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.

“Don’t be obsessed with getting your own advantage. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand.” (Philippians 2:4 MSG)

The starting point for all happiness is shifting the focus away from yourself. If all you think about is yourself, you’re going to be a pretty miserable person. If you truly want to be happy in life, you have to care about the needs of those around you.

Paul gives Timothy as an example of this in Philippians 2:20-21: “There is no one like Timothy for having a real interest in you; everyone else seems to be worrying about his own plans and not those of Jesus Christ” (LB).

Most people are worrying about their own plans and aren’t looking out for the interests of others. Most people don’t get up in the morning and give their first thought to how someone else is doing. Most people are concerned with their own problems. And, that’s why most people are unhappy with their lives!

If you want to be one of those rare, unselfish people, you’ve got to change your focus. You have to shift your focus away from yourself to other people. That’s not something that comes naturally, so it’s something you have to learn to do.

I have to admit that it saddens me how many times I have missed the needs of people around me that I love because I wasn’t paying attention. I wasn’t taking an interest them. I hadn’t shifted the focus from me to the others in the room. Because I wasn’t looking out for their needs, I missed their needs. And that grieves me a lot.

Instead of grieving missed opportunities, be intentional about looking away from yourself and to the needs of others, where you’ll find happiness in serving God through serving others.

“Don’t be obsessed with getting your own advantage. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand” (Philippians 2:4 MSG).

Talk It Over

  • What are the distractions that keep you from focusing on the needs of others?
  • What does it mean to “forget yourself”?
  • What needs have you neglected to address in someone’s life because you were too busy or focused on your own problems? What can you do today to shift your focus toward helping that person?



 
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