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Remember: "Fake News"

Randy Christian

It would be nice to be able to listen to anyone and believe them.  But the truth is not everyone speaks the truth.  Some fail to do so out of ignorance.  Others knowingly out of various motivations.  So what do we do, and what is God doing?

REMEMBER - Fake News study guide

The Culture of Christ: "We Love"

Randy Christian

Jesus said people would know we belong to Him because of our love for one another.  Understandable when you remember that John said the very nature of God is love.  Of course, that bets a question.  What love?  Whose definition of love?  What exactly are we commanded to do?  Whether our spouse, a neighbor, a friend or an enemy, this commands pretty much covers how we respond to everyone, so it is important for us to understand what Christians do when we say “we love”.

THE CULTURE OF CHRIST - We Love 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: "Friends"

Edmund Brooks

Friends are important to us.  Casual friends, close friends, BFFs.  Friends are not just important to us—they influence us.  How many of us remember the peer pressure of adolescence?  Of course peer pressure—and the need for peers—doesn’t change as we emerge from adolescence.  We all have peers.  The difference between adolescents and adults is we can do a better job of choosing our friends and governing our friendships?

ANCIENT TWEETS - Friends study guide

Ancient Tweets: "Parenting"

Randy Christian

Pretty much every parent has had this experience:  we bring our first child home from the hospital.  Emotion is running rampant.  We’re so happy and thrilled—and scared to death.  How can the doctors and nurses let us take this baby home—by ourselves!?  From the beginning of their lives, these little ones (who become big ones) present some of the biggest and most important challenges to us.  But God hasn’t left us entirely without guidance!

ANCIENT TWEETS - Parenting study guide

Father's Day 2018: "The Good Father"

Edmund Brooks

Some of us have had amazing experiences with our earthly fathers, but some, unfortunately, have left us hurt. Thankfully, our Heavenly Father is perfect, loving, and works for the good in everything. He is the perfect Father, and on this Father's Day, we look to God as an example and guide for what a good father should be.

FATHER'S DAY 2018 - The Good Father study guide

What's In A Name?: "Christians Do"

Randy Christian

The name “Christian” should communicate like a title.  “Doctor” tells us something about the person who wears that title.  “Judge” tells us something about the person who wears that title”.  We already now “Christian” doesn’t always tell us anything about the person who wears that title, but what SHOULD it tell us according to scripture?

WHAT'S IN A NAME?: Christians Do study guide

Change of Heart: "Civil Disagreement"

Randy Christian

One of the most difficult things for people to do in the US today is to disagree without being personally attacking.  With electronic communication over personal, and people of all generations and backgrounds struggling with the use of appropriate “filters”, those with Jesus’ heart have to learn the balance Jesus’ mastered between loving people and condemning their behavior.

CHANGE OF HEART - Civil Disagreement 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.

NO STUDY GUIDE for this sermon

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