DIVING DEEPER

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

Ministry is living a life that serves others and God, instead of only thinking about ourselves. Choose to discover how God shaped you, and how you can serve. There is joy in it!

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

AUDIO SERMONS BY PASTOR RICK
    1. On Easter Sunday, 2005, over 10,000 people gathered in Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California to celebrate Saddleback Church’s 25th Anniversary. Listen to pastor Rick as he casts the vision for local and global PEACE and challenges us to reach every nation for Christ.
    1. Did you know God created you for a life of service? Join Pastor Rick as he shows how God wants to use your personality, your abilities and experiences to serve others.
    1. Do you have a skill or talent you take for granted? What if God gave you that skill or talent for a purpose? Pastor Rick explains how God wants us to use our special gifts and abilities.
    1. Do you ever wish you could change the past? Pastor Rick examines scripture to show us how God can use our experiences for His glory!
    1. We know what others say, but what did Jesus say about who he is why he came? Join Pastor Rick as he introduces the PEACE plan and explains how we can join in Christ’s ministry.
    1. What make a good leader? Pastor Rick analyzes the leadership style of Jesus and explains its relevance in our world today.
    1. Have you ever looked at yourself and wished you had been born differently? You are not an accident! Join Pastor Rick as he delves into scripture to show us how God made us to be uniquely shaped for His glory.
MINISTRY IDEAS & OPPORTUNITIES

At Saddleback Church


  1. Exercise: Celebrate! Spend time in your group affirming each others greatest gifts. Then pray for each other.
  2. Exercise: Better Together:: Write down on a sheet of paper all of the items it takes to make the group function on a weekly basis. The coordination, the calling, the teaching, etc. Then ask everyone to take one of the functions for the next 90 days so everyone has a little more ownership within the group.
  3. Serve with your small group: Visit saddleback.com/serviceprojects and select a serving project
  4. Project: ask each person in your group to share one person they know of who could use a little help in life. Then pray for each person and decide as a group 1-2 of the people to bless with practical acts of love.
  5. Project: Identify the people you will be inviting to Easter this year as a group then start to pray for each person by name. In addition, think of one simple act of love you could offer to this person over the next 30 days to show God’s love in action.

In Your Community


  1. Exercise: Celebrate! Spend time in your group affirming each other’s greatest gifts. Then pray for each other.
  2. Exercise: Better Together! Write down on a sheet of paper all of the items it takes to make the group function on a weekly basis. The coordination, the calling, the teaching, etc. Then ask everyone to take one of the functions for the next 90 days so everyone has a little more ownership within the group.
  3. Project: contact your church and see how your group could help serve as a team over the next 30 days.
  4. Project: ask each person in your group to share one person they know of who could use a little help in life. Then pray for each person and decide as a group 1-2 of the people to bless with practical acts of love.

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

In the U.S., we celebrate a day of thanksgiving once a year. But God wants us to be intentional about our thankfulness every day. He wants us to develop this spiritual habit, one that is reflected in the life of a radical believer. The truth is, the more deeply you understand God’s love, the more grateful you’re going to be.

So what does it mean to be radically grateful?

The Bible says in 1 Thessalonians 5:18, “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (NIV). That’s radical gratitude. In all circumstances give thanks, because it’s God’s will for you.

You can thank God in every circumstance because God is in control. He can bring good out of evil. He can turn around the stupid mistakes you’ve made. No matter what happens, God isn’t going to stop loving you. There are a hundred things to be thankful for in any circumstance, even when the circumstance stinks.

Radical gratitude — being thankful in all circumstances — is God’s will because it creates fellowship.

What do I mean by that? Gratitude always builds deeper relationships between you and other people and between you and God.

Whoever you want to get closer to, start expressing gratitude to that person. If you’ve moved away from your husband or your wife, you need to start doing what you did when you were dating: Express gratitude. Write little notes of kindness and encouragement. Make calls or text during the day, just to tell him or her that you’re thankful. Do the things you did at first. The reason you’ve lost that lovin’ feeling is because you stopped doing the things that created that lovin’ feeling early on, and you take each other for granted.

Do you want to build your small group? Don’t just go to small group. During the week, text them, email them, call them, write them. Say, “I’m grateful for you, and here’s why.” You’ll find that the more grateful you are for your group, the more your group will bond.

The Bible tells us to “encourage one another and build each other up” (1 Thessalonians 5:11). As you build others up, you’ll find that God builds into your life as well through your deep relationships with him and others.

Talk It Over

  • Who do you need to encourage or connect with this week? To whom do you need to show your gratitude?
  • What are some simple ways you can express your gratitude to your spouse, friend, or small group members?

 

As you develop an attitude of gratitude, what changes do you think you will see in yourself and your relationships?



 
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