Audio messages from National Community Church in Washington, DC.
Heaven on Earth, Part 11: Me To We - Dr. Mark Batterson
There are 59 one another statements in the New Testament. Two of the most significant are found in Ephesians 5—SUBMIT to one another and SING to one another. When practiced in two-part harmony, marriage turns into a melody. Marriage is an ICON—an earthly representation of this eternal reality called the Trinity. You have to make sure the ICON doesn't become an IDOL. That puts an impossible burden to bear on your spouse because you're asking them to do for you what ONLY CHRIST CAN. But with Christ at the center, marriage mirrors the diversity and unity of the Trinity.
Heaven on Earth, Part 10: Live Not By Lies - Dr. Mark Batterson
It takes moral courage to STAND AGAINST what is WRONG and STAND FOR what is RIGHT.
It takes moral courage to SPEAK TRUTH TO POWER, to SPEAK THE TRUTH IN LOVE.
Living not by lies is refusing to bow to cultural idols or ideologies if they don't pass the TRUTH TEST.
It's living according to your biblical convictions even if it's COUNTERCULTURE. It's RISKING YOUR REPUTATION for what you know is GOOD and RIGHT and TRUE. It's DISAGREEING FREELY yet LOVING REGARDLESS. It's a conscience taken captive by the Word of God and Spirit of God.
Heaven on Earth, Part 9: Hang a Street Light - Joel Schmidgall
From the very beginning of our lives, we learn and grow from imitating others. The question over time becomes WHAT and WHO should we imitate? When you find faith in Christ, you are given both an identity as a child of God and a calling to imitate God (Ephesians 5:1). Identity and action are interlinked. Things like love and purity and sacrifice are virtues that we should strive to imitate. But that only happens when we know who we are. What you believe about yourself determines how you live your life! Our passage today gives both guidance in who we are as well as what we should do. We are love, we are light, we are God's children. You can't control anyone else's action, but when you live out God's light, you shine brightness into darkness. We hope and pray that as a church community we are people that don't stand by complaining, but instead go out and hang a street light to provide warmth and direction for those around us. Join us we talk about what it looks like to imitate God.
Heaven on Earth, Part 8: The Creative Minority - Dr. Mark Batterson
The disintegration of civilization is caused by the deterioration of what British historian Arnold Toynbee called the CREATIVE MINORITY. The church is the creative minority, as well as a moral minority. It must swim upstream and go against the grain. Then—and only then—can it catalyze revivals, reformations, and renaissances. The key to this creative minority? Unity in diversity. That is what results in spiritual maturity. That is what nets this BELOVED COMMUNITY we call the church. In the words of NCCer David Grizzle, “Unity among DISSIMILAR people serves the purpose of being INDISPUTABLE PROOF that God is in the house!” Let's not settle for the façade of UNIFORMITY. Let's strive for biblical unity!
Heaven on Earth, Part 7: Walk The Wire - Dr. Mark Batterson
Whether it's racial tension or political polarization, cancel culture or social media shaming, navigating this cultural moment feels like a high wire act. How do we stay balanced? How do we stay positive? How do we shift the atmosphere? The Apostle Paul shares four cardinal virtues that guide our cultural engagement—humility, gentleness, patience, and tolerance. When we practice those principles, heaven invades earth. Instead of politicizing, we theologize the world around us.
Heaven on Earth, Part 6: An Opportunity for Immeasurably More - Joshua Symonette
Power has been a pursuit of humanity since the inception of our existence. And our world is in a constant state of drama as a result of the pursuit to possess power. Paul, the apostle and theologian, writes to a group of Christians in a place called Ephesus. Power is one of themes in this letter, which is an encouragement and a reminder of who has ultimate power and how we can access it. It is only that ultimate power, at work in us, in partnership with Christ, that can do far more than we could ever imagine. That is the opportunity that Paul is reminding us of and praying for on behalf of the church in Ephesus.
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I absolutely love national community church! But the hope we have in Christ is showing through there messages each and every week. The messages are point on with how we should live our lives serving/loving the Lord and serving/loving others. My only critique, as it would be helpful if the message series were titled with the series names not just the message name. I found myself often wanting to share something with a friend and I have to go back and figure out the dates and share that way.
I love the preaching but their are several podcasts that are only 1 or 2 seconds long.
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