Labor of Worship
This Labor Day we celebrate the Labor of love and worship we are able to do for our King! A Biblical foundation is followed by the sharing of personal testimonies from members of the NOCC body.
Most of us have heard the term “The Kingdom of God”. But hearing it doesn’t mean we understand it—or the fact that we are part of it—now. What did Jesus say about the Kingdom? What did the Apostles say? The Kingdom is real, and we need to understand it if we are to be effective citizens of the Kingdom.
When someone doesn’t start off as a citizen of a country, and she wants to be, she “naturalizes”. We all know people who have become naturalized citizens. But how do we “naturalize” to citizenship in the Kingdom? The answer isn’t found in your opinion or mine, but in the scripture. By understanding the scriptural answer to this question, we can all be citizens of the Kingdom of Heaven!
When Americans hear the word “Subject”, few of us think of someone who belongs to a King. But that is who we are, if we are citizens of the Kingdom—subjects of the King! Who are the subjects of the Kingdom of Heaven?
The Kingdom on Foreign Soil
The Kingdom of Heaven doesn’t just exist somewhere else. It is the only Kingdom that actually exists in all other kingdoms and republics. How does someone live as a faithful part of the Kingdom of God in another land?
We who are citizens of the Kingdom aren’t here accidentally. Our King has a purpose for us—and has shared it with us. We are all Priests and Ambassadors. What do these seemingly very different roles have in common? Both represent the King!
Cultures have different values, but people in the same culture usually share values which bind them together. What are the values of the Kingdom of Heaven?
The Kingdom Book
Most societies have laws—even the ancient Israelites did. But the Kingdom of Heaven isn’t a set of laws. It is based on the relationship of faith and loyalty between the King himself and his subjects. So, the book of the Christian—the Kingdom Book—isn’t a book of regulations. It is a communication between the King and his subjects. What is in it, and how do we know?
The Kingdom and the World, part 1
One of the most immediate needs of citizens of the Kingdom of Heaven is to know how to respond to the world today. We aren’t left to figure this out ourselves—we are given guidance in scripture. So, we explore this guidance with the first installment as we look at how Kingdom subjects respond to specific people in the world.
The Kingdom and the World, part 2
The second installment of “The Kingdom of the World” explores how Kingdom subjects in this country respond to the worldly government under whose authority we live.
The Kingdom and the World, part 3
The third installment of “The Kingdom of the World” explores how Kingdom subjects in this country respond to the politics of the country in which we live.
The Kingdom’s Future
Before leaving the Kingdom Matters series, it is important to explore the future of the Kingdom. Even though the Kingdom exists today, it isn’t today—or tomorrow—we should be concerned with. The things of this world will be done away with, but the Kingdom is eternal—as is our relationship to the King!