In “Shadrach Meshach & Abednego” Pastor Jeff Werkmeister shares the thought of when we’re in a dark and scary place, when we feel alone, like God has left us- we have to make up our mind “What’s my Next Move”. Are we going to bow down to divorce, loneliness, pressure, being offended, unforgiveness… or are we going to believe in the promise go God? When you are in the situation you may ask God “where are you, what did I do wrong, why did you leave me” but the TRUTH is that God never leaves us. He asks us to walk through the fire, to have courage, to stand and believe in Faith that he has not forgotten about you.
Pastor Jeff Werkmeister delivers “The Enemy of Good” from Galatians 6 to help others and do good to everyone around us. Elevate’s Mission is to Feed, Take Care, and Love People. It is important as the community of Elevate transition to a new location, that the mission and vision is clearly defined - that we are to love and help people. The reason Jesus came was to help those that were paralyzed with fear, addiction, religion, shame, sickness, rejection - the list goes on and on… So let’s not give up, lets keep doing what is good and we will reap a harvest of blessing.
In “You Can Handle It”, Pastor Matt Chenoweth shares with us the power and confidence we have in the Holy Spirit when the enemy is attacking us. When we feel overwhelmed, we need to stand on what God’s Word tells us, and remember and declare how He provided victory in the last battle.
Some of the most life-giving verses can be found in Romans 5 - as Paul walks us through our undeserved privilege that we have because of the righteousness that Jesus has given us. You can lay down your trials, lay down you hopelessness because God brings JOY, and he brings PEACE. He promised these to us - and His promises never fade or change. So take refuge in the Lord for He greatly loves us (Psalm 118).
In “Set the Record Straight”, Pastor Jeff talks about the storms of life when we get rained on with issues. There are 5 truths of who God is at all times - but we really need to remember these truths in these difficult trials. He has a reckless love for us, He gives to us, He has authority over the enemy, You will face storms, and He is our refuge.
In “Thirsty” Pastor Jeff Werkmeister shares the real story of the Woman at the Well as she was not thirsting for water, but to fill her soul. As Jesus tells her of a well that she can drink from and never thirst again, we see that grace finds us right in the middle of our dysfunction. It is time that we let go of our dysfunction and grab onto the cross of grace.
At the end of Grateful series we learn about Paul & Silas and their thankful attitude. Despite Paul and Silas not being one of Jesus’ disciples, they were given the same opportunity to bring freedom to those who are lost and need Jesus. We have that same opportunity and God is saying NOW. He is also saying that we need to be uncomfortable so that we rely on Him and have 100% faith in Jesus. Also in this message is an excellent story from the Perez Family on how God suddenly changed their circumstance. Lastly, Pastor Jeff Werkmeister shares an update about the new building and the next chapter that Elevate is about to enter in, as we celebrate our 3rd birthday.
When we understand all that Jesus has done for us, then we desire to have a personal relationship with Him, and we learn his voice. Through the Holy Spirit, we are able to have a live relationship with Jesus that then empowers us with grace to overcome sin. In Grateful Week 3 we learn from John 10 and Romans 8 that Jesus is a Good Shepherd and when we listen to His voice, we do not have to live in doubt, fear, nor stay in our sin.
As Jesus is praying before he goes to the cross, there’s a lesson about gratitude. We need to die to our flesh, have the correct perspective that God wants us to have in our situation, and speak the truths from the Word. Having the correct perspective gives us ability to be grateful in all situations. Let us be grateful for what Jesus did at the cross - that He is Good and He made a way for us to live a life of victory.
The story of Joseph shows us that God has a blessing a victorious life for us to walk in - if we are grateful for the difficult times. Joseph had integrity to flee sexual immorality, to honor his Egyptian master, and kept faith in God’s promises despite his current circumstances. God wants to take us from the pit to the palace if we can keep our eyes on God’s plan in the hard times.
Your identity is not to sit in church. God has a divine plan and purpose for your life, right where you are, in your current circumstances. Jesus called a fisherman named Peter to be a disciple, and then shortly after Peter made the largest failure of his life - denying Jesus 3 times. God’s greatest call came on Peter’s life, right before his greatest failure. What is important is that God is Good and has a plan for our life, and restores even when we make mistakes. In “Confidence” Pastor Jeff Werkmeister shares from Matt 16 to walk in a Confidence about the plan and call on our life. That even when we make mistakes, that we do not need to live in fear, shame, or condemnation.
Jesus has some lanes that are going to be a little more difficult, but they are full of life. In “Wrong Lane” Pastor Jeff Werkmeister shares a few personal stories and John 4 showing us that through Christ we have the grace to handle any situation - if we choose the lane that Jesus has for us. We are the woman at the well, we have made many choices without Christ… and Jesus wants to give us Life in a new and fresh way - but its a narrow lane. “Let’s pick the narrow lane in 2019” - Pastor Jeff Werkmeister
A renewed mind is key to victory. Jesus did not see Zacchaeus as he currently was, Jesus saw him for who he would become. Luke 19. Join us in “Tuned In Part 3” as God transforms us into new people by changing the way we think and approach life. There are 7 ways to know if your mind has been renewed by Christ. You live in hope; the impossible seems reasonable; you live in peace and not worry; you like yourself and you are good in your weakness; you are quick to forgive; you are thankful; you believe in others.
God wants to lay a foundation of Victory for us in 2019. But most of the time we out our faith in ourselves, a person, our boss - we want everything planned out for us in a way that we can see. In “Tuned In Part 2” Pastor Jeff Werkmeister shares that over time, we start to believe a lie that Jesus does not care about things in our lives. The TRUTH is that all God really wants is for us to talk to Him (prayer), and guess what - it’s totally ok to not have your life together all the time when you talk to Him. Mark 6. You don’t have what you want because you don’t ask your Father for it. God is a good Father - all He wants is for you to invite Him into your boat.
How can we have so much stuff and still not be “ok”? The answer to that question is - “what really satisfies our soul?” In “Tuned In” we journey through Romans with Pastor Jeff Werkmeister to remember the Good News of undeserved privilege (Rom 5). God’s heart for us is intimacy with Him… it is the only thing that will satisfy our soul.
In “David & Goliath”, Pastor Jeff Werkmeister talks about the giants in our life that cause us to run and hide. Whether it be anxiety, grief, shame, health, insecurity, or money - we are often overwhelmed by the talking of the Enemy. The question is - “how long will you allow your giant to talk”. 1 Sam 17, Rom 8, and Psa 103 show us that God wants to come alive in our Faith to face the giant - we are called to win! God needs us to win - He wants us to win. Our winning over the giants will show others around us that there is hope for victory in life.
In “Faith Fights Fear”, Pastor Levi Williams shares his story from recently being stuck on a rollercoaster, and how his faith in God fights against situations at all times.
The Bible is a living Testimony of Who God Is and of His Goodness. The blessings and goodness that He has for us, come in seasons. From understanding and putting our Faith in Him, to receiving the basic blessings, to seeing the impossible happen, to serving others and sharing His Goodness with others… In “Taste and See Part 4” we discuss the process to seasons that God works through in our lives.
In 2018’s social media culture, many believe they have something to share, that they are the expert on a topic, and as a society we are the blind leading the blind. What we need is time spent in the presence of God, we need Jesus to be our refuge. In “Taste and See Part 3” we find that God wants to provide riches, and strength, and energized power - through His Spirit, if we will ask Him, and spend time with Him.
Experiencing God’s goodness is possible when we change our thinking - re-educating ourselves - on what the Kingdom of Jesus has for us. One of the biggest shifts that must occur in a mature believer is on the topic of Giving (money). In “Taste and See Part 2” we learn what the Word says about “Don’t eat your seed” and how God wants us to test Him.
The enemy cannot force us to make poor decisions and choices. But he can trick us to think inferior thoughts about what God has for us. In “Taste and See” we learn that we have a choice to agree with the inferior thinking from the enemy... or to believe the Word of God and what He has for our lives.