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.

“Don’t be obsessed with getting your own advantage. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand.” (Philippians 2:4 MSG)

The starting point for all happiness is shifting the focus away from yourself. If all you think about is yourself, you’re going to be a pretty miserable person. If you truly want to be happy in life, you have to care about the needs of those around you.

Paul gives Timothy as an example of this in Philippians 2:20-21: “There is no one like Timothy for having a real interest in you; everyone else seems to be worrying about his own plans and not those of Jesus Christ” (LB).

Most people are worrying about their own plans and aren’t looking out for the interests of others. Most people don’t get up in the morning and give their first thought to how someone else is doing. Most people are concerned with their own problems. And, that’s why most people are unhappy with their lives!

If you want to be one of those rare, unselfish people, you’ve got to change your focus. You have to shift your focus away from yourself to other people. That’s not something that comes naturally, so it’s something you have to learn to do.

I have to admit that it saddens me how many times I have missed the needs of people around me that I love because I wasn’t paying attention. I wasn’t taking an interest them. I hadn’t shifted the focus from me to the others in the room. Because I wasn’t looking out for their needs, I missed their needs. And that grieves me a lot.

Instead of grieving missed opportunities, be intentional about looking away from yourself and to the needs of others, where you’ll find happiness in serving God through serving others.

“Don’t be obsessed with getting your own advantage. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand” (Philippians 2:4 MSG).

Talk It Over

  • What are the distractions that keep you from focusing on the needs of others?
  • What does it mean to “forget yourself”?
  • What needs have you neglected to address in someone’s life because you were too busy or focused on your own problems? What can you do today to shift your focus toward helping that person?



 
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