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Letters for Living: "Gospel Culture"

Edmund Brooks

How much should a church look like the culture in which it is doing ministry? This is the question that many churches ask when they engage in ministry strategies. Problems occur when churches don’t ask this question and end up assimilating with the sin that is present in a culture. That is what was happening in Crete in 66 AD. Paul sent Titus to Crete to remind the churches in Crete that they were called to model the gospel by living in the culture, but living in a way that showed the love of God. This was relevant in 66 AD and is relevant in 2019. Are we living a life that ministers the gospel or do we look just like the culture?

LETTERS FOR LIVING - Gospel Culture study guide

Radical Joy: "Metamorphosis"

Edmund Brooks

The Christian life is a life filled with lofty spiritual goals. “Be holy”. “Love God above all else”. For those of us who have tried to do these things we know that it is easier said than done. When does this get easier? What help does God give us? Paul maps this out to his fellow Christians in this opening section of Philippians.

RADICAL JOY - Metamorphosis study guide

Remember: "Everything Is New"

Randy Christian

When He comes, everything will be made new. That includes us. How then should we live? As he ends the letter—his encouragement to “Remember”, he insures that we know how someone who will be living in this new world lives.

REMEMBER - Everything Is New study guide

Remember: "Eye-Witnesses"

Randy Christian

Peter is one of the few—those remaining who were eye-witnesses of the ministry of Jesus.  He claims the authority of one in this position, but also lets himself revel in the memory.  Then he reminds the church of the nature of God’s words, where they come from, and why they should be listened to.

REMEMBER - Eye-Witnesses study guide

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

Ancient Tweets: "The Perfect Woman"

Randy Christian

We have a nasty habit of “rating” people—whether by simply comparing them with one another or by using some sort of numerical system.  But God has the final word on what “perfection” looks like, and he doesn’t keep it a secret.         

ANCIENT TWEETS - The Perfect Woman study guide

Ancient Tweets: "Plans"

Randy Christian

Failing to plan is planning to fail!  We all know that.  We need to know where we’re going and how we’re going to get there.  There’s only one problem.  We have no way to be sure our plans will come to pass—or for that matter that they’ll even be good if they do!  So how do we plan to make plans?

ANCIENT TWEETS - Plans 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

Christmas People: "Jesus"

Randy Christian

Surely everyone understands that Jesus is the central person in the Christmas story.  But why?  To understand that, we need to know more about Jesus himself, and about the “Christ” of “Christmas”.  Who was he, and who exactly was the “Christ”—the Messiah of God

CHRISTMAS PEOPLE - Jesus study guide

Thanksgiving 2017: Intergenerational Service: "An Expression of Thanksgiving to God"

NOCC Pastoral Staff

Periodically, the people of NOCC gather intergenerationally—meaning all ages (in this case Kindergarten and up) worshiping together.  As we close the Thanksgiving weekend, we will be gathering together in this way to express thanks to our Lord with others in the body of Christ.

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Thanksgiving 2017: "How Do We Say Thanks?"

Randy Christian

With the budget being discussed and voted on in a few weeks, the holidays upon us and the new year around the corner, we need to understand the scriptural expression of gratitude in worship—tithing and offering to God. 

Thanksgiving 2017 - How Do We Say Thanks? study guide

 

 

Escape: "Change"

Randy Christian

Change is often difficult for people.  It is almost impossible for an entire kingdom.  But because of Jonah’s prophecy against the Assyrian capital, Nineveh repented!  Real repentance brings change, and God can see the change both in our behavior and in our hearts.  God’s response to this repentance is predictable—and comforting.
 

ESCAPE - Change 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

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

Mother's Day: "God The Mother"

Randy Christian

Mothers are honored in virtually every culture on the planet.  In fact, one of the earliest commands from God is to honor our mothers.  But given that our mothers are human, how do we do that?  We can begin by honoring the ultimate, perfect mother.  Do you know who that is?

MOTHER'S DAY God The Mother 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