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Change of Heart Update: "Three Empty Chairs"

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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

Who Rose From the Dead?

March 27, 2016
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The resurrection of Jesus is universally recognized as the point of Easter. We don’t need to debate the resurrection—it is by far the most reasonable explanation of the facts we have. But it is important for us to focus on who it was who rose from the dead. It was Jesus, of course. But who was Jesus—and who is he to us? Jesus is God who became flesh. Jesus is the King of the Universe. Jesus is the sacrifice. Jesus is the brother who opens his family to our adoption. Jesus was and is all these things and more. But which one we focus on—which one we personally turn to—is determined by which of these we most need to turn to. The focus of Easter is determined by how we see Jesus. It is essential that our view of him must be Biblically accurate. But we turn to the “Jesus” we most need at the moment, and that isn’t a bad thing. It is perhaps the reason Jesus allowed us such a broad understanding of him. This Easter will focus on our need to actually turn to Jesus and respond to him. Who are we turning to, and why? Jesus the King died for us. But Jesus the priest, the big brother, the one who opens the family of God to us, rose from the dead.

Community: The Problem With Freedom

March 27, 2011Randy Christian

Not too many of us are concerned about eating meat sacrificed to idols. But Paul’s discussion of this issue sheds light on how we should look at each other, and how we should be careful in using the freedom we have in Christ. What freedom do we really have? What are our “idols”, and who exactly is the “weaker brother”? Join us as we look to the Word for answers.