Would you Fast for your MCC Pastors?

Next week I will be taking the MCC Pastors away on a Pastor’s Advance. Some may call it a retreat, but we don’t retreat; we advance!  On Monday, the team will kiss their families good-bye for a few days and will vacate to a condo that has been donated to us for the week.   We have six main goals for the Advance, many of them focusing around firming up our mission and vision as well as establishing our strategic plan.  Each Pastor will leave the Advance knowing where MCC is going as well as their role in getting us there.  Our Pastors have done tons of preparation for this week and we are eager to do more hard work.

As you know, prayer is a huge value at MCC. To that end, each of our seven Pastors are taking a different day this week to fast and pray.  We are asking God to met us in a great way while we are at the Advance.

Last Sunday I challenged the people of MCC to fast one meal this week and use the time to pray for the Pastor’s Advance.  You guys are stepping up!  As a matter of fact, my daughter Mariah fasted lunch yesterday (you make Dad proud).

If you have not already, would you join us in prayer and fasting?  Maybe you could fast from a meal this week or next and pray?  Maybe you are not able to fast; we still invite you in joining us by praying.  Here is a list of your Pastors and when they are fasting.

Pastor’s Fasting Week:  Jan 8-14:  Sunday: Justin Hoeppner.  Monday: Jason McLeod.  Tuesday: Rob Ball.  Wednesday: Scott Telle.  Thursday: Scot Longyear.  Friday: Dan Gisel.  Saturday: Vince McFarland

The Advance will take place Monday – Friday, January 16-20.  I will be doing some updating along the way.  Follow me on facebook or twitter for real-time updates.

 

Photos by lel4nd and stuck in customs

Recent Email: “Scot, you look stressed.”

 

imageSunday at MCC, we started  new series called Acts.  It’s a look at the book of Acts (brilliant title for a series, don’t you think?)  A friend e-mailed me today.  She writes, I thought today as I was sitting several rows behind you, that your body language seemed very stressed even from the back.

My response:  “Heck yes!” I am usually wound pretty tight when it comes time for the sermon.  Why?

1.  This is serious business.  I still look around and wonder why they allow the bald guy to speak about God every week.  People listen as I represent the one who created us.  I seriously don’t want to mess that up. I don’t want to mislead people or misrepresent Christ.  That is a heavy thing.  Extremely heavy.

2.  People give me their time; and that is a precious gift.  Each week a ton of people stop and listen to what I have to say (which causes even more anxiety – see #1 above).  If you are going to give me 35-40 minutes of your week, I better have something good and accurate to say.

3.  Boring people with the Bible should be outlawed.  A boring presentation of the greatest story in the world is my nightmare.

4.  I value you.  I want you to know Christ better.  I want you to give your life to something bigger than yourself.  I want you to become the person God dreams you to be.  I want to make sure that you hear the message crystal clear without me getting in the middle of it.

There is much at stake, and it makes me nervous; and I think that is OK.  When I am so comfortable that I can walk up and teach totally calm with the thought that I know everything, well, you need to make for the exits. 

That being said, I am excited (and nervous) about our Acts series.  God has been revealing some great things to us through his word.  For Sunday, read Acts 2 and come and listen to what God has to say to you.  I’ll do my best not to look a bit uptight; but I can’t make any promises!

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One Prayer Wraps Up this Sunday, June 27

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Oh baby!  We may have very well saved the best for last.  Out of all the One Prayer videos I have seen, these are two of my favorites.  I am excited that MCC will hear from Chris Hodges and Herbert Cooper as we wrap up the One Prayer series.

During our 10AM gathering, Chris will bring a great message on how we can live with an unstoppable focus.  At 6PM, we will feature Herbert Cooper who will challenge us on how to make an unstoppable comeback.  These guys really fire me up and I am looking forward to Sunday.

This has been a great series for us and we are excited to partner with all of the other One Prayer churches.  To look at the One Prayer videos we used at MCC, head over to the MCC website.

OnePrayer continues with Craig Groeschel and Ray Johnson

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This Sunday at MCC, we continue the One Prayer series with guest teachers (via video) Craig Groeschel and Ray Johnson.

Craig will speak at our 10AM service on God’s Unstoppable Courage.  Craig is the founding pastor of Life Church in Edmond, OK.  He is considered a pioneer in church networking and the use of media.

Ray Johnson spent several years in youth ministry and has recently planted Bayside church, a successful church in Granite Bay, CA.  Ray is an author and solid communicator.  Ray will speak at out 6PM service on God’s Unstoppable Hope.

Here is a look at the upcoming One Prayer schedule at MCC.

(For last week’s One Prayer teaching, click here).

June

13
AM: Unstoppable Courage Craig Groeschel, Life Church, Edmond, OK
PM: Unstoppable Hope: Ray Johnson, Bayside Church, Granite Bay, CA
20
AM: Unstoppable Power: Steven FurticElevation Church, Charlotte, NC
PM: Unstoppable Life: Brian HoustonHillsong Church, Sydney, AU
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AM:  Unstoppable Focus: Chris HodgesChurch of the Highlands, Birmingham, AL
PM:  Unstoppable Comeback: Herbert CooperPeople’s Church, Oklahoma City, OK

This Sunday at MCC – Craig Groeschel and Ray Johnson

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This Sunday at MCC, we continue the One Prayer series with guest teachers (via video) Craig Groeschel and Ray Johnson.

Craig will speak at our 10AM service on God’s Unstoppable Courage.  Craig is the founding pastor of Life Church in Edmond, OK.  He is considered a pioneer in church networking and the use of media.

Ray Johnson spent several years in youth ministry and has recently planted Bayside church, a successful church in Granite Bay, CA.  Ray is an author and solid communicator.  Ray will speak at out 6PM service on God’s Unstoppable Hope.

Here is a look at the upcoming One Prayer schedule at MCC.

(For last week’s One Prayer teaching, click here).

June

13
AM: Unstoppable Courage Craig Groeschel, Life Church, Edmond, OK
PM: Unstoppable Hope: Ray Johnson, Bayside Church, Granite Bay, CA
20
AM: Unstoppable Power: Steven Furtic, Elevation Church, Charlotte, NC
PM: Unstoppable Life: Brian Houston, Hillsong Church, Sydney, AU
27
AM:  Unstoppable Focus: Chris Hodges, Church of the Highlands, Birmingham, AL
PM:  Unstoppable Comeback: Herbert Cooper, People’s Church, Oklahoma City, OK

One Prayer Series Starts this Sunday at MCC

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This Sunday at MCC we kick off the One Prayer series by asking this question: If God is everywhere, why does it sometimes seem that he is nowhere?  We will dig into a story in the New Testament and take a look at God’s Unstoppable Presence.

One Prayer is a series where churches all across the world submit video teachings.  Those teachings are then chosen and shared in congregations around the globe.  During the month of June we will be featuring teachings from 7 different pastors.  Each video is a teaching on God’s Unstoppable _____________.  We have some fantastic teachings lined up and I am excited to be able to hear from some of the greatest communicators of our day.

Here is a look at the upcoming schedule at MCC.

June
6  AM/PM: Unstoppable Presence: Scot Longyear
13     
    AM: Unstoppable Courage Craig Groeschel, Life Church, Edmond, OK 
    PM: Unstoppable Hope: Ray Johnson, Bayside Church, Granite Bay, CA
20
    AM: Unstoppable Power: Steven Furtic, Elevation Church, Charlotte, NC
    PM: Unstoppable Life: Brian Houston, Hillsong Church, Sydney, AU
27
    AM:  Unstoppable Focus: Chris Hodges, Church of the Highlands, Birmingham, AL
    PM:  Unstoppable Comeback: Herbert Cooper, People’s Church, Oklahoma City, OK