Christmas reminds us of the reality that God is with us in every moment. We may feel that we are deep in a valley, stranded in a desert, drowning in a sea, or lost in a storm. Will our prayers be answered? Will our paths be made clear? No matter our circumstances, we can celebrate and be comforted in knowing that God is with us.
Even some of the best students will admit that they’ve used CliffsNotes on occasion. Those black
and yellow booklets provide a sometimes-much-needed list of characters and overview that
provides readers with the gist of even the most dense of novels. They’re not just shortcuts for
procrastinators, they are handy tools for navigating complex, multi-layered stories. Essential to
many different Christian traditions is The Apostles’ Creed, a CliffsNotes-style summary of the core
tenants of the Christian faith. The Apostles’ Creed is a summary statement of right beliefs that has
been passed down for generations to empower the Church in right behaviors. As a cord, the
creed helps bind the Church into keeping the main things the main things.
Sunday, September 23, 2018, marked the three-year anniversary for Mission Community Church gathering as a local community of faith! It was an event-filled gathering at East Ward Elementary School as we celebrated all that God has done in the life and ministry of our church.
We also incorporated baptisms this Sunday. For those who have placed their faith and trust in Jesus for salvation, baptism is a small step that makes a huge statement. It's an outward expression of an inward confession, and we were honored and delighted to share in this step of faith with the MCC body.
The birth of the church began in a middle-eastern town more than two thousand years ago, and the continual building up of that church continues even to this day. It wasn't about buildings, bands, banners, bodies, bucks, and bibles; the church was simply about a community of people gathered around the common conviction that Jesus is the Risen Christ, Son of the living God. It's a BIG church with a BIG message and a BIG mission, all of which you play a BIG part!
Have you ever made a dumb decision? If we're honest with ourselves, we've probably made more dumb decisions than we care to admit. The decisions we make, even if seemingly insignificant, are surpassingly influential, leading us down the path to some destination. Learn the difference between being right and being wise in this five-week sermon series focused on some popular Proverbs.
Experiencing life to the fullest is often times about discerning between what's worthless and what's worth it. The disciples were a rag-tag group of guys that carried on the mission of Jesus - they had a cause worth carrying. Yet, by today's standards, no sensible person would use these types of guys to change the world. The cause that they carried ultimately led to their deaths, yet they knew that to live was Christ and to die gain. What are you willing to live for?
Miracles are happening all around us, but you won’t see them unless you know how to look for them. In John’s account of Jesus’ life, he states that all the books in the world couldn’t possibly contain all that He did on earth (John 21:25), and the reason for John’s record is so that people would believe that Jesus is the Christ and that there is life in His name (John 20:30-31). If you follow Jesus long enough and far enough, it's only a matter of time before you start walking in the miraculous.
Everyone ends up somewhere; few end up somewhere on purpose. Pastor Jason shares the mission and vision of Mission Community Church as he reviews where we've been as a church and where we believe God is leading. The writer of Proverbs says that where there is no prophetic vision, the people cast of restraint or, in other words, stumble all over themselves. Vision is the bridge that links the past with the future. Come join what God is doing in and through Mission Community Church!
Advent is a season of reflection and anticipation - reflection on the Savior of the world coming in the form of a baby to deliver His people from their sins and an anticipation of that Savior coming again to establish His rule and reign forever. As we eagerling await His return in this season, we focus on the themes of hope, love, joy, peace, and light, and specifically the Person who brings all of these feelings to pass. Merry Christmas!
As we exit seasons and enter new ones, it's important to position ourselves in a posture of praise and gratitude. In this stand alone message, Pastor Jason encourages and challenges to go next-level with our gratitude, for gratitude goes far beyond just good manners.
Marriage is the most beautiful and most difficult of all human relationships. In this 5-week series, Pastor Jason takes us through principles that will both prepare those who are not yet married and protect those who are already married as we strive to center our lives on Jesus. With Jesus at the center, marriage will be everything you that you dreamed it would be, and through your marriage Jesus will make you everything that He wants you to be.
Being rich isn't about gaining wealth but about giving away. The Apostle Paul writes to Timothy that true life is found by being rich in love, service, and giving. In this three-week series, we're reminded of how rich we are, not only as Americans, but in Christ.
For the follower of Jesus, work should be more about giving worship than it is about gaining wealth. Listen to this Labor Day message on how Christians should approach their work. Ultimately, work is worship.
In "Scandalous Grace," Pastor Jason takes us through the Old Testament Book of Judges, a book with some of the most scandalous and disturbing stories in the Bible. Through Israel's scandalous history, we'll see what God can do with the most broken of people as we see a God who pours out even greater grace even when people are so unfaithful to Him.
If. It’s a puny word packed with potential power. Did you know that there are 1,784 ifs in the Bible. Many of those ifs function as conditional conjunctions on the front-end of God’s promises. So, if we do what we’re supposed to do, then God will do what God does. If we meet the condition, God delivers on the promise! Follow along with us as we unpack the greatest chapter in the Bible, Romans 8, and learn how this puny word serves as the pivot point from living a life of fear to living a life of faith as we trade our if only regrets for God’s what if possibilities.
Christianity is the only world religion that finds its origins in a central event, namely the resurrection of Jesus. A resurrection realization changes everything, for the resurrection of Jesus puts a gigantic exclamation point on everything He ever said or did. Jesus' resurrection becomes the context for every aspect of our lives.
In the book of Colossians, we are taught that Jesus himself, the salvation that He gives us and the life He calls us to is greater than and superior to any other gods, any other lifestyles and any other gospels. This greatness is not merely subjective and dependent on our feelings or experiences, but is objectively rooted in who Jesus is as the “image of the invisible God” (Col. 1:15) in whom “all the fullness of deity dwells bodily” (Col. 2:9). Paul argues that Jesus is a greater God and following him is a greater life because it’s the only true life. Follow us during this series to learn how you can live the greater life!
The purpose and mission of every church and every follower of Jesus ought to be to glorify God and make disciples. As a church we define making disciples as helping people meet, know and follow Jesus. In this two week series, Pastor Jason breaks down our mission as a church and shares what this means in the years ahead. Will you join us in being a gospel people on a gospel mission?
Advent comes from the Latin word adventus meaning "coming". The season of advent, then, is a time of reflection of Jesus' first coming as God incarnate and a time of anticipation on Jesus' second coming as the bridegroom. In a season that is overly commercialized, our hope and prayer is to create space for you to find the holy in the hurry. Each Sunday focuses on a particular theme of advent: hope, love, joy and peace.
Thanksgiving is a time of year to celebrate all the blessings in life given to us by God. Our hope and prayer at Mission is that our attitude of thanks turns into actions of thanks not just during this thanksgiving season, but also throughout the whole year - even throughout all of life! Think of it this way: if the Bible says that faith without works is a dead faith, then perhaps an attitude of thanks without actions of thanks is a dead thanksgiving…or a heart of thanks without habits of thanks is a dead thanksgiving…or a consideration of thanks without a communication of thanks is a dead thanksgiving…or a thinking about thanks without a talking about thanks is a dead thanksgiving. Practice gratitude this Thanksgiving and sustain it for the rest of life!
Every election cycle we tend to put politics in a weird place of priority. We recognize that humans are flawed and, therefore, human solutions are flawed. When it comes to politics we know that a solution is needed to fix problems so we hope for a new human solution - a new politic. Do you see the contradiction? As we engaged the political landscape of this current election season, what if we were to choose God above all else? What if we were to look at our politics through the lens of our faith? God has a lot to say about government, politics, rulers, healthcare, etc… Let’s choose today who we will serve - Jesus!
The Book of Psalms is referred to as the hymnbook of the Bible. Written by multiple authors over the span of approximately 900 years, the Psalms include songs of joy, laments, blessings, thanksgivings, repentance and imprecations. Most often times directed towards God, this songlist for life help us to express and communicate our deepest emotions to Him. Join us as we listen to the rhythms of life through the songs found in the Book of Psalms.
Forgiveness is a topic that perhaps many people think they know enough about but don’t necessarily extend it as they should. What exactly does forgiveness mean? How do you actually forgive someone? How do you forgive someone who has egregiously wronged you? What if a person continues to wrong you - must you continually forgive? Here’s the good news: through Jesus Christ our sins have been forgiven, and through Jesus Christ we have the power to forgive.
After His resurrection, Jesus walked the earth appearing to over 500 people before He ascended into heaven. His appearing to all these people allowed them to see and believe Him for who He really is - the Resurrected King. Follow along this series to see how we can see and believe Jesus 2000 years later.