Pastor Tom Holladay challenges the congregation in this New Year's message to try something radically different: to build their lives on God's promises. He references 2 Peter 1:5-8 as he teaches how we can do this. First, we need to think as big as God is, while being careful not to let ego, fear, or failure get in our way. And second, we need to start small by listening to God, telling him what we need, and thanking him for all that he is. Pastor Tom encourages us to get to know some of God's 7,000 promises in the Bible.
Outrageous, Scandalous Grace
Delivered on 01/16/2005
Lance Witt begins this service by asking for a volunteer from the audience who had attended Saddleback for six months or less to come up to the stage to receive a gift. He handed the volunteer a gift certificate to a restaurant, no strings attached, as a tangible demonstration of grace. He continues with a look at the story of David's gift of grace to Jonathan's son, Mephibosheth as a beautiful example of a "grace encounter". He also gives us five ways to measure how grace has changed us.
Mother's Day 2005: What I Learned About God from My Mom
Delivered on 05/08/2005
On Mother's Day, Pastor Doug Fields teaches that God is love and how to respond to this love we receive from him.
Rebuilding Your Life When You've Lost Everything
Delivered on 09/04/2005
Pastor Rick looks at the story of Job to illustrate seven steps to rebuilding your life when you've lost everything.
The Right Thing
Delivered on 09/11/2005
Pastor Tom Holladay looks at how to make the right choices in light of the fact that we live in an evil world. He looks at the three choices that God wants us to make, the choice to love, the choice to give and the choice to serve. Pastor Rick joins Tom via video to update the congregation on Saddleback's response to Hurricane Katrina.
Christmas Eve 2005: The Rest of the Story
Delivered on 12/24/2005
In this Christmas Eve message Pastor Rick teaches that history is God's love story in four acts: He created us to love us, we walked away from his love, God sent Jesus to woo us back, and we have the choice to accept or reject him.