Escape - The Mission

Edmund Brooks

Many of us have heard the tales of Jonah and how her ran away from God's plan, but we often don't put ourselves into his shoes. When God calls upon us, what is our response? Yes, it is scary and hard, but it is asked by God! We, as Christ followers, an't say no to his plan. We must accept the Mission.

ESCAPE - The Mission study guide

Community: "Can We Handle This?"

Randy Christian

When a community is strong, its members are not self-centered.  Rather, they voluntarily put others—and the community as a whole—as a priority.  Jesus made it clear that service both in this community and to those in the world was essential to Christian community.

COMMUNITY - Can We Handle This? study guide

Community: "Communication"

Randy Christian

The very words “community” and “communication” tell you they are related.  Communication is the sharing of thoughts/feelings/etc. between two or more people.  For true community to exist, communication must be good.  Perhaps that's why the scripture is so full of guidance on communication.  When we are effective communicators, it not only builds community between us, it helps us to reach out to those who are not part of our community.

COMMUNITY - Communication study guide

Community: "Belonging In Community"

Randy Christian

Human beings are created to live in relationship with others.  We need to be with others—we need to know we belong with others.  But Christians don’t belong in the world—the very word translated “church” in the New Testament means “the called out”.  So who do we belong with and to?  And knowing we belong, how do we related to those who feel alienated from others in the middle of millions of people?

COMMUNITY - Belonging In Community study guide

Who Is This God?

NOCC Pastors

An Intergenerational service.  This means we will have all ages (with the exception of birth-two years old) together in the worship service so we can communicate the importance of community in the Christian body and see what God has been doing in all age groups of our congregation.

WHO IS THIS GOD? study guide

Basics of Worship

Stephen Ulangca and Randy Christian

What is worship?  When we think about worship and when we think about coming to worship our Lord, we tend to think of it as the music of the church, the singing of the church.  But is it really?  What does the word “worship” even mean?  And does it equal music?  Let us come prepared to focus on the Lord together.  Let us be able to leave all the distractions behind us, so that there’s only one thing on our minds, because it’s all about our God and not about us. 

THERE IS NO STUDY GUIDE FOR THIS SERMON

Knowing Jesus: "Know Relationships"

Randy Christian

Colossians 3:18-4:1
If we are to do everything in Jesus’ name, what does that look like in the most important situations in life—in our families, or our life’s work?  Truly Knowing Jesus changes us in every way.

KNOWING JESUS - Know Relationships study guide

Knowing Jesus: "Living New"

Randy Christian

Colossians 3:1-17
When we change, it is more than just our behavior.  Our motivation changes as well.  We shift from pleasing ourselves or someone important to us, to doing what we do to be faithful to the Lord.  Decisions are made on a new basis—not just what we want, but what pleases Him.  The more we Know Him, the more our lives are lived for Him. 

KNOWING JESUS - Living New study guide

Knowing Jesus: "Living Jesus"

Randy Christian

Colossians 2:6-23
Knowing about Jesus can lead to a change in how we live.  But Knowing Jesus can change who we are.  The first can lead us to changes that may or may not be pleasing to the Lord.  But when he changes who we are, we find ourselves Living Jesus.

KNOWING JESUS - Living Jesus study guide

Knowing Jesus: "Faith That Doesn't Move"

Randy Christian

Colossians 2:1-5
Knowing about Jesus can satisfy curiosity—even make us think we have faith.  But when life’s struggles hit, such knowledge doesn’t keep our faith from shifting, causing us to fall.  But Knowing Jesus is different—it can provide strength and stability that allows us to stand, unmoving, in our faith when life’s struggles come.

KNOWING JESUS - Faith That Doesn't Move study guide

Knowing Jesus: "The Mystery"

Randy Christian

Colossians 1:24-29
Mysteries intrigue us.  They make us think.  They’re like puzzles—challenging us to understand.  But mysteries, like puzzles, need to be solved.  If they aren’t solved, we find ourselves curious, even frustrated.  But if THE Mystery isn’t solved, the consequences are far greater. 

KNOWING JESUS - The Mystery study guide

Knowing Jesus: "Real Knowledge"

Randy Christian

Colossians 1:1-14
We all know of people who are in the news—people who are known to many others in the world.  We know about them, form opinions about them—but do we really know them?  There is a big difference between knowing about someone, and knowing them.  This difference is especially important in our relationship to Jesus.  Knowing Jesus is not the same as knowing about Him!

KNOWING JESUS - Real Knowledge study guide

Is Jesus Necessary? "Is Jesus Necessary?"

Randy Christian

The answer to that question seems pretty obvious—particularly to someone who considers herself “Christian”.  But stop and think about it.  If Jesus is “necessary”, what are the implications?  What does that say about life after this body gives out?  What does it say about how I interact with people who do not believe in Jesus?  What does it say about how—and why—I decide what to think, do and say?  Does my life really show that I believe Jesus is necessary, or does my life say “Jesus might be a good idea”?

IS JESUS NECESSARY? Is Jesus Necessary? study guide

Father's Day: "The Ultimate Father"

Randy Christian

Mothers are idealized in America, while fathers are often the butt of jokes. Such jokes and stereotypes are sometimes accurate.  Like mothers, fathers are human, most striving to be the best they can be, and all falling short.  Like mothers, we are commanded to honor our fathers.  We can begin by honoring the ultimate, perfect father.   

FATHER'S DAY The Ultimate Father study guide

Prayer: "Listening"

Randy Christian

Most of us pray by talking.  Some of us pray by singing.  But perhaps the hardest part of prayer for most people is being quiet and listening.  How do we do that?  What do we listen for?  How do we know the difference between God’s voice and our own thoughts and feelings?

PRAYER - Listening study guide