Friday, December 21, 2012

Man Up video for Man Up gathering at Elevation Jan. 12th 2013


Come join us for some time of breakfast, fellowship, teaching, and prayer about Elevation's call to disciple men to Man Up.  For more information please contact our office at 530-886-8880

Monday, August 27, 2012

Plunge

Jesus is not someone you date. Jesus is God the Son and therefore someone you worship. This comes through in many ways, and one of the most profound ways is believers baptism. Elevation had on August 19th, 2012 after it's two public worship services a believers baptism. Just outside of Elevation's venue in South Auburn, in a small hand made baptistry, 5 believers in the Gospel, publicly professed their faith in Christ's complete work and ministry. The beauty of this "plunge" is the continued story of Jesus' great commission given to the Apostles. Recorded in Matthew 28:19-20 Jesus says, "Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit; teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always to the very end of the age." Over two centuries later God is calling Elevation to continue in the Gospel efforts of Christ to go and make disciples. We enjoy elevating the name and fame of Jesus. Hope you enjoy seeing the life transformation; click here http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.10150991444706218&type=1 to see how good God is. Glory to God in the Highest.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Under the Sun

Starting last Sunday, Elevation Church is in a new sermon series from the Old Testament book of Ecclesiastes. This timeless wisdom about what matters most in life is a priceless deposit of God's grace to encourage His people, and warn those who chase after the wind. Please come to our public worship services on Sunday at either 9 or 10:45 am. You can go to www.el-church.com for past sermon downloads and directions to our venue location.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Selfish Lovers and Servant Lovers

Tapeinophrosune is the Greek New Testament word for humility. It means "having a humble opinion of ones self, modesty, lowliness of mind, humility." Humility is God's gift in Jesus who though fully man and could sympathize with us, didn't sin at all; especially in the area of pride.
As Pastor Mark said in this past Sunday's sermon concerning Christ followers, "We are proud people pursuing humility by the Grace of God." Our very nature is one of selfishness. We see signs of it from very early on in human behavior and emotion. To be completely absent of selfishness would be absent from this life. So by the grace of God in the Gospel of Christ we who are saved and being saved can pursue humility with biblical hope and excitement.
As selfishness and pride are within our relationships, be it friends, associates and most specific to this post, marriage we have the strength, integrity, and truth of the Gospel to combat it with Biblical servanthood and humility. Our first place, position, and person to look at is Jesus. Who is our chief shepherd whose voice and life can be trusted for our good in being servant lovers and friends.
Week 9 of the Real Marriage Series (http://store.theresurgence.com/collections/books) at Elevation Chruch; (www.el-church.com) we listened to Pastor Mark Driscoll of Mars Hill Church (www.marshill.com) preach a timeless message on humility and being a servant to your spouse.Though the sermon is within the topic of marriage and certainly has illustrations and applications for that topic, it's content and context can be applied within relationships generally. So please take a listen to it here. http://marshill.com/media/real-marriage/selfish-lovers-and-servant-lovers and for additional study on the topic of gospel centered humility please check out and purchase C.J. MaHaneys book Humility: True Greatness http://www.amazon.com/s/?ie=UTF8&keywords=humility+by+c+j+mahaney&tag=googhydr-20&index=stripbooks&hvadid=6340061231&hvpos=1t1&hvexid=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=1896689973193816975&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=e&ref=pd_sl_97pv5w5mls_e
We hope you can come by Elevation on Sundays at 9am 10:45am or 6pm to worship, study, and proclaim Jesus in the Sierrafoothills and beyond.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Porn Path

"You don't control porn, it controls you." This coming from chapter 8 of Real Marriage book and the recent sermon preached at Elevation Church this Sunday. It was a hard word from Pastor Mark. As I reflect upon it now within this post I am thankful and mindful of the Gospel of Jesus. Without it we would be held to desiring lower pursuits of fleshly passions that would captivate our lives, and could consume them. I know many who have been freed from the bondage of porn, and yet know that this cultural mainstream sexual depravity claims many day by day. It is the powerful message of Jesus, and the hope He provides that must be the answer to the culture and sin of porn. God will and continue to save many from the industry, consumption, and sin that wants to steal, kill, and enslave all who will walk the path toward being idol worshippers of created things; rather than the Creator God who has a perfect will for his creation to follow in Christ. Take the time to watch and listen to Porn Path http://marshill.com/media/real-marriage/the-porn-path.
Also for continued discipleship toward following Jesus and becoming a redeemed follower of Christ please get the helpful resource PornAgain by Pastor Mark Driscoll at http://theresurgence.com/2008/10/06/porn-again-christian-introduction.  Please come and visit one of Elevation Churches public worship gatherings on Sundays at 9, 10:45AM and 6PM.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Sex: God, Gross, Gift

In the 6th sermon from Real Marriage by Pastor Mark Driscoll; Elevation Church turned the page within the book entitled Real Marriage on the relational, cultural, and relevant hot topic of sex. For those who would diminish the significance of this topic and allow people to just find out how men and women relate by trail and error, or getting clues of sex from culture would be falling short of the genuine truth of how beautiful God has created sex to be within the constraints and restraint of a convent marriage between a man and a woman. The perversion of sex within our lives, and overall within culture becomes both a idol and act of worship. Sex therefore can be a 'god' to be looked to as the highest form of human contact and meaning. It can be a 'gross' topic hidden behind conflicting messages of religion and fear. However, from a Biblical perspective, sex is a 'gift' from God for a husband and wife to enjoy within a covenant honoring marriage. Take a look http://marshill.com/media/real-marriage/sex-god-gross-or-gift and please join Elevation Church on Sundays at 9am, 10:45am and 6pm.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Taking Out the Trash

Imagine leaving your trash can unattended! Wow, what a smell that would be. However, some of our relationships, especially within marriage can be ignoring and apathetic of taking the trash out that can stink and stain the marriage.
In part 5 of Real Marriage, Pastor Mark preaches a timely message about confession, repentance, and forgiveness. http://marshill.com/media/real-marriage/taking-out-the-trash
A principle of having a healthy marriage as well as healthy relationships, is knowing that sin and Satan, want to steal, kill, and destroy relationships; especially Christian ones. Thankfully we have Jesus as God the Son, who has dealt squarely with our sin problem and provides the solution within the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Though the heavy lifting of our trash (sin) is accomplished in Christ, we still have the responsibility to take out the trash that can pile up and run others off. Another good resource for your study around this continual effort by the grace of God is from Ligonier Ministries. Please check it out by going to the link here: http://www.ligonier.org/learn/articles/practice-mortification
Elevation Church welcomes you to join us in this series and in worship on Sundays at 9 and 10:45am as well as 6pm. You can link to our site to map us and as well as contact us. www.el-church.com

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

The Respectful Wife



In Elevation's continued sermon series of Real Marriage, Pastor Mark Driscoll address the hot topic of respect. Though the Bible is full of transforming truth, culture has often times handled this one with slippery hands. As quoted in chapter four of Real Marriage book, Grace Driscoll says, “In order to obtain oneness and worship our Lord in our marriage, we need to correctly understand the need for respect. Men and women were created with equal worth but different roles. God created and called the man to lead and love his wife, and when he doesn’t do that in a holy way, he is sinning. God created the woman to help and respect her husband, and when she doesn’t do that in a holy way, she is sinning” (66). “When I am respectful, and he is loving, there is nothing better than the oneness and friendship it creates” (84).  Please take the time to watch this sermon http://marshill.com/media/real-marriage/taking-out-the-trash
Come join us every Sunday at 9am, 10:45am, and 6pm. We will be looking at part 5 Taking Out the Trash, a sermon on genuine confession, repentance, and forgiveness. Elevation Church welcomes you. www.el-church.com

Monday, April 30, 2012

Men and Marraige

1 Corinthians 13:11 says, "When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways."In the third message from the Real Marriage series at Elevation Church, Pastor Mark Driscoll challenged men to be responsible men of the gospel in marriage and in life. It is a challenging sermon within in a day and age of young men who wish to act like Peter Pan wanting to prolong boyish behaviour and neglect the joys of being a man.  http://marshill.com/media/real-marriage/men-and-marriage  is the link that will allow you to watch and listen to this message. The questions you can ask yourself and spouse is, 'how are you doing?' Where are you when it comes to the priorities of being a Godly man in marriage or life in general? For those who are single, perhaps a couple good follow up questions are how is my masculinity honoring to Jesus? And how am I maturing in being a man ready for marriage. We hope you will join us this next week at Elevation, as we look toward the next message in this series entitled The Respectful Wife.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Friends with Benefits

Elevation Church hosted the second sermon in a series of messages from the Real Marriage Campaign this last Sunday. I have to say it has been very refreshing and those who have attended Elevation have been blessed to receive practical, meaningful, and gospel loaded sermons for married and singles alike.
As Pastor Mark put it with Friends with Benefits message; that with all the places you can start with in marriage to improve and grow in, the friendship should be both the place to start and deepen. If you have not had a chance to check it out please click on this link, http://marshill.com/media/real-marriage/friend-with-benefits
We hope you will join us for worship and the continuation of Real Marriage series this weekend. Service times are 9am, 10:45am, and 6pm. Please contact our website for more details. www.el-church.com.
Finally, I would like to leave you with a super illustration of two friends who compete at a high level, and just finished running the Boston Marathon. Their story http://racing.teamsoares.com/2012/04/116th-boston-marathon-troy-robin.html is certainly a wonderful support to completing the race of being friends in marriage who truly seek to journey with each other till the very end. Troy and Robin are members at Elevation and actively help minister in FCA and lead a community Life Group in the So. Auburn area.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Real Mariage: New Marriage, Same Spouse


Started the first sermon in a series of 11 messages of the topic of marriage, relationships, and sex from the book of Pastor Mark Driscoll and his wife Grace. Please click the link within the post to watch the 1st sermon. http://marshill.com/media/real-marriage/new-marriage-same-spouse Hope you will join us at Elevation on Sundays at 609 Auburn Folsom Blvd Auburn CA. Join us for worship, fellowship, and teaching, at 9am, 10:45, and 6pm. Evening gathering @6pm will be a Q&A session with Pastor Eric and his wife Lydia. For more information please contact our office at 530 886-8880

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Appealing in the Gospel

Rights! This is what we all struggle with. We live in a melting pot of "rights" and for the sake of rights preservation we often times neglect to see the gospel in a Godly appeal. What is an appeal? What does it mean to our rights? Is there a difference between making a Godly appeal verses making an appeal of our rights?
In a sermon series that Elevation Church www.el-church.com, we have been going through the book of Acts; I summarized the appeal from the Apostle Paul to Festus as a Godly appeal, because it was providing new and relevant information in a humble way, while looking to Jesus throughout the process, (Acts 24:22-25:12). This appeal process is good to consider in our workplace, school place, and homes. It certainly can be a major benefit to being at peace with everyone as it depends upon you, (Romans 12:18).
When we go immediately to our "rights" of an accusation we can become set on being offensive. It might seem that we are defending ourselves, others, property, ideals, and alike; but what seems to be a defense is really a "hail mary pass" of offense for the success of our "rights."
The New Testament defines the word "appeal" as (to invoke, entitle, call upon, testify). In light of the Gospel of Jesus we are challenged to appeal in the Spirit of Christ. So how does this look? In Matthew 26:47-56, Jesus is betrayed by one of his disciples, and arrested by the religious leadership of his day. In the story, Peter, drew his sword and cut off an ear of an officer. Jesus miraculously puts it back on the man and turns to his disciples to tell them he has the "right" to appeal to God for angels to come and wipe out this betrayal, offense, and accusation. However, a greater "right" is addressed, and that is God's will in the whole process.
Appealing in the gospel is seeking to do God's will. This process is considerate of others who lack information, clarity, and details communicated humbly that make much of God's will. Therefore, a few things to consider when making appeals to others;
1. Check yourself. Ask if you are seeking vengeance, revenge, or hoping to get even?
2. Walk in the Spirit. Ask if you are being humble with others, prayerful, and in God's word over the appeal process?
3. Testifying abut the gospel. Ask if you are appealing just to take care of your "rights" or do right by way of the gospel in you?
2 Corinthians 5:20 shares with us that being a Christ follower who makes appeals will be ambassadors of reconciliation for Christ. The reason is the the follower of Jesus is reconciled before God the Father and God is making his appeal through us. In short this means we probably have fewer things to really get upset over, and can concentrate on our appeals being testimonies of the Gospel, and not more opportunities to elevate our "rights."

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Real Marriage Sermon Series


Started the first sermon in a series of 11 messages of the topic of marriage, relationships, and sex from the book of Pastor Mark Driscoll and his wife Grace. Please click the link within the post to watch the 1st sermon.
http://marshill.com/media/real-marriage/new-marriage-same-spouse Hope you will join us at Elevation on Sundays at 609 Auburn Folsom Blvd Auburn CA. Join us for worship, fellowship, and teaching, at 9am, 10:45, and 6pm. Evening gathering @6pm will be a Q&A session with Pastor Eric and his wife Lydia. For more information please contact our office at 530 886-8880