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

“You must get along with each other. You must learn to be considerate of one another, cultivating a life in common.” (1 Corinthians 1:10 MSG)

One skill that doesn’t seem to be taught in school anymore is how to work well with others. But it’s one of the most important skills to learn if you’re going to be a happy person.

If you don’t work well with other people, you’re going to be unhappy much of your life.

What do you need to learn in order to work with other people?

First, you must learn to cooperate with others.

Epaphroditus was a man that the church in Philippi sent to Rome with a gift of financial support for Paul while he was in prison. Philippians 2:25 says, “I feel that I must send Epaphroditus — my brother, coworker, and fellow soldier — back to you. You sent him as your personal representative to help me in my need” (GWT).

By calling Epaphroditus his brother, coworker, and fellow soldier, Paul was saying that life and ministry is a family, it’s a fellowship, and it’s a fight.

The church is the family of God. We are brothers and sisters with the people we minister and worship with, and we should treat them as such. It’s also a fellowship, where we work and serve together with a common goal — the Great Commission.

You’re also in the same fight together against Satan, and you need to support each other. You need to defend and encourage each other.

The best place to learn how to cooperate with others is in the church.

Second, you need to learn to be considerate.

Paul is speaking of Epaphroditus again in Philippians 2:26 when he says, “He has been longing to see all of you and is troubled because you heard that he was sick.”

Notice there are two examples of consideration. Paul is considerate of his co-worker’s homesickness, and Epaphroditus is considerate about the Philippians’ concern.

This is a key to happiness! The more considerate you learn to be of other people’s needs, doubts, and fears, the happier you will be. If you are inconsiderate you’re going to have an unhappy marriage.

The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 1:10, “You must get along with each other. You must learn to be considerate of one another, cultivating a life in common” (MSG).

None of us is by nature a considerate person, because we tend to think of ourselves first and not the needs of others. “Cultivating a life in common” takes work, and learning to get along and work well with others takes practice. Like a garden that requires cultivation to bear fruit, you’ll see how your effort bears the fruit of happiness and strong relationships.

Talk It Over

  • Why is it sometimes hardest to get along or work well with people who are a part of the church and with whom you minister?
  • What new practices can you adopt to cultivate cooperation and consideration among your ministry group or coworkers?



 
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