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.

“Reliable friends who do what they say are like cool drinks in sweltering heat — refreshing!” (Proverbs 25:13 MSG)

The more people trust you, the happier you’re going to be. If people don’t trust you, you’re going to live a pretty miserable life.

If you want to be happy, you’ve got to become somebody that people trust.

Paul uses Timothy as an example of this: “You know the kind of person Timothy is. You know he has served with me in telling the Good News, as a son serves his father” (Philippians 2:22 NCV). 

Paul had seen Timothy in action, in all kinds of circumstances, and he considered him genuine, trustworthy, and reliable. God’s Word translation says, “You know what kind of person Timothy proved to be.” Do people know what kind of person you really are? Have you been proven trustworthy like Timothy?

Any time you go to a bank for a loan, they’re going to do a credit check. They want to know if you’re worthy of being trusted with credit. Do you pay your bills on time? Do you have a track record of keeping your word? Can you be depended on to pay this money back? Are you creditable?

The thing is, everybody around you is doing a credit check on your life every moment of your life. They want to know if you are what you say you are. Are you the real deal? Are you showing your true colors? Can you be trusted?

If you’re going to be happy in your relationships and in life, you have to learn to be a trustworthy and reliable person.

How do you develop a reputation of reliability?

First, you live with integrity. Integrity doesn’t mean you’re perfect. It means what you see is what you get. You are the real deal, because your actions match your words.

Proverbs 25:13 says, “Reliable friends who do what they say are like cool drinks in sweltering heat — refreshing!” (MSG) Can your friends rely on you to be the person you claim to be?

Second, you keep your promises.

Psalm 15:4 says, “They always do what they promise, no matter how much it may cost” (TEV).

This means you keep a promise, even when you find out it’s going to cost you more than you thought.

Learning to live with integrity and keep your promises will show others that you can be trusted and will in turn make you a much happier person.

Talk It Over

  • Why do you think the Bible compares a reliable friend to a refreshing drink in sweltering heat? What is the value of a trustworthy friend?
  • Do you consider yourself to be a person of integrity? Why or why not?
  • What are the ways you live your life differently in different situations?



 
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