DIVING DEEPER

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

Worship is expressing your affection to God, focusing your attention on God, and using your abilities for God.

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

AUDIO SERMONS BY PASTOR RICK
    1. Do you have a goal in life? Does it excite you? Pastor Rick challenges you to make the number one goal of your life to know and love God because it brings our Creator pleasure.
    1. Have you ever wondered what makes God smile? Join Pastor Rick as he looks at the life of Noah to demonstrate four ways we can make God smile.
    1. Would you like your life to be radically different? What would life be like if you said “yes” to God? Listen in as Pastor Rick and Kay Warren invite you to experience the adventure of dangerous surrender.
    1. Do you ever feel disconnected? Do you ever think God doesn’t hear you? Pastor Rick and Kay Warren explain how to really connect with God.
    1. Are you satisfied with your life? God has made some incredible promises in His word about obedience. Join Pastor Rick as he teaches how to receive God’s promises.
    1. People are involved in many kinds of love affairs—money, career, cars, houses, and self. Pastor Rick teaches how to focus on our one true love: our relationship with Jesus Christ.
    1. Have you ever felt like your life was falling apart? Listen to Pastor Rick as he reminds us that God is able to handle our questions and emotions, and then to meet all our needs.
MINISTRY IDEAS & OPPORTUNITIES

At Saddleback Church


  1. Go on retreat at The Retreat Center at Rancho Capistrano
  2. Participate in Walk and Worship.
  3. Sign up for Pastor Rick’s Daily Hope email and subscribe to Pastor Tom’s Drive Time Devotional. Also, commit to weekly worship attendance at a Saddleback campus.
  4. Surround yourself with reminders of God’s love and truth by listening to music that speaks of God’s goodness, hang pictures of special family memories, create artwork with Scripture.
  5. Create times of worship in your small group by leading a time of singing, focused prayer, leading your group on a prayer hike, or reading Scripture.
  6. Keep a prayer journal and track God’s movement in your life.

In Your Community


  1. Go on a prayer walk.
  2. Commit to a daily devotion (Drive Time Devotions by Pastor Tom Holladay and Daily Hope email by Pastor Rick Warren) and weekly worship attendance.
  3. Keep a prayer journal and track God’s movement in your life.
  4. Surround yourself with reminders of God’s love and truth by listening to music that speaks of God’s goodness, hang pictures of special family memories, create artwork with Scripture.
  5. Champion times of worship in your small group by leading a time of singing, focused prayer, leading your group on a prayer hike, or reading Scripture.

“Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that no one can criticize you.” Philippians 2:14-15 (NLT)

Do you ever fret and fight over the small stuff? Of course. We all do! It’s a hard habit to break because we’re negative by nature. Ever since Adam and Eve, we have been going around excusing and accusing. We excuse our own mistakes and then accuse others for their mistakes — and more. We hide, and we hurl. We blame others for the problems in our lives.

Philippians 2:14-15 says this: “Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that no one can criticize you” (NLT). That may be one of the most difficult verses in the Bible. Would you agree?

There are four types of complainers I run into all the time.

First are the whiners. You can get up in the morning and say, “Good morning, Lord!” but whiners choose instead to say, “Good Lord, it’s morning!”

Second are the martyrs. Their favorite expression is, “Nobody appreciates me!” They’re pros at throwing pity parties. They pout and complain when they don’t get their way.

Third are the cynics. Their attitude is, “Why bother? It isn’t going to make any difference.” They poison everything.

Fourth are the perfectionists. Nothing is ever good enough for these complainers. Their favorite phrase is, “Is that the best you can do?”

To me, the scariest verse in the Bible is Matthew 12:36: “Everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken” (NIV).

That ought to send shivers up your spine. How many times have you complained, whined, or argued about something when you shouldn’t have been sweating the small stuff? Don’t sweat the small stuff.

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

Talk It Over

What do you consistently complain about in your life? Would you consider these things “small stuff”? Why or why not?

How do “empty words” (Matthew 12:36) reflect a focus on the small stuff in life?

How do you think complaining makes something that is difficult seem even worse?



 
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