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.

“If you insist on saving your life, you will lose it. Only those who throw away their lives for my sake and for the sake of the Good News will ever know what it means to really live.” (Mark 8:35 LB)

God wired the universe so that happiness does not come from status, salary, sex, or success.

Happiness comes from service. God designed you to be happiest when you are giving your life away. Why? Because he wants you to become like him. It’s all about love! 

“If you insist on saving your life, you will lose it. Only those who throw away their lives for my sake and for the sake of the Good News will ever know what it means to really live” (Mark 8:35 LB).

To have a happy heart, you have to practice service and generosity every day.

Matthew 20:28 says, “Even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many” (NLT).

Jesus came to serve and give. Those are the two things that will bring more happiness in your life than anything else, and they define what it means to follow Jesus. If you’re not serving, if you’re not giving, then you’re not following Jesus. It’s very simple.

God also wired the universe in such a way that the more you give yourself away, the more God gives to you and the more blessed and happier you are.

In Philippians 2:17-18, Paul says, “Your faith makes you offer your lives as a sacrifice in serving God. If I have to offer my own blood with your sacrifice, I will be happy and full of joy with all of you. You also should be happy and full of joy with me” (NCV).

Your faith makes you offer your life as a sacrifice and serve God by serving others. Sacrifice and serving are two of the keys to lifelong happiness — generously giving your life away for the sake of the Gospel.

Talk It Over

  • What makes you happiest in life?
  • Talk about a time when you experienced happiness through service or generosity.
  • How much of your time is spent on service? What are ways that you can serve others today?



 
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