Ancient Tweets: "Parenting"

Randy Christian

Pretty much every parent has had this experience:  we bring our first child home from the hospital.  Emotion is running rampant.  We’re so happy and thrilled—and scared to death.  How can the doctors and nurses let us take this baby home—by ourselves!?  From the beginning of their lives, these little ones (who become big ones) present some of the biggest and most important challenges to us.  But God hasn’t left us entirely without guidance!

ANCIENT TWEETS - Parenting study guide

Ancient Tweets: "Words"

Edmund Brooks

We’ve all done it.  Open mouth and insert foot!  Something said in anger, something meant to be funny, a cutting remark or sarcastic response.  There are so many ways we can say the wrong thing.  There are so many ways we can get into trouble.  But how can we stay out of trouble?  How do we tame our own tongues? 

ANCIENT TWEETS - Words study guide

Ancient Tweets: "Pride"

Randy Christian

Pride is important in this world.  We have Pride weeks—for various groups.  We take pride in ourselves.  We want to be proud of our kids.  We try not to hurt others’ pride.  Pride is a good thing—isn’t it?  Or should we take another look at pride.  What does God think about pride/?  Does He want us to have pride, or is there a better way to approach life?

ANCIENT TWEETS - Pride study guide

Ancient Tweets: "Wisdom"

Randy Christian

In ancient times, what we do with “tweets” would be done by crafting a pithy saying—a proverb.  These brief statements were like pills of wisdom—they could be taken and applied in given situations to make life better.  In this series, we explore some of they key Proverbs, beginning with those who specifically address Wisdom.

ANCIENT TWEETS - Wisdom study guide

Father's Day 2018: "The Good Father"

Edmund Brooks

Some of us have had amazing experiences with our earthly fathers, but some, unfortunately, have left us hurt. Thankfully, our Heavenly Father is perfect, loving, and works for the good in everything. He is the perfect Father, and on this Father's Day, we look to God as an example and guide for what a good father should be.

FATHER'S DAY 2018 - The Good Father study guide

Change of Heart Update: "Real Safe:

Randy Christian

The change of heart requires that we be both real and safe.  This isn’t new to the congregation, but in this sermon we will explore both more fully.  “Real” means authenticity, integrity, truth. “Safe” means safe to explore, to heal, to grow, to be real, to struggle with doubt, sin, change, etc.  It does NOT mean acceptance of all behavior and thought—especially for Christians.  Where is the balance between “real” and “safe”?  When we find that balance, we will have Jesus’ heart!

CHANGE OF HEART UPDATE - Real Safe study guide

Change of Heart Update: "Three Empty Chairs"

Randy Christian

If you have been part of NOCC for more than a year, you have noticed some changes—not all of them good.  The changes are in something we tend to not talk about at NOCC—the attendance at worship services.  We aren’t interested in just packing in numbers of people.  But each empty chair represents a specific person.  If we are to have Jesus’ heart, we need to know who these people are, and what our Lord wants us to do to reach out to them.

CHANGE OF HEART UPDATE - Three Empty Chairs study guide

Memorial Day: Real Worship

Randy Christian

Real worship isn’t necessarily what Christians from a given culture believes it is.  Sometimes it takes an experience of worship that is “out of the box” for us to realize what it can really be.  On this Sunday we will have just such an experience.  This will be the most innovative and unique worship experience NOCC has ever had.

MEMORIAL DAY: Real Worship study guide

The Worship Paradox

Randy Christian

How many times have we heard “I just don’t get anything out of ‘church’” or “I come to worship to be uplifted, encouraged and fed”.  But it doesn’t happen.  Why not?  Because there is a paradox to worship.  For us to “get anything out of it”, we have to quit trying to “get” something and start giving worship to God.

THE WORSHIP PARADOX study guide

Mother's Day 2018: "God's Gift to Families - Moms"

Randy Christian

Moms can be such a blessing in the world because their relationship with their children directly related to the relationship that God has with his children. Today, we celebrate moms on Mother's Day as a thank you to God for sending us vessels of love, compassion, and nurture, just as God loves us.

MOTHER'S DAY 2018 - God's Gift to Families: Moms study guide

What's In A Name?: "Christians Do"

Randy Christian

The name “Christian” should communicate like a title.  “Doctor” tells us something about the person who wears that title.  “Judge” tells us something about the person who wears that title”.  We already now “Christian” doesn’t always tell us anything about the person who wears that title, but what SHOULD it tell us according to scripture?

WHAT'S IN A NAME?: Christians Do study guide

What's In A Name?: "Attitude and Stinky Feet"

Randy Christian

Sometimes Christians forget key parts of our heritage.  For example, Jesus taught his followers that if they were going to be great (in His eyes, in God’s eyes, therefore in reality) they have to learn to be everyone’s servant.  That didn’t sink in easily—not for them, not for us.  So Jesus chose an opportune time to teach them a particularly powerful lesson about service.  That lesson doesn’t resonate with us because of culture differences, but when we understand what He called us to do, wearing His name takes on a different purpose.

 

WHAT'S IN A NAME? - Attitude and Stinky Feet study guide

What's In A Name?: "Christian and Cross"

Randy Christian

Many years after the resurrection, people began to use the cross as a symbol of Christianity—and of Jesus Himself.  While this must have seemed very strange to those who first saw it, the cross is indeed central not only to Jesus’ life and work, but to those who would follow him.  What does the cross represent to us today, and how do we faithfully live that out?

WHAT'S IN A NAME? - Christian and Cross study guide

What's In A Name?: "Practicing Jesus"

Randy Christian

With those who call themselves Christian split into so many denominations today, any organization wanting to unite them has to come up with some idea of who is and who is not a Christian.  One organization came up with the idea that anyone who accepted Jesus as Lord should be considered Christian.  The problem with that is that Jesus said “no”.  In this study we explore what He said about those who belong to Him, and what that might look like for us today.

WHAT'S IN A NAME? - Practicing Jesus study guide

What's In A Name?: "What Does 'Christian' Really Mean?"

Randy Christian

In Acts 11 we have an account of the first time anyone was called “Christian”.  The word was applied to a group of people who already existed, had an identity and understood that identity required them to live in a certain way.  In the first sermon in this series we explore who these people were and what people who called them “Christian” meant by the word.

WHAT'S IN A NAME - What Does "Christian" Really Mean study guide

Risen: "The Foolishness of the Resurrection"

Randy Christian

Easter, this year, fell on another celebrated holiday, April Fool's Day. Though there is not much similarity between the two days, Easter may seem foolish to many who don't understand its real meaning. The resurrection of our Lord Jesus is the reason we celebrate, but to many, its a silly thing to believe, so how to we overcome our doubts about the foolishness of the resurrection?

RISEN - The Foolishness of the Resurrection study guide

Risen: "Good Friday"

Randy Christian and Edmund Brooks

Its seems a little backwards that "Good Friday", a day of absolutely pain and torture, is seen as such a blessing. In reality, it was Earth's saddest day, but it marked the start of our salvation, which is why we take time to witness Christ's Passion. However, this gift came at a tremendous cost, one of which caused pain physically, emotionally, and spiritually, that only the Perfect Son could pay.

Faith is Life: "Faithful Leadership"

Randy Christian

1 Peter 5:1-13

Jesus told us that, to be great, we must be servants.  Even those who are placed in positions of leadership, lead as servants.  Truly faithful followers of Jesus are humble and serve God and others.

FAITH IS LIFE - Faithful leadership study guide

Faith is Life: "Intensely Faithful"

Randy Christian

1 Peter 4:1-19

At NOCC we have a Mission statement:  We exist to facilitate a passionate, personal relationship with Jesus Christ, leading to lifelong discipleship.  “Passion” looks different in different situations, and for different people.  But there is always a fervency—an intensity—that shows itself in our love for the Lord and for others.

FAITH IS LIFE - Intensely Faithful study guide

Faith is Life: "Faithful Relationships"

Randy Christian

1 Peter 3:1-22

The faithful live in relationships just as others do.  But the way we live in those relationships is different.  Those of us who follow Jesus have very clear instructions as to what that looks like, whether we are interacting with the world in general, or in the most intimate of relationships.

FAITH IS LIFE - Faithful Relationships study guide