February 6, 2022 – “Never Stop Knocking”
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:
- Acts 12: 1-16
- They are earnestly praying for Peter, yet when he knocks, they think it is his angel!
- James just beheaded, yet they continue to pray maybe just for peace? Maybe from place of defeat? But they pray.
- In absence of answers, let faith lead. Keep knocking.
- Same Peter who chastised Jesus for sleeping on boat is now sleeping in the middle of his own “storm.”
- Same Jesus who denied is now at peace knowing Jesus is seated on the throne.
- Most of us stay in prison of our own making because we don’t recognize God when He comes. Peter recognized and obeyed by default at this point – “Get up. Get dressed. Follow me.”
- Sometimes we must take action before we answers.
- What grows in my life in the absence of answers?
- Let it be faith not:
- Let it be faith not:
- Exceedingly more is at the door (Eph. 3:20)
- More than what they believed when they were praying showed up at their door!
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The Series Details
Each Sunday I will share the sermon from about 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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