Prayer: "What Is Prayer?"

Randy Christian

Prayer is communicating with God.  There are a lot of preconceptions about how that is done, but the scripture gives us the guidance we need—to know what we communicate with God about, and what form we use to do that.  All this is given to us to allow us to turn to him.

PRAYER - What Is Prayer study guide

Mother's Day: "God The Mother"

Randy Christian

Mothers are honored in virtually every culture on the planet.  In fact, one of the earliest commands from God is to honor our mothers.  But given that our mothers are human, how do we do that?  We can begin by honoring the ultimate, perfect mother.  Do you know who that is?

MOTHER'S DAY God The Mother study guide

Christian?: "How Do Christians Act?"

Randy Christian

Christians are human, and they act human.  In fact, the first qualification for someone to become Christian is for him to admit he is a sinner.  But, human as we are, there are standards of behavior we are to aspire to.  So, how do faithful Christians act?

CHRISTIAN? How Do Christians Act? study guide

Christian?: "What do Christians Believe?"

Randy Christian

There are as many sets of “statements of faith” in the US as there are Christians.  Each group has its own set of beliefs.  But if “Christian” is defined by scripture, then so are Christian beliefs.  What does the Bible say Christians believe?

CHRISTIAN? What do Christians Believe? study guide

Christian?: "What is 'Christian'?"

Randy Christian

Surveys consistently show 75-80% of the people in the US consider themselves “Christian”.  Of course, those surveys fail to define what they mean by “Christian”.  Is there a clear definition of “Christian”?  Is one person’s opinion as good as another’s?  We believe there is an authoritative answer to “What is Christian?”, and it is found in scripture.

CHRISTIAN? What is "Christian"? study guide

Easter 2017: "Bad News, Good News"

Randy Christian

The phrase “gospel” means “good news” and the Easter holiday celebrates that Good News.  But the good news only makes sense in the context of the Bad News.  In order for a person to accept the good news and respond to it, they have to understand and accept the bad news.

EASTER 2017 - Bad News, Good News study guide

Parables of Jesus: "Investment"

Randy Christian

Here are some basic questions about life: What do you have? How did you get it? What have you done with it? What will you end up with? The answer to these questions are determined by the substance of our lives -- and the good news is, we get to determine that!

PARABLES OF JESUS - Investment study guide

Parables of Jesus: "Is This All There Is?"

Randy Christian

Every human being has one thing in common -- there will come a time when his life on earth ends. Sounds heavy -- even somber -- but it is true. So the question is, what then? And does anything that we do now affect what happens then? Jesus gave us the answer in a story.

PARABLES OF JESUS - Is This All There Is? study guide

Parables of Jesus: "The Found Ones"

Edmund Brooks

You know how important something (or someone) is to you when you lose it. So, if you lose it, what you do sheds light on how important it really is! What has Jesus done, and what does that say about how he thinks of you? Knowing the answer can change your life.

PARABLES OF JESUS - The Found Ones Study Guide

Parables of Jesus: "What's In A Kingdom?"

Randy Christian

Kingdom is an almost meaningless word to Americans. So, the “Kingdom of Heaven” is doubly troublesome — not only do we have to figure out what “heaven” is, we have to then figure out how a word like “kingdom” relates to heaven. Of course the existing thing is, there IS a Kingdom of Heaven — and if we pay attention we can understand what that means!

PARABLES OF JESUS - What's In A Kingdom? Study Guide

Parables of Jesus: "Assumptions"

Randy Christian

It is easy to make assumptions based on our own experiences — particular assumptions about our personal lives. But we all know assumptions can get us in trouble, and it is dangerous to assume without checking it out.

PARABLES OF JESUS - Assumptions Study Guide

Parables of Jesus: "Strength"

Randy Christian

Broken things are rarely strong. Strength comes from not being broken, but brokenness can come individually and in community. In the U.S. right now, there is a lot of division — sometimes so strong that people who say they love one another are inviting the other to leave and never come back. But real strength comes in unity before the Lord, and there are specific steps we can take to limit the disunity and build on the unity God has given us.

PARABLES OF JESUS - Strength Study Guide

Parables of Jesus: "Persistence"

Randy Christian

Sometimes the easy thing is to just stop — stop trying, stop talking to God, stop asking for help. But for some reason God wants us to persist, and Jesus teaches us that the very persistence we want to avoid might be exactly what we are needing.

PARABLES OF JESUS - Persistence Study Guide

Parables of Jesus: "Good Neighbors"

Randy Christian

So who exactly is this “neighbor” I’m supposed to love the way I love myself? How do I know? And what does that “love” look like? Your neighbor just may be someone you don’t like, and have trouble seeing yourself “loving”. But God can change all that and give you the ability to love your neighbors!

PARABLES OF JESUS - Good Neighbors Study Guide

Parables of Jesus: "The Dirt They Live In"

Randy Christian

The gospel is like seed that is planted everywhere, so everyone has a chance to respond. But not everyone receives the gospel the same way. What’s the difference? In large part, how we receive the gospel is related to how we are made up individually. So, if we want people to have a chance to believe, we have to pay attention to the dirt they live in!

PARABLES OF JESUS - The Dirt They Live In Study Guide

Parables of Jesus: "A Debt of Love"

Randy Christian

NOCC’s mission statement says we are here to facilitate a “passionate, personal relationship with Jesus Christ.” Of course, not everyone demonstrates passion the same way— but everyone understands when they are feeling passion and when they are not. What’s the key to having this passion in our lives? Jesus explains it when he links the love we have for God with the experiences we have of forgiveness.

PARABLES OF JESUS - A Debt of Love Study Guide

Parables of Jesus: "The New and the Old"

Randy Christian

Change can be welcomes or dreaded. But change does come, and, when it does, it often affects far more than what we are hoping for. Sometimes, when change needs to happen, it needs to happen broadly. How can we tell? And how can we handle the good changes?

PARABLES OF JESUS - The New and the Old Study Guide

Thrive

Randy Christian

As we enter the New Year, we need to take stock of the most important — essential — parts of our lives. Join us as we review the essentials with a new guide to rating ourselves and understanding how we should respond to the results.

Thrive Study Guide