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.

“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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