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Radical Joy: "Unfinished Business"

Edmund Brooks

If we were asked to choose between life and death, the answer would be pretty obvious for most of us. I don’t want to die so if I have the option I will choose to live. In this section of his letter, Paul hits us with a “not-so-fast” and gives us a lot of things to think about when considering our own mortality.

RADICAL JOY - Unfinished Business study guide

The Culture of Christ: "Our True Heritage"

Randy Christian

The heritage of a culture is the richness of values, beliefs and behaviors which characterize that culture.  For Christians, this means looking into the Word and understanding what God has already told us about belonging to Him.  We have a heritage—that which is passed on to us as members of the Culture of Christ.  We need to understand it, cherish it and live by it.

THE CULTURE OF CHRIST - Our True Heritage 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

MISSION 2015

January 4, 2015Randy Christian

NOCC exists to facilitate a passionate, personal relationship with Jesus Christ, leading to lifelong discipleship. We have heard this restated many times in the last year—because it is the reason we exist! But what does that mean for each of us individually? What part of this is for the “staff” or the “leadership”? And what does the average person in the body do to fulfill this mission?

CHRISTMAS CAROL: Away In A Manger

December 1, 2013Randy Christian

“Christmas Carol” is a four part series in which we look at popular Christmas songs, exploring why these songs are so popular and whether they agree with the Biblical teaching about Christmas. Add to that some fun with the music itself and we have a series designed to help us not only celebrate Christmas, but celebrate the Christ himself! The series opens with a look at one of the most popular Christmas songs of all time, “Away in a Manger”.

Treasure in Christ

January 6, 2013Edmund Brooks

We need to strive to love God above everything else. That was His intention when he made us. The fall ruined this for us, but Jesus’ death on the cross paid the way for us to return to this love! To do this, we have to be honest with ourselves and search our hearts to see if we really do love God above all else. And if you are not yet a Christian, taste and see that Jesus can give you joy that you have never known before!

CHRISTMAS TEXT: Genealogy

December 2, 2012Randy Christian

Who begat who-or is it whom? One of the more mind-numbing sections of scripture are the genealogies-the documentation of family lineages. Why did the Holy Spirit preserve such passages as these in scripture? And what does this passage have to do with Jesus? Join us as we explore Jesus’ family tree and learn why it is important to us.

SO WHAT? There Is Freedom

April 15, 2012Randy Christian

Freedom is important to Americans. We glorify those who fight for it. But is that how we become free? We all know a lot of Americans who have a kind of freedom, but live their lives enslaved to guilt, drugs, bad relationships, or just their own sin. We don’t have to be enslaved to such things. Because Jesus rose from the dead, we can have real freedom!

The Heart of NOCC: What Drives Us?

September 11, 2011Randy Christian

North Orange Christian Church exists to facilitate a passionate personal relationship with Jesus Christ, leading to lifelong discipleship. So? What does this mean? What does it mean to YOU? Is this really what the Bible says we are about to be about in the church?

Community: Division

January 16, 2011Randy Christian

The divisions in the church are no secret. How did we get that way? Is it just a modern issue? The fact is the church is made of people, and people are imperfect. One of our imperfections is the tendency to put barriers between ourselves. The answer to our divisions is the same as the answer Paul gave with the Corinthians. Join us as we find out what that answer is!

What's In A Word? Merry Xmas!

December 19, 2010Randy Christian

Many of us have heard—or said—it. “Put the Christ back in Christmas”. It’s not a bad idea. But what’s the meaning of the “X” in “Xmas”? On the last Sunday before we celebrate the birth of the baby who offered salvation to the world we’ll explore the meaning of the “X” in “Xmas”.