Monday, October 11, 2010

Gospel Doctrine, Gospel Culture


I have said in the past to both individuals and audiences that doctrines matter. They are the buoys within the deep waters of the vast experience and expressions of life. They provide safety and security to the believer in Jesus. It is by His power He gives us the reasoning's, feelings, and experiences to learn, think, and do doctrines. As it pertains to the gospel this is essential. I would like to share with you a good and brief post link from Dr. Ray Ortlund who is a Pastor, and active associate within the gospel coalition. I hope you enjoy it and think and respond to how good, right, and healthy Godly doctrine is; especially in a world that seeks to sets its own wisdom as gospel. http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/rayortlund/2010/10/11/gospel-doctrine-gospel-culture-2

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Church Planting in the Harvest Season


It is a common fact that Elevation set out to be a church planting church. We have seen this as a reality within the last 4 years of our churches existence. Origin Church in Rocklin was the first plant that has kept going and is faithfully sowing the gospel in Rocklin CA. Elevation is stoked for Pastor Mark South, his family, and the saints at this church for the life of gospel that goes on each day at Origin. We also have a church plant intern who is hoping to plant a church in Nor Cal within 18 to 24 months. This is all by the good grace of God. With that said, our SBC affiliation has in mind to pray, support, and coach several church planters this harvest season. How divine that during a time of the year that is traditionally known as a harvest time, many church planters will be casting vision, providing public worship gatherings, serving in missional events, and making disciples. All this I hope for the glory of God, and in the power of the Holy Spirit, under the direction and authority of Jesus as King, Savior, and Lord. So, Elevation wants to challenge you to pray for these planters, their families, and the context of culture groups they will sow the seed of the gospel. Enclosed is a link for you to go to so you can get a visual of who these missionary disciples look like and have a face, name and location to pray for. The Lord of the harvest calls out for harvest hands, so let's get to work and pray and seek ways to support and promote church planting throughout California. All for King Jesus. http://images.acswebnetworks.com/1/48/newchurchplanters1010101.pdf

Monday, October 4, 2010

Ps. 119 Challenge

Your Word, a lamp.

Part 1 of Ps.119

Everyone human desires light. We might enjoy darkness, but over a period of time our lives long for light. A lamp is an instrument of providing light. The word of God, or the Bible is that to the life of anyone who reads, studies, memorizes, the Bible. It provides light. Jesus is said to be the Word of God, and therefore the light of God to humanity. This word of God is good news or gospel for the reader.

The Ps.119 challenge is a year long memorization of God’s word in Psalm 119. It is an opportunity to be exposed deep into the soul to the lamp or light of God’s word. The hope I have in this journey is to abide with God by tucking His word into my soul, so that I can have him shed light upon the way I live, and how I believe. I hope you too will be excited to memorize this beautiful chapter in Psalm, not because you hope to impress anyone, but to let the lamp or light of God shine on your life, and therefore your life shine bright for the gospel that others would see and you can give praise to your heavenly Father who see you by his marvelous light.

The first section of Psalm 119 is the first two character of the Hebrew alphabet, the Aleph and Beth. Therefore memorizing Psalm 119:1-16 in the month of October is what our Ps.119 goal will be. Use a translated version of the Bible, like the NIV or ESV. I will personally be memorizing from the ESV, but any thoughtful translation will do. If you have questions about which one or even questions about memorization techniques, don’t hesitate to ask them by email at evanpatten@elevationlive.com.

I look forward to hearing and seeing the light of God, shine on the process of memorizing His word so He can have all the glory that is due to Him.

Hidden Behind the Cross,

Pastor Eric