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)

“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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