DIVING DEEPER

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

Fellowship is living in God’s family, loving each other as family, and working together as a family united in Christ’s Church.

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

AUDIO SERMONS BY PASTOR RICK
    1. Do you ever feel lonely? Join Pastor Rick as he teaches how to have more significant, fulfilling, satisfying, and intimate relationships.
    1. Did you know that your relationships matter to God? Listen in as Pastor Rick examines what the Bible says about love.
    1. What comes to mind when you think of the word “church”? A building? A location? Join Pastor Rick as he explains the true meaning of the word.
    1. Do you ever feel lonely? Join Pastor Rick as he teaches how to have more significant, fulfilling, satisfying, and intimate relationships.
    1. In today’s busy world, it’s easy to feel isolated. The truth is, we need each other. Join Pastor Rick as he uncovers the five reasons God says you need other people in your life and why you need a small group.
    1. Is there anyone who hasn’t suffered a broken relationship? Do you need to repair one? Learn the secret key to successful relationships.
    1. What will people say about you when you’re gone? How will they remember you? Pastor Rick discusses the Biblical principles upon which Saddleback Church is built and how they apply to each one of us.
MINISTRY IDEAS & OPPORTUNITIES

At Saddleback Church


  1. Serving together as a group is a great way to Live Your calling. In your group, decide on a service project your group can do together. You can find projects ideas at your campus or in your community. Simply goto saddleback.com/serviceprojects and choose from the list.

In Your Community


  1. Good Neighbor City Outreach – simple projects that would help enrich the schools, parks or whatever the city officials deem as a priority or need. Let them direct their most pressing needs and the church comes in and helps. It could be repainting a school or cleaning up a park. Build the bridge to your city officials so they know you can be counted on.
  2. Good Neighbor Next Door Outreach – design simple strategies to have your congregation meet their neighbors. It might be a block party, hosting a 40 days bible study…the sky is the limit. The purpose is to be a light and win the right to invite them to church or share your faith. It’s bridge builder to your neighbors.
  3. Start a Food Pantry – meet the most basic needs of the hurting in your community by having a local food pantry. Step 1.repurpose space. Step 2. Have a food drive. Step 3 get local partners to donate food weekly. Step 4. Open your doors to anyone in need. Step 5. Once you give out food walk them to their cars and ask to pray for them. Step 6. Be willing to share the hope of Jesus with every person you pray for.
  4. Adopt a Neighborhood – choose a neighborhood that you want to have a lasting impact as a church. Partner with local non-profits, community officials, and other organizations to meet the most pressing needs.
  5. Start a Local Orphan Adoption Ministry – if every church in America committed to adopt at least one child there would be no orphans in America.
  6. Start A Support Group Ministry – everyone has hurting needs where the church could help
  7. Start A Local HIV/AIDS ministry – reach out to those most in need and whom feel most left out by the church

“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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