Sunday Sermons: “Say Yes to Simple” – Pastor Holly Furtick at Elevation Church

January 23, 2022 – Say Yes to Simple

My Notes

Each week, I take notes in a notebook just for sermons from Elevation. I then summarize those notes in my Silk + Sonder journal. This allows me to quickly look back throughout the week at the scriptures and notes that stood out to me, while also showing me over the course of a year how various sermons spoke to me. When I go back and listen again, I see see how I’ve changed and how I am hearing new things.

For those of you who may not be able to read my writing or see the screen well, here they are:

  • 2 Kings 5:1-19 Naaman
  • Greatest obstacle between Naaman and healing was Naaman.
  • 3 Simple Steps Toward Healing
    • Don’t confuse simple with easy.
    • 1. Accept situation.
    • 2. Ask for help.
    • 3. Act. Obey.
  • What simple step do you need to say “yes” to today?
  • Don’t assume others have it all. We don’t know what they are hiding underneath their armor.
    • Even the king admired Naaman.
  • Acceptance = Identify what you get from your suffering. What reward does your sin / struggle give you? Comfort? Victim mentality? Identity?
  • Asking for help = Be specific! Specifically ask one person for help. Don’t post or just announce it. Be very specific about your need.
  • God is more concerned with my soul than my physical issues. Stop whining and start acting/obeying Him!!
  • Don’t walk away from your healing. Journey toward it.
  • Luke 4:27 Opens scrolls in hometown. “And many Israelites had leprosy…only one healed was Naaman, a Syrian.
  • Naaman travelled and pushed past anger to receive his healing. He went after it! And because of that, he was the ONLY one healed.

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The Series Details

Each Sunday I will share the sermon from four weeks ago. Why an old sermon? Because I don’t want to give you notes from the one that is fresh from that morning. You have all week to listen to that one yourself and attend the replays of the service if you’d like to (just visit their website or Facebook page for details). Instead, I am going to share ones that you have possibly seen already and will maybe glean new insight from as you [hopefully] watch again and then read my notes. Or maybe you have note heard the sermon yet because you don’t attend Elevation or haven’t even heard of them, in which case, grab a beverage, a notebook, a pen or pencil, and press play below so you can listen. Then check out my notes below and see if I heard or learned something different from you.

I always love how many people can hear the same sermon but walk away with different lessons. My hope in sharing this series is that you will be encouraged and walk in power because of what you learn. If you don’t believe in God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit, I invite you to listen anyway and see what you might walk away with that makes your week a bit better or you a bit stronger.

The thing I love most about Elevation and the pastors who speak there is that they all truly love Jesus enough to let God do the heavy lifting (meaning they share what they know and love and let Him do the rest). We all become stronger and better when we can lay aside what divides us and instead stand on what unites us. Here in this community, we are all united as creatives who are trying to do better, be better, and love better, and these messages can help us do that even if we listen from different belief systems.

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