Elevation Outreach

99 Days – Pray for Rescue

We’re counting down to LOVE Week 2015 with a prayer each day in celebration and anticipation of what God will do through us this July 25-August 1.

In the #5b4Refresh below, you’ll see some highlights from our outreach partner Pregnancy Resource Center. It’s the inspiration for today’s word – RESCUE.

Remember, Jesus did not leave heaven and come to earth to enforce limitations – he came to liberate. To rescue us from ourselves and our sinful state.

Psalm 91:14-16 says

“Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. 15 He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. 16 With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.”

Pray with us: Jesus, thank you for the way you come to our rescue. Help us to empty ourselves of who we think we are, and who we pretend to be, so that we can be filled with your love. Help us then to give of ourselves so we can bring your hope into the world. Less of us. More of you. Thank you for reminding us you are mighty to save. Help us this day to embrace and appreciate this incredible gift.

In this recap from our 2013 series “This Is Your Permission Slip,” Pastor Steven introduces a paradigm-shifting concept about the true purpose of scripture and how Jesus changed the way we approach God.

The End of the Rules of Religion from Steven Furtick on Vimeo.

Raised To Life Weekend | 5b4 from Steven Furtick on Vimeo.

28 Events – Pray for Grace

LOVE Weekend begins today for three of our locations. Elevation Concord, Weddington, and Roanoke will be cleaning, painting, packing meals, skating, sharing meals with neighbors and more. Spots remain for you to join in in 28 events.

As we serve and prepare for LOVEWeek 2015, we are praying every day in advance of July 25. Today we pray for GRACE.

Pastor Steven Furtick writes, “Grace is power. It is power to save and to transform. To cover all of our sins and remove them from our lives. To get you off the hook and to get you into the zone of transformation.”

1 Corinthians 15:9-10:

9 For I am the least of the apostles and do not even deserve to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. 10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them—yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me.

Pray with us: Jesus, thank you for your grace. Thank you for this power that saves us, and gives us courage to live right, and choose to do the hard things in your name. Because of your grace we can live free of fear and condemnation and walk in freedom to do all you’ve called us to do.

The Force of Grace from Elevation Church on Vimeo.

101 Days of Prayer for LOVEWeek 2015

LOVEWeek 2015 is 101 days away. This week our volunteer leaders began an initiative to pray every day leading up to the big events.

With 150+ leaders in action, we will store up more than 15 thousand prayers by July 25.

We are praying today for PERSEVERANCE.

Romans 5:1-5 says:

1Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,2through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. 3Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.

Pray with us: Jesus, thank you for the hope we have in you. When we feel weak, we know we can have strength in you. Whatever we are going through today, we trust that you are with us. We choose this hope that brings us strength. We choose to keep going. We will bring your love with us today into situations and change atmospheres. We love you. We thank you for this opportunity to persevere. In Jesus name, amen.

And for more inspiration to persevere, watch Pastor Steven Furtick’s 2013 sermon “Don’t Stop on Six.”

Celebrating God’s Faithfulness

The Genius of Jesus | 5b4 Easter Edition from Steven Furtick on Vimeo.

It’s not the what. It’s the why.

IMG_7097.JPGLOVE Weekend is coming for our Elevation Church Rock Hill location.

LOVE Weekends are short-term, campus-specific outreach weekends to serve in your community. Everyone’s invited, and all are welcome.

This weekend you’ve got 14 events with seven different outreach partners to choose from. We’re working with partners like the ROC Emporium, Pilgrim’s Inn, Agape Senior Center, and the Rock Hill Dream Center.  We’ll be working on all kinds of projects – everything from painting, cleaning, organizing, and landscaping, to playing games and creating art with seniors.

But it’s not about what we’re doing, it’s about why we do it.

Every weekend, all over our cities, we get the opportunity to work with partners who help reach hurting, lonely, broken people. When we volunteer during events like LOVE Weekend – we get to help them do their jobs well all week long. We improve atmospheres, we raise expectations, we lift people’s eyes off their troubles, remind them they’re not alone, and allow them to do the work God’s called them to do.

This weekend in Rock Hill – we will serve those who serve others. We’ll get to spend time with our friends. Yes, we’ll paint stuff, clean stuff, organize stuff – but’s it’s not about the stuff. It’s not even about what we’re doing. It’s about why we’re doing it. We love Jesus. And we want the whole world to see our hearts and be drawn to HIM.

More LOVE Weekends are coming. Concord, Weddington, and Roanoke – you’re next. Click HERE for details.