Jeremy has been the Senior Pastor of MCA since November of 2006. He lives in Fredericksburg with his wife Sarah and their four children. Jeremy grew up in a small Kansas church where he learned to follow Jesus and love the community of faith. Early in their marriage, he and Sarah led a team in a year of mission work through the REACH program of Rosedale Mennonite Missions. Jeremy's driving passion is to see people authentically connected to Jesus and to each other. Additionally, he enjoys parties, board games, and using his chainsaw.

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In his final message as the Senior Pastor of MCA, Jeremy Miller speaks of finding a place to belong in the Church. Based on Ephesians 2:19-22 the message challenges the church to provide an authentic place for people to find purpose and belonging through Jesus Christ.
What does it mean to be so consumed with Jesus that there is no other way of seeing ourselves other than as our lives identify with Him? The overwhelming message of scripture is that for those of us who follow Jesus, the entirety of our lives are to be lived under the authority and direction of Him. The temptation is to allow our vision of Jesus and His kingdom to become clouded by concerns of the present realities in which we find ourselves. Sometimes we grow to love these other identities because they feel more accessible and tangible and give us something we want. This morning’s message is a challenge to have Jesus be the thing that defines our lives.
This week MCA held our Annual Church Picnic at Skyview Ranch in Millersburg. As part of that service Pastor Jeremy Miller shared a message that is part of his final chapter at MCA entitled "And One More Thing...Concerning Hope".
This is the start of a series of messages that are close to my (Jeremy Miller) heart for the church. It is a message born out of questions by a number of people about what I think God says about tithing. I have preached on giving and stewardship many times, but I will admit to holding back some because I had trouble getting by the fact that my understanding of God’s word can appear self-serving. (I benefit financially when people tithe.) This obstacle no longer exists and I would like to exhort to the church a biblical approach to how God, worship, and our tithes are meant to interact together.
The prophets called God’s people into a new reality. This week we are studying the prophet Micah. The name Micah means “Who is like God?”
Sometimes it is hard to find righteous people and sometimes its difficult to live righteous lives. Micah reminds us that God is searching for such people and that he will help us live “Godlike” lives.
We don’t often like to think about what happens to those who oppose God. We are taught to love all whom God has created, and we are taught by God not to wish for the misfortune of others. While those are good and true, the prophet Obadiah reveals that God protects His children and will punish those who abuse His people. When people stand against God’s people, they are standing against God himself, and that is the height of arrogance. The Bible tells us that God lifts up the humble but opposes the proud (Ps 147:6, Pr. 29:23). As God’s children, we should take comfort in knowing that our Father is a passionate, protective father to us. And as we live in humble obedience toward Him, He will lift us up and strengthen our faith even in difficult circumstances. In this message we will explore what it means to live humble lives toward God and what it means for the humble to trust God. God has the back of the Humble.
The prophets show us who God is and what He wants from His people. The truth about God’s word, when we approach it humbly, is that it challenges us....all of us. Inevitably, God will open our eyes to things we have come to believe and live that are out of step with who He is and what His purposes are. Amos brought God’s word to people and they were very angry because they felt he was incorrect in his estimation of who God is and his judgement of their beliefs and behavior. (They were so angry, in fact, that they killed him.) The truth was that Amos wasn’t saying anything new about God, it’s just that the people had, over time, come to think of God differently. Amos is as likely to offend our sensibilities about how we believe and live as he did the people in his day. There are parts of God that we might have forgotten about over the years, which Amos brings to light. May we be receptive to God’s word brought to us through the prophet Amos.
Have you ever found yourself so caught up in the present that you forgot where you were headed in life? Sometimes we see this in our finances, present needs cause us to forget our larger life goals. Losing our vision for the future can also happen to us spiritually. This lost picture of God and the future God had for his people is what the prophet Joel was passionate about. The prophet Joel is convinced that part of being effective in the present is a clear picture of and hope for the future. This is a tremendous challenge to followers of Jesus, reminding us that taking our eyes off of our future hope leads to failure and lostness in the present. An effective life involves prepping for our future, which is what we will be talking about in this message.
This Sunday, we begin a series examining some of the prophets in the Old Testament. These prophets were folks who God used to issue a wakeup call to His people who were moving through life like spiritual zombies. The prophets saw a new reality for the people of God and pleaded with them to live in this reality. Hosea was one such prophet. From him we hear the voice of God calling His people to trust Him again.
Churches who are growing young are churches who care about the neighborhoods they live in. This message will draw from the story of the Good Samaritan and examine how we become the kind of church that actively cares about our communities. The message may be challenging because there are various ways in which we are called to be good neighbors that get under our skin and cause us discomfort.
In years past, many churches have assumed that if they can create a concert like atmosphere that gives off a super trendy vibe, young people will be attracted to the church and begin to follow Jesus. This Sunday we begin with the scriptures in which we examine the results of the Spirit’s movement among people. The New Testament reveals that when God’s Spirit dwells among a people, there is warmth and care for each other (Shocking!). Moreover, research indicates that young people crave this reality far more than the attractional model of church life so many churches have chased over the last several decades. This is good news, because this is the kind of community we often are and can consistently become. For young people today, “Warm” is the new cool.
This message is about the “message” effective churches are instilling in their young people. In this message we will examine the importance of a Jesus centered message and its effect on young people’s faith. We will also examine a few popular “messages” in churches that do not help young people develop a mature faith.
The message foundation is found in Christ who became like us in order to express his love for us and save us. We call this action...empathy. Empathy is the ability to understand and share the feelings of others. Jesus could have saved us from a distance, without getting to close to our messiness. But he didn’t.
This morning’s message is about hearing God’s voice...and saying yes. Ephesians 2:10 tells us that God gives his people assignments and our work is to be faithful and trust him in obedience. We will be drawing from the Old Testament story of Moses to help us understand frequent patterns in God’s call on our lives. This is the last message in our Pivot series. Understanding that God has designed us for specific tasks and learning to understand and live in those assignments is key to following Jesus.
This week’s message is about our primary task as followers of Jesus, prayer. The aim for the message this week is not to induce guilt about our prayerlessness, but to inspire and equip us toward a more full and effective prayer life. We will get really practical in answering questions about prayer and how we can become more focused and effective in prayer.
In week 2 of our “Pivot” series, we will be examining the work of the Holy Spirit. We can do nothing of value in the Kingdom of God without empowerment of the Holy Spirit. So, what does it look like to move with the Spirit? How do we move with the Spirit? How do we come into alignment with God’s Spirit? One message can’t begin to answer in great depth many of those questions, but the hope is that our eyes will be opened and our spirits receptive to God’s movement in our lives.
The first truth, in the Pivot Series, we want to revisit is that the abundant life Jesus promises his followers ONLY happens after we die a spiritual death. To put it another way, in the Kingdom of God death precedes life. The big questions from this teaching are these:
1. For the not-yet-Christian, “Are you ready to let go of your life and give up, dying and submitting to the call of Christ on your life?”
2. For the already-Christian, “What must die in your life so that you can really live?”
This Sunday we will explore what the Bible has to say about work and God’s plans for our work. The goal is to lay down Bible-centered groundwork for the rest of the series. The big idea this message will carry is that God has made us to contribute to the flourishing of this earth.
This is the final message in our Beautiful Mess series through 1 Corinthians. The letter of 1st Corinthians gives the church all kinds of instruction toward becoming a healthy congregation. Most of the letter isn’t so much about proper doctrine as it is about how we function together: serving each other, loving each other, and worshipping together. The last verse of chapter 15 is our focus for this week and it is a fitting conclusion to the series, reminding us that our efforts of love and service toward each other are not in vain.
Throughout the book of Acts and in a number of other New Testament books, writers occasionally mention the spiritual gift of tongues. This spiritual gift doesn’t get talked about much at MCA, in part, because this gift is not practiced in public services but also because it isn’t difficult to locate abuse of the gift in various Christian groups. But what is the gift of tongues? How does it work? How does it benefit a believer? Why don’t we practice it if it was practiced in scripture? In this week’s message, we will explore the spiritual gift of tongues and look at how it is used in the lives of believers to strengthen our walk with God.

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