DIVING DEEPER

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

Evangelism is sharing the priceless gift of God’s grace and forgiveness so others can have a relationship with Jesus now, and in Heaven. Why would you ever hold back this incredible gift?

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

AUDIO SERMONS BY PASTOR RICK
    1. Do you think you chose God? The reality is God chose you! Join Pastor Rick as he discusses how you were made for a mission.
    1. Does fear stop you from sharing the Good News of Christ? Listen as Pastor Rick breaks down the benefits of fulfilling your life mission, and gives us tools for successfully sharing Jesus with our families and friends.
    1. What is an ambassador? Usually an ambassador is a person sent out on a mission to build relationships. Pastor Rick teaches us how we are ambassadors for God’s Kingdom and why that is so important.
    1. If you could rate your passion for God on a scale of 1 through 10, what would your number be today? Learn how to avoid ‘passion killers’ and seek God with fervor.
    1. By now you know you were intentionally created and gifted by God to be uniquely you. Join Pastor Rick as he asks, “Will my life be about comfort or will my life be about character? What will be the character of my life?”
    1. Do you ever wish you had what someone else has? Do you ever wish God had made you like someone else? Pastor Rick teaches us the antidote for envy.
    1. We all fear rejection. Listen as Pastor Rick explains what fear of rejection does to us and then shows us how to overcome it.
MINISTRY IDEAS & OPPORTUNITIES

At Saddleback Church


  1. Attend PEACE Skills training
  2. Join an HIV & AIDS care group
  3. Take the first step in any of the letters of PEACE through one of the PEACE Initiatives
  4. Sign up to take a trip to assist our Saddleback church plant in one of the 12 cities
  5. Financially sponsor a family who has taken in an orphan through the SVCC Orphan Care Initiative

In Your Community


  1. Join www.thepeaceplan.com and engage in online training or community works
  2. Hold a training event or community outreach for any initiative under a letter of PEACE
  3. Pray for the remaining unengaged people groups around the world
  4. Attend a Muslim service at a Mosque
  5. Mentor an immigrant in English (ESL)

“Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that no one can criticize you.” Philippians 2:14-15 (NLT)

Do you ever fret and fight over the small stuff? Of course. We all do! It’s a hard habit to break because we’re negative by nature. Ever since Adam and Eve, we have been going around excusing and accusing. We excuse our own mistakes and then accuse others for their mistakes — and more. We hide, and we hurl. We blame others for the problems in our lives.

Philippians 2:14-15 says this: “Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that no one can criticize you” (NLT). That may be one of the most difficult verses in the Bible. Would you agree?

There are four types of complainers I run into all the time.

First are the whiners. You can get up in the morning and say, “Good morning, Lord!” but whiners choose instead to say, “Good Lord, it’s morning!”

Second are the martyrs. Their favorite expression is, “Nobody appreciates me!” They’re pros at throwing pity parties. They pout and complain when they don’t get their way.

Third are the cynics. Their attitude is, “Why bother? It isn’t going to make any difference.” They poison everything.

Fourth are the perfectionists. Nothing is ever good enough for these complainers. Their favorite phrase is, “Is that the best you can do?”

To me, the scariest verse in the Bible is Matthew 12:36: “Everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken” (NIV).

That ought to send shivers up your spine. How many times have you complained, whined, or argued about something when you shouldn’t have been sweating the small stuff? Don’t sweat the small stuff.

Instead, “Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:18).

Talk It Over

What do you consistently complain about in your life? Would you consider these things “small stuff”? Why or why not?

How do “empty words” (Matthew 12:36) reflect a focus on the small stuff in life?

How do you think complaining makes something that is difficult seem even worse?



 
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