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Parables of Jesus: "What's In A Kingdom?"

Randy Christian

Kingdom is an almost meaningless word to Americans. So, the “Kingdom of Heaven” is doubly troublesome — not only do we have to figure out what “heaven” is, we have to then figure out how a word like “kingdom” relates to heaven. Of course the existing thing is, there IS a Kingdom of Heaven — and if we pay attention we can understand what that means!

PARABLES OF JESUS - What's In A Kingdom? 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

Birthday Party for Jesus

Randy Christian

“Birthday Party for Jesus”
This year of Christmas falls on a Sunday. We do not miss our worship services or say things like, “Christmas is about family”, because it isn’t! Christmas is a birthday— Jesus’ birthday! It isn’t about me, you, or our families. It’s about HIM! So, this year instead of having our normal services, we will worship the Lord by celebrating His birthday with a big Birthday Party for Jesus!

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

Christmas Is - Trust

Randy Christian

Trust isn’t a word most people immediately associate with Christmas. But trust is part of faith— and faith is how we accept THE Christmas Present. So, what is trust? How do we trust— especially when we don’t FEEl trust? And how can we make trust a part of this Christmas celebration?

CHRISTMAS IS - Trust Study Guide

What's Going On? - Perspective

Randy Christian

God promises several times in The Word that He will never give us more than we can handle, and that all things occur for the good. How, then, can we rationalize these facts when we face terrors such as cancer, war, death, and loss? It all boils down to perspective. We are humans, and, thus, we cannot see all that is happening or will happen. God is the only omnipresent being with the divine perspective. He knows all and sees all. This week, let us take the back seat and look at our lives through God’s perspective.

WHAT'S GOING ON? - Perspective Study Guide

What's Going On? - Morality

Randy Christian

In general, the Christian body strives to maintain a sense of “good” and “morality” within their homes; however, sometimes that task becomes a bit more trying when it comes to morality within the world. We want to be difference makers, but in a world so different from The Kingdom, how are we to behave and represent the Lord? Sometimes, what is asked from us biblically and secularity are different; what do we do?

WHAT'S GOING ON? - Morality Study Guide

What's Going On? - The Vote

Randy Christian

All we see on the television, hear about in the news, and read on Facebook is the big political race. This November, America will be electing a new president. With so many hot topics that each candidate is addressing, how is the Christian body supposed to address such heated situations with God in mind? Where are we even supposed to stand politically? Join us Sunday to find out.

WHAT'S GOING ON? - The Vote 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 Judgment

April 24, 2016
Randy Christian
All of us will one day stand before God. The question is, who will he be in relation to us? It is a terrifying thing to stand before the living God—when he is our judge. Jesus gave us a way to avoid this—by accepting his forgiveness. But if we don’t persevere in our faith and reliance on him, we invite that terror.

Jesus Is Greater Than Sin

February 7, 2016
Edmund Brooks
Our society, like the Jews of the first century, is plagued by the twin threats: Sin and Unbelief (lack of faith). God has freed us from sin, but we so easily believe the lie that it can provide us what we want and need. And God has given us the ability to have faith. We can’t afford to let go of what he has given!

THE UNCHANGING CHRISTMAS: So What?

December 20, 2015
Randy Christian
If Christmas is and always has been about the birth of Jesus, what does that mean for us today and in the future? How can we make sure we are focused on the Lord during this season, and not cultural diversions? How can we pass that on to others—including later generations? The world has one answer. Some Christians have another. But the “so what” isn’t different today from what it has ever been. The “so what” is Jesus.

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?

EXCESSIVE RIGHTEOUSNESS: In N Out

August 24, 2014Randy Christian

Jesus made it clear that not everyone who calls on his name will be accepted. That’s scary. Can we know whether we will be or not? What is this acceptance–or lack of it based on? Do we have to be good enough? How can we be sure that we are with Jesus now and forever?

EXCESSIVE RIGHTEOUSNESS: Judging

August 17, 2014Randy Christian

Jesus said not to judge, but Paul chews out the Corinthians for not judging. How can these both be right? To understand, we have to understand what “judging” is, when it is appropriate and when it is not. Ultimately, what happens when we judge?

EXCESSIVE RIGHTEOUSNESS: Treasure and Worry

August 10, 2014Edmund Brooks

After a championship season, an athlete proclaimed “No one can ever take this away from us!”. The statement reflects the fact that we tend to fear losing what is important to us. So, what is important, and what do we do with that fear?