Forgiveness

"Good Friday"

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.

Ancient Tweets: "Forgiveness"

Randy Christian

It’s not easy to forgive someone who has hurt us.  But when we do something to hurt others, we want to be forgiven.  And above all, we want God to forgive our sins.  Does that just happen, or do we have something to do with forgiveness?  Many have opinions on this, but the one whose opinion we need to know is the one whose forgiveness we seek.  What has God said?

ANCIENT TWEETS - Forgiveness 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.

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

Prayer: "Memorial Day Weekend: Prayer Lab"

Randy Christian

Memorial Day in the US is a day to remember the sacrifice of others.  But for Christians, worship is about remembering Jesus’ sacrifice.  One of the ways to do that is to talk with him—about the sacrifice, about the life he has given us, about anything.  So, on this Memorial Day we will treat our time of worship together as a lab experience in prayer!

PRAYER Memorial Day Weekend Prayer Lab 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

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

Christmas Is - Forgiveness

Randy Christian

So, do you struggle with forgiveness? Most people would see forgiveness as part of the “Christmas spirit”. But do they understand that forgiveness is actually the design of the original Christmas? Grace and Trust are given by Jesus and by us— and the result of that is forgiveness. When we understand that, we celebrate differently, because we are aware of the gift God has given us. AND we are able to pass that gift on to others because we have received it first!

CHRISTMAS IS - Forgiveness Study Guide

The Irrational God - I Don't Like You

Edmund Brooks

Many of us don’t think of having enemies—or if we do, we see them as distant (foreign terrorists, etc.). But an enemy is anyone who sets themselves against us—and there are many who do this. Jesus’ countrymen fully understood “enemy”, and were amazed that Jesus could say the way to treat these people was to love them. How do we do this? What does “loving your enemy” look like today?

The Irrational God - I Don't Like You Study Guide

A Greater Forgiveness

April 17, 2016
Randy Christian
The ways the Jews tried to please God and make up for their sin—following the Law and making sacrifice—never worked. Jesus so much greater than the Law, and his sacrifice so much greater than those offered by men, it seems ridiculous to turn back them. And yet that was a temptation for the Jewish Christians. Today, only Jesus offers forgiveness and the ability to change us. We can’t afford to turn our back on one who is so much greater!

POP MUSIC: Sin and Forgiveness

August 4, 2013Randy Christian

The pain of sin and guilt is among the most devastating we experience–and forgiveness is the biggest need we have–and have had for thousands of years. Hebrew music addressed the need to learn as well as to express feelings–and it did so in a brutally honest way. Even the King of Psalmists was honest about his sin, and he teaches the rest of us how to avoid his pain.

THAT'S WHAT HE SAID: Two Debts

June 10, 2012Randy Christian

Most of us like the idea of being forgiven. But forgiving is another thing. It can be really hard to forgive. But Jesus said some pretty strong things about forgiveness. In this story we learn why forgiveness is mandatory for those of us who belong to the Lord—and how to make that happen.

Balderdash: Atonement

April 10, 2011Randy Christian

As we continue our series on words which communicate major aspects of our faith, we come to a word understood by all, and yet not really understood at all. What is “atonement”? What would be different if there was no atonement? And understanding this, what should our response be?