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.

“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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