Every week the Pastoral 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 through iTunes. You can also download the MCC app for android here or Iphone here.
There are few things that knit a group of people together then a shared experience. The greater the challenge or adventure, the greater the bonding. Imagine how deep our connection to each other would be when we see the Christian life and mission as both the ultimate challenge and ultimate adventure. That was Paul’s posture when he wrote his dear friends at the church of Philippi, and that is our posture toward our church as we launch this fall in our new preaching series on the book of Philippians: Clarifying a life toward Christ. We look forward to jumping into all that Jesus has for us personally and corporately as move toward Jesus and embrace the challenge and adventure of what it means to love and know Him! We look forward to you joining us on this journey.
It’s not too late to join us in our 2019 version of MCC's summer reading program, as we make our way from the beginning to the end of the Bible, learning about the entire Story of God. Our readings take us through selected important passages averaging about 3 chapters per day. Grab a paper copy of the schedule on Sunday or click here to see the reading schedule and print a copy for your own use. We hope you read along with us as well as join us on Sundays for our sermon series called
The Story of God where we will unpack one of the passages from that week's reading.
“It is for freedom that Christ has set you free...” This was what Paul reminded the first century church in Galatia because he had seen firsthand how believers in Jesus found themselves living “un-free.” Instead of the life Jesus was offering, they were bound up with all kinds of burdens and confused by lies that kept them from what he wanted them to experience. The same can be said of us as we seek to be followers of Jesus in this century. What is the freedom that Christ offers? How can we live fully into what it means? Join us for this 4 week series as we pursue the good news of freedom in Christ.
What are we going after in life? Exactly what are we aiming for? These are really good questions. There are only so many things in life that we can really pursue. The apostle Paul wrote to his mentee Timothy that there is something of significant value that we must not give up on. He said, “Godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.” What is “godliness?” And why is it apparently so important? And how would we achieve it? In this series during the season of Lent, leading up to Easter, we will take a look at these questions and consider what the incredible value and promise of pursuing a life with God.
One thing we know about our lives and about our world: Change is inevitable. Everything around us seems to keep morphing and changing so fast we can hardly keep up. And yet, ironically, we find it hard to muster to the faith to believe that change for the good can happen. One of our core values at Marin Covenant Church is that transformation is actually possible by the power of a real God at work. Just about the time we feel like giving up hope that we will ever see true change/healing/growth/transformation in our lives (and in the world around us), God comes to us with the persistent and hopeful message that indeed he is at work in power. Join us for this 3 week series on transformation.
There is a popular adage that says, "If you aim at nothing, you'll hit it every time." This statement is popular with motivational speakers because it has proved to be true in so many people's lives as well as with so many organizations. In our 50+ year history of attempting to aim well, we at MCC who are striving to be Jesus followers, orient ourselves first and foremost around Jesus, the Word of God and the common tenets of historic Christianity so we aren't aiming aimlessly. But we also rally around a meaningful statement of our clear vision for how to live that out: To engage with the spiritually hungry toward a life in Christ that is inspired, intelligent, and involved. Join us for this series that will unpack that vision statement and help us all aim to live our lives for the most important things.
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. The coming of Jesus reveals who God is and what he has done for us. Join us for this 4 week Advent series as we explore how Christmas is the revealing of God’s solution, God’s heart, God’s mercy, and God’s presence.
There are many ways that we can invest ourselves in the study of God’s word in order to mine its truths. And there is something uniquely profitable about those times when we open the Bible and week after week carefully study an extended passage in context. Join us for this series as we will walk together through the first ten chapters of the book of Acts where we learn of the birth of Jesus’ church and how the early believers lived out their faith. As we study the early church we will be inspired, challenged, and delighted to discern how this informs our life as God’s Church today.
Every year we take the opportunity for our entire church to spend these summer months deeply rooted in the Word of God. This summer will be a journey through the entire book of Psalms. For God’s people, the Psalms have always been a book of worship, a book of lament, a book of prayer, a book helping give us the words that express the longings of the human heart. Along with these sermons on selected Psalms, each day we will have readings upon which to study and meditate. Please follow along with us on our reading plan by opening the PDF here. We hope you will join us for our summer in the Psalms.
"What happened to me today (this week, this year, since I turned 40, etc., etc.) that I was feeling joy in my heart and then it just seemed to evaporate. Where did it go? And why does it come and go?" Most of us can relate to these questions and feelings. And somewhere along the line we may come to be relatively resigned to the thought that we are really not going to see any lasting joy. What we hope for, then, might be a bit of happiness... but not joy. Or a bit of relief... but not joy. Yet the spark refuses to go out deep in our God-created souls. It seems we were built for joy and so hope springs eternal that we might find more of it. The good news is that the scriptures have much to say about how we might get there. We invite you to join us for this 5 week series on JOY.
Anxiety and fear. Everyone can relate. In fact, they are the world's most common struggles according to a recent study released in the journal Psychological Medicine. This is especially true in our particular sub-culture where anxiety disorders were more commonly reported than even in those areas of the world that are currently experiencing conflict. We can all testify to the experiences of worrying about our loved ones, being anxious about our financial well-being, fearing for our safety, staying awake at night being uncertain of our future, etc. It is simply a part of the human condition. The good news, of course, is that God in his wisdom and compassion understands this proclivity in us and speaks practically and powerfully in his Word about how we can thrive in the face of our fears. Join us as we dive into this most pressing topic.
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!