Change of Heart

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

Change of Heart: "Civil Disagreement"

Randy Christian

One of the most difficult things for people to do in the US today is to disagree without being personally attacking.  With electronic communication over personal, and people of all generations and backgrounds struggling with the use of appropriate “filters”, those with Jesus’ heart have to learn the balance Jesus’ mastered between loving people and condemning their behavior.

CHANGE OF HEART - Civil Disagreement study guide

Change of Heart: "A Driven Heart"

Randy Christian

When someone is said to “have a heart” for something, it implies that this motivates him/her.  So, it is reasonable to assume that whatever motivates us truly is our heart.  So, what does that say about us?  Paul’s life was totally turned around by his change of heart.  He not only wanted to share the gospel—he believed he would be miserable if he didn’t share the gospel.  His heart was driven by Jesus’ heart.  What does that look like for us?

CHANGE OF HEART - A Driven Heart study guide

Change of Heart: "Whose Heart?"

Randy Christian

The most important thing for anyone who wants to follow Jesus isn’t being true to one’s own heart—but being true to the right heart.  If we are truly followers of Jesus, the first thing we have to be sure of is whether we are being true to His heart.  Is it possible to be Christian, if Jesus’ heart is not ours?

CHANGE OF HEART - Whose Heart? study guide