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This week was a unique week for Elevation Church, but one that did not catch God by surprise!

We’ve been planning for this past Sunday the 16th to be “Watch Party Weekend”, a weekend to recognize and celebrate the eFam, the people who watch church online.  With Hurricane Florence ripping through the East Coast, many Elevation church campuses’ meetings were cancelled, and people watched online instead.  So, this weekend the online family was joined by those who regularly attended a physical location, and everyone got to enjoy the online experience.

Due to the storm, neither the music nor the preaching were live, but were instead pre-recorded.  Because of the new Elevation Worship album coming out, all the songs this week were from their new album.  We began with “Echo“, followed by “Won’t Stop Now“, “Here Again” (my personal favorite), and “Hallelujah Here Below“.  There wasn’t a baptism this week.

The message was one that Pastor Steven brought to the Winston-Salem campus earlier this summer.  My notes read as follows:

The Wise and Foolish Builders

24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practiceis like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”

  • If we continue to have a consumer-based Christianity, we’ll never have a heart change.
  • Build Beneath the Surface
  • We live in a world where we spend time building a perception of ourselves that has nothing to do with our character.
  • No matter what your life looks like on the outside, there will come a storm–a testing–to see how strong your foundation is.
  • Luke 6:46-48

The Wise and Foolish Builders

46 “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say? 47 As for everyone who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice, I will show you what they are like. 48 They are like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built.

  • Some of the prettiest places to build on are the worst places to be in a storm.
  • Dig past the surface to find something to build on that can withstand the storm.  Dig for it.
  • As the age we live in becomes more and more artificial, the authentic becomes more attractive.
  • In order to build, there a must be a season of excavation.  Before God elevates, He excavates.
  • Everything that can be shaken will be shaken and everything that can’t will remain.
  • If God dug it out of your life, it’s dirt.
  • The time God is uprooting is making room for the foundation to be laid and for it to be strong enough to sustain.
  • God will always dig before He builds.
  • Disappointment
  • Insecure
  • Gifts
  • Build Before the Storm
  • The size of your storm is an indication of the significance of your life.
  • A storm will separate the people who want it with the people who want it easy.
  • The same God who stops the storm is sometimes the God who sends it.
  • The presence of trouble never indicates the absence of God.
  • We need to be construction workers, not consumers.
  • Build Beyond Ourselves
  • If you don’t seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, you’re not going to have a shelter from the storm.

There was so much jammed into this one message that I couldn’t write fast enough! This is definitely one to watch because I’m sure I must have missed writing something down here and there; he spoke so quickly! 🙂 I haven’t seen it uploaded on YouTube yet though, so I’m not sure how to go about re-watching it.


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