Every week the Lead Pastor Team works hard to bring messages that are full of hope, directed by the Holy Spirit, and rooted in scripture. Every 6-8 weeks we start a new series, all grounded in Biblical texts. We hope that you join us in wrestling through these weekly texts, allowing space for God to continue to mold and shape us into the image of His son, Jesus. If you happened to miss a week in a series, you will find the video below. If you would like to subscribe to our podcast you can do so here for iTunes. You can also download the MCC app for android here or Iphone here.
We aren't really that reflective as a culture. Even we who seek to be followers of Jesus often live a bit on auto-pilot, moving from one day and season to the next without taking the time to stop and ask, "How am I doing, really?" In this series during the season of Lent, leading up to Easter, we will take the time to ask ourselves a few key questions
that will help us get in touch with the health of our souls. And in doing so we will be considering some possible spiritual practices that we can do together during Lent that could be healing and life-giving.
Digging In : An In-depth Look at the Love of God – Romans 8
There are many ways that we can invest ourselves in the study of God’s word in order to mine its depths. And there is something uniquely profitable about those times when we open the Bible and dig deep – word for word – into an important text. Join us for this series where we will walk together through chapter 8 of the book of Romans where the truth of the love of God – and its implications – is articulated in life-changing ways.
This is what we all need! Hope, love, joy, and peace! Even the words stir us. Advent is the season of the four Sundays leading up to Christmas, and is a season of anticipation and expectation. We get in touch with that for which our souls are longing, and we celebrate the true story that God came in the flesh to the earth to bring what we need. Join us for this 4 week Advent series as we explore how Christmas is the good news of the hope, love, joy, and peace that we need.
Our world is struggling. Even a quick survey of the local, national, and global news is increasingly disheartening. Those of us who know and love Jesus are all the more moved to be agents of his love, mercy, and justice – his Good News. Join us for this series where we humbly seek God and reflect on how in the world we can “be” good news to a world that needs it.
An opportunity for our entire church to spend these summer months deeply rooted in the Word of God. This is an 9 week in-depth reading and study of the New Testament. Each day we will have readings upon which to study and meditate, culminating in the Sunday sermon on a chunk of that text. Please follow along with us on our reading plan by opening the PDF here. And we will hope to see you on Sunday!
God has made what seems to be a ridiculously problematic miscalculation. From the beginning of time he has chosen to use ordinary (or even less-than-ordinary) people to accomplish his extra-ordinary objectives in the world. The apostle Paul described
God’s penchant for this unexpected way of engaging with the world saying, essentially, “To get his job done, God uses things that are foolish and weak.” That sounds like it describes we humans pretty accurately! In a different letter, when discussing the amazing news that human beings are filled with the light of the glory of God because of what Jesus made possible, he says, “But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.” And therein lies the secret to God’s plan: By his power, he is able to use fragile, flawed, fickle people... ordinary people... to accomplish extra-ordinary, world-altering, barrier-breaking, mind-blowing things. The good news for us? We qualify.
Join us for this series where we examine the stories in scripture of people like you and me, the least likely to succeed, whom God delighted to use for his glory and the world’s good.
In our last series, called “Markers,” we essentially wanted to answer the question “How, then shall we live? And now in this Lenten series, up through Easter, we are considering the question of “How, then, shall we pray?” Our prayer experience tends to swing from one extreme to the other: In some seasons we have no idea, in light of all that is going on in us and around us, of what we should be asking God to do. On the other hand, we can also pray with increasing fervency about the things we are feeling deeply in a given season. But praying about our "feelings" can live us with a check in our spirit that maybe we are praying out of line with God’s desires. All this can lead to either a prayerfulness or prayerlessness that doesn’t seem particularly satisfying or effective. Fortunately, Jesus anticipated this struggle and the scriptures contain his teaching on the subject. The first line of his teaching makes us hungry to hear what he has to say: “This, then, is how you should pray...” Join us as we study Jesus’ instructions.
In 1964 Bob Dylan wrote a famously apropos song titled “The Times They Are A Changin’.” That phrase was so true to that era that the song has become one of the iconic symbols of the cultural shifts that were taking place during the 60’s. Interestingly, that phrase may describe the rapid changes happening in our day as well. Being God’s people in each era of history has required deep refection and careful application of Scripture. And yet, while the times may change, some spiritual principles regarding following Christ have long been constants for Christians. No matter what age the Church has lived in, there has always been a well-worn path where the saints before us have walked. Join us as we study seven of these “markers” which help us to know that we are on the right track and on the ancient path of faithful obedience to Jesus.
Adventum- The Glorious Appearing
Advent is a season of celebration. And it is a season of waiting. It represents the waiting and expectation of God’s people that God’s promises will be fulfilled through the appearing, or the Advent, of Jesus. It celebrates the past: that over 2000 years ago God intervened by arriving in the human story through the coming of Jesus. And it calls us to a present and future expectation that Jesus would “arrive” in our lives and world with grace and power. This 4 week Advent series will explore the beauty and depth of the Christmas story as written in the book of Luke.
Many of us find that it is much easier to find a way to picture God when we think of "Father" and "Son", but getting our heads around the Holy Spirit is bit more challenging. This series will explore the Holy Spirit and what it means to experience God and a have a relationship with him through the person of the Spirit. This series could be ground-breaking for your understanding and connection with God.
Life. Together. Isn't that exactly what the fruit of a growing walk with Jesus is all about? We love God and we love each other. As you are well aware, this always sounds more great and beautiful than we often experience. This is because we are still selfish and broken people, and the combination of two or more selfish and broken people often ends in hurt. But have no fear, Jesus is well aware of His dreams for us and our community and has given us a way through it. For the next 4 weeks, come and wrestle through, and be encouraged to, Live Life. Together.
An opportunity for our entire church to spend these summer months deeply rooted in the Word of God. This is an 8 week in-depth reading and study of the book of Colossians. Each day we will have short readings upon which to study and meditate, culminating in the Sunday sermon on that chunk of text. Please follow along with us on our reading plan by opening the PDF here. And we will hope to see you on Sunday!
Someone once asked Jesus what the most important commandments were. Maybe the guy was looking for a list of rules to follow, but Jesus answered with a surprising and beautiful answer about thriving with God in the most important places. According to Jesus, life in the sweet spot is about engaging with God in the deepest parts of us. Our hearts. Ours souls. Our minds. Our strength. Join us on Sunday for this Spring Series on finding Life in the Sweet Spot.
On Sunday mornings when we gather for worship, many of us experience a connection with God, along with a clarity of thought, and a sense of our purpose. We remember what good news it is that God loves us, and calls us, and walks with us. We can get pretty pumped up about serving him, living in the power and leading of the Holy Spirit, and finding ways to appropriately share this good news with the world around us... And then Monday comes. This 3 week mini-series explores how we live with and for God not only on Sundays, but in the "real" world, this time tomorrow.
It may sound trite, but God really is in the business of changing lives. Change is possible. In fact, the whole process of the Christian life is that we are constantly being formed by the Holy Spirit into the people that God intended for us to be. Like clay in the potter’s hand, we are being shaped. Formed. Transformed. This is a gracious work of a powerful God. It is all about him. And yet he invites us to participate with him by engaging in spiritual practices that put us in just the right places to encounter him. This series explores some of these practices and how we can engage with them in the midst of our real lives.
Jonathan Edwards is purported to have said, “Resolution One: I will live for God. Resolution Two: If no one else does, I still will.” While we are all inspired by that kind of passion and fortitude, we agree that it is not a simple undertaking to figure out the practical ins and outs of how to “spend a year.” In this 3 week New Year mini-series we will consider just that: How to practically align our life and resources with what is most important to us, and what God himself might want for us in 2016.