Sermon Notes (5/26-27)

I was recently inspired by the idea to start posting my notes from church on Sundays on here, so that anyone who doesn’t have time to watch the full sermon can still take part and “catch up”.I’m a part of the Elevation Church eFam–the extended family–so the notes I’m posting will be from there. 🙂

The worship began with singing “Grateful” by Elevation Worship, then “Who You Say I Am” by Hillsong Worship.  There was a break for a Memorial Day tribute and baptism, then worship continued with “There is a Cloud” and “Worthy” by Elevation Worship.  (I don’t have a link to “Worthy” because it has not yet been released on YouTube.)

After worship, Wade Joye brought this week’s message, “Living in Denial“, which continued the Savage Jesus series.  I’ll include the message here and then put my notes below.

The Scripture for this week was Mark 8:34-37, which says:

“When He had called the people to Himself, with His disciples also, He said to them, ‘Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.  For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it.  For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?'”

My notes read:

  • Jesus never asks us to take up His cross–the cross bearing our sin and shame.  He asks us to pick up our cross–the cross having to do with self more than with sin.
  • Your refusal to deny yourself will cause you to miss out on the power of God in your life.  We cannot experience the fullness of life in Jesus Christ if we do not deny ourselves.
  • Jesus’ cross was once and for all; ours is daily.
  • Is there anything I’m holding on to that is unhealthy, preventing me from hearing from God, or causing me pain?
  • 3 Things to Let Go of in Order to Let Go of Self:
  1. Let Go of Proving Yourself Right
  • Jesus didn’t try to prove Himself right, He just acted right[eously].
  • How many relationships have I ruined, not because of what I did wrong, but by trying to prove myself right?
  • Philippians 2:3-6

“Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.  Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.  Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God,”

  • The most powerful cross you can take up in relationships is forgiveness.
  • Following Jesus means you’re going to be misunderstood and you’re going to be criticized, and it means trusting God that He will prove that His way is right in His time and He is the only one who will make things right.

2. Let Go of Living in the Past

“I will praise You, O Lord, with my whole heart; I will tell of all Your marvelous works.”

  • Sometimes looking back means remembering all God has done; looking back can build your faith.
  • Philippians 3: 13

“Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forward to those things which are ahead,”

  • Looking back can inspire your faith to move forward, but back is not the direction you need to go.
  • Don’t miss what’s happening in the present from being too caught up in the past.
  • A momentary glance [to the past] can be motivating, but a constant gaze can be paralyzing.
  • God doesn’t love us based on what we do, He loves us based on the cross of Jesus Christ and the fact that we are His children.
  • When God calls us to let go, He wants to move us into a new perspective, a new season, a new understanding of ourselves.
  • Your destiny isn’t locked up in your past.

3. Let Go of the Need for Certainty

  • Are we so comfortable sometimes that we don’t want to take the everyday risks that God is calling us to take? Those are often where God is waiting to move.
  • We settle for the status quo because it seems safe, but God always moves on the other side of the what-if’s, the side of faith.
  • When we let go of what is good, God gives us something greater.
  • John 14:12

“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.”

  • Jesus let go of doing what He could and did what God said, and it changed the world; it’s not losing, it’s gaining.
  • When we open our hearts and hands to God, He gives us something better.

The message ended with prayer and singing “O Come to the Altar” by Elevation Worship.

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