kind of person Timothy proved to be.” Do people know what kind of person you really are? Have you been proven trustworthy like Timothy?

Any time you go to a bank for a loan, they’re going to do a credit check. They want to know if you’re worthy of being trusted with credit. Do you pay your bills on time? Do you have a track record of keeping your word? Can you be depended on to pay this money back? Are you creditable?

The thing is, everybody around you is doing a credit check on your life every moment of your life. They want to know if you are what you say you are. Are you the real deal? Are you showing your true colors? Can you be trusted?

If you’re going to be happy in your relationships and in life, you have to learn to be a trustworthy and reliable person.

How do you develop a reputation of reliability?

First, you live with integrity. Integrity doesn’t mean you’re perfect. It means what you see is what you get. You are the real deal, because your actions match your words.

Proverbs 25:13 says, “Reliable friends who do what they say are like cool drinks in sweltering heat — refreshing!” (MSG) Can your friends rely on you to be the person you claim to be?

Second, you keep your promises.

Psalm 15:4 says, “They always do what they promise, no matter how much it may cost” (TEV).

This means you keep a promise, even when you find out it’s going to cost you more than you thought.

Learning to live with integrity and keep your promises will show others that you can be trusted and will in turn make you a much happier person.

Talk It Over

  • Why do you think the Bible compares a reliable friend to a refreshing drink in sweltering heat? What is the value of a trustworthy friend?
  • Do you consider yourself to be a person of integrity? Why or why not?
  • What are the ways you live your life differently in different situations?



 
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