For my own integrity sake I took the opinion that if I was to speak with any authority on Saddleback Community Church then I would need to actually attend the church itself, and not just take other's word for it. Since moving to California five years ago I have attended Saddleback 12 or 13 times. I am by no means an expert on this church, but I did want to share with you a few things I learned in my trips to this church.
I learned if you take your Bible into the service you will be greeted immediately by an associate pastor, asking how your trip to California has been.
I learned unless you have a Bible with 25 different versions then there is no reason to bring your Bible.
I learned that you can actually get music to loud for 13 year old Californians.
I learned “The Living Years” by Mike and the Mechanics makes for a very sentimental invitation song after you have preached a message on respecting the elderly.
I learned I like outdoor baptisteries.
I learned if you want to be baptized you can do so immediately, and Saddleback will provide you with a T-shirt and shorts to do so. The only requirement is check the box marked “I believe in Jesus”.
I learned if you would be like to be baptized again with your family or to rededicate your life or just because… they will provide you with a T-shirt and shorts to do so. No checking the box required.
I learned when Jesus called Zacchaeus’ name that it was the first time he had heard his real name called in years.
I learned how to live single and Godly, from a guy who learned it between his first and second marriage.
I learned that a legitimate testimony consist of “I am being baptized today so I can see my baby daughter in heaven.”
I learned 25 million dollars will build one, sweet children’s facility.
I learned that flower arranging is a spiritual gift.
I learned when Rick Warren tells 2500 pastors to get out their paper and he will give them their sermon outline for Easter Sunday 2498 of them start hunting for a pen.
PS. I learned from RC Sproul the 3 kinds of people in this world. Those who can count and those who can’t.
Wednesday, August 24, 2005