December 9, 2018 | By: Marc Sharp | Scripture: Hebrews 12:3-11
We’ve been looking at the ways God has chosen to govern the church. We talked about Jesus as the head of the church, as well as the oﬃces of elders and deacons. Pastor Marc Sharp now moves on from who God chooses for governing to how governance is to proceed. How does God keep the church in order?
December 2, 2018 | By: Marc Sharp | Scripture: Acts 6:1-8
In previous messages Pastor Marc Sharp talked about how God has ordered the church, that Christ is the sovereign head, and that he also works through the agency of eldership. In today's message he discusses another set of agents vital to the proper functioning of the Church of Jesus Christ - Deacons.
November 25, 2018 | By: Marc Sharp | Scripture: 1 Peter 5:1-5
Last week we saw that Jesus is the Head of his Body, the Church, and that there is no one who is inherently “qualiﬁed” or “called” to replace him or speak in his stead. In today's message, Pastor Marc Sharp turns our attention on one group of human agents that Jesus has given to the church in order to lead and provide care - the Elders.
November 18, 2018 | By: Marc Sharp | Scripture: Hebrews 7:18-28
Because of Christ’s perfect obedience, and his unending status as the priestly mediator between God and his church, God has also appointed Christ to be the Head of the Church. This settles forever the question of who really is “in charge” of the church. But, if this is true, how does it work functionally? How does the unseen Christ rule the church in actual practice? Today, Pastor Marc Sharp explores how we as a body recognize Christ as the real head of the church in a world that does not.
November 11, 2018 | By: Tom Hall | Scripture: Matthew 14:13-21
We invite you to listen to today's message by our very special guest, Reverend Tom Hall, as he discusses the cure for worry, anxiety, greed, and dissatisfaction. Often, we define our needs by what we want instead of what Jesus provides. In the Gospels, we find that Jesus was motivated by compassion. He is never in a hurry for us to leave when we come to Him, but is Jesus really all we need? Is He always more than enough?
November 4, 2018 | By: Marc Sharp | Scripture: Acts 1:8-8
What is the contemporary Church to be like? Today's message by Pastor Marc Sharp continues with our current series by discussing expanding the kingdom both at home and abroad. We all have a role to play in the expansion of the kingdom of God. No exemptions are allowed!
October 28, 2018 | By: Don Lytton | Scripture: Matthew 28:16-20
Today we continue with our current series of messages on what the contemporary Church is to be like by discussing questions such as,
"What is the scope of missions?", and "Why is it important both globally, and in the local body of Christ?" Listen as Elder Don Lytton talks about his and his wife Kim's experience in the mission field and shares some examples from the 20 plus years they worked in China.
October 21, 2018 | By: Marc Sharp | Scripture: Galatians 6:9-10
While clear communication of God’s redemptive purposes is the main thing, it’s not the only thing. A life overﬂowing with sacriﬁcial acts of love is the main indicator of our belonging to Christ. What is the role of our deeds in a preaching church? What is the place of giving, benevolence, and charity? What about kindness and merciful ministry? How do we best show love and good deeds to the other
members of the body of Christ? Listen as Pastor Marc Sharp discusses these and other probing questions for today's church.
October 14, 2018 | By: Marc Sharp | Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 2:1-16
For the next several weeks, our messages will focus on what the church is to be like. Today, Pastor Marc Sharp discusses how the church should be a preaching church. But what does it mean to be “a preaching church”? As the people of God, we have two important functions: building up the body of Christ, and proclaiming the resurrected Lord to the lost world. Both of these happen through what can be called “preaching”. What is preaching? Who does it? Is it ﬁrst and foremost an “inside the church” or an “outside the church” activity?
Glorify God in Your Body, Part Two: Washed, Sanctiﬁed, Justiﬁed
September 30, 2018 | By: Marc Sharp | Scripture: 1 Corinthians 6:9-20
Human beings alone, in all creation, have the honor and dignity
of being made in the “image” and “likeness” of God. The image has been corrupted and polluted by mankind’s fall into sin. If you are a believer, God has washed you, sanctiﬁed you, and justiﬁed you.
He has given you the Holy Spirit to dwell inside of you, not to condemn you but to transform you back into the image of God, and to help you “ﬂee sexual immorality” and “glorify God in your body”. Where are you broken sexually? Where have you failed to glorify God in your body and with your sexuality?
Glorify God in Your Body, Part One: The Image of God
September 23, 2018 | By: Marc Sharp | Scripture: 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
God created us in his image. After the fall, he showed us the perfect image of God in Christ. He redeemed us so that we could be restored to the image of God. He placed his Holy Spirit to dwell within us as a temple and to help us. He has purchased us at the high cost of his own blood. What should be our only response to all of this amazing, glorious, breath-taking truth?
September 16, 2018 | By: Marc Sharp | Scripture: Revelation 21:1-8
In part 10 of our core beliefs series, Pastor Marc Sharp discusses the consummation of all things, including the physical and visible return of the Lord Jesus. His return will be glorious! The Bible teaches that King Jesus will remain visibly present, enthroned and available to his elect redeemed on a renewed planet earth for all eternity. Everything points to that moment. It is the moment of completion for the church’s mission of proclaiming the gospel to all nations.
September 9, 2018 | By: David Walt | Scripture: Acts 2:1-47
In today's message, we continue looking at the core beliefs of NRLC, Part 9, as Pastor David Walt discusses the church, local and universal. Important questions will be answered, such as "What is the church?", "Who belongs to the church?", "What is the purpose of the church?", and "What does the church mean for us today?"
September 2, 2018 | By: Marc Sharp | Scripture: Daniel 2:37-45
Today, we continue looking at the core beliefs of NRLC, Part 8, as Pastor Marc discusses the Kingdom of Heaven. The message of the kingdom is not just another message, but is THE message of Jesus! He instructed people on how to inherit the kingdom, on how to see the kingdom, and on how to enter the kingdom. So, is the kingdom something that has arrived, or that will arrive someday? The answer is…Yes! Listen to this exciting and relevant message for today!
August 26, 2018 | By: Marc Sharp | Scripture: 1 Corinthians 15:1-11
We have been taking a look at the essential doctrines that govern our teachings. Today, in Part 7, we continue the application of these truths to our day-to-day existence as Pastor Marc discusses the gospel. The Greek word for “gospel” in the New Testament is euaggelion (yü-än-ge’-lē-on). The basic deﬁnition of the word is “good tidings” (or news). But what’s so good about this good news?
August 19, 2018 | By: Marc Sharp | Scripture: Ezekiel 37:1-10
We have been taking a look at all of the essential doctrines that govern our teachings. Today, in Part 6, we’re moving into the application of these truths to our day-to-day existence. We begin with the Biblical doctrine of Regeneration.
August 12, 2018 | By: Marc Sharp | Scripture: John 14:15-16:15
We believe the Holy Spirit dwells within every believer in Christ as an abiding helper, teacher, guide and comforter. We believe the Holy Spirit empowers believers for Christian witness and service,
desiring to continually ﬁll each believer and impart his supernatural gifts for the ediﬁcation of the Body and the work of ministry in the world. We believe that all the gifts of the Holy Spirit at work in the church of the ﬁrst century are available today and are to be earnestly desired and practiced in an orderly manner; and that these gifts are essential in the mission of the Church in the world today.
August 5, 2018 | By: Marc Sharp | Scripture: Philippians 2:5-11
“I am an historian. I am not a believer; but I must confess as a historian that this penniless preacher from Nazareth is irrevocably the very center of history. Jesus Christ is easily the most dominant ﬁgure in all history.” - H.G. Wells (author, science fiction writer)
Listen as Pastor Marc Sharp continues the series on truths we embrace, turning our attention to the central ﬁgure in all of Scripture; the one whom the Old Testament foretold, the one who has come and pleased the Father in every way, and is forever put forward by the Spirit: Jesus, the Son.
July 29, 2018 | By: Marc Sharp | Scripture: Romans 6:1-23
Was the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus sufficient to save us? Today, Pastor Marc Sharp revisits some key elements of the ordinance of baptism discussed in depth on June 10, 2018, and then he and Pastor David Walt baptize eight believers into new life by their obedience in observance of this sacrament.
July 22, 2018 | By: Marc Sharp | Scripture: 1 Peter 1:1-5
Today, Pastor Marc Sharp continues the series about "What We Believe" by looking at what scripture says about God, the Father, the ﬁrst person of the Trinity. The challenge this week is to distinguish the person of the Father within the Triune God when we see the terms “God” or “The Lord” in the Bible.
July 15, 2018 | By: Marc Sharp | Scripture: 1 Peter 1:1-2
God is. He exists. He is real. He is the truth in all the universe. This means all life is God’s life, all creation is God’s creation, all truth is God’s truth; no life, creation or truth exists which he does not omnipotently observe and govern. Listen in as Pastor Marc Sharp continues the series about our core beliefs, today speaking about "The Trinity".
July 8, 2018 | By: David Walt | Scripture: John 17:14-17
If you visit our website, www.northridgelife.org, and click on the ‘Statement of Beliefs’ tab, you will find 10 subheadings and a brief description of what we believe about each one. We will be taking a week to look at each one of these because we want to know what we believe and why we believe it. We should be able to articulate what we believe (that’s not just the pastors job). Today, we begin by looking at what we believe about the Scriptures, or the Bible.
July 1, 2018 | By: Randy Daniel | Scripture: Galatians 6:1-10
The church is also known as the "Body of Christ". Listen as Randy Daniel gives fresh insight into how the Body of Christ is supposed to act, how it has been called to function in the world, and how it should minister to others, especially those who are part of the body.
June 24, 2018 | By: Marc Sharp | Scripture: 1 Corinthians 11:23-32
Today, Pastor Marc Sharp wraps up a 2 week mini-series called “The Ordinances of Christ”. Baptism was discussed in the first message. This week, in Part 2, Pastor Marc takes a look at communion, or the Lord’s supper (some congregations refer to it as the Eucharist) and lists six things that the Lord’s Supper should remind us of every time we gather to partake.
June 17, 2018 | By: Marc Sharp | Scripture: Mark 5:21-43
Today, on Father's Day 2018, Pastor Marc shares two fundamental things from the scriptures about being a dad. These two things will not answer every specific question about how to encourage, discipline, or inspire your kids, but without the foundation of these two things, your parenting will be difficult, with a decreased chance of success. They apply to all stages of fathering.
June 10, 2018 | By: Marc Sharp | Scripture: Acts 2:36-41
Listen as Pastor Marc Sharp begins a 2 week mini-series called “The
Ordinances of Christ”. Baptism is being discussed in this message. Later, in Part 2, Pastor Marc will take a look at communion, or the Lord’s supper. The visible sign of Baptism is water. The invisible grace which is at work in us is ﬁve-fold. Each of the five will be discussed.
June 3, 2018 | By: Marc Sharp | Scripture: 1 John 3:16-18
The highest characterizing mark of believers should be the love that exists between them. What the watching world needs is a representation (re-presentation) of the living, breathing, loving, forgiving Christ. The Bible is very clear that for God, true love is always made evident by sacriﬁce.
May 20, 2018 | By: Marc Sharp | Scripture: Ezekiel 36:26-27
Today, we continue our "PROOF" series with God’s Overcoming Grace. Overcoming Grace is how God works in our lives to transform our rebellion against him into unconditional surrender so that we freely repent and recognize Christ as the risen King. The idea of Overcoming Grace is really a way to state the miracle of how God’s Spirit comes to those who are spiritually dead, wanting absolutely nothing to do with Christ or his kingdom, and works in them to abandon our self-idolatry and worldly desires and to desire to be reconciled to God, longing for holiness and increasingly surrendering to Christ and his way.
May 15, 2018 | By: Marc Sharp | Scripture: Luke 12:2-3
Mothers are managers, teachers, pastors, doctors, referees, counselors, mechanics, chefs, and so forth, all within the context of the miracle we call “motherhood”! The essence of motherhood is not maternity, but womanhood. With this idea that “womanhood is the essence of motherhood”, today we attempt to address the culture of misogyny, sexism and the abuse of women that the Lord has allowed to be exposed in recent months, directly with the heart of God the Father.
May 6, 2018 | By: Marc Sharp | Scripture: 1 John 3:1-10
Today, we continue our “P.R.O.O.F.” series considering the doctrines of God’s grace, based on the book by Daniel Montgomery and Timothy Jones. We will explore God’s Outrageous, Scandalous, Incomprehensible and Amazing Grace. God chooses those to be saved on the basis of his sovereign will and good pleasure; not because of what we do or bring to the table.
April 29, 2018 | By: Marc Sharp | Scripture: Ephesians 1:4-5
Today we turn our attention to God’s Resurrecting Grace, seeking to answer three questions: “Who will come to God?” “Can you come to God in your own power?” and “How does the Holy Spirit make us alive?”
April 22, 2018 | By: David Walt | Scripture: Ephesians 2:8-9
Grace…we’ve all heard about it, especially if we’ve grown up in church. We talk about it; we sing about it; we “say grace” before we eat; we name our kids after it; we get tattoos on our extremities; we preach about it quite a bit…
But what if we don’t fully understand the scandal, the audacity, the extravagance, the glory, the unbelievably good news of God’s grace?
April 15, 2018 | By: Tom Hall | Scripture: Numbers 6:22-27
In today's market-oriented society, we are constantly being sold, coerced, and manipulated into being aligned with and branded by various products, beliefs, and "norms". If we are believers in and followers of Jesus Christ, then we have already been "branded" by Him and the power of His name, which can keep us from falling into traps skillfully laid out by enemies of the cross.
April 8, 2018 | By: Marc Sharp | Scripture: 1 Peter 5:1-5
The CEO model of church leadership is not biblical. God actually intended the oversight of the church to be handled by a team of
godly men who were more concerned with souls than dollars. The elders’ primary role is really to be a co-equal shepherd (spiritual care provider) with the primary pastor-teacher!
April 1, 2018 | By: Marc Sharp | Scripture: 1 Peter 1:1-5
All true believers accept the actual, physical resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead as historical fact. The resurrection has as much credibility as any other event in all of recorded history. By his rising we are commissioned to proclaim his good news authoritatively and expand the reach of his kingdom. Because he lives, we can rest in the promise that death truly has no power over us and that we will one day rise just like he did and join him forever!
March 25, 2018 | By: Marc Sharp | Scripture: John 12:12-15
Christ didn’t die to start a religion, or make you behave, or simply to enable you to enjoy a glorious afterlife. His purpose was to make a brand new kind of people for his own possession and fellowship. His intention was for this state to begin now, and not only when we die or the world ends.
What is the Mission of the Church Pt 4 Marching Orders
March 18, 2018 | By: Marc Sharp | Scripture: Luke 10:1-12
All of us who claim to be believers in and followers of Jesus Christ have a responsibility to proclaim His message, to demonstrate His power, proclaim His authority, and to represent His presence. However, we cannot convince anyone. The Holy Spirit’s job is to convince people. Our responsibility lies in proclamation and nothing more. We are not God’s salesmen, but his ambassadors.
What is the Mission of the Church Pt 3 The Great Need
March 11, 2018 | By: Marc Sharp | Scripture: 1 John 5:19-21
3.2 billion people worldwide have never (or only minimally)
heard the story of Jesus! Additionally, 81% of Muslims, Buddhists, and Hindus have no contact with a single Christ follower. That may be sad, but what can you possibly do about it? What should you do about it? A lot actually!
What is the Mission of the Church Pt 2 Nature of the Gospel
March 4, 2018 | By: Marc Sharp | Scripture: Mark 1:9-15
Our prayer is that we will be a church that has highly-developed spiritual senses to discern what is and is not the gospel, and that we will be clear in the proclamation and application of it. We must all become so clear on this all important message, so that we can encourage each other to believe it fully and apply it deeply.
February 25, 2018 | By: Marc Sharp | Scripture: Matthew 28:16-20
Our mission as a church is to proclaim the message of Christ Jesus clearly, backed by Christ’s authority and assured of his presence, in order to make disciples of all nations - a daunting task indeed, but one which cannot fail because it is the intent of almighty God to have a people for himself.
Suffering Crucified Raised and Reigning with Christ
February 18, 2018 | By: Marc Sharp | Scripture: 1 Corinthians 12:27-27
As individuals and as a church, let us commit our hearts to knowing Jesus in purity, undistracted by the values and idols of this world. Let us be found as a people increasingly dead to sin and self. Let us identify with his death and resurrection and all of it’s attendant power that gives us 24/7 access to the throne room, as well as a
newer, better perspective. Let us reign as his ambassadors, passionately making God’s appeal to the fallen, broken and sinful world.